Imagine the warm sand of Big Major Cay between your toes, crystal clear water at your feet, a gentle Caribbean breeze under the whisper of palm trees. Beautiful pink Exuma pigs swim with you in the Caribbean under the sun. Exactly how life should be. So, what do you need to know about the island with pigs in the Bahamas?
What you need to know for your trip to Swimming Pigs Island
Read on to learn more about what the island with pigs has to offer.
Where can you swim with pigs: Where is Big Major Cay?
So, where is Pig Island, you ask? Pig Island Bahamas, also known as Big Major Cay, is a deserted island in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas, the nearest airport is Staniel Cay – about ten minutes by boat to Pig Island, but a long journey from the airport to the boat. There are regular visitors to the island and self-guided tours can be very challenging and time-consuming. It is therefore highly recommended that you book your private visit before departure.
Why are the pigs on Pig Beach Bahamas?
This is a big question that is often asked during all tours of the Bahamas at Pigs Beach. The answer depends on who you ask. There are many interesting stories about how Bahamas pigs came to Big Major Cay.
One story most often told is that the stench of the pigs near Staniel Cay village forced them to be relocated to nearby Big Major Cay. Farmers would ride over on boat every morning to feed the pigs and soon the pigs began swimming to their daily feed as soon as the boat got close enough. Thus, the swimming pigs in the Bahamas were born.
Other stories mention the sailors who came to the island with the pigs (with the intention of eating them), but then left Pig Island Bahamas in a hurry because of an oncoming storm and never came back.
There are more stories, but these are often the most told. It’s great folklore of the island that fits in perfectly with the atmosphere of Pig Beach Bahamas. Just ask around and we are sure you will hear some of the other stories as well.
When is the best time to visit Pig Beach Exuma?
It’s never a bad time to visit a beach full of pink Exuma pigs in the Bahamas. However, there are better times than the high season in the Bahamas. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, book your Nassau to Pig Beach Bahamas tour in May or June or between September and November. It is the low season for tourism in the Bahamas. Normally you will have the attention of the pigs longer and the pigs will be hungry. Go to Big Major Cay early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which is your normal feeding time (but pigs always eat – especially those who swim)!
Other Exuma attractions
Take Bahamas day trips to visit beautiful Staniel Cay of the Exumas. From there, visit the famous Bahamas pigs, but there are plenty of other things to do other than swimming with the pigs. You can go see the northern rock iguanas of Bitter Guana Cay, the Compass Cay sharks, James Bond’s Thunderball Grotto, and many other exciting things to do in Exuma!
Finding your way to the island with pigs at Big Major Cay
Want to book a Pig Beach excursion from Nassau to go Swimming with the Pigs at Big Major Cay? Then be sure to contact one of our Swimming with Pigs Experts via our contact form.