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Visiting the Exuma Islands


Visiting the Exuma Islands

Emma Bates

It's become somewhat of a tradition over the last 5 years for myself and my family to head off for some winter sunshine just after Christmas. The destination of choice being the Bahamas. For the preceding years we've stayed on Harbour Island, a beautiful 3 mile long island with turquoise sea and coral pink sand. However this year we tried somewhere different. This somewhere being the Exuma islands, also located in the Bahamas. 

The Exumas are a string of 365 islands, some interconnecting, some simply rocks in the sea and other inhabited by famous actors, or even more well known than said celebrities are the infamous swimming pigs. It would appear that whilst pigs cannot fly they can certainly swim around in the ocean, to their little hearts content.

You should definitely book a trip out to see the pigs because it's completely surreal and they're completely adorable. You can either hire a boat to yourselves or join a group trip, all the boats leave from the north of the island and will go out for about 4-5 hours. During the trip you'll also visit Starfish Bay, Iguana Island and be shown the beautiful islands that make up the Exumas. 

Whilst you're there you must also take a day trip over to Stocking Island, it's a great place to spend the afternoon, soaking up the sunshine swinging in hammocks and playing with the resident sting rays who are surprisingly friendly!

Here are some photos from our trip there. Enjoy!