Island of Pigs Bahamas — swim with the pigs

Island of Pigs Bahamas — swim with the pigs

If you’re looking for a new, unique and absolutely adorable place to visit in the Bahamas, look no further than Bahama island with pigs. This tiny island is home to hundreds of wild Bahamas pigs that have been swimming here since the 1700s. The story goes that they were brought over by sailors who had gathered them from various islands throughout the Caribbean Sea. While there are plenty of other places in the world where you can see pigs roaming free (like several farms), these swimming ones are something special!

Pig Island Bahamas History

While you are in the Exuma Cays, you can visit the famous Pig Island Bahamas.

If you love pigs, then visiting this island is a must! This island is also known as Big Major Cay and is an uninhabited island located in the middle of Little Bahama Bank. The Acklins family owns this private island and lives there occasionally, but it’s open for anyone who wants to visit it during their trip to the Bahamas. You will find many wild pigs on this island that were introduced by sailors back in 1783 and since then they have lived on this land without any human intervention.

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Pig Island Bahamas

Where are the Swimming Pigs in the Bahamas?

The swimming Bahamas pigs are located at Pig Beach in the Exuma Cays. This area is also known as “Pig Island” or “Exuma Islands” and it’s just one of many islands in this chain of over 700 islands in the Bahamas!

The best way to get there is by boat, but you can also reach it by plane from Nassau or Grand Bahama (about a 1-hour flight).

If you’re looking for an adventure, we recommend coming to Pig Beach Bahamas with some friends on a boat trip around the island.

How to Get to Pig Island Bahamas?

You can reach Bahamas Pig Island in two ways: by boat or plane. If you choose to go by boat, you can either ride on a private boat or charter, take the seaplane from Nassau Airport (NAS), or get there on a commercial water vessel. Ferry services also run from Governor’s Harbour and Marsh Harbour, which are located on Great Abaco Island. The closest airport is Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH).

If flying is more your speed, then all bets are off! You can fly directly into NAS if you’re coming from the United States; however, if coming from Canada or Europe then it may be easier to connect through Miami International Airport (MIA) first before connecting onto your flight destined for Nassau International Airport (NAS).

These Swimming Pigs Live a Cushy Lifestyle in the Bahamas

What to do on the Island of Pigs

The Island of Pigs Bahamas it`s a beautiful place and can be visited by booking with the locals.

There are two main activities on the Island of Pigs Bahamas: there you can swim with pigs and go snorkelling. The porkers are not aggressive, but they will bite if they feel threatened. If you want to swim with the pigs, wear a life jacket or floatation device because it can get choppy in the water. 

The best time of year to swim with the pigs is between June and December when it’s not too hot or rainy. During this time, you’ll also have fewer people around so you’ll get more attention from your guide.

If you want to snorkel instead, bring your own gear or rent it from your host; otherwise, you might get stuck using someone else’s equipment that may not work well for you (the guides will have goggles for everyone).

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Pig Island Bahamas

How to interact with Bahamas pigs

Visitors should remember the following simple rules when visiting Pig Island Bahamas:

  1. When feeding pigs, only give them approved foods — usually natural ones like fruits and vegetables. Ask your tour guide if you’re unsure about what’s allowed.
  2. Do not reach into a pig’s water trough to feed them. You risk losing fingers if the animal ducks its head down unexpectedly—and sows are rather ungraceful when it comes to using their snouts and hooves in unison. Instead, toss food into the trough near where they’re drinking; this way your hands stay safe!
  3. Never feed pigs on the beach of Pig Island in the Bahamas. Instead, only give them food while they’re still swimming to preserve their natural survival instincts for finding food every day.
  4. Respect the animals and do not take unfair advantage of them. Remember that they are wild creatures, despite their domestication.
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Pig Island Bahamas

Pig Beach Bahamas Transportation, Prices, & Boats

There are a few ways to get to Pig Beach from Nassau, Bahamas. You can take a boat trip that will last about an hour, which costs $100-$250 per person (or about $25 for kids). If you’re looking to splurge on a helicopter ride, it will cost $125 per person and last about 15-20 minutes. This option offers amazing views of the island as well as its surrounding waters!

Book a trip to get up close and personal with the world-famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay, also known as Pig Island.

The Bahamas pigs are a popular tourist attraction, and they can be found in the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. The island was once home to a thriving population of wild pigs, but after their population dwindled to only two left on the island — a mother and her baby — they were cared for by humans. Now there are over 40 swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, which is also known as Pig Island. In addition to swimming with these friendly little creatures, you can also take an eco-tour around the cay and learn about its history.

Pig Island Bahamas F.A.Q.s

How many pigs are there?

There are about 7,000 pigs on the Island of Pigs.

Are there any other animals on the island?

Yes! There are also chickens, goats and donkeys. All of them are friendly and will greet you when you arrive. The donkeys live in the front part of the island near the main house but if you like to pet them or feed them snacks then do so at your own risk! They may bite your fingers off if they feel threatened 🙂

Are there any other attractions on the island?

Yes! You can walk around and explore all areas of this small island paradise, but if you want more activities then we recommend visiting our website at There’s some info about what else is available here: snorkelling or diving tours through our partner company Reef Dynamics who will take you out into Grand Bahama’s waters where they specialize in marine biology research trips etc…


We hope this article has helped you to understand more about Pig Island Bahamas. If you’re interested in booking an excursion, then look no further than our sister website! We offer a wide selection of tours and activities across the country.

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