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Swimming Pig Island

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There is a little island in The Bahamas, inhabited entirely… by swimming pigs.

There’s some disagreement as to how the pigs came to live on the island. Some claim pirates left them there, intending to return and eat them. Some say they swam there themselves (tenuous). Others say the government dropped them off to lure in tourists (quite likely, genius if true).

But whatever the reason, these little piggies have life sorted!

They lounge on the warm sands all day, soaking up the sun and watching for boats filled with curious tourists.

Tourists who inevitably bring food.

The little swines keep an eye on the horizon and as soon as they see you turn into the cove, they swim out to meet you.

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Plopping into the ocean with as much grace as a pig can manage, their trotters cut through the water as they glide towards you with alarming speed.

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There’s something rather surreal about feeding a pig looking up at you from turquoise waters!

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If you hop in the littles will swim out to meet you and snuffle for any snacks you might have brought with you!

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When I was little I had a robotic pig teddy.

He was soft and pink, but when you turned him on he’d walk forward and his little snout with go in and out.

I would lie on the floor and kiss his nose, he’d kiss me back and I’d dissolve into giggles.

He was called Kissy Pig (for obvious reasons) and I loved him.

Essentially, my entire life had been leading to this moment…

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When I got to kiss a pig on his snout, and tickle his chin, while we floated in crystal clear waters.

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Bizarre!

Wonderful, but bizarre.

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We took along cabbage to feed the hogglets.

Mostly because it’s easy to transport from the boat to the shore, and you can peel off layers for them, rather than spending your load all in one go!

They loved it.

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You’re better off going nice and early in the day, before the tour boats arrive.

Then you can have the place to yourself. Just you and the piggies!

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Of course the benefit of staying on Staniel Cay is that you can pop back as many times as you like.

Just in case, like us, one swim with pigs isn’t quite enough for you!

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Mosaic bikini // Tortoise shell glasses

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Now, if you walk a little further into the undergrowth you’ll find a surprise.

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Squeeky little piglets who’ll nuzzle you until you cuddle them!

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And there’ snout better than a good piggy cuddle.

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Though I might have hogged this guy a little!

If you make it down to The Exumas, a trip to Pig Island is a must. It had been on my bucket list for a very long time, and it was even better than I could have imagined.

I must admit I squealed like a piggy myself when I saw them swimming out to meet us! The very best birthday pressie I could have asked for.


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  • Swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas is a dream of mine!! I’m trying to convince my boyfriend that we should take a trip next February to get away from the winter and snow!

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  • Oh my gosh the little piglets!!! So cute! Can’t believe how tame the pigs are too!

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  • SO CUTE!! Wow, that sounds amazing! And they weren’t territorial at all about you holding the piglets? What a cool adventure to have!
    -Claire
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  • Wow! such an amazing experience! definitely adding swimming with pigs on my bucket list!

    You look as gorgeous as usual Rosie! What kind of camera do you use for underwater shots? the pics are such high quality!

    XoXo,

    Tamara
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  • Purple cabbage and pink pigs on a beautiful island has to be surreal.

    Xoxo
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  • Alex L

    Awwww. They are so cute! (although the grown ones are alarmingly large)

    Also, your Tulum posts were a great help in planning the perfect Spring Break trip. Thank you!!

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  • Shade of Red Blog

    What a fabulous way to spend your birthday! Great pictures, Rosie.
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  • So cute!! Happy birthday btw 🙂 x

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  • Such beautiful photos Rosie! This looks like my dream holiday and you are positively glowing! This place is going straight on my bucket list!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

  • sarah.gouin

    Wonderful!!!

  • This is hilarious and quite unique at the same time. Somehow pigs from The Bahamas look far cuter than those found in muddy Europe…;) I loved the pics in the sea when you are swimming with them, it’s great to have this little camera of yours that can go underwater, you are seriously making me thinking about getting one as I know it would really amuse the whole family! Julie xx

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  • Kari Guastella

    This looks like such a fun trip! I am a little terrified by the giant pigs though. Were they really as gentle as they seem in these photos?!?!?!
    Kari
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  • Those little piglets at the end are so bloody cute!!! 🙂 I bet this was so amazing. I love your bikinis Rosie, especially the 2nd one!

    Gemma x
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  • CHG

    Very cute! We honeymooned in the Abacos, which was also fantastic – but didn’t make it to any piggy islands. We flew into Marsh Harbour and rented a boat to stay on Lubber Quarter’s at little eco-resort with three cabins called Lubber’s Landing. I would totally recommend it! It was so much fun hopping around to the islands and beaches and we went in low-season too (in November – which could have potentially been hurricane season! But we were very lucky) so it was inexpensive and deserted. We are planning a camping trip in the Exumas on our 10-year travel list. May have to try it in February like you say so that we don’t have the bugs! I like to call it the “rural Bahamas” – sounds more quaint that way 🙂

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  • Rebecca

    Oh the cuteness! Love pigs!

  • I have never heard of Pig Island before – what a bizarre but utterly adorable experience!

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  • klpark

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I cannot imagine anything more cool than swimming in turquoise water with PIGS! I must go there one day 🙂 xx

  • Sarah

    Wow this looks amazing!! Love the bikini, shame ifs a little out of my price range, do you know of any high street equivalents? Sarah x

  • How unbelievable but amazing! That mosaic bikini is gorgeous but that little piglet is adorable!

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  • Oh my god, those piggies are so cute! What an amazing place, looks like such a stunning location!

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  • Jenna

    Those pigs are just brilliant!

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  • You are living my dream Rose. Enjoy every single second. I am so unbelievably happy for you…and a little but jealous. Sophie xx

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  • All of these photos make me want to go on holiday so bad.
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  • Lindsey Chapman Chiasera

    Loving this! How sweet are they?! I think I need to book a visit for myself!
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  • Amazing post Rosie! It seems so bizarre seeing pigs swimming in the crystal ocean!
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  • This looks like an incredible experience! Those pigglets are so adorable! Adding this to my bucket list now.

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • Athena Politou

    What a gorgeous beach though!

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  • I would love to go there! Those piggies are way too cute and that water, the colour is just spectacular.
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  • This is insane! Who would’ve thought pigs would looks so cute x

    Ceann / From Brighton and beyond

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Amazing!! I definitely have this firmly affixed to my bucket list, what a fantastic experience and those lil piglets are just so sweet and the water really does look sensational!

    Rxx

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  • Hello Sonder

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek sooooooo cute!!! I love the picture of you swimming with the pig, made me laugh haha!

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  • While I am usually not a fan of feeding/entertainment of animals, this looks amazing and yeah for piglet cuddles. Also, how cool is it that most of them are dalmation pigs? Or are those just muddy spots all over?!

  • AMAGAD!
    This looks so bizarre but so bloody cute.
    So not used to seeing pigs being not covered in mud and surrounded by greenery! xo

  • Adorable, love your Mosaic Bikini

    Career Ms xxx
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  • This looks just incredible, love the photography too. I really want to visit!

    Mel x
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  • What?! How surreal! I’ve never heard of this! I like how there’s an eager chicken approaching in one of the photos too, I wonder if they swim too! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  • Ohhhh this looks amazing!!!! Such a beautiful experience!

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  • Wonderful pigs! I love this beach.

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  • This is the best. Especially the piglets squeee! Immy x

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  • I’d love to shuffle truffle these little piggies out but then I’d never want to leave and would become known as the resident crazy pig lady! This place looks heavenly and I love the bikinis too!

  • Robyn Samantha

    These pictures are frigging amazing!! This place looks incredible. Swimming with piggys what a dream <3

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    Robyn xx

  • AAH, I’m dying to go there! It looks absolutely bizarre and magical – can’t wait to visit the pigs one day! 🙂

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  • I’m literally trying not to cry! This is the cutest thing ever! The big ones are a little scary lookin, but the piglets are so adorbs! TBT to Winnie the Pooh!

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  • Oh god I want to go to pig island SO MUCH!!!!!

  • Love the photos!x

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  • What a surreal experience! The water colour is just breath taking and I love the bikinis! Who would have thought piggies could be so cuddly!

  • Olivia

    I found your blog years ago and have lost track over time, but I’ve just stumbled upon it again and couldn’t be more excited!! Your photos are gorgeous and the places you visit are the stuff of my dreams! I’ve been reading post after post these past few days. Can’t wait to see where your adventures take you next! xx

  • marina

    You should be a swimsuit model, your body is out of this world. Maybe a post about your eating habits and training ?

  • This is literally my life’s goal, so jealous! It looks amazing. Love Andrea xxx

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  • I am absolutely dying to go here! These pictures are just amazing Rosie xxx
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  • This is on my bucket list of places to visit! Those piglets are everything.

  • This is the post I have been waiting for and it is even better than I remembered! They are adorable and this is definitely something I will have to make sure to do! What camera did you use for the underwater shots?

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • oh my gosh, this is literally my favorite post ever. You got amazing pics Rosie!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Love this photo-set.

  • Too much cuteness! I just ADORE this. <3

  • Oh wow! I need to go to the Bahamas now…

  • Natasha Card

    Your Pictures are incredible … I love your blog and we are very tempted to try this trip.
    Can I ask what camera you use to get the amazing underwater pictures?
    Keep up the fantastic work.


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