The Swimming Pigs Tour Adventure on Staniel Cay

In the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, is an island populated only by swimming pigs. For decades, this archipelago of 365 islands would remain largely unknown to the world. It would not be a ruthless pirate, pioneering loyalists, a notorious drug kingpin, or the infamous Fyre Festival that would unveil Exuma to the world, but rather the most unlikely of creatures. Appearing in magazines, videos, newspapers, commercials, TV shows, and countless selfies, the Swimming Pigs of Exuma, in the Bahamas, have become a bucket-list sensation and have been named one of the marvels of the universe.

  • Meet the wildlife of Euxma by boat
  • Explore over 10 miles of diverse land and sea ecosystems
  • Feed the turtles, visit the swimming pigs, swim with the sharks and feed the iguanas.
  • Journey to see the sandbars or snorkel the shallow reefs
  • Looking for more? We also offer Scuba Diving Trips!
  • Tour includes: Swimming Pigs, Pet Sharks on Compass Cay, Iguanas, Thunderball Grotto, Stop for Lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and swimming on an incredible sandbar. Or if you would like a custom tour we are happy to show you around are beautiful cays.

Staniel Cay: Mermaid Tour

A fun surprise waits beneath the waves for snorkelers splashing through the waters on the Staniel Cay Tour around magician David Copperfield’s private islands.

Just off the coast of Rudder Cut Cay, swimmers will find Staniel Cay Tiursa life-sized sculpture of a mermaid lounging atop the sandy ocean floor. The mermaid waits near the bench of a baby grand piano as if beckoning divers to sit down and play her a tune.
The stainless-steel sculpture is hidden about 12 to 15 feet below the surface and can be a bit difficult to spot when the current stirs up the sand and clouds the water. It makes discovering them on a clear day feel all the more magical. Snorkelers capable of holding their breath for a while like to swim down and pose atop the bench as if they, too, belong in this underwater world.
David Copperfield, who owns multiple private islands within the Bahamas commissioned the artwork from Jason DeCaires Taylor and had it sunk as a quirky surprise for the few, exclusive guests who stay on the private island or those who take boat trips to snorkel off the shore.

Staniel Cay Area: Sunken Drug Plane

Staniel Cay Exuma might be a laid-back beach community known for it’s swimming pigs, but  the Exuma chain has a past rooted in piracy and drug smuggling. Back in the 70’s the Medellin Cartel used Norman’s Cay as a drug smuggling base where planes would take off full of cocaine into the US. One of the few remnants of this seedy past is a plane wreck that lies in shallow waters just off the cay perfect for snorkeling exploration. The famous Staniel Cay Plane Wreck is one of the most accessible in the world because of its location in shallow sea water. The wreck happened just a half of a mile away from the busy Staniel Cay Yacht Club.  To make this snorkeling even more appealing, the crash site offers many species of coral and fish have built habitats around the Staniel Cay plane wreck as is what often happens on and around sites of wrecks under the sea.

Staniel Cay: Swim and Feed The Turtles Little Farmer’s Cay

Take a Staniel Cay Adventures Tour to Little Farmer’s Cay . This tiny cay has a population of 66.

Little Farmer’s CayLittle Farmer’s Cay is also home to abundant wildlife, including exotic birds, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and tropical fish. Deep sea caves and coral reefs are nearby for world-class diving and snorkeling.

Little Farmer’s is located on the banks side of the southern Exuma Cays just 20 nm south of  Staniel Cay. It’s easily reached from either the south or north on the banks side.  Farmer’s Cay Cut offers access from Exuma Sound, but use caution in this cut. It’s wide, deep and easy to read, but a large swell from sustained easterly winds against an ebb tide can make it a rough ride. The currents are also quite strong.

Located just south of Big Farmer’s Cay, this stretch of pure white sand emerges from blue-green water at low tide. It is widely known as the “Mile-long Sandbar” and is perfect for shelling, sunbathing, and picnicking. You will have it all to yourself on most days!

We provide:

  • Fluffy Towels
  • Water and soft drinks with lots of ice for those hot days
  • Snacks
  • Fish and Pig Snacks
  • Sunscreen if needed
  • Snorkeling gear that is professionally maintained
  • Beach chairs and floats
  • Phone Chargers and power supply
  • Digital photos for download
  • Local and experienced Boat Captain

You provide:

  • Camera or smart phone
  • Swim suit, hat and cover up for sun protection
  • Cash for lunch, tips and $10 per person to swim with the pet sharks

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Confirmation will be sent within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability and minimum tour requirements
  • How far in advance do you need to book a swimming pigs day tour? – The further out you book, the better chance of booking your preferred date. Staniel Cay Day Tours get booked fast make your booking in advance if you can’t then email or call us and we will try to accommodate your schedule.
  • Can I book Staniel Cay Day Tours by phone? – Yes! Call  1.242.524.8062 or 1.813.465.9136
  • Can I give a tour as a gift? – Of course, you can! Email us or give us a call, and we can help if you want it to be a surprise.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, we offer private charter trips. Please see the chart below.
  • Does the tour still go out if it rains? – We go out as long as the weather permits, depending on the water condition and how heavy the rainfall is we will try to make it out rain or shine. We do have rain protection if needed. It is rare to have a full day of rain.
  • How much cash should we take and do they accept U.S. currency? – Yes, every island accepts U.S. currency and Bahamian Currency. Bring enough money for souvenirs and $10.00 for swimming with the Compass Cay Pet Sharks.
  • Do we have to tip our Staniel Cay Tour Guides? – Tips are not required but are much appreciated; more than often, people provide tips to our captains.
  • How much do you think we should give? – Tips can vary depending on how many people are in your group.
  • Will there be somewhere to leave our personal items while on the swimming pigs tour? – Our boats have dry areas that we can stash your personal belongings during the tour.
  • Is lunch included? – No, lunch is not included on the Staniel Cay Day Tour.  We offer snacks, water, and soda.
  • What should we wear for the Staniel Cay tour? – Wear appropriate weather gear and always have a swimsuit on underneath!
  • Who will our tour guides be? – We have licensed local captains that have all grown up in the Exuma Cays and have many years of experience.
  • Where do we meet for pick up? When you land on Staniel Cay, we will be right there to greet you.
  • Need More Information? – Give us a call!

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What to Bring on the Tour:

  • Change of Clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Shoes
  • No Jewelry
  • Insect Repellent

Additional Information

  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not accessible for the physically challenged
  • Not recommended for people with back problems or who have had a recent back surgery
  • Not recommended for people with respiratory or heart problems
  • Not recommended for people with a recent arm/hand surgery
  • Not handicapped accessible

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