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 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 lives on the island Big Mayor 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 Mayor Cay. Some assume settlers who lived on the island, tried to cultivate livestock and agriculture to secure their livelihood. One day the people left the island, but the pigs remained. Which of the stories may be true or whether the water-loving pigs live on Big Mayor Cay for a very different reason is still unknown but what we do know is they are definitely worth a visit.
Where to find the pigs?
These pigs can only be found on Big Mayor Cay. The beach, where you meet the swimming pigs, now carries the name "Pig Beach". The island of Big Mayor Cay is located quite a distance south of the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau. So if you spend your Bahamas holiday in the capital or on one of the surrounding islands, it is not easy to get to the swimming pigs.
From Nassau you should try to get to the island of Staniel Cay. Once here, you will be taken to the swimming pigs on smaller boats, and will cost approximately £18. From there you can take a day trip to the swimming pigs. The same applies to the main island of Exuma, Great Exuma. If you spend your Bahamas holiday here, it is easy to take a day trip to the pigs in the Bahamas, and will take around 3 hours to get there.
How do I get to the Bahamas?
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