Meet the adorable and famous Swimming Pigs. This is one thing you can't miss while you're here. Visit Pig Beach and get a selfie with the #swimmingpigs—they're even cuter in person!
How did the pigs get to Pig Beach? We don't know for sure. Big Major Cay is uninhabited and the pigs are not native to the island. Some say they were left by a group of sailors, who planned to come back and cook them. Or that the pigs swam over from a shipwreck nearby.
Wherever they came from, there are now about 20 pigs and piglets on Pig Beach. With daily visits from Bahamians and tourists, the pigs are living the easy life on Big Major Cay.
Located just west of Staniel Cay, this fantastic underwater cave system is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors and the like. The grotto's mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. It is advised to enter at ebb tide (low or slack tide) and snorkeling equipment is optional. At high tide, however, diving equipment is necessary.
The grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond spy film "Thunderball," which was shot there. It was also the site of another James Bond film, "Never Say Never Again" in 1983, also based on the Thunderball novel.
Located just south of Big Farmer's Cay, this stretch of pure white sand emerges from blue-green water at low tide. It is widely known as the "Mile-long Sandbar" and is perfect for shelling, sunbathing, and picnicking. You will have it all to yourself on most days!
The Allen’s Cay Iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata) is one of the seven subspecies of Bahamian Rock Iguanas. Allen's Cay is one of the few places where you can still find these fearsome looking, yet gentle creatures, which are protected by law. They are friendly and welcoming to visitors who bring them gifts of vegetables and other goodies.
Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, is a graceful crescent of white-powder sand bordering the translucent blue-green water along the coast of Little Exuma. The longest beach on the island, it is also the prettiest in the Exuma chain and you will probably have it all to yourself. Located at 23 26N 75 35W, the beach is named after the meridian line that defines the northern extent of the tropics and crosses right through it. Visitors come from all over the world to bathe and sun here, one of Exuma's well kept secrets...
The Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course offers a championship course that provides plenty of challenge in addition to scenic ocean vistas. Designed by Greg Norman, the golf course features numerous bunkers that are strategically situated around the greens and the dramatic fairways that snake through seaside dunes.
The golf course has six signature holes, which all skirt the edge of the scenic Emerald Bay peninsula. While the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course's back nine has more scenic views, the first nine offers an interesting variation of holes that feature marshes, lakes, and rock outcroppings. Due to its oceanfront location, wind is a definite factor on the course.
The warm, crystal-clear waters of our islands will show you more colorful marine life than you ever imagined, in plenty of places right off the beach. Glide over shipwrecks and interesting reef formations where you can kiss a tropical fish. Bring your own gear, or rent some when you arrive.
The Bahamas offers an array of dive experiences. You’ll find sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, underwater caves, and forest-like coral reefs teeming with marine life. You can even feed and swim with reef sharks and get your adrenaline pumping.