Since over four-fifths of the country belongs to an area known as the Out Islands, traveling within the Bahamas to see the Exuma pigs is a must. Especially since the outer islands are the real diamonds of the Bahamas. Literally hundreds of pristine islands surrounded by rugged cliffs and daring adventures await!
You will be dragged into an environment of exotic animals, dramatic landscapes, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will stay with you throughout your life.
Here’s why you must go on an Exuma pigs Tour this year
Swimming with pigs has been the busiest attraction in the Bahamas for years on end. They are visited more than six million times annually so it is not a surprise they have become the face of Bahamian tourism for at least the past decade. Now, with tour options advancing, it is easier than ever to see these Exuma Pigs.
The Exuma pigs are the top attraction in the Bahamas
Although its actual name may be Big Major Cay, most visitors (and locals, for that matter) know this island as Pig Island — home of Exuma Pig Beach — named after the main residents on the island.
Of all the day trips to the Bahamas offered, the Bahamas swimming pigs Exuma are currently the most popular and perhaps the most coveted destination in the world. We are sure it won’t take you long to realize why, but here is some background information on the Bahamas swimming pigs Exuma anyway.
Why are the Bahamas Swimming Pigs there?
There are many stories that encircle conversations of the islands surrounding the legend of how the Exuma pigs got there. The most likely of the scenarios involve complaints from the villagers of Staniel Cay about the stench of a nearby farm.
The farmers were forced to relocate the Exuma pigs to a nearby island to cover up their smell. Every day, he would ride a boat to the island (Big Major Cay) with evening feed for the pigs.
Sooner or later, the pigs developed a habit of swimming to the boat to be the first fed. Thus, the swimming Exuma pigs in the Bahamas were a natural attraction.
How to get from Nassau Bahamas to Exuma Cays
Every year, over six million people visit the 20-25 Exuma pigs which call Pig Island home. It has become increasingly easy to pay them a visit with a number of different tour companies offering day trips from either Nassau or Florida.
Our favorite way to see the Exuma pigs is by a private air charter that leaves from Nassau International Airport and arrives at Staniel Cay half an hour later. From there, most tour companies provide transport to/from a water taxi which will take you on the short ten-minute jaunt to the next-door island (Pig Island Bahamas) to see the Exuma pigs.
You can also take the ferry to see the Exuma pigs. The ferry takes longer (around 2 hours) and leaves from Nassau’s port. It is the more popular option because it is more affordable, however, there are many cons to the ferry as well. For comfort, you would be much better off opting for the flight.
Time to jump in with the Exuma pigs!
Would you like to book a tour to Exuma Pig Beach for a swim with the pigs excursion? Don’t hesitate to contact one of our swimming with pigs experts via our contact form to talk about all Exuma tours from Nassau — even if you only need to know how to get to Exuma Bahamas. We want to help with your Exuma pig tour from Nassau.