When we hear the word “Bahamas” our little pirate minds are immediately transported to beautiful holiday visions of pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. A relaxed lifestyle is full of serenity. But there is much more to the Bahamas. A new attraction has started to come to fruition with many people taking it into their hearts… Swimming pigs!
Sounds unbelievable right? But it’s 100% true, these acrobatic pouting piggies are now attracting lots of tourists and we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun.
Swimming with animals is nothing new on holiday but just take a minute to imagine how jealous your mates will be when they see your photos and videos of swimming with these bristly water lovers.
The pigs are confident too, so confident in fact that many of them eat edible gifts straight from the hands of happy tourists. Swimming with happy pigs in paradise: we can't think of many better selfies than that.
How did the pigs actually get there?
This question has already been asked by a wide range of experts. The fact is, we do not know exactly. There are myths and legends about the swimming pigs of the Bahamas. One of these legends says that the swimming pigs have survived a shipwreck.
Since then, a pig population has lived on the island Big Major Cay, an island in the Exuma area of The Bahamas. Splashing pigs in the middle of the Caribbean are a dream for every child, but also great fun for adults too.
But there is another theory of how the pigs could have landed on Big Major Cay. Some assume settlers, who lived on the island, tried to cultivate livestock and agriculture to secure their livelihood.
At some point, people left the island, but the pigs remained. Which of the stories may be true or whether the water-loving pigs live on Big Major Cay for a very different reason is still unknown, but what we do know is they are definitely worth a visit.
Where in The Bahamas can I swim with pigs?
Luckily, you don't have to travel to Big Major Cay if you want to swim with pigs in The Bahamas. While the beach in Exuma has been famously renamed to "Pig Beach", there are also ample opportunities closer to Nassau if you don't want to make the long trek to Exuma.
If you’re staying on Nassau, we recommend the Sandy Toes experience on Rose Island. You can easily book an excursion to visit the beach and experience swimming with the pigs. We’ve found a top-rated full day tour from £140 per person.
Another place to swim with pigs is at Adelaide beach, located on the Southside of New Providence island. You can also book shorter book tours, in case you have other activities that you are interested in doing. We’ve found a 2-hour tour that starts from £96 per person.
Want to know about holidays in Nassau & Paradise Island in The Bahamas? We've got a handy guide that answers all of your questions, including how to get there, when to visit, and where to stay!
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