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!
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!
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.
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.
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!