Oh, how we love the Exumas!
So, when we got the invitation to do a tour of some of these Cays and Islands, you guessed it, we jumped at the opportunity. We were later told that our tour was called the 007 Thunderball Tour; what?! You mean THE “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”? You can only imagine how cool we felt.
After doing some pamphlet reading and a little googling (very James Bond like), we found out that the 007 Tour would not only take us to some Cays and Islands including Thunderball Grotto (which appeared in the movies Thunderball and Never Say Never Again), but would also give us an opportunity to feed iguanas and swim with pigs. Pigs! After we got over the shock of swimming pigs, we packed our towels and camera and hopped aboard the boat with the Captain and his son Justin, who would be our guides for the day.
It was the perfect day. Yes, we know people say that a lot. But, listen when we tell you that even during some brief silences as we cruise past secluded beaches, rode the waves towards what looked and felt like heaven’s den, and as we listened to the Captain and Justin tell us James Bond stories and historical notes, we might as well have been hypnotized. We knew 10 minutes in that we were not going to want to leave this place.
We mean, you could see the bottom of the water from several feet up. We spotted star fish, white sand, and our own smiling giddy reflections. While we were happy to hear all the James Bond references, we could not have prepared ourselves for what came with the swimming pigs.
Upon our approach, to what we shall call “Pig Island”, we expected to just see pigs swimming. Nope, it didn’t go down like that. We got closer and no pigs. Then we got a little closer and there they were, running from the trees and onto the beach, next thing you know, they were in the water, just swimming (swimming!) towards us. We were in complete awe. We clapped, we laughed, we said OMG! One little one just came right up to the boat, hung on and oinked right at us. It was AMAZING!
The adventure got even better after we were told WE could swim with the pigs. After a very brief hesitation, we all got out holding raw hot dogs which the Captain gave to us to feed them. They were hungry, because no sooner than our feet hit the water and then the soft sand, they all swam and piled around us to be fed. Be careful though, they tend to bite a little close to the finger tips!
After that awesome experience, we left to feed more animals; iguanas. Here we fed fed the iguanas grapes and got real close. We hung out here for a while before we were cruising again to discover and swim on more secluded beaches and climb cliffs.
The Captain and Justin were very accommodating and knowledgable. More importantly, they were very patient and did not rush us. They know, as we have also come to know, that this place was magical and in order to do it and ourselves justice we had to stop, smell, taste and occasionally close our eyes to recount all the senses.
Later we did a little more island hopping. Viewed some private homes from the comfort of our boat while plotting on how we can own one of these homes.
Fully satisfied for the day, we bid farewell with a tip to Captain and Justin and went in search of more Exuma adventures, which brought us to Little Exuma and Santana’s Grill Pit.
We hope to maybe run into you one of these days on “Pig Island”, or maybe just in passing on the turquoise waters of the Exumas.
– Bring a tip for the crew
– Seriously, be careful when feeding the pigs, they get hungry
– No water shoes needed in the water, but strong flip flops are needed when on some of the rocky beaches and cliffs
– Bring a hat, but hold on tightly or it WILL go overboard