The swim with pigs excursion is a full day tour to visit the Bahamas swimming pigs in Exuma. Since there is no public transport or other means to reach Swimming Pigs Island, the only way is to book onto a swim with pigs excursion day trip.
With many swim with the pigs excursion options to choose from, visitors should find a tour to Exuma that best fits their needs and offers the best value for money. One of the best swim with pigs excursion are the Nassau to Exuma Day Trips offered by Bahamas Air Tours. These are unique one day excursions by plane from Nassau. And for visitors in Florida, the Miami to Bahamas Day Trip is the only way to visit Swimming Pigs Island from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. We will expand on the reasons why these are the best swim with pigs excursion further on in the article, but their main differentiating feature is that these are day trips by plane. And that has a significant positive impact on a day out at Pig Island.
Visiting the now famous Pig Beach Bahamas couldn’t be more easier, with daily departures from both Nassau and Miami from Bahamas Air Tours.
Where to swim with Pigs?
Is the first question that visitors ask upon finding out that the Bahamas are home to these incredible swimming pigs. There are a number of islands in the Bahamas that now have swimming pigs, these include Exuma, Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Abacos, Rose and Grand Bahamas. However the original swimming pigs and the most famous island, Pig Beach, is in Exuma.
What is the Swimming Pigs Island?
The Bahamas swimming pigs live on a pristine stretch of white sand known as “Pig Beach”, which is located on Big Major Cay island – also known as the Swimming Pigs Island.
Located next door to Staniel Cay island, Big Major Cay benefits from having close proximity to Staniel Cay airport – a mjor transport hub for vistors traveling to the Exuma cays and for the swim with pigs excursion.
Swim with Pigs Excursion in Exuma
With many routes to Exuma, its getting to Pig Beach & Big Major Cay that is not so simple. Since there are no public transportation ferries or taxis to get visitors from Exuma to Pig Island.
So the best option is a Swim with Pigs Excursion with Bahamas Air Tours day trips to pig beach. The Bahamas Air Tours excursions are full long day trips by plane. Guests are flown from Nassau or Miami to Staniel Cay in Exuma, where they enjoy a private bat tour of the Exuma Cays islands. The most anticipated island to visit being the Bahamas Swimming Pigs at Big Major Cay. But these unique swim with pigs excursions aren’t just about solely visiting the Exuma pigs, its about so much more!
It’s about experiencing the Bahamas unique small island atmosphere – exploring the Authentic Bahamas. On a swim with pigs excursion you’ll experience all of the major attractions in the Exumas, including swimming with sharks, diving into underwater caves, walking across pristine sand bars, discovering exotic wildlife and tasting the flavors of the local Bahamas.
The Exumas are a world far removed from the chaotic cruise ship terminal in Nassau or the bustling South Beach in Miami. Their remoteness is their gift and keeps these special islands off the well worn tourist path.
Reasons to book a Day Excursion to Pig Beach Bahamas by Plane
- Flying is far quicker than taking the boat. A quick 40 minute flight means that you get more time in the Exumas, visiting more islands and attractions than the speed boat tours.
- Flying is convenient and comfortable.
- Stunning window seat views from the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft make beautiful photos of the spectacular tapestry of the tropical islands chain of the Exuma Cays. Not to be missed!
- Visit further into the Exumas and see the largest number of attractions than on any other Exuma Excursions.
- Speed boat tours are frequently cancelled at last minute because they cannot sail when the sea conditions are rough and it is windy.
Swim with the Pigs Excursion Itinerary
A typical swim with the pigs excursion looks like this: (from Nassau)
Nassau to Exuma Day Trip Itinerary
7:30 AM: Hotel pickup in Nassau
8:00 AM: Check-in at the Private Terminal “Jet Aviation”, Nassau Airport.
8:30 AM: Flight Departs to Staniel Cay
9:15 AM: Arrival at Staniel Cay & Transfer to Boat Tour. Boat Tour approximately 4 hours.
For a tour map and attractions details please see on our website here.
1:15 PM: Lunch at Staniel Cay Yacht Club (Timing varies according to progress of the tour).
2:30 PM: Transfer to Staniel Cay Airport
2:45 PM: Flight Departs Staniel Cay
3:30 PM: Arrival back in Nassau
During the 4 hour boat tour portion of the Bahamas Day Trip guests will visit:
- Swim with Sharks at Compass Cay
- Sand Bar at Pipe Creek
- Swimming Pigs at Pig Beach (Big Major Cay)
- Snorkel into the James Bond Cave at Thunderball Grotto
- Visit the Staniel Cay Village
- Lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club
- Underwater Plane Wreck at Staniel Cay
- Exotic Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
Swim with Sharks in Exuma
Swimming with Sharks at Compass Cay Marina is one of the more exciting things to do on a swim with pigs excursion from Nassau or Miami.
The sharks that live at Compass Cay Marina are a type of shark called “Nurse sharks”. In fact these are also pet nurse sharks, since these sharks have lived at Compass Cay for many years. For the most part they are harmless to humans. They do have a dangerous bite, and visitors that do not follow their guide’s instructions to NOT put their hands or fingers near their mouths may find out the hard way!
Swimming with the Sharks at Compass Cay has become one of the top things to do in Bahamas since photos of visitors floating amongst a sea of sharks went viral. Now they attract hundreds of visitors per week and are unique to both the Exumas and Bahamas. You will not find this experience in the tourist Nassau or Freeport. Another reason to book onto the best swim with pigs excursion from Bahamas Air Tours.
Staniel Cay & Plane Wreck
As guests on the Bahamas Air Tours swim with pigs excursion are flown into the Exumas, with stunning views across the Exuma Cays, they will land on Staniel Cay island.
Staniel Cay is known as the jewel in the crown of the Bahamas islands. This stunning tropical paradise is perfectly located in the Exuma Cays. As the only airport in the surrounding islands, it makes the perfect gateway to visiting the Bahamas islands.
But aside form it’s transportation hub status, Staniel Cay as an island has many interesting places to visit and beautiful beaches to enjoy. One of the most interesting sights at Staniel Cay is the underwater plane wreck – a drug smugglers plane that crashed here in the 1970’s during the infamous Pablo Escobar drug running era when he based his operations out of nearby Normans Cay.
As one of the most accessible underwater plane wrecks, because of it’s location in very shallow waters and proximity to Staniel Cay airport. On a swim with pigs excursions from Bahamas Air Tours it’s possible to go snorkeling at the underwater Bahamas plane wreck.
Book a Swim with the Pigs Excursion by Plane!
Discover the stunning Exuma Cays and the famous Bahamas Swimming Pigs on a unique, bucket-list activity, a swim with the pigs excursion by plane with Bahamas Air Tours. With departures from Nassau and Miami Florida, a day trip to the Exumas will make the ultimate vacation highlight whether you’re on a Bahamas Vacation or enjoying a vacation in South Florida.
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