How to visit Pig Island in the Bahamas

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You may have clicked on this post out of curiosity. “An island inhabited by pigs?” I hear you question. Well ladies and gentleman, if you didn’t know already then you do now – Pig Island is indeed an island inhabited solely by these formerly farm yard animals and guess what?! They can also swim! As it would appear whilst pigs indeed may not be able to fly, they can certainly paddle around in the crystal clear sea water off of their own private island. If you’re now even more intrigued, then here’s your guide on how to visit Pig Island in the Bahamas!

The History of Pig Island

You may be wondering how on earth these creatures came to exist and thrive on a deserted tropical island in the middle of the Bahamian sea. You wouldn’t be alone in your questioning, that’s for sure. A couple of hundred years ago, merchants were passing by and dropped the pigs off on the island, with the intention of coming back for them to sustain their journey home. Seeing as the pigs are still very much alive, continuously breeding and the sole population of this island, the merchants quite evidently did not return. This consequently left the pigs in the midst of luxury on their own island – one which you and I could only dream of inhabiting!

How to get there

Pig Island is found in the northern region of the Exuma Islands. There are over 365 islands that make up the Exumas, some as small as mounds of rock in the ocean and others include privately owned islands by the likes of Johnny Depp. The Exuma Islands are a short hopper flight from the main Bahamian Island, Nassau. You can reach the island either via chartering a plane (in reality it’s far less glamorous than it sounds) or you can hop on a scheduled flight from Nassau on one of the local airlines, such as Bahamas Air.

A day trip to pig island is definitely plausible, however during our visit we were staying on Great Exuma Island so didn’t need to board any plane to reach the infamous swimming pigs. Instead we paid for a day trip with Coastline Adventures. They came and picked us up from our villa at 9am and drove us north to a little dock, with our speed boat for the day, moored off of the jetty. You can either join a group or hire your own captain and boat for the day depending on both how much you’d like to spend and the type of trip you’re after. Post signing a little safety agreement we hopped on board and got ready to speed off into the clear blue sea ahead of us. The sea surrounding the Exumas is like nowhere I’ve ever seen. I’ve travelled a fair bit in the Bahamas and Caribbean but as of yet nothing has quite matched the colours we saw here. Exquisitely beautiful would be my only way to describe it, no photo could possibly begin to do the scenery justice.

On the trip you not only get to visit the swimming pigs but also, Starfish Bay, Iguana Island and if you chose to you can even swim with the nurse sharks before hopping off onto an uninhabited, idyllic island to be made a fresh conch salad by your captain.

Pig Island

Seeing the Pigs!

Okay, back to the pigs. As you pull up to the beach you’ll begin to spot the occasional flash of pink running around in the shrubbery. Anyone that knows me, knows how completely obsessed I am with all manner of animals. Pig Island is consequently somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for so many years and so to say my display of excitement may have been edging on embarrassing, would not be far from the truth. The pigs have cleverly cottoned on to the fact that when they see a boat approaching they know food isn’t too far behind. They’ll begin excitedly swimming out to you, your captain will give you a few slices of bread or some form of vegetation that you can feed the pigs. You can jump off the boat, cameras in hand (hopefully waterproofed) and swim over to the pigs and then onto the beach.

The pigs are very friendly and the piglets are even cuter. I was following one around in the hope of kidnapping it, however my plan was sadly unsuccessful. The experience of visiting Pig Island is wholly surreal. I was standing watching these farm animals frolic around in the sea when I am so used to seeing them strolling around pens in the British countryside. Quite the contrast. I left with a twinge of jealously that they get to spend their days washed up on a beautiful Bahamian island in the sunshine and I, a few days later, was returning to where their ancestors more commonly call home.

Pig Island Bahamas

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    March 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Yay! On top of my bucketlist, hopefully I’ll go this year!

    March 1, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Absolutely loveeee the pigs…it’s really a dream for me to go too! I really love that pink sand beach too

    February 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Adorable! Now put up there with Cat Island and Rabbit Island!

    February 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

    This is so awesome. It’s just so funny to see all of these pigs frolicking around on their own island, which is one of the prettiest places ever. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    February 24, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Definitely on the list- I am planning to go after I backpack Central America for 3 months 🙂

    February 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Howww cute!!! I’ve been wondering how to visit this island for sometime. Most things said it was quite difficult to do without a tour or guide. Great post! Thank you!

    February 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I can’t wait until the day I get to visit this place! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    February 24, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Ever since hearing of this place I have wanted to go, looks amazing and how fricken cute is it that pigs live there. Love it!!!

    Samm - The Inspiration Highway
    February 24, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I love animals too so would love to see some little piggies swimming around, oink oinking without a care in the world. It looks stunning!

    Lacey Hamilton
    February 24, 2016 at 1:19 am

    I am so happy to know that a Pig Island exists. I love it!

    February 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

    This island sounds amazing! The pigs just look so cute<3

    Lavina - A Capricious Compass
    February 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I definitely have this on my list – and the (pink) Flamingo island too! 🙂

    February 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    What an amazing experience! It’s so unusual to see pigs swimming through tropical blue water! I’ve never heard of this destination before but I’d love to visit one day now

    February 23, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Pig Island, it looks absolutely fantastic! And so surreal 🙂

    Sarah - Tasting Lifestyle
    February 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This is so cool!!

    February 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to Pig Island!
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    February 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Wow, this place is at the top of my bucket list now! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it. I must say, I sure got a happiness boost from this post. Those pigs are just too cute. 🙂

    February 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    This has been on my bucket list for so long! Super jealous of your adventure. The pigs are just SO cute!

    February 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I am going to the Bahamas in May so I am definitely going to try to get there!


    Lauren of Postgrad & Postcards
    February 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    They went here on the Bachelor a couple weeks ago! Ahhhh! So glad I can get there too!

    Liz Lopez
    February 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I never heard of a pig island, I def want to visit soon
    They look so adorable!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Such a beautiful island, and the pigs are so cute


    Karen Farber
    February 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    OMGGGG! This post just made my day! So adding this to my bucket list! Such a cool island!!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    That is so funny! Never heard of that! Thanks for posting about it. You learn something new every day.

    February 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I both want to go see this and am a little freaked out by the pigs…

    February 23, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Ahhhhhhh I want to go so badly! Looks amazing!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Ahhhhhhh I want to go so badly! Looks amazing!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Love this post! Thanks Emma! I have always been fascinated by this island inhabited by these pigs. My family and I actually vacationed in the Bahamas about 4 years ago and had plans to swim with the pigs. Unfortunately our schedule got hectic with other cool adventures and we missed out on this hog wild experience. I’ve always been a bit bummed that we didn’t do it but it gives us a great reason to visit the Bahamas soon.

    February 23, 2016 at 7:12 am

    An island with pigs! This is definitely an extraordinary experience 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    February 23, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Oh my gosh! Think I’ll add that to my bucket list x