Have you ever seen those pictures or videos of people swimming with wild pigs in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas and thought to yourself, “You know that’s something I want to do?” If the answer is yes, then we have all the information you need to head off on your swine filled swimming adventure. Sounds a bit unappetizing doesn’t it? But these little cuties love bobbing around with visitors. Here’s everything you need to know.
The place where you can find these pigs chuffing through the water is called Exuma and is part of the 350 islands that comprise the Bahamas. So even if your entire family doesn’t want to go swimming with the pigs they can find another island with some kind of other activity to entertain themselves while you’re capturing the moment you first get to see these little and in some cases rather big pigs. Some weigh in at around 300 pounds! To get to Exuma you will most likely need to come in a boat and you will need to have food with you to lure these piggys over to you. Pig Island does not itself have any accommodation except for wherever the bigs have decided to make their home so don’t expect to be camping on the beach with them. You will just boat in for the day, hang out with them and then head back to the island where you are staying.
The closest island with an airport is Staniel Cay and this is where you will find resorts to stay at. A couple to check out are Embrace Resort and Foul Cay but they are on the pricier side of things. You can also opt to do a day trip from Nassau which may end up saving you some money in the long run.
How The Pigs Got Here
There are a couple of theories for how these pigs ended up populating this beautiful spot in the Bahamas. One is that some sailors dropped them off and were planning to sail back and have a big pig roast or bring them back on board for a long haul trip but they never returned. Another theory is that someone cooked up the idea that tourists like kitschy things where they can swim and take pictures with animals in paradise so some entrepreneurs dropped the pigs off and luckily they thrived. It seems kind of odd that someone would just drop livestock off on a deserted island but that is in essence how Pig Island was born and is now a major tourist destination.