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The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 picture perfect tropical islands in the Bahamas Out Island. Only a 30 minute flight away, the Exuma Cays are the perfect Day Trip destination and home to the famous Swimming Pigs.
The Exuma Cays islands offer a mix of relaxation, adventure, natural wonders, and unique attractions, making it a destination that caters to a wide range of interests and travel preferences. There are many ways to get from Nassau to Exuma, so whether you’re looking to unwind on pristine beaches or engage in exhilarating water activities, the Exumas have something for everyone.
Visiting the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas requires some planning and coordination, as these islands are spread out and often accessible by boat or small aircraft.
Most travelers start by flying into Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau is well-connected to various international destinations. From Nassau, you can book a Day Trip to Exuma from Nassau.
If you want to explore islands further south in Great Exuma you will want to plan a trip with flights to to Exuma International Airport (GGT), also known as George Town Airport.
Many visitors opt to take a boat from Nassau to the Exuma Cays. You can choose from various boat tours, excursions, or private charters. The boat journey is long, you can expect atleast 3 hour one way boat ride to get to the famous Exuma Attractions like Pig Beach.
Many tour operators offer guided tours that take you to popular attractions in the Exuma Cays. These tours often provide transportation, activities, and insights from knowledgeable guides. Since the Exuma Cays can get busy, especially during peak seasons, it’s advisable to plan and book accommodations, transportation, and activities well in advance.
Big Major Cay and its swimming pigs have become an iconic and Instagram-worthy attraction, drawing visitors who seek the novelty of interacting with pigs in such a beautiful and unusual setting. Big Major Cay, also known as Pig Beach, is a small uninhabited island located in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. It has gained international fame for its unique population of swimming pigs.
The main attraction of Big Major Cay is the presence of friendly and docile pigs that roam the island and swim in the surrounding waters. The phenomenon of pigs swimming in the ocean is quite unusual and has captured the fascination of visitors from around the world.
The Swim with Sharks experience at Compass Cay Marina in the Bahamas offers visitors the opportunity to swim and interact with nurse sharks in a controlled and safe environment. Compass Cay Marina is situated in the Exuma Cays, a chain of islands known for their stunning natural beauty and marine life.
The swim with sharks experience involves interacting with nurse sharks, which are relatively docile and non-aggressive species of sharks. Nurse sharks are known for their slow and gentle nature. The experience is typically guided by knowledgeable staff from the marina. They provide information about nurse sharks, safety guidelines, and instructions for interacting with the sharks.
Thunderball Grotto is a famous underwater cave system and snorkeling site located in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. It gained popularity after being featured in the James Bond film “Thunderball,” which was released in 1965. The grotto offers a unique and visually stunning underwater experience.
Thunderball Cave can be visited on a Nassau to Exuma Excursion, making it the perfect Day Trip to explore other attractions in Exuma
The Exuma rock iguana (Cyclura cychlura figginsi) is a species of large lizard that is native to the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. It is a subspecies of the larger Bahamian rock iguana species, which includes several subspecies found on different islands in the Bahamas. The Exuma rock iguana is notable for its distinctive appearance and its adaptation to the unique environment of the Exuma Cays.
They have stout bodies, strong legs, and a crest of spiky scales that runs along their back. Their coloration can vary, ranging from gray to reddish-brown. Due to the limited food sources on the islands, Exuma rock iguanas have developed the ability to consume vegetation that might be toxic to other animals. They have specialized digestive systems that allow them to process these plants.
This intriguing underwater plane wreck is the highlight of any Nassau to Exuma Tour. Having crashed in the shallow Exuma waters during the 1970’s it is now a popular snorkel attraction. Accessible because of its close proximity to Staniel Cay island and the shallow depths of the sea in this location (only a few meters, often chest height at low tide).
There are many plane wrecks hidden underwater in the Bahamas. Many of these planes crashed during the prolific drug running era of the 1970’s when aircraft navigation systems were still primitive.
The Bahamas unique crystal clear waters makes snorkeling at plane wrecks in the Bahamas a very unique experience, hard to find elsewhere in the world.
A short boat ride away from Compass Cay (Swimming with sharks experience) and Staniel Cay (Gateway to the Exuma Cays), is the stunning Exuma Sand Bar. With pristine white sand, visitors footprints are washed away each day during the high tide, making it pristine for each days new visitors.
Visiting the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas offers a range of incredible experiences and attractions that make it a popular and unforgettable destination. Known for their stunning beaches with powdery white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. You’ll find secluded spots as well as lively beach scenes.
The famous Pig Beach on Big Major Cay is a unique attraction where you can swim with friendly pigs in the ocean—a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nearby Compass Cay Marina offers a safe and guided opportunity to swim with nurse sharks, providing an adventurous and educational experience.
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