Nassau to Exuma Day Trip 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 Exuma Sand Bars at Pipe Cay
Roundtrip Flights from Nassau are included in this tour
Fly from Nassau to Staniel Cay for the ultimate Bahamas Day Trip to the Exuma Cays. Currently, visiting Staniel Cay and the swimming pigs is one of the most sought after excursions in the world. Flying is by far the most convenient way to enjoy a Day Trip to Staniel Cay and the swimming pigs.
Reasons to book a Bahamas Air Tours Exuma Day Trip:
This is the Nassau to Exuma Tour you don’t want to miss out on!
On the flight down from Nassau to Staniel Cay you’ll fly along the string of islands known as the Exuma Cays, with truly breathtaking views from the aircraft, where every seat is a window seat! You’ll even fly past Johnny Depp’s private island! Flights are included in the total tour price.
The Nassau to Exuma day trip includes Flights. Depending on the day of the week you will be booked on either a Charter Airline Flight or Scheduled Airline flight. The flight time from Nassau to Staniel Cay takes approximately 30 minutes. NOTE: Flight Details will be confirmed after reservation, the evening before your tour.
On arrival at Staniel Cay Airport, you will be transferred to the dock. Your expert local tour guide will take you on a guided tour of Staniel Cay and the Exuma Cays. The size of boat used for this tour will vary depending on group size, but generally the boat will take upto maximum of 10-14 guests (depending on boat size). The boat tour lasts approximately 4 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. There is a stop for lunch (set lunch included) at the Staniel Cay.
Pigs can Swim? Welcome to Pig Beach on Big Major Cay, home to the famous swimming Exuma pigs of the Bahamas. You’ll have the opportunity to go swimming with the pigs! We provide food for feeding these Swimming 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.
We stop at the intriguing underwater wreck of a plane. The plane was used in drug trafficking and ditched here in the 1970’s. This is a short sightseeing stop only. We do not guarantee snorkeling at the Plane Wreck. We can offer private boat upgrades and extended tour options for guests wishing to spend longer here snorkeling.
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)
Staniel Cay serves as our Gateway to the Exuma Cays. Our tours fly into and depart from Staniel Cay Airport. During your boat tour there will be a stop for lunch on Staniel Cay.
At the end of the Boat Excursion, in the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Staniel Cay Airport at approximately 2:30 PM. From here you will fly back to Nassau. Depending on which Flight we have you booked on you may depart island between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. It is possible you may be scheduled on a later than planned departure, in which case there may be a short wait at Staniel Cay Airport. Our Tour hosts will provide WiFi and refreshments in the case of a longer than planned wait.
How to Book this Tour
BOOK NOW using our Reservation Calendar at the top of this page.
For any Private Day Trip or Charter Requests please contact us.
Per Person: $675pp**
Conservation Fee: $40 per person mandatory fee is added at checkout.
Infants: FREE, if under age 2 (Ages 0-1), and can fly on a parents lap. Due to aviation regulations kids aged 2 and over must have their own seat and pay the full rate.
**Prices are Per Person, inclusive of roundtrip flights from Nassau, boat excursion, lunch, roundtrip hotel transfers in Nassau, entrance fees and taxes. See list at bottom of this page for what’s not included.
Private Boat Upgrade: $325pp (Minimum 2 persons)
We offer Private Boat upgrades for an extra fee. The private boat size is allocated according to your group size:
2-3 persons: Private 17ft. (Upgrade to larger 25ft is available for 2-3 persons for extra fee, Contact us)
4-6 persons: Private 25ft
7-10 persons: Private 27ft
Compare Boat Sizes here. 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. Only the boat tour portion of the day trip will be private. If you want a Private Day Trip with a fully private experience see below. If you are a traveling as a Solo and want a private boat, a solo supplement applies, Contact us for private pricing and availability.
Private Day Trips with Private Flights and Private Boat
Available 7 days per week.
Private Day Trip: Enjoy the stunning Exumas with our Private Day Trip that includes private flights, private boat tour and private Nassau hotel transfer service. Aircraft and boat size is selected to best accommodate your group. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about the type or size of aircraft or boats used for the private day trips.
Extended Private Day Trip: extends the Boat Tour by 2 hours. Please contact us for private day trips pricing and availability.
Boat Fleet, Group Sizes & Seating Arrangements.
Boat size and seating allocation is based on Group Size and Load & Balance requirements. We will always allocate boat seating together for couples, families and groups traveling together. Our Boats feature a combination of seats and benches. To compare our different boat types and seating layouts see our Boat Tour Fleet Comparison document.
For all Tours purchased after 01 Nov 2022, Roundtrip Hotel Transfers (non-private) between Nassau/Paradise Island, and the Airport are included in your Tour. Your exact Hotel Pickup time will be confirmed to you by 7PM, the evening before your Tour Departure. You can expect a hotel pickup time between 06:00AM and 07:30AM, depending on your Hotel distance to the Airport. At the end of the Day Trip, Hotel drop-off can be expected by 5:30PM (weather can delay timings).
A Set Lunch is included in your Tour. The set menu entitles each guest to an appetizer sampler and 1 entree with 1 soft drink. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. See our Set Lunch Menu here.
Each participant must complete a signed waiver before commencing the tour. Our tour partner will send these electronically along with your tour confirmation email. Confirmation of your booking and place on the tour is only made after both payment and issue of the confirmation email. Submitting the booking enquiry form on this website does not confirm your booking. We encourage customers to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.
We can’t guarantee all stops on the tour itinerary due to weather, sea conditions and progress of the group along the tour route.
*Beer onboard Boat Tour is limited to 2 per person due to safety restrictions.
A Solo Supplement Fee applies if you are the only solo customer traveling on the tour. Contact us in advance regarding the Solo Supplement fees.
For Customers weighing more than 300lbs, there is a Customer of Size Fee; Contact us in advance regarding the Customer of Size Fee.
Bad Weather Policy
Tours operate Rain or Shine. We may have to cancel tours ahead of time during adverse weather events. Weather cancellation is rare. Weather in the Bahamas is generally scattered clouds with isolated but fast moving thunderstorms. It is likely you may encounter a rain shower during your tour.
If you decide to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, because you decide not to travel due to weather, you would be subject to our restrictive cancellation policy and may not receive any refund.
If We/Operator cancel your tour in its entirety, prior to departure, due to weather you will be entitled to a reschedule (subject to availability), a credit or a refund.
The tour Operator may have to curtail or terminate the tour early due to weather or sea conditions, therefore we can’t guarantee all stops along the tour itinerary. Please refer to Section 6 “Force Majeure” in the Booking Terms and Conditions. Read more about our Bad Weather Policy in our FAQ here.
Booking Terms and Cancellation Policy
Reservations are subject to a 50% partial refund if you decide to cancel more than 48 hours before the tour date and there is strictly no refund if no-show or cancelled within 48 hours of departure date. For a full list of booking terms see our Booking Terms here
Cruise Ship Guests on a Nassau Stopover
If you are a cruise ship guest with a scheduled stopover in Nassau, we can only accommodate you on one of our Private Day Trips, please contact us for availability and pricing. However it is not possible to accommodate you on our regular group Tour because there is not enough time for you to do this tour. Flight check-in is by 07:30AM and you will return to the airport at 05:30PM approximately (weather can delay timings).
Day Trip to Staniel Cay from Florida
We also have the same itinerary Day Trip available which departs from Florida (Fort Lauderdale / Miami), so you can join us for a Staniel Cay Day Trip before or after your cruise! The tour departs from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport which is 30 Minutes from Port Everglades or 1 hour from Port Miami.
Day Trip Itinerary Timings for Group Tour only*
*Timings are all approximate to give an example of the format of the day trip. Timings will vary due to flight schedules, air traffic control delays, weather conditions and progress of the tour group along the tour route.
Along the boat tour guests will enjoy stops at each attraction for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The Plane Wreck is sightseeing only for around 5 minutes.
Example Itinerary – Actual Itinerary will be confirmed before your departure by email
6:00 AM to 7:30 AM: Hotel Pick-up in Nassau & Transfer to Airport
Note: Your exact hotel pickup time will be confirmed to you by 7pm the evening before your tour.
7:45 AM to 8:30 AM: Check-in at Nassau Airport
Note: Flight schedules vary, refer to your flight confirmation email which is sent the evening before your tour for the correct Check-in Time, Location and Airline. Our Flights depart from different terminals at Nassau Airport
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM: Flight Departs to Staniel Cay.
Note: You will be greeted by your Tour Guide on arrival at Staniel Cay.
9:15 AM: Arrival at Staniel Cay, Tour Guide Welcome & Transfer to Boat Tour.
9:30 AM: Boat Tour approximately 4 hours. Each Stop is approximately 20-30 mins. Plane wreck is sightseeing only. Snorkel at plane wreck can be done by upgrading to a private boat. For a tour map and attractions details please see on our website here.
Break for Lunch at Staniel Cay (Timing varies according to progress of the tour).
2:30 PM: Transfer to Staniel Cay Airport.
2:45 PM to 3:30 PM: Flights Depart to Nassau
Note: You may be transferred to a later than planned departure flight and you could expect a short wait at Staniel Cay Airport.
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Arrival back in Nassau Airport
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM: Hotel Drop-off in Nassau.
What to Bring
You can bring one small carry-on bag per person. Our flights depart from the private terminals at Nassau Airport where there are no Liquids restrictions for carry-on items. It is not permitted to bring alcohol in a carry-on item.
Make sure you pack: