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
Fly from Nassau to Staniel Cay by Airline or Private Flight
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! 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 Flight or Scheduled Airline flight. 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 10-12 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 (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. This is a short sightseeing stop only. We do not guarantee snorkeling at the Plane Wreck. We can offer 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)
We will visit the beaches around Staniel Cay and visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club 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!
*Please note for Tours in October, the Yacht Club is Shut all month. You can have Lunch at the local fish fry restaurant instead.
Visit the Turtles at Farmers Cay on our Extended Private Day Trip option! With our private tour option, our guide will take you on an extended tour to Farmers Cay where you can visit and swim with the Turtles. You can also taste the locally caught and freshly prepared conch dishes. Farmers Cay is a 30 minute boat ride south of Staniel Cay, on the way you will pass more spectacular scenery and private islands. Turtles are available as and add-on to our private charter tour option. Please enquire for pricing. *[Not available for private boat only upgrades]
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 3:15 PM and the flight departs Staniel Cay at approximately 5:30 PM, returning you to Nassau International Airport at approximately 6:15 PM. However you may be transferred onto an earlier departing flight.
How to Book this Tour
Please complete your reservation request using the contact form on this page, or for any Private Tour Requests please contact us here. Please note: Due to coronavirus situation we have a reduced tour schedule operating and your tour will be confirmed after booking.
Important Information relating to Coronavirus / COVID-19
There are restrictions on entry in the Bahamas and visitors will need a RT-PCR negative test result AND Bahamas Domestic Health Visa. See here for the latest Coronavirus Travel information.
Prices are Per Person, fully inclusive of scheduled flights, entrance fees, transfers at Staniel Cay, taxes and boat excursion. See list below for what’s not included.
Adults: $499pp, Gold VIP Upgrade +$100pp
Children: $250 per child under age 6 (Ages 2-5), Gold VIP Upgrade +$50pp
Infants: FREE, if under age 2 (Ages 0-1), and can fly on a parents lap go free. Gold VIP Upgrade is FREE.
Swimming Pigs Conservation Fee: $10 per adult / $5 per Child mandatory fee is added at checkout.
Gold VIP Tour Upgrade: We now offer a paid upgrade to our Gold VIP tour package which includes hotel transfers in Nassau, a set lunch* and soft drinks served during the boat tour. (*Set lunch is one food item off the SCYC lunch menu and a soft drink).
Private Boat Upgrade: We offer Private Boat upgrades for an extra fee:
$250pp for Group size 2-4 Persons in the 17ft Boat. (Minimum 2 persons)
$200pp for Group size +5 Persons in the 25ft Boat.
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. Note: Swimming with Turtles is not available for private boat upgrades, only with the private Day Trip – see below.
Contact us for private pricing and availability.
Private Day Trips
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 tour by 2 hours and can include a visit to the swimming with Turtles. Please contact us for private day trips pricing and availability.
Maximum Group Sizes – Group/Shared Tours (non-Private)
Due to COVID and Social Distancing we have reduced our boat tour group sizes. Flights still remain 9 to 19 persons according to aircraft type.
27ft: Max 10 persons
24ft: Max 8 persons
Please note this tour is not operated by Bahamas Air Tours, but local Bahamas operators. Each participant must complete a signed waiver before commencing the tour. The tour operator will send these electronically along with your tour confirmation email.
For the group tour option, we need a minimum of 48 hours notice (2 days before) to take your booking and get it reserved. 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. Last minute booking requests during peak season (Christmas, March-July) can be hard to fulfil.
We can’t guarantee all stops on the tour itinerary due to weather, sea conditions and progress of the group along the tour route.
Weather: Tours operate Rain or Shine. We only have to cancel tours ahead of time during exceptional weather (tropical storms). Weather in the Bahamas is generally scattered clouds with isolated but fast moving thunderstorms. It is likely you will encounter a rain shower during your tour. For our full terms, conditions and cancellation policy see our Booking Terms.
Day Trip Itinerary Timings for Group Tour only*: Timings vary according to the day of the week.
*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
VIP Upgrade** can expect hotel pickup between 6:00am and 6:30am – Exact time will be confirmed by email the night before your tour.
7:00 AM: Check-in at Nassau Airport, International Terminal. Please arrive by 7am.
Note: You will be travelling on a Scheduled Airline, there is no tour representative at Nassau airport.
8:00 AM: Scheduled Airline Flight Departs to Staniel Cay
Note: You will be greeted by your Tour Guide on arrival at Staniel Cay.
9:00 AM: Arrival at Staniel Cay, Tour Guide Welcome & Transfer to Boat Tour.
9:15 AM: Boat Tour approximately 4 hours.
For a tour map and attractions details please see on our website here.
Break for Lunch at Staniel Cay Yacht Club (Timing varies according to progress of the tour)
3:00 PM: Transfer to Staniel Cay Airport for check-in.
It is possible that you will be transferred to an earlier than planned departure flight.
Guests then have the option to wait at the airport or beach before flight departs.
5:30 PM: Flight Departs Staniel Cay. Check-in is early because flights may depart earlier than planned.
6:15 PM: Arrival back in Nassau Airport
**VIP Upgrade (additional fee) includes Hotel Transfers, Set Lunch (one food dish and one soft drink off the SCYC lunch menu), Soft Drinks & Light Snacks on the boat tour.
What to Bring
If your tour is scheduled to fly by 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:
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 08:00AM and you will return to the airport at 05:00PM 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.
Mon – Sun 9.00 – 17.00
4300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Fla. Seller of Travel Ref No. ST41785
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