- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Swim with Pigs in Bahama
The Bahamas is the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called “Pig Beach”. The swimming pigs join the vast selection of aquatic activities already popular with visitors to The Bahamas, from snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.
These three words and many more describe the famous Swimming Pigs, a growing, international sensation in Exuma, Bahamas.
Often intimated but never truly duplicated, the original swimming pigs of Exuma have evolved from a little-known secret to one of the world’s most sought-after experiences.
In an archipelago of 365 islands, located just south of Nassau and only 40 minutes from Florida, these amazing animals reign supreme over their own island.
It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on Big Major Cay, as they aren’t native and the island itself is uinhabitated.
Popular lore suggests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam to safety. However it was that they came to be, there are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets surviving easily on Big Major Cay, partly because the island is blessed with three freshwater springs, and partly due to the generosity of visiting Bahamians and tourists.