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Swimming pigs, sharks & so much more in Exuma, Bahamas

Looking for the perfect getaway with equal parts relaxation and adventure, for any age group? On top of that, add in some of the coolest things you’ve ever seen, like swimming pigs. I know, Exuma sounds like a dream come true- it is!

Exuma is a chain of 365 islands (also referred to as cays) in the Bahamas, most famous for their swimming pigs and crystal clear waters.

It is not the easiest to get to, so it has been on my bucket list for a LONG TIME. Exuma is not all that far from Miami, so we could technically go on our boat, but we’re not familiar with the islands, and in retrospect, having a local guide made all the difference.

Before all the details, here’s a quick recap of an incredible weekend….

 

Beach House in Great Exuma

We flew into Great Exuma (the largest of the islands) from Miami on a charter plane, since there wasn’t a whole lot of commercial flight options from Miami and we were a rather large group. Upon arriving, we went straight to our beautiful beach house with a private beach. We spent the first 2 days relaxing at the house and eating delicious food, prepared by an incredible local chef, Shariqua of Customized Catering and Chef Services.

IMG_1560Did we bring enough?
Screen Shot 2016-09-10 at 5.21.20 PMOur beautiful beach house
IMG_1567Our incredible private beach.. Look at the color of that water
IMG_1612Some of my favorite girls
IMG_1684She loves her godfather
IMG_1924The drone following us around
IMG_2512One of many delicious meals by Shariqua

 

Coastline Adventures Day Trip

On the third day we had an all-day tour with Coastline Adventures to explore the other cays. They were amazing and I highly recommend using them! It was an extremely long day trip- but it’s the only way if you want to explore several cays in the same day, especially since they’re rather far apart. Just to give you an idea, check out the map below…

Exuma-Map2Image borrowed from http://sailstraycat.com

Unfortunately, we got a late start and had to skip some of our planned stops. When our tour was supposed to begin, a horrible storm was coming in, so we had to wait a couple of hours for it to pass and part of our group decided to stay behind, in fear of having the 1-year-old on the boat if we got caught in bad weather along the way.

Once we finally began our day trip, it was one amazing stop after another….

 

SHARKS AT COMPASS CAY

Our first stop was to swim with the nurse sharks at Compass Cay. Nurse sharks, although appearing scary, are quite harmless and Compass Cay was the perfect place to interact with them. Compass Cay is a private island that allows people swim with their sharks for $10 per person. Although the sharks are not locked in there, it is full of them because they are well fed, so they tend to stick around. They are really more like pets… They are used to having people around, so they swim right up to you and you can pet them.

IMG_2026Sharks everywhere
Screen Shot 2016-09-10 at 5.21.22 PMNurse sharks
IMG_7185I was warming up to them…

 

SWIMMING PIGS AT BIG MAJOR CAY

Next stop was Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, that is full of pigs. Not just regular pigs- but swimming pigs! Somehow these pigs learned that they would get fed if they swam out to the boats and that is exactly what they do. As soon as your boat pulls up, the pigs start swimming towards you looking for food.

IMG_2360Hungry piggies
IMG_2374Climbing up on the side of our boat for some bread
IMG_2380These pigs are NOT small
IMG_2618I loved the little one
IMG_2727Hanging out with some piggies
IMG_7182Lots and lots of pigs
IMG_7184He was hoping we had some more food for him

ROCK IGUANAS AT ALLAN CAY

Next was Allan Cay to see the Rock Iguanas. I DO NOT like lizards, so these were not my favorite! And there’s tons of them. It took me quite a while to warm up to them.

IMG_7176Rock Iguanas everywhere!
IMG_2937My hubby feeding one
IMG_3069Finally petting an iguana

 

SANDBAR, THUNDERBALL GROTTO & OTHER STOPS

Along the way we had a few other stops that were equally incredible. We went to a sandbar with the most beautiful water and just hung out for about an hour, while our guides made us some fresh conch salad with conch they caught at the very beginning of our tour. We also snorkeled Thunderball Grotto- the James Bond movie, Thunderball, was filmed there. I didn’t have my camera for that, but check it out in the video above.

IMG_2314Crystal clear water
IMG_7187Sandbar with my bestie
IMG_2184Beautiful starfish everywhere

 

The Last Day in Paradise

On our last day in Exuma, we spent it by the beach at our house. It was a beautiful day and we couldn’t miss out on one more afternoon in paradise, before our flight home.

IMG_3267Someone loved the beach house and private beach with lots of toys
IMG_7179Quality time with my goddaughter
IMG_7181These are the best of times…
Screen Shot 2016-09-10 at 5.22.29 PM 1Wasting away the day in paradise
IMG_2614Heading home
IMG_2682Back to reality

Thanks for an incredible time Exuma. We will definitely be back soon!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Denise Aldelia September 27, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Love the water, sand, house, pigs, sharks and the food! Love to go there. I think they filmed the Bachelor on that island during Bens season!

    • Reply The Traveling Red September 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      They sure did! I saw it too. Luckily the pigs I met were much nicer than the ones I saw on the bachelor.

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