You’ve likely heard the expression “When pigs fly!” right? Well, it’s a good thing “swim” was not the word choice. If that was the case, an awful lot of people would be SOL if they had said they wouldn’t do something or that something couldn’t happen until pigs swam.
I learned about the swimming pigs of the Exumas while watching Hoda and Kathie Lee. They were in the Bahamas a while back and one of the unique experiences they covered were the swimming pigs.
The area’s primary industry is farming and fishing, but it has had a diverse history. It has been everything from a salt mining colony and cotton-producing colony to a haven for pirates.
THINGS TO DO
There is a ton of things to do in the Exumas, especially for eco-tourists and sun and water-worshippers.
There are no shortage of beaches. The ones that sound most intriguing to me are Hamburger Beach/Volleyball Beach and Shroud Cay. Apparently the place you want to eat at on Hamburger Beach (after you’ve worked up a hunger playing volleyball?) is Dora’s Conch and Hamburger Stand on Hamburger Beach. Shroud Cay is a white sand beach surrounded by mangroves with Camp Driftwood overlooking it from a hill. There’s also a natural whirlpool on this beach.
Snorkeling, diving, boating and sailing, kayaking, bird watching, cycling, even dancing…all can be enjoyed in the Exumas.
And, of course, there are the swimming pigs.
If swimming with pigs takes your fancy then such delights are possible. Guests staying at Royal Plantation Island, at Fowl Cay can take a boat out to Big Major Cay and head to the southernmost beach – Pig Beach. From mainland Exuma there are boat excursions, for example: Four C’s Adventure – the Four C’s stops at a variety of cays and sandbars, for example at Guana Cay you can feed the local colony of Iguanas … only grapes, no nasty high fat foods, then sail to Thunderball Grotto for snorkeling the crystalline waters featured in the James Bond film Thunderball, from when the grotto earned its name.
The cruise stops for lunch at Staniel Cay, close by on Big Majors Cay are the swimming pigs, proving that there’s more than one way to make a pig of yourself.
I would love to do the tour. Feed grapes to iguanas and see pigs swim? Better yet, get in the water with them and put my PlaySport to more use. Oh yeah, this is for sure on the travel list now.
I was hoping to do this during the Halloween cruise, but I won’t have enough time. Swimming with pigs will have to wait until another trip to the Bahamas. One that won’t have me on a somewhat strict schedule.
DARK TOURISM IN THE EXUMAS
It’s not quite haunted travel, but I would classify the Hermitage and Rolle Town tombs, among the cultural sites in the Exumas, as haunt jaunts material.
The Hermitage Tombs have grave sites belonging to the Ferguson family and date from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. There’s also an unmarked grave some believe may belong to a slave.
The Rolle Town Tombs belong to the McKay family. There are three of them, one for Ann McKay, her husband Alexander McKay and their infant child.