For the past several years, we have obsessively read blogs by other cruisers and followed their travels as we planned our own itinerary. At some point, we came across a video of people swimming with pigs on some island in the Bahamas…well, heck yeah I wanted to do that too!!
Staniel Cay is a pretty little resort island with a small yacht club, swimming pigs, and a famous grotto. Yes, you read correctly SWIMMING PIGS! The small island next to Staniel has pigs cruising around on the beach and SWIMMING! These suckers are huge! There were also little piglets. The tourists feed the pigs, as soon as the pigs see people they come running right over looking for food. We had heard stories of people getting their butts bit as they ran away from the pigs due to lack of food and still hungry pigs. We also saw these very large creature’s getting into at least one inflatable boat to try and get food. Overall, the pigs are relatively harmless and are somewhat trained. We witnessed one pig that sat on-command (yes, like a dog!) for water. There are lots of theories as to where these pigs originated from, but no one is really quite sure.
Just across the channel from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is Thunderball Grotto – where scenes of the James Bond movie of the same name were filmed. We waited until low-tide in order to snorkel into this cave-like spot and check out all of the reefs and colorful fish.
At the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, we witnessed a feeding frenzy of rays, sharks and turtles as the local fishermen cleaned their catch and threw the scraps into the water.