Pig Island Bahamas is the most visited attraction in the country. Every year, over six million tourists flock to the island with pigs to go swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas.
Some Background Information about Pig Island Bahamas
Before you take your Pig Island tours from Nassau, there are some things that would be useful to know. We will cover the important details to know before you get on your way to Pig Island Bahamas.
Where is Pig Island Bahamas?
Pig Beach Bahamas is located on Big Major Cay in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. The Exuma out islands are a crop of 365 islands in the southern half of the archipelago known for their exoticness and relative remoteness when compared to the northern islands.
The nature is supreme in the Exumas and Pig Island Bahamas is no exception. However, despite the seclusion, it is still relatively easy to get from Nassau to Pig Island to go swimming with the pigs. It is a thirty-minute flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay, and from there it is just a ten-minute jaunt in a water taxi or local fisherman’s boat to get to the island with pigs.
Why are the Bahamas swimming pigs on Big Major Cay?
There are many tales about how the Exuma pigs got to Swimming pigs island. The most commonly told story revolves unhappy villagers on Staniel Cay due to the smell of a farmer’s nearby pigpen. The complaints drove the farmer to move his livestock to what is now known as Pig Island Bahamas.
Every day, the farmer would take a boat full of feed to his pigs on Big Major Cay. Soon, the Bahamas pigs picked up on this pattern and would meet the farmer out at sea, swimming to the boat to be the first fed. Thus, the swimming pigs Bahamas was born.
When is the best time for Pig Island tours?
Pig Island Bahamas is a year-round destination meaning it is great at any time you want to visit. However, there are some times to beware of because of overtourism and the frenzy of high season in the Bahamas.
December, right around the holidays, and even into January are very busy in the Bahamas, so too is Spring Break (March-April). And being that the Nassau swimming pigs are the top attraction in the country, you will experience a large volume of photo-snapping tourists. If this doesn’t bother you, December is one of the best months of the year to visit the pigs. However, if you would like a more calm experience, you would be better off going during different months.
Likewise, March and early April is spring break season. Many students make their way to the Bahamas for a nearby island getaway. It can be a crazy time to visit any part of the Bahamas and especially to take a Bahamas day trips to Pig Island Bahamas.
Finally, July and August is usually the vacation season for most tourists. Though it is usually unavoidable, we would advise skipping these months if you want a more secluded experience.
What is on Big Major Cay?
Pig Island Bahamas is home to around 20-25 swimming pigs ranging in size from baby piglets to the largest pig on the island, Big Momma. Besides the pigs, you can spend some time wandering the island and its white-sand beaches. It won’t take you long to walk the circumference of the island.
Your Tour to Pig Beach Bahamas
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