Holiday makers looking for an interesting and fun place to visit on a holiday to the Bahamas will almost certainly want to see the island affectionately known as “Pig Island” or “Pig Beach”. Big Major Cay is an uninhabited island which is the official home of the swimming pigs, and visitors come frequently to this tropical hideaway to swim with the pigs who can be found basking on the beaches here.
While snorkeling, scuba diving and turtle spotting have long been popular activities for tourists in the Bahamas, pig swimming has only recently emerged as an engaging pastime. However since this adorable family of pigs have found fame in the media, splashing about in the water with them has rapidly risen to the top of many holidaymakers’ must-do lists.
These friendly pigs live on the island’s sandy beaches and enjoy sunbathing and swimming in the sea as well as gratefully accepting treats from the tourists and passing yacht crews that come to visit them. Not only have these pigs become a well known tourist attraction, but they have even inspired “The Secret of Pig’s Island”, a children’s novel by Jennifer R. Nolan, as well as becoming the focus of a song by Sandra Boynton.
How the pigs came to be on the island is a mystery, as the island has no inhabitants and they are not a native species. Some say that the pigs arrived here after a group of sailors dropped them off, intending to return to cook them, while others say that the pigs swam here following a nearby shipwreck. However, whatever their origins, today there are around 20 pigs and piglets living on Big Major Cay surviving happily on the bounty of visiting tourists.
It is possible for visitors to book a visit to the island through a number of tour vendors so that they can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with and interacting with these lovely and friendly creatures. With thousands of visitors already having visited Pig Island, thousands more will no doubt swim these waters in the years to come as the fascination with these swimming pigs shows no sign of abating, and swimming with them is fast becoming a key Bahamian experience.