I shared most of the highlights from my recent trip to the Bahamas in a recent post (found here). However I decided to share my experience swimming and playing with the pigs at Staniel Cay separately. I have so many cute pig photos I figured the experience deserved it’s own space.
I love pigs. True story, before Jordan and I adopted Pierre I tried to convinve him we needed a mini pig. Truthfully I only used this tactic so that when I said “I want a puppy” I would sound less absurd BUT nonetheless a baby pig has filled my city girl fantasies since the first time I watched Uptown Girls (great movie!).
Like many of you (I assume) I first heard of pig island form The Bachelor. I watched as girls squealed and ran from the swimming pigs on their group date with Ben. When I heard pig island was in the Exuma islands (the area we were sailing through) I was determined to visit the cute piglets myself.
Years ago pigs were supposedly left on the island by boaters who wanted to return and eat the pigs once thy were grown. For whatever reason the boaters didn’t return and the pigs bred and made a home for themselves on the bahemian island. Now tourists travel to the beach by boat with treats for the 20+ “wild pigs”. The well fed pigs are very comfortable with humans and are quite rambunctious.
As our boat pulled up towards the shore pigs swam out to greet us even jumping on the side of the boat in search of food. It was startling and very exciting! I’m pretty sure pig island was the only occasion on our entire trip that I was the first passenger to jump out of the boat. I’m usually hesitant to splash around in cold water, much preferring the warmth of the sun on my skin but the pigs exhilarated me! I immediately started feeding bread to the big pigs around me and found myself a little intimidated. A 600 pound pig, while cute, is definitely capable of trampling a mid sized human.
I didn’t let fear define me though (valiant as I am) but took it upon myself to tame the wild pigs. I did my best to make the pigs sit for their treats the way a dog would. Pigs are more intelligent than dogs you know? Usually I ended up tossing bread into the water as each giant pig swam towards me but on the beach I finally got a few pigs to heed my commands. So now I can add “pig tamer” to my resume (;
It was hard to get really great shots of the pigs; the little fellas didn’t hold still for long! I am happy with the chaotic shots we did capture as I feel they capture the general hectic (yet happy) nature of Pig Island.
If you ever visit the Exuma islands (specifically Staniel Cay) be sure to stop by Pig Island, it’s a lot of fun!