1. Swimming Pigs on Pigs Beach
The Original Swimming Pigs Tour With Staniel Cay Adventures
Pigs can’t fly but they sure can swim; join us as we embark on this magical Swimming Pigs Tour adventure! Swim with friendly sharks at compass cay, feed the swimming pigs and get a close look at the endangered Bahamian Rock Iguanas all while cruising in the pristine waters of the Exuma Cays.
The Swimming Pigs
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.
Big Major Cay, is a daydream when you meet the inhabitants: loud, snorting pigs paddling out to greet you like a jolly bunch of golden retrievers rushing to the door when their owner finally gets home from a long day of work.
The locals at Big Major’s “Pig Beach” are transplants rather than native islanders, just like many of the people you’ll meet in the area. And though they’ve clearly taken to their tropical digs and rising popularity — spurred in part by a dramatic appearance on “The Bachelor” and more than a few well-liked Instagram posts — the rewards of fame are free food. Most tours to the island start at 9 a.m. It’s best to go early in the morning for the most uninterrupted attention from the pigs. By late afternoon, you’ll usually find them tuckered out with full bellies, and they’re more likely to lounge in the sand than to paddle through the water with you.
2. Swimming With The Sharks On Compass Cay
Sharks On Compass Cay with Staniel Cay Adventures
Does swimming with the sharks sound dangerous? This part of a tour can be loads of fun! Nurse sharks, the bottom-dwelling sharks that live in the warm, shallow waters of the Bahamas are a friendly bunch. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close at Compass Cay just north of Staniel Cay
The nurse sharks are – for the most part – harmless to swimmers and snorkelers.
Nurse sharks may have the ominous dorsal fin of a predator but they are much more easygoing than your average shark. These sharks are greyish-brown in appearance, reach 7.5 to 9.75 feet long, and weigh up to 300 pounds! Young nurse sharks can be identified by their spots. Nurse sharks feed on the fish, squid, and crabs of shallow ocean floors, and use their strong jaws to crush and eat shellfish, and even coral.
Is it safe to swim with nurse sharks?
A human fear of sharks is not without reason, but it just so happens that nurse sharks are laid-back and mostly harmless. That is why many divers and snorkelers visit the Bahamas to swim with sharks. Nurse sharks that live near marinas are fed by local fishermen and have grown accustomed to the presence of humans. This makes them much more friendly. Having your own day tour with Staniel Cay Adventures allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to swim with the nurse sharks.
3. Visit The Iguanas On Bitter Guana Cay
With Staniel Cay Adventures ( Photo Below)
The Exuma Island Iguana is a critically endangered subspecies of northern Bahamian rock iguana that is found on the Exuma island chain in the Bahamas with a wild population of 1,300 animals, it is listed on the IUCN Red List. Iguanas of Bitter Guana Cay is a must-stop to visit with amazing coral rock formations hand over a picture-perfect little sandy beach. As soon as you step on Bitter Guana Cay, you will notice the island is filled with iguanas. These iguanas are endangered species, with a population being less than 5,000.
If you just pass by, you will not notice the dozen of iguanas on the island; they won’t move or scurry or even blink. When you pull up in the boat and hit the sandy beach they will run out to greet you like a long-lost friend. They hang around like puppy dogs, basking in the sun & playing with the visitors. Just like the other islands in The Exumas that are inhabited by wildlife, these are accustomed to people visiting them. As you walk the beach, you will notice some stay in hiding; they are super friendly, although they will only let you get so close.
Due to their isolation from the rest of the world, the iguanas are indigenous to this island & are not found anywhere else. This subspecies is found on at least seven small cays throughout the central and southern Exuma island chain of the Bahamas: Bitter Guana Cay, Gaulin Cay, White Bay Cay, Noddy Cay, North Adderly Cay, Leaf Cay, and Guana Cay. The iguanas use limestone crevices or sand burrows for retreats at night and in adverse weather conditions The Exuma Island iguana, like most Cyclura species is primarily herbivorous, consuming leaves, and flowers, berries, and fruits from over 100 plant species. Favored food plants include seaside rock shrub, darling plum, pride of big pine, joewood, black torch, seagrape silver thatch palm, white stopper, bay cedar, and the rotting fruit of the seven-year apple. The Exuma Island iguana is also an important means of distributing these seeds to new areas (particularly when females migrate to their nesting areas) and, as the largest native herbivores of their island’s ecosystem, they are essential for maintaining the balance between climate and vegetation. The longevity record in captivity for an Exuma Island iguana is twenty-three years, six months.
The iguanas live in large social colonies with a lack of social structure; typically not aggressive towards each other. They bask in the sun, relax & greet visitors to their own private island.
4. Snorkel Thunderball Grotto
With Staniel Cay Adventures
Retrace 007’s swim-finned steps with an unforgettable excursion to this famous turquoise grotto.
Cue the martinis, bombshells in bikinis, and MI6 secret weapons. Thunderball Grotto, an underwater cave that’s been featured in two James Bond movies, also happens to be one of the most spectacular places to snorkel in the Bahamas.
A short boat ride from the northwest coast of Staniel Cay in the Exumas, Thunderball Grotto has played host to several silver screen gems, including Bond flicks Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983), Splash (yes, the one where Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid), and Into the Blue, starring Jessica Alba.
In Thunderball, Sean Connery’s James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by global terrorist organization SPECTRE.
Thunderball Grotto is located two minutes from Staniel Cay Exuma, offering an incredible underwater cave system that is great for snorkeling and wading. You will experience a variety of friendly marine life along with brilliantly colored coral reefs and Sergeant Majors, Yellow-tail snappers, and Angelfish. We provide professionally maintained snorkeling equipment from our certified PADI Dive Master.
5. Lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club on Staniel Cay
Staniel Cay Yacht Club With Staniel Cay Adventures
The centerpiece of the Staniel Cay community is the famous and historic Staniel Cay Yacht Club; a luxury boutique hotel with over water bungalows, marina, restaurant and bar. With close proximity to Staniel Cay Yacht Club is known by some as the gateway to the Exumas. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is the perfect place to lunch and people watch.
6. Play on one of Exuma's Famous Sandbars
Exuma’s Famous Sandbars
With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of dream destinations.
The white sand exquisiteness and tropical waters make for an excellent destination on any Bahamas day trip to the Exumas. It is just one of many attractions within the vicinity of Staniel Cay.
Staniel Cay Adventures stops at one of the most spectacular in the Bahamas. Enjoy the incredible shallow and narrow channels of crystal clear blues and stunning white sand beach that peek out of the water at low tide. You will see exotic life under the sea and experience quiet seclusion like you can’t get in other parts of the Bahamas.
Stopping on one of the Exuma Cays sandbars is the definition of an oasis deep in the Bahamas!
7. Snorkel Airplane Wreck off of Staniel Cay
Snorkel Airplane Wreck
The wreckage of one of Pablo and Carlos’ plane, lies just off of Staniel Cay in shallow water. We will anchor the boat and snorkel the most famous plane crash in the Bahamas.
Group Tour $250 Per Person Or $497 Per Person From Nassau
All prices exclude 12% VAT and a Credit Card Processing Fee of 5%
Private Tour Options
Experience The Magical Adventure of The Exuma Cays
Join us for a magical Staniel Cay Adventure and you will have an experience like no other! Are you looking for something new and exciting? Then look no further than our list of unique tours that are not offered by anyone else. We at Staniel Cay Adventures have curated a list of activities for you that will surely get you excited.
The Original Swimming Pigs
Adventure from Staniel Cay
In paradise with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, these 365 islands would remain largely unknown to the world. But it wouldn’t be a ruthless pirate or pioneering loyalists or the movie stars who first revealed this gem of an archipelago–it was more likely some random person on Instagram scrolling through their feed when they saw something that captured their attention: swimming pigs! And not just one or two either; there is a colony of swimming pigs living on Pigs Beach. The Swimming Pigs have become a bucket list destination.
For decades, these Swimming Pigs would remain hidden on their paradise island until they were revealed to us by our social media feeds through videos on YouTube or Instagram stories showing them frolicking in the crystal clear water with friends on a white sandy beach.
The Bahamas is home not only to these adorable swimming pigs but also many other Instagram-worthy creatures including the friendly nurse sharks on Compass Cay, colorful fish, and of course the endangered Rock Iguanas. Who knows you might even see a mermaid whom some believe live beneath our waters.
Join us for an unforgettable adventure as we explore the wildlife of Exuma by boat. Enjoy 10 miles worth or diverse land and sea ecosystems, including original swimming pigs! You’ll also visit the Compass Cay nurse sharks, and prehistoric rock iguanas – even if you don’t want them near you they make great photo subjects so be sure to take some pictures with their natural environment in frame (and try not to swim too far away). Last but certainly not least there’s the famous sunken plane waiting just offshore that you’ll explore too; this spot has been popular among underwater photographers since it offers stunning views both above water and underwater.
Group Tour $250 Per Person From Staniel Cay
$497 Per Person From Nassau
All prices exclude 12% VAT and a Credit Card Processing Fee of 5%
Swimming Pigs 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 private tour we are happy to show you around are beautiful cays.
Swimming Pigs Tour Frequently Asked Questions
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Text or Call (242) 524-8062 and What’s App
Go you offer other Group Tours from Staniel Cay?
Yes! We offer two other group tours:
Explore the Exuma Cays with Staniel Cay Adventures! This unique boat tour and experience is perfect for those looking for a new and different adventure in the Exuma Cays. Our experienced staff will take you on a journey through the stunning cays, South of Staniel, and you’ll get to experience what the area has to offer. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime today!
Explore the Land and Sea Park and Normans Cay with Staniel Cay Adventures! This unique boat tour and experience is perfect for those looking for a new and exciting adventure in the Exuma Cays. Our experienced staff will take you on a journey through the stunning Land and Sea Park to Normans Cay, and you’ll get to experience what the area has to offer. So join us for an adventure of a lifetime today!
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.
What is Provided For The Swimimng Pigs Tour from Staniel Cay?
- Fluffy Towels
- Water and soft drinks with lots of ice for those hot days
- 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
- 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
Can I book Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Day Tours by phone?
Yes! Call 1.242.524.8062
Can I book a private Swimming Pigs Tour?
Yes, we offer private charter trips. Please see the private tours.
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.
Who Should Not Go On The Swimming Pigs Tour
- 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
What Do We to Bring on the Swimming Pigs Tour
- Change of Clothes
- Water Shoes
- No Jewelry
- Insect Repellent
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.
Do we have to tip our Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Tour Guides?
Tips are not required but are much appreciated; more than often, people provide tips to our captains.
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.
How much tip 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.
What should we wear for the Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Tour?
Wear appropriate weather gear and always have a swimsuit on underneath!
Is lunch included?
No, lunch is not included on the Swimming Pigs Staniel Cay Day Tour. We offer snacks, water, and soda.
Where do we meet for pick up?
When you land on Staniel Cay, we will be right there to greet you.
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.