Charter The Exumas, Where Pigs Don’t Fly…They Swim!
Written by Missy Johnston
Exumas Swimming Pig
The Exumas Island Chain, located in The Bahamas stretching 120 miles south out of Nassau, is an excellent charter location. Miles of pristine deserted beaches stretch beside multicolored clear blue and green waters. We loved cruising there. Yours may be the only footprints in the white and sometimes pink powdery sand. You can swim, snorkel in shallow waters for hours, and the shelling is excellent. This is a yacht charter location perfect for fun in the sun and really enjoying warm tropical waters.
Swimming Pigs, Great Major Cay
Half way down the Exumas, and only accessible by yacht, is Big Major Cay, deserted except for the pink pigs and the few cats that live there. A favorite stopping place for visiting yachtsmen, the pigs and cats survive from the largess of their visitors, and survive very well. The piggiest of the pigs have learned, for first crack at the offerings, to swim out and greet the visiting ship’s tenders. I learned firsthand that lettuce is at the bottom of the food choices, Cheez-Its were far preferred. We watched the older pigs teaching the piglets how to swim, a new example of ecological adaptation. But be careful, as the overzealous pig has been known to try to board for extra snacks.
Swimming pig in a water at beach on Exuma Bahamas
Big Major Cay is in the area of Staniel Cay and Thunderball Cave. You could spend several days there. Staniel Cay offers two restaurants and on Saturday nights a big outdoor barbeque is held where all diners mingle together at big communal picnic tables. Snorkel the nearby grotto Thunderball Cave appropriately named as the James Bond movie Thunderball was filmed there as well as the movie Splash. Shafts of light pierce through the rock formations into the blue pools in the grotto creating a mystical setting in which to snorkel over the coral formations and through the schools of tropical fish.
All this in only a few days of a crewed yacht charter itinerary to be enjoyed in The Exumas.
With more than 30 years of experience in crewed yacht charter as both a yacht charter broker and yacht charter crew as Chef, Missy Johnston has a wealth of knowledge, most gained from personal experience on which she draws for every blog written. Missy has traveled and cruised extensively in many of the worldwide yacht charter destinations, providing excellent first-hand knowledge and the opportunity to take photos in many off the track locations to include in all her blogs and itineraries. And, of course, extensive cruising and time spent as yacht crew gives Missy terrific knowledge about what constitutes comfortable cruising and how to create the best charter experience and itinerary possible taking into consideration wind, weather, currents and tides. Having been a charter chef, Missy understands your onboard cuisine needs and can help guide you in completing your provisioning information for the best onboard charter cuisine.