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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.

Stocked up for our Exuma vacationDid we bring enough?
Private beach house in the Exumas... the most beautiful home on a private beach with crystal clear waters in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Our beautiful beach house
The most beautiful home on a private beach with crystal clear waters in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Our incredible private beach.. Look at the color of that water
Private beach house in the Exumas... the most beautiful home on a private beach with crystal clear waters in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Some of my favorite girls
Private beach house in the Exumas... the most beautiful home on a private beach with crystal clear waters in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.She loves her godfather
Girls trip to a private beach house in the Exumas... the most beautiful home on a private beach with crystal clear waters in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.The drone following us around
Our in home chef, Shariqua, made the most delicious meals everyday of our visit to the Exumas. We stayed in a private beach house in Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.One 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…

Map of all the cays (or islands) in Exuma, the Bahamas. The Exumas are made up of over 300 little cays, each one with something different to see.Image 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.

Swimming with the nurse sharks in Compass Cay. This cay in the Exumas is known for an area of shallow water where nurse sharks live and tourists always come to swim with them. A must when visiting Exuma in the BahamasSharks everywhere
Swimming with the nurse sharks in Compass Cay. This cay in the Exumas is known for an area of shallow water where nurse sharks live and tourists always come to swim with them. A must when visiting Exuma in the BahamasNurse sharks
Swimming with the nurse sharks in Compass Cay. This cay in the Exumas is known for an area of shallow water where nurse sharks live and tourists always come to swim with them. A must when visiting Exuma in the BahamasI 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.

The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.Hungry piggies
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.Climbing up on the side of our boat for some bread
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.These pigs are NOT small
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.I loved the little one
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.Hanging out with some piggies
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.Lots and lots of pigs
The Exumas famous swimming pigs! Found on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, is the beach full of swimming pigs that Exuma is known for. It's located near Staniel Cay. This is the top thing to see when visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.He 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.

Exuma is known for different animals such as pigs, sharks and even iguanas! Allan Cay is an island full of iguanas. Tourists go to feed them. It is one of the popular stops when visiting the Exumas in the Bahamas.Rock Iguanas everywhere!
Exuma is known for different animals such as pigs, sharks and even iguanas! Allan Cay is an island full of iguanas. Tourists go to feed them. It is one of the popular stops when visiting the Exumas in the Bahamas.My hubby feeding one
Exuma is known for different animals such as pigs, sharks and even iguanas! Allan Cay is an island full of iguanas. Tourists go to feed them. It is one of the popular stops when visiting the Exumas in the Bahamas.Finally 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.

The Exumas are known for beautiful crystal clear water and tons of animals. If you do a boat tour, you'll find plenty of beautiful beaches and sandbar along the way. The water in Exuma is some of the most beautiful in the world. Definitely worth planning a trip to the Bahamas.Crystal clear water
The Exumas are known for beautiful crystal clear water and tons of animals. If you do a boat tour, you'll find plenty of beautiful beaches and sandbar along the way. The water in Exuma is some of the most beautiful in the world. Definitely worth planning a trip to the Bahamas.Sandbar with my bestie
The Exumas are known for beautiful crystal clear water and tons of animals. If you do a boat tour, you'll find plenty of beautiful beaches and sandbar along the way. The water in Exuma is some of the most beautiful in the world. Definitely worth planning a trip to the Bahamas.Beautiful 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.

Private beach house on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Exumas. Perfect for a getaway to Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Someone loved the beach house and private beach with lots of toys
Private beach house on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Exumas. Perfect for a getaway to Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Quality time with my goddaughter
Private beach house on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Exumas. Perfect for a getaway to Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.These are the best of times…
The crystal clear water of the Exumas. This was at our private beach behind our private beach house. Perfect for a getaway to Georgetown, Exuma in the Bahamas.Wasting away the day in paradise
Flying home from Georgetown, Exuma to Miami on a  private plane. End of an amazing family trip to the Bahamas.Heading home
Flying home from Georgetown, Exuma to Miami on a  private plane. End of an amazing family trip to the Bahamas.Back to reality

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

Everything you must see when visiting the Exumas. These islands in the Bahamas are famous for their crystal clear waters, swimming pigs, nurse sharks you can swim with and iguana island. Exuma is definitely a bucket list destination!

Everything you must see when visiting the Exumas. These islands in the Bahamas are famous for their crystal clear waters, swimming pigs, nurse sharks you can swim with and iguana island. Exuma is definitely a bucket list destination!
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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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