Swimming with the pigs has become one of the must-do excursions in the Bahamas. Every day, the island becomes more and more accessible to tourists and the area around Pig Island is full of other attractions, as well. The Exuma Cays — where you can go swimming with the pigs — is an oasis of 365 remote islands in the southern half of the Bahamas. There are so many untouched beauties to explore in the Exumas including swimming pigs Bahamas island, Big Major Cay.
Here is some more information for your visit to Pig Beach.
These Bahamas pigs have been on Big Major Cay in the Exuma Cays for over a few decades. Nowadays, they are the biggest stars of the Bahamas. They are visited annually over 6.6 million times and pose for millions of photos. There are many imitation islands featuring swimming with the pigs excursions, but Big Major Cay (now known as Pig Island) is the original island with pigs. It is just north of Staniel Cay, a much larger island with an airplane landing strip for Florida and Northern Bahamas travelers.
Through countless Instagram/ Facebook shares, swimming with the pigs has become internationally famous. They were brought there by farmers decades ago to rid Staniel Cay Village of the stench.
Soon after, pigs began swimming from the shore to be fed by arriving farmers daily. Thus, Pig Island was born and a tourist attraction was created. Now, there are multiple tours to the island daily arriving by different modes of transport.
It is estimated there are 20-25 pigs at Pig Beach ranging in size from tiny piglets to Big Momma (the largest and oldest of the island).
While on Pig Island, recognize the few rules to abide by while swimming with the pigs:
The Exuma pigs are now an integral part to Bahamas tourism. Make sure you respect the pigs and the island and its culture. Visit the many Exuma Attractions and locations surrounding the island on a day tour by plane or ferry and witness one of the most magical landscapes in the world; the Exuma Cays.
Discover the Exuma Islands with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.