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Tour from Nassau to Exuma: The Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas


Tour from Nassau to Exuma

The Bahamas’ swimming pigs have become a significant draw, enticing tourists to Pig Beach in Exuma and surrounding cays for unique interactions. This 7-hour tour is one of the best ways to reach Exumas from Nassau. It covers Exumas’ natural splendor alongside activities like swimming with pigs, shark viewing, exploring grottos, snorkeling, photographing sunken planes, etc.

Starting time: 8 am

Duration: 7 hours

Cost of tour: B$776 (US$776)

Guide available: English

Pickup: Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport: Flight

What to expect on the Exumas tour

Your day will begin with an exhilarating flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay, elevating your spirits high above the clouds. Upon touchdown, you’ll be warmly greeted and guided to meet your knowledgeable and humorous captain, setting the stage for a day filled with adventure.

Tour Itinerary

  • Begin your morning by visiting Pig Beach to feed the native pigs and enjoy a swim alongside them.
  • Next, venture to Compass Cay for an unforgettable experience swimming with docile sharks, who are so friendly they might even let you touch them.
  • Discover the stunning Thunderball Grotto, renowned for its appearances in films like “Splash” and “007 Thunderball.” Seize the chance to snorkel in the grotto’s crystal-clear waters.
  • Make your way to Guana Cay to watch indigenous iguanas in their natural setting.
  • Seize the opportunity to take unforgettable photographs of a submerged airplane wreckage.
  • Relish a peaceful moment on a flawless white sand beach and wander down a scenic mile-long sandbar.
  • Wrap up your journey with a local Bahamian meal before going to the airport for your return trip to Nassau.

Exumas tour ticket inclusions

  • Swift and seamless round-trip flights between Nassau and Staniel Cay.
  • Hassle-free hotel transportation, including pickup and drop-off.
  • Savor a gourmet lunch, ranging from Wings to Vegan Chickpea Curry, Fish Sandwich, Greek Salad, or Chicken Melt.
  • Snorkeling gear is supplied for an immersive underwater experience.
  • Pre-arranged entry to all the tour’s planned destinations.
  • Complimentary beverages, including soft drinks and beers, are available throughout the journey.
  • Energizing light snacks are provided to maintain your vitality.
  • Access to snorkeling equipment for exploring aquatic life.
  • Comfort assured with fresh towels on hand.
  • Sunscreen is available upon request for sun protection.

Top attractions of Exuma

Exuma provides a range of thrilling activities suitable for visitors across all ages. The highlight is the unique experience of swimming with pigs, but other captivating options include shark encounters, snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto, and exploring the picturesque sandbars.

Swimming Pigs

Swimming with the pigs at Pig Beach is a surreal and unforgettable experience. As you wade into the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas, these friendly and curious creatures greet you, eager for interaction and snacks. Their gracefulness in water is astonishing, creating a unique bond between humans and animals. The sheer novelty of swimming alongside these playful pigs, set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, makes for a magical moment, leaving you with memories and stories that will last a lifetime.

Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with the sharks at Compass Cay offers an exhilarating encounter with nature’s famed predators in a surprisingly serene setting. These nurse sharks, known for their docility, glide gracefully through the clear, shallow waters, allowing for close-up interactions. The experience of floating amidst these gentle giants, feeling the rush of their sleek bodies passing by, is both awe-inspiring and humbling. It challenges misconceptions, fostering a deep appreciation for these misunderstood creatures. This unforgettable adventure highlights the beauty and harmony of the underwater world, leaving a lasting impression of wonder and respect.

Snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto

Snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto is an enchanting adventure into an underwater paradise. This natural cathedral, famed for its appearances in movies, hides beneath the surface a world of vibrant marine life and ethereal light patterns. The sun’s rays filter through openings, illuminating the clear waters and highlighting the kaleidoscope of coral and fish. Navigating through the grotto’s intricate passageways reveals hidden chambers and serene beauty, offering a sense of discovery and connection to the wonders of the aquatic world.

Sandbar Exploration

Sandbar exploration in the Exumas transforms into an enchanting adventure, where the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas reveal hidden treasures. These ephemeral sandbanks emerge from the sea, offering a slice of paradise for those lucky enough to discover them. As you walk across the soft, white sands, surrounded by the sparkling azure sea, the serenity and beauty of the Exumas encapsulate you. It’s an opportunity to connect with nature, enjoy peaceful solitude, or revel in intimate moments, making each sandbar visit a unique and memorable experience.

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What to carry during the Exumas tour

  • Passport or ID card.
  • Camera.
  • Face mask.
  • Beachwear.
  • Hat and sunglasses.
  • Spare set of clothes.
  • Water shoes or sandals.
  • Essential medicines.
  • Waterproof phone case.
  • Cash (especially for tips).

Know before you go on the Exumas tour

  • If inclement weather prevents the local partner from conducting the tour safely, you will receive a full refund.
  • The package includes round-trip flights from Nassau to Staniel Cay and airport transfers within Staniel Cay.
  • Complimentary storage and Wi-Fi services are provided.
  • This tour operates regardless of weather conditions. If unsafe weather conditions are determined, your tour will be rescheduled or refunded accordingly.
  • Adhere to rules and regulations laid down by the tour operators.
  • The pigs on the islands are friendly. However, don’t feed them anything harmful and respect them. The same rule applies to other animals.
  • You also have the option of free cancellation for a full refund up to 24 hours before the trip.

Other Beaches with Swimming Pigs 

Besides the famed Pig Beach, the Bahamas offers additional locations for experiencing swimming pigs.

Rose Island and Athol Island have recently begun offering encounters with these playful swine.

Enjoy interacting with the swimming pigs at these destinations through the following tours:

Tickets Cost
Nassau: Swimming Pigs, Turtle Viewing, Snorkeling US$159 (B$159)
Paradise Island: Rose Island Tour with Swimming Pigs  US$252 (B$252)
Nassau: Swimming Pigs, Snorkeling, and Beach Boat Tour US$140 (B$140)

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