Are you ready to explore one of the most unique wellness experiences in the world? During this bucket list adventure that you can finally tick off, do good by supporting animal rescue organisations. Well, judging from the title, you already know what I’m talking about. Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas! How is swimming with pigs a wellness activity? Well, besides the physical exercise, you also get to enjoy the dopamine from seeing all the happy pigs.
The pigs you swim with were born and raised there or were rescued from local farms. By swimming with them, you support the establishment that rescues them. So, let’s have a look at all the destinations where you can swim with pigs in the Bahamas.
1. Meeks Patch Island
Meeks Patch is an island in the Bahamas and close to the village of Lower Bogue. Therefore, to reach the island, you must hop on a boat and ride over the tranquil waters of North Eleuthera. A private boat charter takes you around to our favourite destinations. Starting with Meeks Patch Island and ending with Spanish Wells. In addition, the island is known as one of the most beautiful islands to swim with pigs, a must-visit.
Not only is swimming with these land animals a unique experience but watching the pigs enjoy the ocean just as much as you connects you to nature and the animals. Following the pig swimming adventure, take a short boat ride to a small fishing village called Spanish Wells. It’s known for its white beaches, tropical atmosphere, and friendly people. What a perfect spot to end the day trip. Lastly, enjoy lunch and a drink before heading back to your accommodation.
2. Pig Beach
Pig Beach is located on Big Major Cay: a beach on an uninhabited island in Exuma. As the name suggests, the main inhabitants of the island are the colony of local feral pigs. This beach is the most popular beach where the idea of swimming with pigs originated. To reach Pig Beach, take a private boat tour, or group tour or fly from Nassau with Bahamas Air Tours which takes about 2 hours.
The tour includes lunch and hotel transfers in Nassau. And if that’s not enough, upgrade your boat trip or flight to a full private tour. Also, don’t worry about the lovely weather. Come rain or shine, the plane and boats remain fully operational. So, you can be sure that you won’t miss out on this experience.
3. Rose Island
Rose Island is a small island in the Bahamas, 5 kilometres east of Paradise Island. The island has no formal residential infrastructure or roads. However, it’s home to pigs ready to swim with you. Moreover, it’s an unmatched private island destination for a perfect day excursion. Additionally, it only takes about 25 minutes to reach Rose Island from Nassau. Then you’re ready for some fun and swimming. Besides swimming with the pigs, other activities include snorkelling and lunch.
Along with being conveniently close, Rose Island is a sanctuary of protected wildlife including royal peacocks, curly-tail lizards, ocean reef life and “farm–saved” swimming pigs! And don’t worry, the pigs are treated and taken care of every day. Their treatments include nutritional care, skin care, vet visits, and luxurious sleeping paddocks. So, it’s a good cause and extreme fun!
4. Ship Channel Cay
Ship Channel Cay is your very own private Island where you will disembark and be greeted with snacks and refreshments. The small island is only 3 kilometres long. However, the smaller size allows you to have stunning panoramic views of the clear turquoise ocean. At Ship Channel Cay, the adorable island pigs are not only cute but super friendly too.
Power Boat Adventures takes you on an exhilarating one-hour high-speed boat ride to Channel Cays. After you swim the pigs, watch the amazing shark-feeding show. Finally, enjoy a healthy and freshly cooked lunch. Lastly, end the day with a snorkel in the stunning Exuma waters or relax on the beach.
5. Dove Cay
Last but not least, you can find Dove Cay in the vicinity of Long Island, Bahamas. You can get to Dove Cay by boat or plane from Nassau to Long Island. Roughly, it takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes to get here by boat. For fewer tourists crowding the swimming pigs, Dove Cay is the place to be. There are also not as many pigs here compared to the previous destinations.
Besides swimming with the pigs, mesmerising snorkelling spots surround Dove Cay. Equally important, the cay is part of the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park. Therefore, fishing and taking any natural or historical objects are prohibited. So, take in all the natural surroundings without taking anything. See what I did there?
If You Need Me, I’ll Be in the Bahamas
Looking for incredible views, amazing warm weather, and 700 islands to visit? The Bahamas is the place for you! On top of that, catch a dip with some pigs. Does it get more unique than that? However, if that is not your vibe, check out the 5 best Seychelles Islands to explore. And as always, thank you so much for being here!