So what had happened was a group of British settlers left some pigs on an island and planned to come back to eat them, but lucky for Wilbur and friends they never returned. The pigs adapted to private island living (tough gig) learning how to swim and even evolved snouts that point upward allowing them to swim without water going in their noses! As some point they were discovered and people have been visiting and bringing them food ever since.
There are 82 miles of crystal blue ocean between Nassau and Pig Beach. That’s a long distance but, it’s possible to do as a day trip. There are a few tour companies that offer charters (you fancy) and group tours to the swimming pigs. After doing some research online we decided to go with Harbour Safaris because it consistently came up throughout our search and had great reviews.
The day starts off bright and early at Bay Street Marina where you meet the crew and go over the safety information of the trip which is basically don’t fall off the boat and bury your feet in the sand when we get to the iguanas because they will think your polish is food and you’ll lose a toe 😳
The first stop of the day is the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. They’re also on permanent vacation on their own little island where people come and visit frequently to feed them grapes. If anyone knows how I can sign up for a life of sun bathing on my private island all day while people constantly stop by with food please let me know. We only visited the iguanas for about 15 minutes then hopped back on the boat with all our toes intact 🙌🏽
The boat ride between each island is about an hour and a half to two hours. The waters were a bit choppy the day we went out making the fast boat feel more like a thrill ride at an amusement park. As you zip through the many islands that make up The Bahamas, the guides point out various ones owned by people like Johnny Depp and David Copperfield.
After a couple hours of riding through the kool-aid blue water we arrived at the main attraction! Before you even reach the shore the pigs swim out to meet you welcoming you to their home. It’s quite a sight to see these massive pigs paddling away in the water. It’s the thing Instagram dreams are made of. Once we got to the beach our guides gave us carrots to feed the pigs and that’s when my magic moment happened. From what seemed like out of nowhere a litter of pigglets came rushing towards us. My heart went to putty. Ash vowed to never eat pork again while I had bacon the next morning…they weren’t THAT cute 🐷
After feeding every animal in The Bahamas it was time for us to get something to eat! The tour includes lunch at the well known Staniel Yacht Club. After eating we boarded the boat but not before loving on the family of Nurse Sharks who live at the marina.
Our last stop before we headed back was a small uninhabited island in The Cays where we got to swim and enjoy the sun for awhile before returning to Nassau. The water around The Bahamas is breathtaking and doesn’t even look real in the some areas. It was so nice to be able to enjoy it without having to share the beach with crowds of people.
The total cost of the excursion is $389 per person which includes VAT and lunch. A bit pricey, but it’s a long trip from Nassau and worth every penny for an once in a lifetime experience like this.
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What To Bring:
- Waterproof camera. We used our GoPros.
- Light jacket or long sleeve shirt. The winds can be chilly with speed of the boat.
- A change of clothes if you’d like.
- Money if you plan on enjoying an adult beverage at lunch.
- Sunscreen. Ash and I kept complaining that we weren’t getting any color only to return to our room that evening looking like lobster shells.
Is swimming with the pigs one of your travel goals? Have you visited Pig Beach? Let us know in the comments below.