Bahama Vacations

And now for something completely different – Bahama Vacations – swimming with pigs…!

I found a very interesting spot you might like to go to visit if you are ever in this part of the world on holiday, it’s really quite amazing.

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Bahama Vacations – Feeding Time

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Pig Beach, Staniel Cay, Bahamas.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays). The largest of the cays is Great Exuma, which is 37 mi (60 km) in length and joined to another island, Little Exuma by a small bridge.

The capital and largest city in the district is George Town (permanent population 1,000), founded 1793 and located on Great Exuma.
The Tropic of Cancer runs across a beach close to the city.

Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Exuma more than doubled, reflecting the construction of large and small resort properties and the related increased direct airlift to Great Exuma.

The entire island chain is 130 mi (209 km) long and 27 sq. mi (72 km²) in area.

Near Big Major Cay is Staniel Cay, where the swimming pigs can be found.

Anecdotal history

The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them.

The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships.

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– Bahama Vacations – Staniel Cay – Ferry Service

One other legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore. while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet.

Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to Bahama vacations.

The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach by the locals.

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Eric Cheng, a photographer said of them:

Because locals bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats, as if to greet them individually.

It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand, but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats on Bahama vacations is just bizarre.

Have a look at his video to see the swimming pigs in action…

Another account is that a local family from Staniel Cay put the pigs on Big Major’s Cay during the first Gulf War. The purpose was to have a food source in the event The Bahamas was no longer able to import food from other countries. The pigs are still owned by the family. They are wild pigs and they are known to bite. There is also a herd of goats that you can see grazing on the North West end of the Cay in the early morning.

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