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Exuma Escapes
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Escape the norm and visit 6 islands in ONE day over 100 nautical miles away and be home in time for an early dinner. Exuma Escapes offers the adventurous visitor the ulimate opportunity to experience the number one requested excursion the world over. Visit the Iguanas in northern Exuma, Swim with the pigs at big major cay, have lunch at the famous Scorpios Restaurant in Guana Cay , swim with sharks at Compass Cay, enjoy private beaching at one of the secluded uninhabited cays, walk on a shifting sand bar (tide and weather permitting). An amazing experience for an amazing price. It’s something you won’t soon forget.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We spent a week vacationing in New Providence. The one thing our teenage daughter really wanted to do is "swim with the pigs". We chose this company because they are one of the first companies organizing the excursion to Exuma from such a long distance. There are others doing it now as well, but basically copying what this company has been doing for a number of years. Our hotel (the British Colonial Hilton) also highly recommended this company. We were not disappointed and had a very nice time. There is an extensive amount of boat travel, but it is worth it as you make four stops throughout the day. The power boat seats about 20 people and there is both benches and beanbag chairs to chose from. One of the two captains was informative and pointed out sites along the way. There was also music, water/sodas, and chips as we enjoyed the 90-minute trip out to the first site. We spent about 30-minutes feeding the iguanas and checking out Allen Cay. We then had another 60-minute trip to see the pigs. There were only a couple other boats there, so it was not too crowded. They provided great instructions as to what to do and also what not to do...such as turn your back to a large pig! We had a great time feeding both the large adult and small, young pigs. After the pigs, it was a short 15-minute ride to another island for lunch. We ate at a local restaurant where you get a choice of hamburgers, chicken, fish, veggie burger, salads, etc. It was nice to eat at a local establishment. It was a holiday the day we went (Good Friday), so many of the locals were there as well. Everyone was very friendly. After lunch, we went to swim with the sharks. That was a highlight. There were 10-12 nurse sharks swimming amongst us, a couple large sting rays, and various fish. The water is crystal clear. Again...the locals were very welcoming and friendly. After visiting the sharks, we enjoyed the boat trip back to Paradise Island. When you book this trip, know that there is a lot of boat travel and that it can be a bumpy ride initially until you get to shallower waters. But the four stops more than outweigh the time spent traveling. We would definitely do it again!

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

An amazing, exciting, memorable experience for all. It’s a lot of boat time to get out there but well worth it. Feeding the iguanas was very fun. The little and not so little guys come running up to gobble grapes off your stick. Not at all aggressive though. Rather skittish but they get over it to grab some grape. Also your first taste of the crystal clear water and landscape. Then on to the pigs!

These huge beasts doggy paddle quite well and will come charging looking for more bread. But simply hold your hands up to show you don’t have anything or splash them a little in the face and they’re on to the next person. I felt very safe for myself and my nine year old. Piglets are up on the beach and are also very friendly. I saw one getting a belly rub.

The sharks were actually the surprise possibly best part of the trip. These wild sharks are almost cat like. You enter the water and they get very close but very gently. Then they start swimming around you at the top of the water so you get lots of opportunities to touch them. Once the feeding is done they stick around but closer to the floor so still cool to hang with them but not as many opportunities to touch them.

Our guide, Tino, was very fun, knowledgeable and helpful. They have bottled water, bags of chips/snacks and soda on board.

Lunch was nothing to write home about but you’re pretty hungry when it comes time so it doesn’t really matter.

They do pack you onto the ship with most people sitting on bean bag like chairs. Not the most comfortable but again, worth it for the whole experience.

One thing to know, you take your shoes off on the boat and stow bags below deck so travel light. Bring some towels and sweatshirts or blankets as it does get cold when you’re at top speed. And bring plenty of sunscreen. Lots of time spent in the sun.

We spent about 1 1/2 hours getting to the iguanas, about 30 mins to the pigs, 10 to lunch, 30 to sharks and then about 2 hours straight to get back.

1  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

It was a pretty good trip overall. We take a cruise on the yacht and after going slow for a while they go fast but they also provide you with free drinks or beer. YOu get to feed wild iguanas in one island caye then you go the other one with the swimming pigs to feed them carrots or bread. Then you go to Staniel Caye for lunch which consists of a hamburger wither pork, beef, or fish with a side of french fries or onion rings. I was upset to see another group get salad. I would of preferred a side of salad over french fries or onion rings. And water is free but you have to pay extra for drinks if you want any. Then the best part was at Compass Cay swimming with nurse sharks and feeding them. Then we had one more stop in another island to swim for a while if we wanted to. Overall, this would had been a 5 if it wasn't for being a little too pricey at 400, which was the same price as my roundtrip to the Bahamas, and if the lunch could of been more decent and tastier. I do recommend if you are not going to have time to go to Exuma and you are mainly staying in another island like Nassau. It is more a family thing to do.

1  Thank Joe R
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Exuma Escapes did a great job organizing this tour. We were on a stop in Nassau, Bahamas from our cruise on NCL Escape. We got in about 7:50 AM and had to rush (15 - 20 min walk) to the Hilton Colonial hotel for our pick up. The van was really nice and picked us up on time. We then drove to the airport and had some time there for our briefing on what the day would look like. After this, we took off in our rickety plane on a 30 minute trip over beautiful Bahamas! We landed in Exuma and took a 1 minute walk to a boat and had a great time going to Pig beach, Iguanas, sharks and lunch! We rushed back and got dropped off with 8 minutes to spare before the ship left! It was a little tight on time, but totally worth it! I would definitely recommend this tour for cruise pax as the cruise lines do not offer anything like this!

Thanks to Exuma Escapes I got to check off a major bucket list item! Swimming with the pigs! oink oink!!

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