BAHAMAS

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Staniel Cay & Big Major Cay: 24.175000, -76.450854
Language: English Packlist
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD) Eco-Lodges
Size: 13,878 km²/5,358 mi² Favorite Restaurants
Landscape: bush, beaches, islands, wetlands, mangroves
Activities: hiking, exploring sunken airplanes, diving, snorkeling, cave exploring, wildlife watching, swimming, sailing

The Bahamas are a former British island group consisting of more than 700 islands, islets and cays. They are the most northern country in the Caribbean and the site of Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1495. Despite its proximity to the U.S., only a handful of Bahamian destinations have become major tourist attractions. Due to the country’s vast size, that means one can explore a lot of remote and unspoiled regions here. The population of the now independent commonwealth is mainly Afro-Bahamian, as the Bahamas were once a safe heaven for escaped or freed slaves.

TOP SPOTS IN THE BAHAMAS

1. STANIEL CAY & BIG MAJOR CAY

Roughly half way north along the sparsely inhabited Exuma Islands chain, Staniel Cay is one of the few developed islands. Off its coast you can snorkel sunken airplane wrecks in shallow water or explore the famous Thunderball Cave, which was featured in a scene from the James Bond film of the same name. Animal lovers will find one of the Bahamas’ top curiosities on the neighboring island of Big Major Cay, swimming pigs. Yes, that’s right, there’s a large colony of wild pigs living on this island that will literally “piggy paddle” towards your boat looking for a little food. Harmless and adorable, they will capture your imagination and your heart.

The Bahamas’ swimming pigs of Big Major, James Bond’s Thunderball Grotto and a sunken plane

  • The feral pigs of Big Major Cay are very curious and learned to swim to greet visitors while looking for a handout The feral pigs of Big Major Cay are very curious and learned to swim to greet visitors while looking for a handout
  • Regular swims in the cerulean waters keep the pigs of Big Major Cay healthy and fit Regular swims in the cerulean waters keep the pigs of Big Major Cay healthy and fit
  • Just off the coast of Staniel Cay lies a sunken airplane wreck in shallow water which one can explore snorkeling Just off the coast of Staniel Cay lies a sunken airplane wreck in shallow water which one can explore snorkeling
  • Magical Thunderball Cave once served as a set for a James Bond movie and is a great adventure to explore Magical Thunderball Cave once served as a set for a James Bond movie and is a great adventure to explore
  • From the outside of Thunderball cave, you might not even guess that there is a grotto inside From the outside of Thunderball cave, you might not even guess that there is a grotto inside
  • Staniel Cay, Big Major Cay and the Exumas chain they are part of is best explored by sailboat Staniel Cay, Big Major Cay and the Exumas chain they are part of is best explored by sailboat
  • When not greeting visitors, the swimming pigs of Big Major Cay like to sleep on the beach When not greeting visitors, the swimming pigs of Big Major Cay like to sleep on the beach