Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

Swimming With Pigs In The Bahamas (Guide + Tours)

This detailed guide has everything you need to know about swimming with pigs in the Bahamas! From the best locations to insider tips, costs, and the intriguing history behind this unique experience. Plus recommendations for the best tours for a hassle-free experience.

Set off on an amazing water adventure in the beautiful Bahamas—swimming with pigs! Yes, you read that right! Just imagine sparkling blue waters, sunny beaches, and suddenly, you’re meeting these adorable pigs trotting around. Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas has turned into a must-try for people wanting a different and totally cool experience in the Bahamas.

We’ll explore the best locations, transportation & recommended tours, essential tips, costs, and more. I’ll share everything you need to know, making your trip to swim with the Bahamas’ famous pigs an absolute breeze.

Be sure to also check my post on the best luxury resorts in Bahamas if you haven’t booked your stay yet. 

First, let’s start by looking into transportation and recommended tours from the 2 most famous starting locations – Exuma and Nassau.

How to swim with pigs from Nassau, Bahamas

Many people choose Nassau and Paradise Island as the place to stay on their Bahamas holiday. If you are among them and want to see the swimming pigs of the Bahamas, worry not. Although the Exumas are a bit further away, there are still ways to easily get there. Moreover, there’s another island with swimming pigs which is just 30min away.

Go check my post on the best excursions in Nassau, Bahamas for more fun things to do in the city. There I have recommendations for ATV and snorkeling excursions, food & rum tasting tours and more!

Traveling From Nassau to Pig Beach by plane

Traveling from Nassau to Piggy Island is a 30-40min flight to Staniel Cay in Exuma, followed by a 10min boat ride to Pig Beach. Undoubtedly, this option is the fastest one, but also the most expensive. An organized excursion from Nassau usually costs 700-800$. What I love about this option are the marvelous views over Exumas and they alone are worth the money.

The benefit of flying is that you’ll be with the pigs earlier in the day, before all the people who come by boat. This means fewer tourists and greater chance for the pigs to interact with you. You can organize everything by yourself by booking flights and then a boat ride. Easier option is to book this organized excursion:

Pig Beach Excursion + Great Guana Cay & Thunderball Grotto

This pig beach excursion is organized by Staniel Cay Vacations – the most popular pig beach tour provider in the  Bahamas. The excursion is in small groups of maximum 10-15 people per boat. The highlight of the tour is Pig Beach and swimming with the pigs in Exuma.

But that’s not all – there are 7 stops in the tour. Some of them include meeting iguanas or snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto (where a few famous movies were shot). Visit to Compass Cay for a swim with baby sharks is also included!

Local captains ensure an intimate experience away from crowds. Includes transport (and flights), unlimited drinks, lunch, food for the pigs and more. 

Please note that you must bring your passport to board the plane! Don’t miss this unforgettable swimming with pigs in the Bahamas adventure!

Rating:4.3/5Price:$$$

Traveling from Nassau to Pig Beach by speed boat takes 2-3 hours. Quite often the boats make a few stops at other locations before reaching the swimming pigs of the Bahamas.

What I like about the boat trip is the sensation of sea breeze and fresh air as the boat slices through the water. You also get to talk with the other passengers (if you want to) and may create new friendships. Sometimes the captain may stop the boat to show you stingrays or other marine life that you passes by.

Swimming Pigs – 5 Islands Adventure Boat Tour

During this excursion you’ll stop at 5 islands, each with something special. Be it feeding iguanas at one, check out Pablo Escobar’s sunken plane, or hanging out with nurse sharks. During the trip the tour guide also shares a lot of interesting facts about the Bahamas and the islands being visited.

The tour includes complimentary drinks and water. There’s also a traditional Bahamian lunch with refreshing cocktails at Guana Cay. The highlight is swimming with pigs in the Bahamas at Big Major Cay.

Rating:4.4/5Price:$$$

Traveling from Nassau to the swimming pigs in Rose Island

Traveling to the swimming pigs in Rose Island from Nassau offers a more convenient and quicker option compared to the longer journey to Exuma. It’s a shorter boat ride, making it perfect for those seeking piggy encounter without spending extensive hours on a boat. The tours are also usually twice cheaper than the ones to Exuma.

Most excursions to the swimming pigs at Rose Island last around 3-4 hours. This makes them the perfect half-day trip, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day. My personal favorite is the fact that you get to spend a few hours on the Pig Beach at Rose Island. While with an excursion to the Exumas’ pigs you’ll usually spend 20-30min on shore.

Rose Island tour and swimming pigs

Get set for a fun trip with the Nassau swimming with pigs tour! The adventure starts with a scenic tour and a bit of singing, then a short 20-minute boat ride to Rose Island. Once there, you can enjoy the calmness and swim in the clear water.

The highlight is hanging out with the pigs! You can feed them, pet them, and enjoy their company. After pig time, there’s a beach bar for drinks and a free meal. You can also relax on beach chairs or play pool.

This tour includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, water to drink, and a lot of amazing moments. Remember to bring cash because some places on the island might not take cards.

Rating:4.6/5Price:$$$

Swimming with Pigs in Rose Island

This 4-hour tour starts with a 30min boat ride to Rose Island. Along the way you’ll see scenic views over many islands like Paradise & Pearl island, Green cay and more. Once you arrive at Rose Island, you’ll be able to chill at a beach chair or in the dining area.

But in my opinion you’ll be going to enjoy the swimming pigs of the Bahamas first. You’ll be able to pet and feed them, play and take lots of photos. Once you get tired, you can grab a drink at the bar. Optional hotel and cruise port pickup is also available.

Rating:4.7/5Price:$$$

How to swim with pigs from Exuma, Bahamas

Exuma is a great place to start your pig-swimming adventure in the Bahamas. Here, you can find Pig Beach on Big Major Cay, where those adorable pigs live & swim around. That’s the location of the original swimming pigs in the Bahamas. Meanwhile the other swimming pigs’ locations in the Bahamas were created on purpose after the success of the original ones.

One of the benefits of swimming with pigs from Exuma is that you can get to Pig Beach very quickly. Thus you’d be spending less time traveling around and more time swimming with the pigs. You’ll also be able to go to the pigs early. On top of all that, Exuma boasts stunning islands and unbelievably clear waters.

Tip: Go to Pig Beach early in the morning, when there are fewer tourists and the swimming pigs of Bahamas will interact with you more.

Traveling from Great Exuma to Pig Beach

If you are staying at Great Exuma, fear not. The island is a bit further away from swimming with the pigs – a 2-hour boat ride. But in my experience most organized tours include many other stops along the way. This makes the journey a lot more enjoyable and interesting and the 2 hours pass by rather quickly.

Great Exuma may not be as close to swimming with pigs in the Bahamas experience as Big Major Cay, I would say it’s better. There are more hotels to stay at and restaurants to dine in. And I also like the beaches more at Great Exuma. 

You can organize your swimming with the pigs adventure by yourself or just book this tour and not worry about anything:

Exuma: Swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas tour

This 8-hour long excursion includes the best Exuma has to offer. The main attraction is, of course, the swimming pigs in Exuma. You’ll also visit Allen’s Cay to see the iguanas and Compass Cay for some nurse sharks. There are a few other stops including a private pristine beach.

On top of that, throughout the excursion you’ll enjoy light breakfast, authentic Bahamian lunch on-board and snacks. If you don’t have your own snorkeling equipment, the organizers will provide you with one. What I really like about this swim with pigs in the Bahamas tour is that they donate part of proceeds to clean up the ocean.

Rating:4.5/5Price:$$$

Traveling from Staniel Cay to Pig Beach

Setting off from Staniel Cay for your swimming with the pigs adventure is a smart choice. In my opinion, if you want to enjoy the experience with just a few other people on Pig Beach, Staniel Cay is your best bet. Pig Beach is just 10min boat ride away! 

There’s a range of boat tours regularly departing from Staniel Cay, so you have plenty of options to hop on board and join the fun. However, it’s best if you book your tour in advance, as the boats may be fully booked. The 3N’s Vacation Services tour is organized by one of the most famous companies for swimming with pigs in the Bahamas and is a great option.

Other than an entry point to swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, Staniel Cay has a lot more to offer. Nearby you can explore Thunderball Grotto, a famous cave system featured in James Bond movies. Another option that’s often included in the Pig Beach tours is to snorkel with nurse sharks at Compass Cay.

Where to swim with pigs in the Bahamas

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas has become a sought-after experience. Nowadays there are many places to swim with pigs, just like the famous original spot in Big Major Cay. Locations like Rose Island near Nassau, Meeks Patch Island in Eleuthera, Ship Channel Cay offer a similar experience.

At these spots, you can meet and play with the pigs in the beautiful waters and stunning island settings. Each place gives you the chance to feed and pet these cute animals, making wonderful memories to cherish. The big benefit of having so many locations is that you can pick the closest one to you and not miss out on the experience.

Pig Beach on Big Major Cay, Exuma – the original swimming pigs

Pig Beach on Big Major Car Map

The original swimming pigs live at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay in Exuma. This place is like a dream with clear blue waters and beautiful sandy beaches. When you arrive, these happy pigs come up to say hello, swimming around and being super friendly. They love when visitors feed them and take pictures.

How to get to Pig Beach:

  • 5-10min boat ride from Staniel Cay, Exuma
  • 2-3 hours speedboat ride from Nassau
  • 30-40min flight to Staniel Cay followed by a 10min boat ride. Often swimming with pigs in the Bahamas tour organizers have airport pickup at Staniel Cay

Rose Island near Nassau

Rose Island Map of swimming pigs beach

Rose island is located 5miles (8km) away from Nassau. It’s home to many swimming pigs that are eager to interact with the tourists and get some food. When traveling to Rose Island from Nassau, you’ll marvel the beauty of islands like Pearl Island, Gilligan Island, and Green Cay.

At the island there are also beach resort and a bar where you can relax, have a drink or grab some food. There are also sunbeds at the beach that you can usually use as part of your swimming with pigs excursion. Many tours also include lunch or snacks at the bar.

How to get to Rose Island:

  • 30min boat ride from Nassau. People usually book an organized swimming with pigs experience that includes transportation.

The water at Rose Island has a beautiful turquoise color and it’s one of the best spots for snorkeling in the Bahamas. So make sure to do some snorkeling after the fun with the swimming pigs of the Bahamas.

Meeks Patch Island in Eleuthera

Map of swimming pigs in Meeks Patch Island

Eleuthera is famous for its beautiful pink beaches and incredibly clear blue waters. It’s also known for a special bridge called the Glass Window Bridge. It shows two different seas meeting, one calm and blue, the other deep and dark. 

Meeks Patch Island is a small island in the northern part of Eleuthera. It’s famous for its swimming animals, most notably the pigs. But there are also ducks and a turkey! It’s not as busy as other places in the Bahamas. Here, you can swim with the pigs in the Bahamas without lots of people around.

How to get to Meeks Patch Island:

Ship Channel Cay

Map of Ship Channel Cay with swimming pigs

Ship Channel Cay is a small, 3 miles (5km) by 0.3 miles (500m) island. It’s located 30 miles (50km) south-east of Nassau. Other than swimming with the pigs there’s not much to do on the island.

Sure, you can sunbathe on a beach chair or observe the stingrays or iguanas or watch feeding of the sharks but that’s all. There are a few small buildings on the island offering shade, food & refreshments. What I liked is that there are few tourists and it’s very nice and calm.

How to get to Ship Channel Cay:

  • ~1 hour by boat from Nassau.

No Name Cay, Abaco

Map of No Name Cay and swimming pigs beach

No Name Cay is also a very small island – half the length of Ship Channel Cay. It’s part of Abaco islands and is very close to Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay.

As you might expect, there are very few tourists and it’s very calm. Of course, you can feed and swim with the pigs. Other than that, there’s a small souvenir shop and a bar offering drinks and some food.

How to get to No Name Cay:

  • 5-10min boat ride from Treasure Cay or Green Turtle Cay. Tours usually cost 50-60$ per person

Dove Cay, Long Island

Map of Swimming pigs in Dove Cay

Dove Cay is the smallest of all the islands where you can go swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. It’s just 0.3 miles (500m) long and only a few pigs live there. It’s a privately owned island and usually you can go there only with a booked tour.

The nice thing is that there are no tourists there and you can have the pigs all to yourself (and the few goats on the island). But bear in mind that the island is rocky and there’s only a small beach. There are no places to get drinks or relax or any kind of buildings other than a shade for the pigs.

How to get to Dove Cay:

  • 5-10min by boat from Stella Maris Marina on Long Island, Bahamas. Tours usually cost 170-200$ per person

How much does it cost to go swimming with pigs in the Bahamas?

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas can cost from $50 to $400 per person. Prices can change depending on the tour, distance and what’s included. Shorter trips cost less, while longer ones or those with extra activities might be pricier. 

It’s important to check what’s covered in the cost, like transport, food, and other activities, to pick the best option for your budget. Prices can also change depending on the time of year, so it’s good to compare different tours before choosing one.

Here are some rough price ranges (per person):

Travel fromSwimming pigs locationCost (per person)
Staniel CayPig Beach at Big Major Cay300$
Great ExumaPig Beach at Big Major Cay500-550$
Nassau (by plane)Pig Beach at Big Major Cay700-900$
Nassau (by speedboat)Pig Beach at Big Major Cay350-450$
NassauRose Island150-200$
Nassau (by speedboat)Meek Patch Island350-400$
Treasure CayNo Name Cay50-60$
Cost of swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

Best time to visit swimming pigs in the Bahamas

little piggie swimming in the Bahamas

The best time to visit the swimming pigs in The Bahamas depends on your preferences. Generally, the pigs can be seen throughout the year. Let’s dive into a few different areas and see the pros and cons of each period.

Peak vs off-season

The best time to visit the swimming pigs in The Bahamas is during the off-peak season. This usually falls between mid-April and mid-December. During these months, you’ll find fewer tourists, lower prices, and more availability on tours. 

The peak season, from mid-December to mid-April, draws more crowds and might mean higher prices and busier tours. Pig Beach gets even busier during the Christmas period. But the weather is generally more pleasant during the peak season, with warmer temperatures and less chance of rain.

Morning vs afternoon

Mornings are ideal for a visit, especially in the hotter months. The weather tends to be cooler, and the waters calmer, making it a comfortable experience for both you and the pigs. Plus, early mornings (7AM to 9AM) usually have fewer crowds, giving you a more relaxed time with the pigs. 

However, afternoons might offer warmer waters and brighter skies, which could be more appealing if you prefer sunnier conditions. But be cautious that pigs may not be so active and willing to swim with you.

My advice is to avoid going around noon, when many boats with tourists come to Pig Beach.

Sunny vs cloudy weather

While sunny weather can enhance the overall experience with clearer waters and bright light, cloudy weather might offer a unique atmosphere. Clouds can provide a dramatic backdrop for your piggy adventure, creating stunning visuals for your memories. 

Moreover, on cloudy days, temperatures might be cooler, making it more comfortable for spending extended periods outdoors. And if it’s really cloudy (and stormy), there might be fewer tourists.

If you want fewer people on your swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas experience, aim for off-season, the mornings or cloudy weather.

What to bring to Piggy Beach

Pig swimming in water in the Bahamas

Heading to Piggy Beach is all about being ready with the right stuff for a fantastic time with the swimming pigs of the Bahamas. Bringing everything that you may need will result in less frustration and worry-free time on the beach. 

When you look at the list, many items may seem obvious. But believe me, it’s easy to forget about some of those. Or you may not have thought that you may need this or that.

Water Shoes

These are like protective socks for your feet. They shield them from sharp rocks or rough surfaces underwater, letting you explore without worrying about cuts or discomfort.

Food for the swimming pigs

Ensure you bring pig-friendly treats like veggies or fruits to feed the adorable pigs. Remember, their diet doesn’t include just anything, so prepare treats they’ll love! In my experience, pigs will interact with you only if you have food. Usually tour organizers take care of that, but it’s best to ask them beforehand so that you come prepared.

Swimsuit

A no-brainer, but essential! You’ll spend a lot of time in the water. Be it swimming with the pigs, exploring Thunderball Grotto or just snorkeling. So… don’t forget your favorite swimsuit.

Sunscreen

The Bahamian sun can be intense and the swimming pigs tours can be long. Quite often the tour boats have limited shade. So it’s best to apply a lot of sunscreen before the tour. Also make sure to bring enough to reapply, especially after spending time in the water. My advice – choose a water-resistant one for uninterrupted fun with the pigs.

Insect repellent

Keep those pesky bugs away with some bug spray. It’s your shield against any unwelcome critters. And there are plenty of those! After all, the swimming pigs are wild animals and often live on uninhabited islands where mosquitos may thrive.

Phone or camera

Capturing those cute piggy moments is a must! Bring a camera or your phone, but be careful with electronics near water. It’s best if you have an action camera (e.g. GoPro) or waterproof shielding. My best advice – don’t forget to fully charge it beforehand or bring a power bank!

Waterproof phone case

Protect your phone or camera from water splashes and accidental drops. It’s a smart investment to safeguard your devices. Even though many phones from the last few years are waterproof, you never know what may happen. Moreover, the salt water is corrosive and can damage your phone. Meanwhile waterproof cases or pouches are cheap and do a great job!

Towel & clothes

After your swim, you’ll need something dry to change into. Pack a towel and an extra set of clothes for a comfortable post-swim experience. If you have a waterproof bag (or one that doesn’t absorb water), bring it along and store your items there. During the boat trip there may be a lot of splashes and water drops.

And if the weather forecast is not sunny, get a rain jacket in case you get caught up in a rain. It will also keep you warm if it’s windy.

Cash & Card

Many places and islands that the tours stop at may not accept cards. So make sure you bring cash for any purchases or emergencies. For example, you may have lunch included in your tour, but without the drinks or alcohol. You’ll also need some cash for tipping your tour guide. In my opinion it’s best if you get smaller bills. Usually 50-100$ should be enough.

Goggles

Enhance your underwater vision with goggles. They’ll allow you to explore the beauty beneath the surface when snorkeling or taking underwater photos.

Usually tour organizers will provide you with snorkeling equipment, but ask beforehand. On the other hand I prefer using my own goggles and snorkel, so I always bring mine.

No expensive jewelry

You’ll be spending half or the whole day on the boat, at the beach and in the water. Thus there’s a high chance for you to lose your jewelry.

My advice is to leave those at the hotel. Not only for your swimming with pigs in the Bahamas adventure, but for any other excursion that involves activities like swimming, snorkeling and bumpy travel.

How to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas

Pig sleeping on beach Bahamas
Be respectful when swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas and don’t bother sleeping pigs

Embarking on an adventure to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas is an experience like no other, but it’s essential to maintain a respectful and considerate approach. This will guarantee the best experience for you and the pigs. Moreover, if you do these simple things, you’ll reduce the chance of injuries or getting bitten. 

My grandparents had a farm with lots of animals – pigs among them. Thus I had a lot of interaction with them and know how to behave around the swimming pigs. But many tourists don’t. So, follow these guidelines for an enjoyable and safe interaction with these fascinating creatures:

Be respectful

Approach the pigs calmly and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises. Let them come to you if they feel comfortable. Don’t chase them or let alone – ride them. Be kind and remember that they are wild animals and may do unpredictable things. 

Don’t hold the piggies

Picking up or carrying the pigs isn’t a good idea. They prefer to move around freely on the sand or in the water. And if you pick up a cute little pig, it may squeal. This can draw the moma-pig’s attention and she may try to protect her little one.

If you want to hold a swimming pig in the Bahamas, only do so if the piggie is really friendly and enjoys your company.

Don’t feed the pigs from your hands

Feeding the pigs directly from your hands might seem appealing, but it’s crucial to avoid this. Their eyesight and coordination are not very good. So they may mistake your fingers for food and try to bite them.

The same applies for any other object that you hold in your hands – like a phone. So keep those objects either in your bag or in front and above the pig’s head, where they can see them.

Feed the pigs only in the Water

To maintain the pigs’ natural habitat and cleanliness, feed them while in the water. But more importantly – do it for the pigs’ safety. If you throw food on the beach, they may ingest too much sand. But sand is not good for them. In the past there were cases where some of the swimming pigs in the Bahamas died because of the sand

It’s best if you throw the food in the water in front of the pigs when they swim towards you.

Feed the pigs with approved foods

Stick to the food provided by the tour guides or locals. Fruits and vegetables are typically safe and enjoyable for the pigs.

Avoid feeding them any inappropriate or harmful items. It goes without saying that they don’t like processed foods. So, please, don’t feed them with chocolate bars, sweets, crackers etc.

Don’t turn your back on the pigs

Always be aware of the pigs’ location. Turning your back might startle them or lead to unexpected encounters. Maintain a watchful eye while enjoying your time in the water. 

Take a lot of photos

Capture these incredible moments! Ensure your camera or phone is waterproof and take plenty of photos to preserve the memories of your unique adventure.

What to expect on your swimming with the pigs excursion

Swimming pig walking on beach in the Bahamas

When you’re geared up for swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas, here’s what you might encounter during your visit:

Short stay to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas

Many tours for swimming with pigs in the Bahamas say they are 4 or more hours. But don’t expect that you’ll spend most of the time with the pigs. Usually you’ll stay at Pig Beach for 20-40min. It may not seem much, but it’s more than enough for feeding and playing with the pigs. And for photos, of course. 

The rest of the excursion time is spent traveling and stopping at other destinations. To be honest, I really loved the whole experience. You spend some time with the pigs, you snorkel at Thunderball Grotto, pet some iguanas. I think that the organized tours are really worth it.

Pigs may not swim during your visit

These charming creatures might not always feel like taking a dip. Don’t be disheartened if they prefer lounging on the shore rather than paddling in the water. They are living beings like us. So they may not always be in the mood. There are higher chances to see the pigs swimming if you go to Pig Beach in the morning.

Many other tourists

Pig Beach is a famous spot, attracting a lot of visitors keen on experiencing this unique adventure. More than 7 million come to the Bahamas every year. Most of them want to see the famous swimming pigs in the Bahamas. Therefore, be prepared for crowds and plenty of other tourists wanting to meet the pigs.

Cute piglets… and large hogs

Get ready to meet adorable piglets and larger pigs, each with its own personality. Some might be more playful, while others enjoy lounging in the sun. Just be prepared that not all pigs are small and cute. Some are enormous hogs that just like sleeping and eating all day.

Poo in the water

It’s essential to be aware that the pigs live on the beach, so there might be feces in the water. This is part of their natural habitat, so don’t be surprised.

Just walk around the poo and try not to swallow the ocean water near pig beach. Also don’t forget to wash your hands or use disinfectant before touching your food.

History of swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

The captivating history of swimming with pigs in Exuma stretches back decades. It’s said that the pigs arrived on Big Major Cay (Pig Beach) during the late 20th century. The exact origin remains a delightful mystery, with colorful local legends adding to the allure. 

Some stories claim that sailors brought the pigs ashore, intending to return and cook them but never did. Others suggest that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and found their way to the island. But the most widely believed story behind the swimming pigs in the Bahamas is not so exciting.

In the 1990s two farmers were raising pigs on Staniel Cay. But the unpleasant smell coming from the pigs quickly spread throughout the small island. People were not happy with that. Thus, the farmers had to find a solution quickly.

What they came up with is to move the pigs to Big Major Cay. It’s far enough from Staniel Cay so you can’t smell them. At the same time it’s very close so that they can tend to the piggies. As time passed by, the pigs started associating the incoming boat with food. Thus, they would swim towards it to get food sooner.

Over time, these pigs adapted to their beautiful beach habitat and became friendly with visitors. The phenomenon gained global attention through social media, transforming this humble island into a sought-after destination for those seeking an extraordinary animal encounter.

FAQs about Swimming with Pigs in the Bahamas

What is the island in the Bahamas with swimming pigs?

The island in the Bahamas with swimming pigs is Big Major Cay, often referred to as Pig Beach. It’s part of Exuma and is very close to Staniel Cay.

How much does it cost to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas?

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas can range from $50 to $400 per person depending on the tour duration, inclusions, and operators. Prices may cover boat transport, guides, and pig interaction.

Where can you swim with pigs in the Bahamas?

You can swim with pigs in the Bahamas at various locations. Most popular ones are Big Major Cay (Pig Beach), Rose Island near Nassau, Meeks Patch Island in Eleuthera, Ship Channel Cay, No Name Cay in Abaco, and Dove Cay in Long Island.

Is swimming with the pigs worth it in the Bahamas?

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas is an incredible experience, offering unique interactions and unforgettable moments. For me it’s totally worth it, but don’t expect anything more than feeding and petting them.

How many places can you swim with pigs in the Bahamas?

You can swim with pigs in the Bahamas in at least 6 places. These include Big Major Cay (also known as Pig Beach, where the original swimming pigs live), Rose Island, Meeks Patch Island in Eleuthera, Ship Channel Cay, No Name Cay in Abaco, and Dove Cay in Long Island.

Where do I stay if I want to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas?

Accommodation options for swimming with pigs in the Bahamas vary depending on the location you choose to swim with pigs. Staying at nearby islands like Exumas or Nassau allows for easy access to the swimming pigs. Staying at Nassau will let you swim with pigs either in Big Major Cay or Rose Island and is a great choice.

Can you swim with pigs in the Bahamas without a tour?

Yes, swimming with pigs in the Bahamas without a tour is possible. Some areas, like Big Major Cay (Pig Beach), can be accessed by private boat or charter, allowing you to experience swimming with pigs independently. You just have to pay the entrance fee.

Can I swim with pigs from Nassau?

Yes, you can swim with pigs from Nassau. Tours are available from Nassau to various islands with swimming pigs, including Big Major Cay (Pig Beach) and Rose Island. There are also flights from Nassau to Exuma that avoid the long boat ride.

Where is the best place to swim with the pigs?

One of the best places to swim with pigs in the Bahamas is at Big Major Cay, commonly known as Pig Beach. This location in the Exuma Cays is renowned for its friendly and photogenic swimming pigs. Second best option are the swimming pigs on Rose Island near Nassau.

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