Swimming with Pigs and Sharks

Hey guys!  If you’re just getting here and haven’t read about the first couple of days of our vacation, you should go back to this post.  Today I’m picking up on Day 3 of our vacation in Exuma, Bahamas.  Day 3 was a trip off the resort and it was an exceptionally fun day.  We went to snorkel a cave where several 007 movies were filmed, and swim with pigs and sharks.  We also got to see a lot of the islands surrounding Big Exuma, and had several more stops on the way to and from the cave.  I took a TON of pictures, so this post will be filled with them! 

We had to get up early because we were being picked up at 8.  After staying up till well past midnight, I had to have some Spark to wake me up!  (I never go anywhere without it.)  Neither of us was very hungry when we got up, so we threw some protein bars into our bag and headed to the front gate. 

We booked a tour with Exuma Water Tours (4C’s) and they picked us up at 8 on the dot.  After picking up a few more people along the way, we arrived at their marina where we boarded our boat.  Our captain’s name was Smiley and he had two adorable kids with him that told us all about each stop we made. 

It was an hour and a half ride out to the cave.  On the way, we were shown several privately owned islands, including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s.  This is their island and their house. 

We were also shown David Copperfield’s island.  Our guide said that his island has a resort on it that will accommodate 28 people and it is $37,500 a night with a 7 night minimum stay!  That’s crazy!!  They told us that Judge Judy spends the week of Thanksgiving there every year with her family.  David Copperfield owned 3 other little islands around the big one.  And, he bought a gold piano and sunk it off one of his islands.  It was a little deep so you could only make out the top of it from the boat.  Our guide, the kid, said for reason’s they don’t know.  😉

Next we saw a sunken drug plane.  It was sitting in about six feet of water, so it was really easy to see.  It was a pretty interesting story about how a man owned a small island in the Exumas, Norman’s Cay.  He used the island to smuggle drugs until the early 80’s when the plane crashed and sunk. 

The rest of the way to the cave was filled with beautiful views of the bluest water that I have ever seen in my life! 

The cave we were snorkeling at was called Thunderball Grotto.  Once we got there, I could not wait to get off the boat and into the cave.  Getting off the boat, we were standing in knee deep water.  It was shallow all the way to the entrance.  Then we had to start swimming. 

The inside was unbelievable!  There were a ton of fish and the light from the holes in the top were shining down and illuminating the water. 

I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t bigger inside.  But, it was really remarkable! It’s not like you get to swim in a cave all the time!  

I swam all around the inside and checked out all the little nooks under the water.  I also swam out a hole on the back of the cave to see what was out there. 

After we had been there for awhile it started filling up with tons of people, which was making it hard to get around without getting kicked.  As soon as it got busy Smiley’s kids started calling for us and it was time to go. 

Our next stop was the swimming pigs.  They were fun and really gross!!  Smiley gave us bread and tortillas to feed them, and before we got off the boat he told us that they don’t like selfies.  As soon as we got off, the pigs came running. 

Some of them would chase you for the food.  Smiley was making them sit – like dogs – before he would feed them.  The big pigs would do it, and it was hilarious!  The babies were cute, and I wanted to feed them, but I couldn’t get past the big ones! 

We were having a good time laughing at the pigs until we started seeing poop floating in the water.  That was it for me!  It was disgusting! 

We got back on the boat and checked out all of the yachts that were anchored out there.  I told Jeremy that is what we are going to do when we retire – buy a yacht and cruise around the Bahamas.  They kept telling us that there are 365 islands in the Bahamas, one for every day of the year.  😉 

After the pigs, we stopped at a sandbar.  It was unbelievable!

On either side of it was crystal clear shallow water. 

Standing on the sand bar, there was pure white sand, like sugar, for as far as you could see.  We sat in the water for a while just taking in the beauty all around us.  

They told us that Kesha filmed her Timber video there.  It was a fun stop! I found a sand dollar and a starfish! I was super excited that I found that sand dollar! 

When it was time to leave, we went to Compass Cay.  We got to swim with nurse sharks.  Jeremy refused to get in with them, but I did! 

There was a ton of them, and a man was cutting up fresh fish and throwing it in the water in the middle of all of us.  The sharks made me a little nervous at first, especially the ones that were swimming around my feet, but they were awesome!  You could pet them, and some of them really liked it.  Their bellies were really soft!  We were told to not put our hands near their mouths and we would be fine.  It was a lot of fun!  

After that we stopped for lunch at another island.  The lunch was a buffet style and it was around $25 a person.  It had barbeque, macaroni and cheese, rice, pizza, and lots of fried foods.  We didn’t want to eat all of that heavy, greasy food and then be on the boat the rest of the afternoon, so we just ate our protein bars. 

Our last stop of the day was the iguana island.  The kids told us that Nicholas Cage bought this island for 3 million and was going to build a house on it.  The country of the Bahamas told him that he couldn’t because it was the iguanas natural habitat.  He had to sell it back for 1.5 million.  The kids said that he took a big loss.  They were pretty entertaining!  The iguanas were huge and there were a million of them!!  Literally!  Some of them came to you wanting to eat, others were a little more cautious.  Smiley gave us shredded lettuce to feed them and they loved it.  We walked up the little hill above the beach and looked down in the trees.  There were iguanas everywhere! 

After that, it was about an hour ride back to the marina.  It was a really loooong day.  We were both worn out!  Everyone on the boat was silent and a lot were sleeping on the way back.  It seemed like it took forever! 

By the time we got to the resort, it was after 6 and I was starving!!  I also really wanted a nap!  But, I had some Spark and we got ready to go to dinner.  We decided to try Bahama Bay.  Jeremy wanted to try the surf and turf.  I was super excited because I love lobster and he doesn’t, so I get two tails!  (We actually could’ve ordered as many tails as we wanted.) 

For my appetizer I ordered the conch fritters.  I love conch, as long as it’s cooked.  We watched lifeguards on the beach eating it straight out of the shell!  The fritters were so good!  Jeremy had the chicken wing lollipops. 

We both ordered surf and turf for our main meal.  It came with those heavenly potatoes!  I ate Jeremy’s lobster and he ate most of my steak. 

We didn’t order dessert.  I heard that cheesecake was really good.  But, the service is soooo slow in these restaurants and we don’t like sitting there for over an hour.

Tonight was the talent show.  The entertainment was awesome!  While we were watching them, we realized that they were working at Nassau last year when we were there! 

After the show, I went and told the girl that we saw them last year.  She was really excited that we had been at Nassau when they were.  After that, every time we saw them the rest of the week, they had to come say hi and see how things were going. 

When the show was over, we went to the pub to hang out with Rich and Julianne.  We hung out till midnight again.  They had an after party in the pub and late night dancing.  I love dancing!  But, I didn’t think it was a very good idea.  So when that started, we all decided to call it a night and we headed to our rooms. 

It was a long day, but a super fun one!  I’m glad we got to see some of the islands and learn about things that have happened there.  I definitely slept really well that night! 

I’ll continue my recap with our next few days in my next post!  Come back and check it out! 

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8 thoughts on “Swimming with Pigs and Sharks

  1. Fairytales and fitness

    Oh you are so brace to swim with the sharks!

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      Those won’t bite…or at least I don’t think they will! I’m pretty sure those are all tame. They had a sign on the dock that had the names of their pet sharks listed. I just made sure to keep my hands out of the way of their mouths!

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Wow! So beautiful–especially that clear water!

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      It was! I wish I had that view everyday!

  3. Lesley

    That water looks amazing. My God family did a cruise about 15 (?) years ago in the Caribbean and they loved how clear and blue the water is. Water is not that color in Galveston Bay. The pigs sound funny, but I would’ve been out of there after seeing the poop too.

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      I have never seen water that blue anywhere else! It was beautiful! My whole family used to go to Galveston every summer when I was little. We would rent a condo on the beach and chase crabs at night! It was fun!

  4. Brooklyn Murtaugh

    That water looks SO beautiful!

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      It was!! The pictures don’t do it justice!

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