So they're a hot topic right now. Swimming pigs??? Who's ever heard of a pig that swims???
Well they do ...... And you can see them......
Be aware that the pigs are located in Big Major Cay , 82 miles off the mainland of Nassau.
Anyone visiting Nassau on a day trip or on a cruise ship will not have the time for any of these tours.
There are a number of ways to get to the pigs and we've listed the top few below.
1 - Fly from Nassau
The most popular way to see the pigs is to take a day trip from the mainland island of Nassau.
Flamingo air operates a daily 40 minute flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay ( www.flamingoairbah.com)
Flights leave daily at 8am and return at 4pm. The average cost is $250 pp for a round trip
From Staniel Cay you can pick up the PIG BEACH TOUR ( bookable through www.viator.com)
The price is $350 usd per person plus a 12%VAT charge and includes Lunch , pick up and drop off from the airport.
2- Fly to the mainland
Another option is to fly to the mainland and do a boat tour to Big major Cay
Bahamas Air fly daily flights to George Town at the slightly cheaper cost of $200 pp for a round trip.
From the airport you will be met by a rep from www.coastlineadventuresexuma.com where you will embark on your 7 hour speedboat adventure.
The full day tour includes visits to the water attractions like Thunder Ball Grotto , the swimming pigs , The Nurse Sharks at sampson Cay, Starfish Bay , Allans Cay Iguanas and the sandbars
Prices start at $224 usd per person
3 - Take a powerboat Tour from Nassau
Book a day trip with www.harboursafaris.com.
Tour length - 8-9 Hours
Departure point - Bay Street Marina
Check - In 7.30am
Return time - 4.30pm
Prices - $399 use for adults ( 15+) and $359 for children 10 and above )
Price includes chilled bottled water throughout the day , food to feed the swimming pigs and lunch at a local restaurant
Please note all persons MUST be age 10 and up. This trip is not suitable for expectant mothers , infants or persons with any back or neck problems , heart problems or anyone effected by high speed travel
If you're looking for a longer stay on Pig Beach i would recommend a stay st the Cove Hotel Eleuthera. www.thecoveeleuthera.com
HOW WE SAW THE PIGS
Now having lived in the Bahamas for a good few years you learn the places to visit away from the busy tourist trial . Top of these picks being the beautiful Harbour Island , only 15 minutes flight from mainland nassau on Pineapple Air .
People of the Bahamas are catching onto the money making business of swimming pigs and someone who's certainly cornered the market and decided to train his own pigs to swim is James Dunman of www.bahamasoceansafaris.com
If you're looking for a private tour and exclusive access to the swimming pigs of the spanish wells , he's your man .
Pick up is at 9am from Valentines Marina in Harbour Island . You're them whisked off in a private boat to see the island sights . Turtles , reefs and sand bars , finishing with a visit to James's private Island with his private swimming pigs and a private island BBQ ( at an extra cost )
Price is $500 for half a day boat hire , Lunch cost additional