I Swam with the Famous Swimming Pigs of the Exumas
I saw one photo on Pinterest and I booked my entire vacation based on that photo. It was a picture of a cute pink piglet splashing in crystal clear waters just off a perfect white sand beach. At the time I didn't know where these pigs lived, or how to get there, but I knew that's where I wanted to go on vacation.
The swimming pigs live in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. The Exumas are a string of 360+ islands, most of which are uninhabited. An island called Big Major Cay is inhabited though, with a sweet sounder of swine. These wild pigs share the island with wild goats and chickens.
There are plenty of local legends and lore surrounding how the pigs got there, including a shipwreck of a livestock boat long ago. I'm not sure which stories are true...but I prefer to believe that these pigs are descendants of pigs who swam ashore when their boat sank.
The pigs were everything I dreamed of and more. We visited the pigs almost everyday of our vacation because they lived so close to our home island. The kitchen staff at our yacht club gave us bread scraps to feed the pigs and we boated over to the same crystal clear waters and white sand beaches I had seen on Pinterest a few months ago.
We learned very quickly that while the piglets were cute, the adult pigs are huge, powerful, and food motivated. The biggest pig of all nearly tipped our boat trying to climb onboard the skiff to open our cooler.
I named this cute Pig-Lou, after my dog Lou Lou, because she reminded me of my pup at home.
The swimming pigs of the Exumas are a truly wild and unique experience. I can't wait to visit my favorite piglets again next year and see how much they've grown.