Swimming Pigs of Exuma in the Bahamas
The likes of Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage and David Copperfield have all staked claims to their own little pieces of paradise in the Exuma Cays, but the easy life in this island chain in The Bahamas isn’t just for film stars. Some less well-known fellows can be spotted frolicking on the beaches and basking in the shallows, as happy as pigs in … seawater!
The little groups of pigs to be found in the Exumas have attained some measure of stardom recently following a couple of stories of their aquatic skills surfacing in the press and on the web.
If swimming with pigs takes your fancy then such delights are possible. Guests staying at Royal Plantation Island, at Fowl Cay can take a boat out to Big Major Cay and head to the southernmost beach – Pig Beach.
From mainland Exuma there are boat excursions, Try: Four C’s Adventure – the Four C’s stops at a variety of cays and sandbars, for example at Guana Cay you can feed the local colony of Iguanas … only grapes, no nasty high fat foods, then sail to Thunderball Grotto for snorkeling the crystalline waters featured in the James Bond film Thunderball, from when the grotto earned its name.
The cruise stops for lunch at Staniel Cay, close by on Big Major Cay are the swimming pigs , proving that there’s more than one way to make a pig of yourself.
We were visiting the Exumas a few months ago and a local guy told us about the swimming pigs. We didn't believe him until we went to see for ourselves. They are real!! It was very odd to see but one of the most memorable experiences of our trip. This is a must do if you're in Exuma!