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Bahamas: Where Pigs Swim

pigs swimming
Written by SophieH

Private islands with turquoise water and powdered sugar like sand seem exclusive to the playground of the rich and famous. However, the rich and famous are not the only ones enjoying the paradisiacal life on a private islands in the Bahamas, so are the pigs!

pigs on the beach

Pigs in Bahamas

On the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay of Exuma, feral pigs play in the sand, lay in the sun, swim in turquoise waters, and are fed leftovers of gourmet yacht chefs. The island is home to some 20 pigs, 3 freshwater springs, and a steady flow of yacht scraps.

It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on the Cay but it is rumored that shipwrecked vessels carrying livestock from Europe may be the culprit.

When approaching the island by boat the pigs bizarrely piggy paddle as a grunting flotilla to your vessel.  The pigs will attempt to jump onboard your boat in search of food if the opportunity presents itself.

Over the years the pigs have developed a refined palate. Being that the pigs are fed first class food scraps from some of the worlds most luxurious yachts and gourmet chefs, the pigs scoffed at cantaloupe rind but devoured organic maple smoked bacon and caviar.

pigs swimming in the ocean

Feeding the swimming pigs

Happier than pigs in mud, the pigs permit tourists to frolic on their beach and bodysurf/piggy paddle with them to shore.

This inadvertent tourism success that is Big Major Cay has spawned similar pig franchises throughout the Bahamas.


The island where pigs swim



About the author


Sophie Hollingsworth loves being off the grid and likes nothing better than when there is no Wi-Fi, telephone service, and everyone lives completely in the moment. Remote exploration is something of a life mission for Sophie.
She is fascinated by the diversity of life and range of cultural adaptation in remote lands. With a degree from New York University in Environmental Science and a background in sailing, Sophie is driven by a passion for the outdoors and love of all water based adventure. Sophie is a proud member of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society. Sophie documents her adventures and misadventures in the most remote reaches of the world on The Sofía Log.

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