Swimming Pig Island

Travel Blog by : Rose Thomas

There is a little island in The Bahamas, inhabited entirely… by swimming pigs.
There’s some disagreement as to how the pigs came to live on the island. Some claim pirates left them there, intending to return and eat them. Some say they swam there themselves (tenuous). Others say the government dropped them off to lure in tourists (quite likely, genius if true).
But whatever the reason, these little piggies have life sorted!


They lounge on the warm sands all day, soaking up the sun and watching for boats filled with curious tourists.
Tourists who inevitably bring food.
The little swines keep an eye on the horizon and as soon as they see you turn into the cove, they swim out to meet you.
Plopping into the ocean with as much grace as a pig can manage, their trotters cut through the water as they glide towards you with alarming speed.

There’s something rather surreal about feeding a pig looking up at you from turquoise waters!Swimming-Pigs-Bahamas-3

If you hop in the littles will swim out to meet you and snuffle for any snacks you might have brought with you!

When I was little I had a robotic pig teddy. He was soft and pink, but when you turned him on he’d walk forward and his little snout with go in and out.
I would lie on the floor and kiss his nose, he’d kiss me back and I’d dissolve into giggles.
He was called Kissy Pig (for obvious reasons) and I loved him.

Essentially, my entire life had been leading to this moment…

When I got to kiss a pig on his snout, and tickle his chin, while we floated in crystal clear waters.

Bizarre!  Wonderful, but bizarre.

We took along cabbage to feed the hogglets. Mostly because it’s easy to transport from the boat to the shore, and you can peel off layers for them, rather than spending your load all in one go! They loved it.

You’re better off going nice and early in the day, before the tour boats arrive. Then you can have the place to yourself. Just you and the piggies!

Of course the benefit of staying on Staniel Cay is that you can pop back as many times as you like. Just in case, like us, one swim with pigs isn’t quite enough for you!

Though I might have hogged this guy a little! If you make it down to The Exumas, a trip to Pig Island is a must. It had been on my bucket list for a very long time, and it was even better than I could have imagined.

I must admit I squealed like a piggy myself when I saw them swimming out to meet us! The very best birthday pressie I could have asked for.


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Explore A Beach Where You Can Swim With Cute Little Piglets

The Bahamas is one of the famous tropical spots in the Caribbean islands, where you can do a lot of summer time activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling along the Andros Barrier Reef or off the isle of Bimini, enjoy a game of beach volleyball, ride a yacht and go fishing, lounge around in one of their well-known luxurious resorts, have a romantic time with your loved one and enjoy the scenery, or probably mingle with the locals if you’re single.


Even so, you can find more unique things in this magnificent archipelago, besides beautiful tan-skinned women whom you can share a dry martini with, James Bond style. In this place where pirates once hang around burying their treasures, lies a hidden gem that has something other beaches in the world don’t have. Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island located in Exuma district of the Bahamas, is home to a family of castaway pigs, according to the Independent.

Read more here.

The world’s weirder snorkeling spots

We made it onto CNN’s website as the explore they world for the odder places to visit during the summer vacation period!
The #SwimmingPigs made it right up there in the # 2 spot!!
We Rule!
The article excerpt below:

Swim with the pigs: Bahamas

The only permanent residents on uninhabited Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, feral pigs have become the ultimate beach bums, sunning themselves on the sand, then dashing into the blue waters of the Exumas.
It’s not clear how this family of some 20 pigs and piglets came to make their home on a deserted island; legend has it that their ancestors escaped a long-ago shipwreck, but today, they survive by drinking from the three natural springs on the island and eating treats dropped by visitors and sailors on passing boats.
160919111140-snorkeling-bahamas-pig-exlarge-169  Resident pigs on Big Major Cay in the Bahamas regularly take to the water.
Videos of these loveable, friendly porkers have gone viral, and you can now swim with them, getting into the warm, tropical water, strapping on a snorkel to meet them underwater, snout to snout.
Outfitters on the Exumas offer the trip for about $110.
Make sure to read up on CNN’s other fascinating suggestions here.

When Pigs Swim™ movie featured on the Today Show as well as our #SwimmingPigSelfie

Flip on your daily dose of internet and social media and you are sure to find us frolicking with the stars!
Recently The Today Show and NBC’s Kerry Sanders, came on down for a swim with the cool crew and wouldn’t you know it, not only our When Pigs Swim™  movie and fab director Charlie Smith get a feature, but everyone go into the swing of things and we’d say we’ve made some new fans!
Also featured was, of course, our #SwimmingPigSelfie that takes to instagram @exumadream every month!

Check out Today’s Show feature that aired on June 14th, 2016
Swimming pigs? Take an inside look at this Bahamas phenomenon Just off Staniel Cay, in Exuma, there’s a tiny uninhabited island, Big Major Cay, an island with pigs…that swim!

Time for the Doc!

The Exuma Foundation of Canada, in cooperation with the Bahamas Humane Society, is pleased to announce an official veterinarian program for the world famous swimming pigs of Exuma.

Professionals have always visited the pigs when needs arise, but starting in 2016,  representatives from the Bahamas Humane Society will visit the pigs bi-annually to assess their medical needs and administer treatment.

Check in for photos and updates from their visit with the vets!

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If you would like to make a donation towards this new program, you can write us at [email protected] or [email protected]


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