Day Tour highlights:
Swim with the famous Exuma Pigs at Pig Beach
Visit the Bahamas Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
Snorkel into the James Bond Thunderball Grotto Cave
Swimming with nurse Sharks at Compass Cay
Discover the amazing Sand Bars at Staniel Cay
Small group sizes mean you’ll be flying private class
This is the world’s first Miami to Bahamas Day Trip, by plane, from Southern Florida to Bahamas. There is no other way to visit the Bahamas Out Islands on a day trip from Florida. Currently, visiting Staniel Cay and the swimming pigs is one of the most sought after excursions in the world.
You will fly on the Staniel Cay Tour from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in a private charter aircraft. You will need to arrive at the airport for check-in at 6:45am. FXE Airport within the Miami Metropolitan area, is to the North of Miami and is approximately a 1 hour drive from South Beach or Downtown Miami. The flights depart promptly at 7:30am. The flight from Florida to the Bahamas is approximately 1 hour. We have a short stop at the International Airport on Andros Island in the Bahamas for all customers to clear immigration and customs before we set-off on a 45 minute flight to our destination Staniel Cay in the Exumas.
On arrival at Staniel Cay Airport, you will be transferred to the dock. You expert local tour guide will take you on a guided tour of Staniel Cay and the Exuma Cays. This is a private boat excursion just for our customers with a maximum group size of 9. Our boat tour lasts approximately 5 hours. Because of the time spent outdoors in the sun and on the water we advise all customers to wear appropriate clothing and bring sun protection.
Pigs can Swim? Welcome to Pig Beach on Big Major Cay, home to the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas. You’ll have the opportunity to go swimming with the pigs! We provide food for feeding these Exuma Pigs, but follow directions from you Guide. Pigs can bite!
There are a number of interesting stories of how these pigs got here at Pig Beach. Some say they were shipwrecked and swam ashore or that sailors brought them here then left and never returned for them. But the real reason is that the villagers of Staniel Cay put them there to avoid smelling out the village. Unlike some operators, we ensure that the welfare of the pigs are looked after by our local partners. For example ensuring they have a supply of fresh water.
Welcome to the exotic world of James Bond. You can snorkel into the Thunderball Grotto, a cave, made famous as a filming location in the James Bond film Thunderball. We provide all snorkel equipment including vests. Its a short swim (approximately 50m) to reach inside the Thunderball Grotto. You will need to be proficient at swimming and snorkelling to take part in this activity. Very restrictive tide levels and weather conditions can affect this activity so you may be given another snorkelling activity as a substitute.
We visit Bitter Guana Cay, home to the endangered species of Bahamas Rock Iguanas. When you first step foot on the beach during your Bahamas Day Trip, you will feel as if you’ve travelled back in time to the prehistoric era. Dozens of large Bahamian Rock Iguanas emerge from the vegetation at the top of the beach. The early inhabitants of the Bahamas saw the Iguanas as a source of food, and almost hunted them to extinction. Fortunately, they are now protected by the Wild Animals (Protection) Act, allowing them to thrive in this marvellous habitat.
We take you to Compass Cay, the most northerly point on our boat excursion. At Compass Cay you have the opportunity to swim with Sharks. The type of shark here is the nurse shark, which are for the most part harmless to humans.
The plane was used in drug trafficking and ditched here in the 1970’s. Local legend has it the plane ditched here during a practice run when the traffickers were practising with bags of flour. The Sunken Plane Wreck is a time permitting activity and upon request from the Guests. It is not a guaranteed stop for either Sightseeing or Snorkelling.
These stunning sand bars with very shallow waters are a unique feature of the Exuma Cays. Enjoy time exploring this paradise of white sand bars and turquoise blue water around the Pike Cay Sand Bars located close to Compass Cay. (see Staniel Cay Tour Map below)
You will visit the beaches around Staniel Cay and visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club or Local Fish-fry Restaurant for lunch (to see the Lunch menu at the *Yacht Club click here), set alongside the Staniel Cay Marina which is home to luxury super yachts. The Yacht club has a lively bar and full service restaurant. Be sure to visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club gift shop!
At the end of the Boat Excursion, in the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Staniel Cay Airport. From here we will fly back to United States and land back at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport FXE (or another International Airport on the east coast of Florida if you are on a private charter), where you will go through the US Customs and Immigration process required for entry back into the United States.
How to Book this Miami to Bahamas Day Tour
Please make an enquiry using our booking form in the sidebar or contact us here.
Important Information relating to Coronavirus / COVID-19
There are restrictions on entry into the US for Non-US citizens. See here for the latest Coronavirus Travel information.
*Pricing and Availability
Price Per Person is $849 plus $48.40 Taxes ($39.40 Federal International Head Tax plus a $9pp Security Scan Fee)
Prices are Per Person, fully inclusive of flights, entrance fees, boat excursion, transfers in the Bahamas. See list below for what’s not included.
Payments by card have an additional 3% Card Processing Fee.
Private Boat Upgrade: We offer Private Boat upgrades for an extra fee. Enjoy our group day trips but from the comfort of your own private boat. Have the added benefit of choosing where and for how long you want to spend at each tour attraction. Contact us for private pricing and availability.
Private Day Trips: For private group charters contact us for group pricing and availability. If you do not see the date you would like to book then please contact us.
Minimum Party Size for Tour to be Confirmed
This tour only operates if there are at least 5 customers booked on. In the case that we don’t reach 5 customers you will receive a full refund or option to reschedule to a later date. Private day trips have no minimum requirements.
Do I need a Passport to fly to Bahamas from Florida?
Yes! Passports are a requirement for all guests. US ID Cards or Birth Certificates are not an adequate substitute for a passport because these are international flights requiring entry to both the Bahamas and re-entry into the United States.
Bahamas Day Tour Departure Location
The tour departs from Hangar 11 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Street Address: 2201 NW 55th Ct., Hangar 11, Fort Lauderdale FL 33309. Free Car parking available. The airport is approximately a 1 hour drive from South Beach or Downtown Miami.
Day Trip Itinerary Timings
6:45 AM: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport check-in (at Hangar 11). Arrive by 7:00am.
7:30 AM: Flight Departs to Staniel Cay
8:30 AM: Arrival at Bahamas Immigration and Customs on Andros Island
9:45 AM: Arrival at Staniel Cay
10:00 AM: Boat Tour (Boat Tour map here)
1:00 PM: Break for Lunch at Staniel Cay Yacht Club (SCYC Lunch menu here)
4:30 PM: Flight Departs Staniel Cay back to Florida
6:30 PM: Arrival back in Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
What to Bring
You are allowed to bring a small day bag per person, weighing upto 10lbs. What to pack:
We can’t guarantee all stops along the tour due to weather, sea conditions and progress of the group along the tour itinerary.
Children under 3 years of age can only be accepted on a private tour.
Expectant mothers will require a Doctor’s clearance to fly letter.
Please book atleast 1 month in advance of Spring Break or Summer Months, as we have exceptional demand for Tours in 2022/23 seasons.
Day Trip to Staniel Cay from Nassau
We also have the same itinerary Day Trip available which departs from Nassau within the Bahamas.