The uninhabited island Big Major Cay in the area of Exuma in the Bahamas hosts a population of around 20 pigs and piglets. Exactly how these pigs ended up on this island is still a mystery. There are several different theories as to how this came about. Some say the pigs were dropped off on the island by a group of sailors who intended to return and cook them. However, the sailors never came back and the pigs continued to survive on excess food dumped from passing ships. Another legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim ashore, while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas.
Nowadays, the pigs are fed by locals and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach. The island is uninhabited. Known to frequent the waters, the pigs will swim out to your boat. Very friendly and playful, these pigs are Instagram stars. It’s quite an unusual and entertaining tourist attraction; take a look at the video below.
We visit Pig Beach as a part of our Ultimate Bahamas itinerary on M/V Bahamas Master.