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Visit the famous Bahamas Swimming Pigs at Pig Beach on our Bahamas Day Trips to Staniel Cay in the Exumas. The top bucket list activity and most sought after destination in the Bahamas!

Pig Beach (also officially known as Big Major Cay), is one of 360 islands found in the Bahamas’ Exuma Cays. It lies inline with hundreds of cays and islands that stretch north from Exuma Island.

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The island itself is no longer than one mile in length and can be traversed on foot in a matter of an hour or two. Although the island is not big in size, it receives more annual visitors than a majority of the Bahamas islands which were visited by 6.62 million tourists in 2018.

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Two cute pigs in the water at Swimming Pigs Beach

Proximity to Staniel Cay

The popular Big Major Cay lies just near Staniel Cay, a larger cay and more accessible destination to which visitors can fly into using the Staniel Cay airstrip. A swimming pigs tour is one of the top attractions when visiting Staniel Cay as a boat ride to Pig Beach takes no more than fifteen minutes.

Big Major Cay’s proximity to Staniel Cay makes it a popular destination for private yachts and those who are docked at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

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Visit the Swimming Pigs on a Pig Beach Tour

The plane ride is only thirty-minutes from Nassau, making it a prime day trip location. The ferry, alternatively, takes around six hours round trip depending on sea conditions and should be avoided if visiting just for the day.

Bahamas Air Tours offers Day Trips to the Bahamas Swimming Pigs at Pig beach by Plane from both Miami and Nassau.

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History of this Swimming Pigs Island

Although many folktales revolve around how the pigs got to Pig Beach, the most commonly accepted explanation is they arrived from nearby Staniel Cay and were placed there by locals intentionally. This explanation dates back to around the early 1990’s.

Staniel Cay started as a farming community. However, the pigs gave off unappealing smells which the locals didn’t like and received complaints from annoyed neighbors.

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Feeding the Pigs on a Swimming Pigs Tour

Landscape of Pig Beach

The island and surrounding area is of similar appearance to what the Bahamas region is widely known for. Soft white sand beaches, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and swaying palm trees line the beach and island as a whole.

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Visit the Swimming Pigs Island on a Bahamas Day Trip

Other rules include:

Never feeding a pig from the beach. This will cause the pigs to assume they can get all their food from the beach at the hands of humans and ruin their natural instinct for survival and the natural process which began with them swimming to their food.Never feed a pig by hand. Make sure the food is removed from your hand before the pig gets to it as they can bite and are, otherwise, clumsy while eating.Feed pigs only the appropriate and approved foods according to local guides. Most of the approved foods include bread and fruits or natural foods.

Marine Life Around Pig Beach

Other than the swimming Exuma pigs, look closely in the water and you may be treated to several exotic species like sea turtles, puffer fish, rays, and even reef sharks.

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Other Attractions close to the Swimming Pigs

While you are around Staniel Cay and Pig Beach, there are more attractions in the area to maximize on your visit.

Thunderball Grotto from the James Bond 007 film “Thunderball”Bitter Guana Cay to see the endangered Bahamas Rock IguanasSandbars at Pipe CayPet nurse sharks at Compass CayPlenty of underwater snorkel and diving spots

Staniel Cay Tour Map

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