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
Fly to Staniel by Private Charter or Scheduled Airline
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, not only will you get stunning views of the islands from above, but you’ll avoid the uncomfortable 2 hour boat ride from Nassau that all the other tour operators offer! Not only that but by flying to Staniel Cay you’ll have more time to do the full boat tour of Staniel Cay (see our map at the end), whereas the boat tours from Nassau only visit the Swimming Pigs and Sharks, they miss out the stunning Sand Bars, Thunderball Grotto, sunken plane wreck and Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay! This is the 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!
The Nasasu to Exuma day trip includes either Scheduled Airline flights or private Charter Flights (as requested and at additional cost). Scheduled Airline flights depart from the Nassau International Airport Terminal and Private Air Charter flights depart from the Private Terminal (normally Odyssey, but confirmed by the Charter Operator upon booking).
The flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay takes approximately 30 minutes.
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 guests. 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 (additional cost) at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.
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.
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)
We will visit the beaches around Staniel Cay and visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club for lunch, set alongside the Staniel Cay Marina which is home to luxury super yachts. To see the Lunch menu at the Yacht Club click here.
At the end of the Boat Excursion, in the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Staniel Cay Airport. From here you will fly back to Nassau. For the scheduled airline flight option, check-in is at approximately 3:30 PM and the flight departs Staniel Cay at approximatley 4:30 PM, returning you to Nassau International Airport at approximately 5:00 PM.
How to Book this Tour
Please make an enquiry using our booking form in the sidebar or contact us here.
Prices are Per Person, fully inclusive of scheduled flights, taxes and boat excursion. See list below for what’s not included.
For private group charters with private air charters contact us for group pricing and availability.
Please note this tour is not operated by Bahamas Air Tours, but local Bahamas operators. Customers will be booking direct with local operators.
Cruise Ship Guests on a Nassau Stopover
If you are a cruise ship guest with a scheduled stopover in Nassau, we can accommodate you on a Private Tour by Private Plane, please contact us for availability and pricing. However it is not possible to accommodate you on the “Group Tour by Scheduled Airline option” because there is not enough time for you to do this tour, unless you have an extended stop over. Airline check-in is by 07:00AM and you will return to the airport at 05:00PM approximately (weather can delay timings).
What to Bring
If you choose the scheduled airline option, you can check-in a bag weighing upto 44lbs with maximum dimensions 24″ x 16″. If you take just carry-on bags you must adhere to the 100ml liquids restriction (ie for sun cream etc).
Make sure you pack: Photo ID (Required for check-in), Money for tips ($US accepted in the Bahamas), the Yacht Club accepts credit cards for dining (see the Lunch Menu click here), Cameras, battery pack phone charger, Sun protection, Swim shorts, a change of dry clothes.
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