Wondering how to get to Pig Beach and the island with pigs? We will breakdown where is Pig Island and how to get there in the information below.
Before you learn how to get to Pig Beach, you must know where is Pig Island. Big Major Cay (which later became known as Pig Island) is situated in the Exuma Cays which is a collection of 365 islands in the southern half of the Bahamas.
The Exumas are known for their exotic environments and relative remoteness. They are known as the most beautiful islands in the Bahamas and astronauts even went as far as saying the Exumas is the most beautiful view on Earth from space.
There are several ways to reach the Exumas and how to get to Pig Beach and other secluded secrets in the chain of paradisiacal islands.
A relatively new way of how to get to Pig Beach is by private Bahamas air charter. You can fly from the two destinations below:
Fly from Nassau — the flight takes barely thirty minutes to reach your destination in the Exumas (Staniel Cay) and leaves from the Nassau International Airport at Hangar 11. Bahamas Air Tours offers it’s Nassau to Swimming Pigs tour by Plane.
Fly from Miami (Fort Lauderdale) — the flight takes less than an hour to reach the Bahamas and less than two hours to reach your destination at Staniel Cay Airport in the Exumas. Most flights to Bahamas from Florida leave from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport but should be confirmed with the company you are flying with first.
The Miami to Bahamas Day Trip has been featured on the Flying and Travel magazine.
Don’t want to fly to the Swimming with Pigs experience? Your other option is to take a boat there from one of many departure points: Either from Nassau or Great Exuma, or take a local boat from Staniel Cay which is the island next door to Pig Island.
Another way how to get to Pig Beach is via speedboat from Nassau. The ride is not always pleasant. Sometimes, sea conditions are rough and trips are delayed or cancelled. Some people may become seasick. Bring medications for seasickness even if you are accustomed to boat rides.
An alternative, slower option would be to come to Pig Beach via ferry. Though, this should be avoided if possible because the transportation time leaves very little time for extra activities like snorkeling to nearby Thunderball Grotto.
There are several companies offering day tours from Georgetown in Great Exuma. This is a viable option for those vacationing in Great Exuma which will take you around the Exuma Cays to see things like the endangered Northern Rock Iguanas, Thunderball Grotto, Copperfields sand bar, (the swimming pigs), and more.
Once you arrive in Staniel Cay, there are different ways to reach Pig Beach — all over sea. First, you can join a private tour. There are tours leaving from Staniel Cay every morning, however, they might not always be advertised.
You can also ask a local fisherman to take you. Prices are usually negotiable, just know that the ride to Pig Island is only about ten minutes and, therefore, you should set your price right off the bat.
You may be lucky and hitch a ride with a boat leaving the marina as well. It is worth it to ask, anyway!