When Pigs Swim!

We’ve all heard the saying “when pigs fly!” Just make sure you never change this saying to “when pigs swim!” Why? Because they do, everyday, in Exuma. I had to see it to believe it too! Come along as I prove to you that pigs really do fly, I mean swim!

Swimming Pigs in Exuma

Confession: I had to beg Mike to go with me for this little excurstion. He just laughed at me when I said I wanted to swim with pigs. So, much to my glee, he came with me and Captain Ray to meet his four legged friends!

We board Captain Ray’s (large and luxurious) twin-engine boat at 12:30 p.m. Now, most tours that take you to see swimming pigs in Exuma take you to Major Caye, which is approximately a 2 hour boat ride through the bright blue Caribbean Ocean. However, Captain Ray, the owner and operator of Exuma Water Sports, was genius enough to buy his own pigs and give them a home mere minutes away from Great Exuma! (duh!)

So, by 1:00 p.m. this was our view!

Swimming Pigs Georgetown Exuma

The pigs, who are visited each day by Captain Ray and his guests, swim into the water when they hear the boat. Pavlov, anyone?! You would think I was part pig with all the squealing I was doing when I saw the pigs swimming to us. It was cute and little bizarre!

The captain gave me a handful of bread and turkey hotdogs (because promoting cannabalism would be too strange for me!) and I jumped in. The pigs were on me like white on rice. They were not aggressive, but their hooves do hurt if they paddle into you. I might have had a few collisions with a hoof or two. The pigs will not win any awards for being graceful swimmers, that is for sure.

Piggies in the Ocean

Swimming With Pigs in Exuma

Feeding the Swimming Pigs in Exuma

Feeding Pig Georgetown Exuma

Feeding Pigs Exuma

We swam in pig infested water and threw hotdogs for about 10 minutes. At that point, you could tell the pigs were getting tired and needed to retreat to more shallow waters. Mike and I stayed in the water a little longer. The calm, clear waters are perfect for swimming and the sandy bottom makes it look like you are swimming in a pool. It really is a great location for the pigs and the guests coming to visit.

Great Exuma's Swimming Pigs

I was happier than a pig in, errr, the ocean, after this experience. It is a trip that will surely be remembered as fun and unique! And, if you can believe it, this was only our first stop on the tour! The rest of tour included snorkeling, hiking and giant iguanas!

11 thoughts on “When Pigs Swim!

    1. Wife with Baggage Post author

      Good! It’s an absolutely stunning place! The pigs were a riot and the whole experience was just fun and different!

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  2. Anonymous

    We are going to do this next week. We are so excited to visit Exuma and float in the beautiful water and swim with pigs. Great pictures. :)Kelly.

    1. Wife with Baggage Post author

      Kelly – I know you will fall in love! The ocean water is like a pool and the pigs are hysterically adorable! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous

    We hired a guide in the Exumas as well who took us to Major Cay, and when I asked about the pigs at Great Exumas, he said that Major Cay was the only place that had indigenous pigs and suggested that the pigs at Great Exumas were the stolen babies of the Major Cay pigs! I hope that isn’t true.

    1. Wife with Baggage Post author

      I hope that isn’t true! Our captain was also the company owner. He told us that he was taking visitors to Major Caye daily and kept hearing the customers complain about the distance and time, so, he simply *bought* baby pigs and placed them on an island (that I assume be owns or leases) under his care. His story seems less dramatic and diabolical, I’ll continue to believe him. 🙂


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