Today, visiting Pig Island from Nassau is entirely possible. Big Major Cay, the island with pigs, is an Out Island of the Bahamas. In this article we dive deeper into the Bahamas’ Pig Island, so you are well prepared for your Bahamas holiday and day trips to Pig Beach.
Pig Beach Bahamas is a popular tourist resort with Exuma pigs. It is estimated that between 20 and 25 pigs roam freely around the island and can be seen on Pig Beach. More than 6.62 million people visited the island with pigs in 2018, and this number will increase year after year. If you want to book Pig Island tours from Nassau, jump on it quick!
How to visit Pig Island from Nassau
A Nassau to Pig Island Bahamas tour is perfect for the whole family, so it is about time you start preparing starting with how you will get the family to Pig Island from Nassau!
Where is Pig Island Bahamas?
Pig Beach Bahamas is an island in the southern part of the country. It is located about 80 miles southeast of the capital, Nassau, in the south of the Bahamas. It is one of the main attractions of the city. It is part of a region of the country known as Exuma Cays. To get to Pig Island from Nassau is becoming more accessible every day.
The Exuma Cays are known for their remote location and their exoticism even towards Nassau and other northern islands. Big Major Cay (Bahamas Pig Island) is one of the 365 beautiful islands in the region you will see on your trip from Nassau to Pig Island.
Astronauts have said that the Exuma Cays region is the most beautiful part of the planet from their spatial point of view. Pig Island is almost at the center of the chain of islands that make up the vast majority of Exumas, near the great Staniel Cay.
Which Pig Island tour is right for you?
To reach the island with pigs, you have several possibilities with the ferry, outboard motor and private plane from Nassau.
Pig Island Exuma day trip by plane
The easiest and fastest option is to fly. Flights to Pig Beach Bahamas depart daily from Nassau International Airport to New Providence and arrive at Exumas Staniel Cay Airport no later than 30 minutes later. From there, you will be guided on a private tour that will take you by boat around the Exumas, including the Big Major Cay Pig Island, taking you on the boat around the Exumas, including Big Major Cay Pig Island.
Pig Island from Nassau by ferry
There are tours to Pig Island from Nassau by ferry that leave every morning. The ride usually takes upwards of two hours (not including the queuing and security checks). Often, the ride is not smooth and can result in seasickness to even the most experienced sailor.
Usually, about 200 people fit aboard a ferry to the Exumas so the boat is usually pretty crowded. Expect delays — even in the sunny Bahamas, sea conditions can get ugly and often on trips to Pig Island from Nassau.
How long does it take to get to Pig Island?
As you can see, the trip to Pig Island from Nassau by plane is a lot quicker. If you are thinking in terms of round trip, you can save nearly three hours of precious time on your limited day trip just by flying. That is a lot of extra time to explore the surrounding islands.
What to do at Pig Beach Bahamas
Besides swimming with the pigs, there are plenty of things to do other than see the Bahamas swimming pigs:
- Swim with sharks at Compass Cay
- Re-enact a Bond movie at Thunderball Grotto
- Search for endangered Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
- Explore an underwater plane wreck from the cartel
- Find hidden sandbars at low tide at Pipe Creek
. . . And many more things to do in the Exumas!
Enjoy your Pig Island tours from Nassau
Would you like to book a Nassau Bahamas swim with pigs tour in the Exumas? Do not hesitate to contact one of our swimming pig specialists via our contact form.