Sep 28, 2018
Things to Do: Visiting the Animals of the Exuma Cays
Yacht Travel – Visit the Animals Around Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Known for its white sand beaches and bright turquoise waters, the Exuma Cays are a chain of small islands and sand bars best toured on a yacht. Take advantage of our premier yacht concierge services at Yacht Management South Florida, and we’ll plan every detail of your yacht trip to the Exumas and the rest of the Bahamas.
Dock your yacht at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and you’ll be conveniently located near the islands’ world-famous attractions. Swimming pigs, gentle sharks, friendly iguanas – the list goes on! Here’s where to visit the animals of the Exuma Cays.
The Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas
Probably what this area of the Bahamas is most well-known for, the swimming pigs of Pig Beach bring in lots of tourists every year. Pink pigs, white sand beaches, bright blue water – Pig Beach is an Instagram-worthy hot spot!
How to Get to Pig Beach from Staniel Cay
About one mile, or 2.2 kilometers from Staniel Cay, there are currently around twenty pigs and piglets living on Pig Beach. Cruise your yacht to Big Major Cay and then take a dinghy or yacht tender to the shore.
Swim with the Staniel Cay Sharks
Want to swim with sharks? Take a trip to Compass Cay, just 13.2 kilometers from Staniel Kay. Go to the island’s docks to experience docile nurse sharks swimming just under the water’s surface. Pet them, feed them, or take a dive into shallow azure blue waters for an exhilarating swim!
Say Hello to the Rock Iguanas
A local and endangered species, the wild Exuma Island rock iguanas found on Allan’s Cay are friendly and welcoming to visitors – especially if you come with grapes! Once your yacht tender touches the shore, you’ll be greeted with masses of grey and pink iguanas waiting for their fruity snack.
Snorkeling Near Staniel Cay
There are plenty of great snorkeling spots in the Exuma Cays. The area’s shallow waters and tropical coral reefs are teaming with colorful sea life.
See the Stars at the Starfish Reserve
Just off the Great Exuma Island is what the locals call the Starfish Reserve. Dive into these incredibly shallow waters and see tons of red starfish dotting the ocean floor.
Tropical Fish at Thunderball Grotto
Made famous by the James Bond movie that shares its name, this underwater cave is a great snorkeling spot during low tide. Just across the water from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, swim through the grotto’s entrance to be greeted by an underwater realm teaming with colorful fish and coral.