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Thunderball Grotto – James Bond in the Exuma Cays

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Updated On: June 3, 2023

Thunderball Grotto in the Bahamas just may be one of the most exciting snorkelling trips you’ll ever take. The James Bond movie Thunderball was filmed here as well as Never Say Never Again, Splash starring Tom Hanks and Into the Blue with Jessica Alba and Paul Walker.

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Thunderball Grotto In The Exuma Cays

Once you visit the Exumas and make your way to Thunderball Grotto, you’ll understand why Hollywood has taken such an interest in this gorgeous location.

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I don’t think we have ever seen water quite so beautiful as they are in the Bahamas. We never took the Bahamas seriously before our trip to the Exumas. It is a destination that most people that we know, stop off at for a day trip during a Caribbean Cruise.

But as it turns out, The Bahamas are outstanding and the Exumas are undeniably the crown jewel of the island chain. For more James Bond travel, see our visit to the Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica. The setting for Live and Let Die.

You can book a day tour to Thunderball Grotto from Nassau. This highly-rated tour lets you explore Thunderball Grotto, Pig Island, Swim with Sharks, see the indigenous iguana on Guana Cay, and includes flights from Nassau to Staniel Cay, lunch and snacks.

Staniel Cay, Bahamas

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Our trip took us to a new resort on the block, Embrace Resort on Staniel Cay. The Grand opening is March 2014, but we had a sneak peek thanks to our pal Angie Away. We had the chance to enjoy this quiet cay in the heart of the Exumas where we spent a lot of time in the water.

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Johnny Depp, Oprah, and Faith Hill all have islands nearby, and Staniel Cay is just a few minutes by boat to Thunderball Grotto itself. Sean Connery and the gang hung out at the Yacht Club of Staniel Cay during filming and photos can be seen all around the bar. It’s an island we could have easily hung out at ourselves for a few more weeks. But alas, we only had a few days. Read more about the Bahamas at 18 Best Things to Do In The Bahamas

Thunderball Grotto

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Thunderball Grotto doesn’t look like much from the outside. When you first see it you wonder what made the Thunderball producers decide to shoot here way back in the ’60s? Read more: Best Travel movies.

It looks small and unimpressive, but as our guide, Jake started explaining what we were about to do, I realized that this was going to be a very special experience.

Jake is a passionate young guy from the States who planned on sailing through the Caribbean and Central American fresh out of college. He got as far as the Bahamas and loved it so much, he never made it past Staniel Cay.

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He opened up a dive shop with his dad and eventually bought it outright. Years later, he’s still going strong with his girlfriend and is the Only Dive shop on Staniel Cay.  See everything you can do in the Exuma Cays at Things to do in the Exuma Cays – Dream Trip to the Bahamas

While waiting for the tide to go out, Jake explained to us that Thunderball Grotto is like Swiss cheese. It’s a hollow island with a bunch of holes going through it. There are several entrances where people can swim through the holes to get into the cavern inside.

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Some of the tunnels are underwater and you have to swim through a short overhang and hold your breath for a few seconds until you come out the other end. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we dutifully followed Jake into the grotto.

A Beautiful Surprise

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We weren’t prepared for what we were about to see. As we swam through the dark cave into the unknown, we were treated to a burst of light in a beautiful cavern.

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The giant chamber in the middle of the island was impressive, but when we looked back towards the cave opening, we were treated to sunbeams lighting up hundreds of colourful fish. Everywhere we turned, rays of light danced in the crystal clear waters within the cave. We felt as if we were in our own life size aquarium.

What it’s like to snorkel in Thunderball Grotto

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Thunderball Grotto isn’t one of those scary, dark caves that a person normally thinks of, this cave has light coming in from every direction. There are holes in the ceiling, holes in the sides and holes below the surface of the water.

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The fish and coral are all lit by the sun for everyone to see. I was expecting to see nothing but dark rock and black water, but like everything in the Bahamas, the water was bright and clear making all the coral and fish easily visible.

I can’t imagine what it was like to film in these caves though. It would make for one difficult film shoot. But it’s a place that feels like it needs to be shown off to the world. We’ve done a lot of snorkelling in our lives, but this was by far the most impressive spot we’ve been to.

Is it Scary to Snorkel Thunderball Grotto

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Once you are inside the grotto, the tiny holes don’t look near as scary as they are from the outside. There’s something about dipping under the water and not knowing where you will come out that makes people (including me) nervous.

But once you see that it’s just a short dip under the water, leading to a place of beauty it’s not bad at all. Soon everyone is diving under the rocks and through the swim through tunnels. The water is so warm and inviting that we never want to leave.

We are told however, that there are only specific times of the day when people can snorkel and dive in Thunderball Grotto.

At high tide it can be very dangerous for snorkelers as the current can rip you out to sea. Divers can dive at high tide as they’ll be able to swim underwater through all of the openings making for a more exciting experience.

So we swam around exploring the cave a bit before heading out for some more snorkelling time in the open water.

We’ve heard that the Bahamas are a great diving destination and now we believe it. The water is crystal clear, warm and inviting and there is plenty of marine life to enjoy.

Will we go back to the Bahamas?

You betcha!

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Thanks to  Embrace Resort  on Staniel Cay for inviting us to enjoy their island and for information on booking your own Bahamas Getaway send Nicky a note at  Staniel Cay Vacations

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40 thoughts on “Thunderball Grotto – James Bond in the Exuma Cays”

I’ve been going to Staniel Cay since the 80’s. Next time you’re at the grotto, try cheese wiz. The fish come out of nowhere and surround you. Incredible

Well that looks pretty cool. I wish I knew about this place when I lived in south florida. Now I am on the other side of the planet. Always been a big sean connery fan, rip. Oh well I can’t really complain too much. The sea here is a five minute walk for me. It’s not as clear or warm as the bahamas but I still enjoy swimming in it several times per week.


I am exciting to visit this place

Its a wonderful place to visit I like this island very much

So excited to see this on Twitter. I love snorkeling and appreciate you sharing a new possible vacation destination! Great photos!

I’m sitting in Winnipeg, cold and extremely jealous. Photos look amazing! I could really go for some snorkeling.

We’re back home in the cold too and feel your pain. We were just saying how we’d love to escape for the winter, but we’ve gone ahead and planned a bunch of cold weather adventures this year. Oh well, Bahamas will have to wait a bit longer. Can’t wait to go back.

This is surely the underwater paradise what great pics look like must have experiences for every one.

It is an underwater paradise indeed. And yes, we feel that everyone should visit the Exumas. We were so surprised by it!

The Bahamas, I just want to go once in my life that may be with my partner. I am just geared up again after watching this post and I am going there for sure.

I hope you make it there with your partner, It’s wonderful to travel with the one you love. Dave and I certainly loved every minute of it.

Thank you everyone for your comments! We’re happy to see that you find our humble home to be a good place to visit. Dave & Deb’s pictures probably made that choice very simple! These pictures are gorgeous! We’re thrilled to know that you place our snorkeling spots on the upper end of your list! Surely you’ve snorkeled all over the world in the most literal sense so that is very encouraging. 🙂

Thank you very much for taking the time to come and see us and we look forward to seeing you again!!

Thanks for having us Nikki! We had an amazing time and you definitely introduced us to a different Bahamas than we could ever imagine. We’ll be back for sure. And we can’t wait to see the finished product of your beautiful resort.

What an amazing experience!

Thanks, it was!

Gorgeous photos! I really had no idea Bahamas looked anything like this. Worth a trip to try! I look forward to hearing more about it later.

Thanks, we didn’t know they were so beautiful either. Amazing.

Such an absolutely breathtaking locale! Magical! A once in a life time experience!

It was, we agree. Such an amazing site to snorkel and you guys got to dive. Woot.

Awesome photos !Now I feel like going to Thunderball Grotto!.

Oh I have to go here one day in my life. Always looking to tick off 007 locations {it’s good to have a little travel project ;)} and this one looks AMAZING!

Yeah the holes always look scarier from above than they do from down below once you are in the thick of it. Still heart-racing, though! Awesome shots as always. Great stuff!

The Bahamas have long been on my bucketlist. We were actually supposed to honeymoon there back in 2002, but life had other plans. This looks gorgeous and you’ve just re-ignited the fire to go!

Thunderball was one of my favourite films when it came out – so remember Sean Connery zooming about on that underwater bike thing. Must admit to not enjoying scuba diving but sure many others would love this!

This is amazing. I’m obsessed with snorkeling and am always adding to my list of places to snorkel and now this is on there! Love love the picture of you in the light.

My mom and I treated ourselves to a week in the Bahamas and loved every second of it. This brought back some very happy and relaxing memories 🙂

You hit the nail on the head. Relaxing is exactly what we felt the entire time we were there. Love the Bahamas and can’t wait to go back.

BEAUTIFULLLL shots. That’s awesome to be able to free dive and swim from one cave point to another. What housing or camera are you using for the underwater shots?

We used a Lumix TS5 waterproof point and shoot camera. We just bought it and love it. It takes great shots and it’s easy to carry.

Looks absolutely amazing! I unfortunately am one of those people who have only ever been to the Bahamas as part of a cruise, but I would love to go back!

We’re right there with you. Just a cruise for us too. It’s a pleasant surprise and so close! I don’t know why we didn’t go to really explore it sooner!

What a beautiful place. Love the fish. Great photos!

Thanks! Yes indeed it is a beautiful place. We couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was when we looked back once we entered the cave. It took our breath away.

It looks wonderful down there on Thunderball Grotto! I also want to go there. I’ll add the place on my bucket list of must go places.

So glad that you did! I loved that day snorkelling and Staniel Cay is amazing. Who knew that there was such a quiet spot in the Bahamas. I always just thought of Nassau and Grand Bahama.

That is no doubt the most gorgeous snorkeling area could see, I wonder when am I going to see that beauty in person? hopefully soon! Awesome shots by the way. 🙂

You are so right. We’ve done a lot of snorkelling and this is up there as one of the tops! I hope you make it soon too. And thank you for the compliment.

LOVE these shots – especially the one with the light shining on you in the grotto. What a great moment in a weekend of fun & relaxing moments! Can’t wait to travel with y’all again =)

Thanks Angie, That was cool how the picture turned out eh? Thanks to Bret for that one. We can’t wait to travel with you too!

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Thunderball Grotto: An Incredible Snorkeling Spot in the Exumas

In a paradise known for its amazing snorkeling spots, Thunderball Grotto is hands-down one of the best in the Exuma Cays. Located in the middle of the Exumas, near Staniel Cay, Thunderball Grotto is stunningly beautiful; a sprawling cave that you can only reach by a quick swim.

There’s a reason this spot was featured in 1965’s James Bond film Thunderball. It’s a place that looks more like a movie set than real life. Of all the destinations for yachting in the Exumas, Thunderball Grotto is one that can’t be missed. Not to mention, it’s near numerous other must-see attractions, like the swimming sharks of Compass Cay , the iguanas of Allen Cay, and the world-famous Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

Think you might want to take in Thunderball Grotto on your next trip to the Exumas? Here’s everything you need to know about the James Bond cave, including how to get there, what to expect, and nearby attractions.

Getting to Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto earns its nickname as the James Bond cave. Not only was it featured in the 1965 film, but it actually reprised its role in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. More recently, the grotto was featured in the Tom Hanks’ Splash, and the Jessica Alba and Paul Walker movie Into the Blue.

Arriving. Thunderball Grotto is only reachable by water, which is one reason it’s such a favorite destination on yacht charters. The grotto is in one of the best locations in the Exumas, directly between Staniel Cay and Big Major Cay (home of the swimming pigs ). In fact, it’s close enough to both islands that you can actually swim there (although it’s best if you’re a strong swimmer).

Another advantage: The James Bond cave is only about 80 miles south of Nassau, and as such, it’s a top itinerary stop on Nassau charters to the Exumas .

Where to Stop

  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club – The world-famous Staniel Cay yacht club has a beautiful marina, with accommodations for yachts up to 200 feet.
  • Big Major Cay – There are several moorings on Big Major’s southside. Essentially, at these anchorages, you’re as close to the grotto as you can get.
  • Compass Cay – Although Compass Cay is a few islands away to the north, it’s home to one of the best marinas in the region. (Not to mention, you can swim with pet nurse sharks here!)

What to Expect at Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto looks unassuming from the sea; in fact, it’s just a plain limestone formation, with a bit of water rushing underneath. After a short swim, though, you’ll see why so many visitors flock here.

As you swim up to the grotto, you’ll notice several hidden entrances. Dive and snorkel under the water, and pass into the cave. The cave opens up to a gigantic domed rotunda, and the sunbeams in through a large hole at the top, casting brilliant light on the aquamarine water. It’s a truly spectacular sight. The lagoon in the grotto is the perfect place for an afternoon dip.

During your visit, here are a few of the things you can do:

  • The cave is a rich coral ecosystem; as such, visitors regularly get swarmed by colorful tropical fish while swimming and there are many beautiful coral formations to explore. This is a great beginner snorkeling spot, and there are many more nearby as well.
  • Rock climb. The limestone walls of the cave offer a number of jumping platforms, if you’re looking for a Thunderball Grotto jump in point. Scale the walls and jump in for a thrill.
  • Soak up the sun. Neighboring Staniel and Big Major cays have several sandy beaches, including Pirate Beach on Staniel and the world-famous Pig Beach on Big Major. Swim or take a tender ride to the beach and relax in the sun!

Thanks to its close proximity to other great destinations, a visit to Thunderball Grotto is the perfect day trip before heading on to Staniel Cay, Compass Cay, or the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park to the north.

What to Do Near Thunderball Grotto: Top Attractions

If there’s one area in the Exumas to visit, it’s here. Start your journey at Staniel Cay, home to an airport with daily service into Nassau. In addition to Thunderball Grotto, other must-see attractions include:

  • Swimming with the Pigs – The swimming pigs of Big Major Cay are one of the highlights of the Exumas. Another benefit: Pig Beach on the cay is within swimming distance to Thunderball Grotto. Go visit the friendly pigs after a day of adventure.
  • Explore the Disappearing Beaches – Pipe Creek Sandbar is a beautiful beach that can only be visited at low tide. Stop in for a beach day, while it lasts!
  • Dive a Plane Wreck – Another amazing snorkeling spot near Thunderball Grotto is the cartel plane wreck. Sometimes called the Exuma Plane Wreck, this snorkel spot is visible in the crystal-clear waters and is great for a quick dip.
  • Cocktails at Staniel Cay – Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a historic club, known for its breezy open-air vibes and excellent food and drink. Stop in for dinner or cocktails and to enjoy a dazzling sunset.
  • Hiking at Bitter Guana Cay – Located just south of Staniel Cay, Bitter Guana is a beautiful island, that’s home to beach iguanas. Stop here to snap photos with the endangered Northern Bahamian rock iguanas.
  • Swimming with Sharks at Compass Cay – Located several islands to the north, the marina at Compass Cay is where you’ll find resident nurse sharks. Swim with the sharks, before enjoying a cold beer at the marina café.

Want to escape to the Exumas on a private luxury yacht charter? We can help you explore Thunderball Grotto and the surroundings. Contact your broker with Worldwide Boat today to learn more.

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Cruise 007 style in and out of some 150 little coves, inlets, islands and cays and islands. lots of stops at amazing beaches, a sandbar, and points of interest. We always go the curvy pretty route for non-stop scenery, not the boring beaten straight route. Swim with the Swimming Pigs, swim with sharks, visit endangered Bahamian Rock Iguanas. Cruise by famous celebrity homes and quaint little settlements. Snorkel Thunderball Grotto. A guide will accompany you to show you all the cool spots. Top quality snorkel gear included. However you are welcome to bring your own. Snorkel the musical mermaid too. Enjoy a delicious Bahamian lunch and a break at one of the restaurants along the way. Complimentary drinks and snacks along the way, AND our world famous and world's best rum cake!

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With a wide range of activities and an insurmountable beauty, Staniel Cay is among the world’s finest and most interesting destinations. From the Exuma Pigs tour to Thunderball Grotto, exploring Staniel Cay is one of the most sought after trips in the world.

Staniel Cay can be found in the string of islands called the Exuma Cays. Made up of 365 islands in the Bahamas, these unspoiled gems glisten amidst the mesmerising turquoise water. This area is, in fact, so beautiful that a number of celebrities own a private islands for one of the world’s very best getaways. To island hop Bahamas and view all of these spectacular destinations in the Exuma Cays is to treat yourself to a dream vacation.

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The Exuma Cays are part of a bigger string of islands known as the Out Islands. Most tourists arrive in Nassau on their flights to Bahamas, and spend their vacation in this city. Though there may be a few private islands, most of the Exuma Cays are open to the public for an exception Bahamas tour. Fortunately, they are still not afflicted by en-mass tourism, which can often detract from the whole experience. If you’re looking for the pure, untouched beauty of the Bahamas, then Nassau should serve as nothing more than a gateway to the Out Islands, where you will find the authentic Bahamian experience.

We can say without a doubt that Staniel Cay is one of the best islands to visit on your Bahamas tour because of all that it has to offer. You get the sense that you’re in a James Bond film during your visit. Bahamas Island Hopping with Bahamas Air Tours, speedboats, hidden grottos, luxury hotels, exotic wildlife and even the sunken wreck of a drug smuggler’s plane. All of these things lend themselves to the undeniable bond theme of Staniel Cay. Not to mention the fact that Thunderball, and Never Say Never Again were both bond films that featured scenes on and around Staniel Cay itself. The immense number of activities around this island make it one of the best places to visit for Miami day trips with Bahamas Air Tours.

Flying into staniel cay for the exuma pigs, known as the swimming pigs. Day trips to Bahamas. Staying at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is one of a few exclusive Staniel Cay Hotels. Also at Staniel Cay is the Thunderball Grotto and bahamas iguanas. Book Bahamas flights from Florida to Bahamas with Bahamas Air Tours. Miami to Bahamas by plane.

Staniel Cay features on all the multi-day Island Hopping Tours at Bahamas Air Tours. Where guests will enjoy a Bahamas tour boat excursion to all the Staniel Cay highlights: The Exuma Pigs, Compass Cay Sharks, Iguanas, Thunderball Grotto and the underwater plane wreck. As well as a snorkeling excursion. You can now visit Staniel Cay on Bahamas Air Tours unique Bahamas Day Trip, which is the ultimate Miami day trip to Bahamas. Bahamas Air Tours is the perfect way to explore this fantastic archipelago and all that it has to offer.

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Flying to Bahamas from Florida will provide you with a seemingly endless list of things to do on your Bahamas day trip. The first stop on most people’s Bahamas Island Hopping lists will be Big Major Cay, which is home to the famous Pig Island Pig Beach. The Exuma Pigs are a curious and unique attraction, making it to the top of the list of the world’s most sought after Bahamas Day trips. These pigs have become very popular over the years because of their affinity to the act of swimming. During your Bahamas tour, you’ll be able to watch the pigs swimming, swim amongst them and even feed them, which will really draw a crowd of them to you!

The Exuma Pigs are swimming pigs found in Staniel Cay in the Exumas on the out island bahamas. The staniel cay pigs will swim out to your boat to visit you. You can also go swimming with these swimming pigs. Fly to pig island with Bahamas Air Tours on their Florida to Bahamas day trips to Staniel Cay Bahamas.

While the idea of a regular farm animal in this spectacular paradisiac setting is alluring in itself, the biggest drawcard for this attraction is that these are swimming pigs. A Staniel Cay boat rental will allow you to explore fascinating destinations such as the Exuma Pigs. As your speedboat pulls into the bay, dozens of Exuma Pigs will swim out to meet you in the hopes that you brought them something to eat. These Staniel Cay pigs alone make all flights to Bahamas worthwhile, as long as you ensure that you visit them.

Exuma Pigs, also known as the Staniel Cay pigs are Swimming Pigs found in the Bahamas. You can take a boat to visit them from Staniel Cay Yacht club. Fly from Florida to Bahamas with Bahamas Air Tours who provide the worlds first Day trips from Florida to Bahamas.

There are a few theories on how the Exuma Pigs actually landed up here. Some suggest that the most likely explanation is that sailors left the Staniel Cay pigs on this island with the intention of coming back to eat them, but never returned. Others, with a slightly more active imagination, argue that the Exuma Pigs landed up on this beach as a result of a shipwreck in the area. In reality, the pigs were brought here because of their smell several decades ago by the people of a nearby village who kept them as livestock. The Exuma Pigs deserve their placing at the top of the list of world’s most sought after Bahamas tours. A Miami day trip to Bahamas will have you swimming alongside these pigs in no time.

Swim with Sharks at Compass Cay

Bahamas Air Tours will bring you to some of the very best destinations in the Caribbean, even on a Miami day trip to Bahamas. After visiting the adorable Exuma Pigs on your Bahamas Day Trip, you may want to swim with another fascinating animal. From the picturesque island of Staniel Cay you can take a trip to Compass Cay where you will be met with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Upon arrival on your Bahamas tour, you will notice that the Compass Cay Marina is filled with nurse sharks. While they may be relatively large, from 7ft to 14ft, they are generally harmless. The sharks at Compass Cay in particular are used to humans, and pose no threat to anyone who joins them in the water.

Swim with Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay, a short boat ride from Staniel Cay on our unique one day trip from florida to Bahamas. Our private flights to bahamas allow you to visit Staniel Cay in the Exuma Cays. Enquire with Bahamas Air Tours about our private bahamas charter flights. Day trips to Bahamas from Florida.

Though these sharks have become known as ‘pets’ to the owner of the Marina, there is still a certain thrill from getting up close and personal with such a magnificent sea creature. While they may be considered to be tame, there are precautions you should take to ensure your safety on your Bahamas tour. You are welcome to touch them, but you should always be gentle and not provoke a response from them. It’s important to remember that you are a guest in their home. Also, you shouldn’t be in the water during feeding time, just to be on the safe side.

It truly is extraordinary to consider the world you are transported to on your flights to Bahamas. Staniel Cay and the surrounding area has so much to offer, with each activity proving to be just as exciting as the last. Bahamas Air Tours is undoubtedly the best way to explore these attractions. Giving you the chance to enjoy a Bahamas Day Trip from Florida and providing you with convenient and timely transport as well as some awe-inspiring aerial views of the Bahamas.

Bahamian Rock Iguana at Bitter Guana Cay

While the Exuma Pigs and the nurse sharks are great attractions for a Bahamas tour, wildlife enthusiasts may find a trip to Bitter Guana Cay to be the highlight of their Bahamas Day Trip. With sparkling white sand, and an unforgettable turquoise ocean, it seems at first glance to be just another one of the Exuma Cays picturesque locations. While it may be beautiful, this island’s real drawcard is its scaly inhabitants. Booking Florida air charters to come and see this exciting attraction is entirely worthwhile.

Visit the Bahamas Rock Iguana at Bitter Guana Cay located close to Staniel Cay and the Staniel Cay Yacht club. Bahamas Air Tours provides day Bahamas Day Trips from Florida to Bahamas with their private charter flights. Fly to the stunning Exuma Cays in the Bahamas Out Islands.

When you first step foot on the beach during your Bahamas Day Trip, you will feel as if you’ve travelled back in time to the prehistoric era. Dozens of large Bahamian Rock Iguanas emerge from the vegetation at the top of the beach. What makes this trip so fascinating is that these reptiles aren’t in the least bit nervous of humans. This is due to the fact that they have no natural predators on the island. What this means is that you can get a close look at the iguanas without the hassle of them scurrying away.

The early inhabitants of the Bahamas saw the Iguanas as a source of food, and almost hunted them to extinction. Fortunately, they are now protected by the Wild Animals (Protection) Act, allowing them to thrive in this marvellous habitat. Their herbivorous diet is well suited to the island lifestyle, with a plethora of plants, insects, fruits and flowers to enjoy. On hot days, you will often find them under the trees or in the shade of the rocks where they regulate their temperature.

The beach at Bitter Guana Cay is home to the Bahama Rock Iguana, which you can visit by boat excursion from Staniel Cay Bahamas. Flights to Bahamas are provided by Bahamas Air Tours who operate day trips to Bahamas and excursions.

A visit to Bitter Guana Cay on your Bahamas Day Trip is yet another indication of all the exciting and fascinating destinations you will go during your Bahamas Air Tours. Flights to Bahamas from Florida take a little over an hour. This means you could be face to face with a Bahamian Rock Iguana in no time at all!

James Bond Thunderball Grotto

Nothing will make you feel more immersed in the James Bond theme of Staniel Cay Exumas during your Bahamas tour than a trip to Thunderball Grotto. Named after the James Bond film Thunderball, this cave is one of Staniel Cay’s most beautiful natural attractions. A short boat trip off the western coast of Staniel Cay will bring you to the grotto. At first glance it may not seem like much, but the real beauty is only displayed when you jump into the ocean.

Snorkelling in the Bahamas, into the James Bond thunderball Grotto at Staniel Cay. A short boat ride from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and Staniel cay Airport, you can fly from Florida to Bahamas with Bahamas Air Tours and the Bahamas charter flights and day trips to Bahamas

It’s best that you visit Thunderball Grotto during low tide on your Bahamas Day Trip. This will allow you to swim through the tunnel without having to hold your breath. This underwater tunnel will lead you into an extraordinary cave. The walls of Thunderball Grotto rise well above the water level, allowing you to float on your back and look up at the hole through which the sunlight pours.

Bahamas Air Tours takes you on all sorts of adventures like this one. The thrill and wonder of swimming through this tunnel and emerging inside Thunderball Grotto is almost like something right out of a film. This attraction should certainly be on your list of things to do on your Bahamas Day Trip from Florida.

The Underwater Plane Wreck

Sticking to the theme of James Bond after the extraordinary Thunderball Grotto, you will have the chance to discover a sunken drug-smuggler’s plane nearby Staniel Cay. The excitement of skimming along the top of the glistening turquoise water in your rented speedboat is only enhanced by coming across such a fascinating wreck. Bahamas Air Tours offers you the exciting opportunity to view this wreck on a Bahamas Day Trip from Florida.

Staniel Cay plane wreck. Drug smugglers crashed their plane in the water off Staniel Cay. Visit Staniel Cay Yacht club and other highlights include exuma pigs, swimming pigs, staniel cay pigs, rock iguanas, thunderball grotto.

The drug trade was exceptionally active in the Caribbean during the 70’s and 80’s. While this plane may not have been carrying drugs at the time of its crash, but instead bags of flour, it is still undoubtedly a plane that was used for the transportation of drugs. Pilots would practice the drops with bags of flour to ensure a successful delivery with the drugs. The aircraft ran into difficulty flying around the airport on Staniel Cay and crashed, leaving behind this incredible wreck that serves as an outstanding window into the past.

There is no better way to explore the Out Islands than with Bahamas Air Tours. You will save yourself precious time while travelling by air rather than boat, not to mention the unbelievable views that you will be met with on each flight. Booking Florida air charters and visiting this unique site really brings the Bahamas Day Trip into perspective.

Staniel Cay Village

While there is no doubt that all the Bahamas tours of the surrounding areas are exceptionally fun, they can really build up an appetite, even on Miami day trips. You may also be looking for a place to relax, and enjoy a casual bike ride through a peaceful village. Fortunately, Staniel Cay village provides these services and much more, with shops, restaurants, docks and beaches on which to lounge during your Bahamas Day Trip.

Exploring Staniel Cay on bikes. It's easy to cycle around as the Staniel Cay village is very small. Cycle to the docks, beach, airport, shops and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Day trips to Bahamas with Bahamas Air Tours.

You can easily spend a few hours exploring this picturesque town by bicycle. Cycling along the small winding lanes will allow you to discover the quaint beauty of the village, all the while backed by the magnificent beauty of the Bahamian ocean. You will also have the chance during your Bahamas Day Trip to taste some of the local delicacies at a number of the restaurants. One of the most popular ingredients in any Bahamian meal is conch. This chewy white flesh from a mollusc can be prepared in several different ways. Cracked conch (deep fried), conch fritters and conch salad are all available. Even raw conch is served with some spices and citrus fruits as a refreshing snack.

Aside from enjoying the facilities at your Staniel Cay resort, visiting this village is one of the best things to do on Staniel Cay. It’s experiences like this that make you realize how worthwhile a Bahamas air charter really is. They will transport you to some of the Bahamas’ most beautiful locations, many of which are relatively undiscovered by mass tourism. The fact that you can see all of this beauty on a Bahamas Day Trip from Florida makes the prospect of visiting that much more exciting.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Just like all the attractions in the surrounding waters, Staniel Cay accommodations are world class. While there may be a few options, Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas is undoubtedly the very best that the islands has to offer. This fantastic accommodation features 14 private bungalows, each named after the unique colour that has been used to decorate the rooms. Even if you’re on a Bahamas Day Trip, you will still be given a chance to appreciate the beauty and excellent service of this resort.

Staniel Cay Yacht club in the Exuma Cays is a luxury boutique hotel on Staniel Cay with private cottages. Perfectly situated for visiting the Exuma pigs, swimming pigs and Thunderball Grotto. Fly from Florida to Bahamas and land at Staniel Cay Yacht club.

Situated in one of the most beautiful places in the world, this luxury boutique hotel offers Staniel Cay boat rental, which means that they are your ticket to all the exciting attractions in the area. If you have a luxury super yacht, Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas has got you covered. With it’s own private marina full of extraordinarily luxurious yachts.

Sticking to the James Bond theme of the Exuma Cays, Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas hosts an annual Casino Royale night. If your trip does not coincide with the dates of this great party, you will still have access to the very best bar to visit on your Bahamas tour. The sociable atmosphere of the bar is contagious, giving you the chance to chat to other guests, some of whom may even be celebrities. What’s more is that the breakfast served at Staniel Cay Yacht Club is fantastic, giving you the much-needed energy for another day of Exuma Cays adventures.

The Staniel Cay Yacht Club reviews reflect it’s transcendent service and facilities. There really is nowhere quite like it on earth, not only from a luxurious point of view, it also offers a diverse range of activities and attractions to visit. This Staniel Cay resort will allow you to visit the Exuma Pigs and Thunderball Grotto with ease thanks to the boat rental service. With such great packages on offer, it’s no surprise that they get booked up well in advance, particularly during the winter months of December to March. This means you’ll need to book long before you set off on your Bahamas tour if you plan to stay here.

Enjoying the secluded beaches and clue waters of the Exuma Cays. Bahamas Air Tours provides private charter flight to Bahamas from Florida.

After your flights to Bahamas, you deserve an excellent place to relax and unwind, and there is no better place to do this than Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Your Bahamas Air Tours will allow you to island hop throughout the Exuma Cays in style, but while the view may be spectacular, and the convenience be unparalleled, you will still need to rent yourself a boat and explore each attraction up close.

How to get to Staniel Cay

Staniel Cay, just like the rest of the Exuma Cays, is a relatively remote island. If you don’t have your own private boat, then your best bet would be to book with Bahamas Air Tours and enjoy a Bahamas Day Trip. This of course would be after your flights to Bahamas Nassau, from which you can make your way to Staniel Cay Exumas.

If, however, you are a private pilot and you have access to a small plane, you won’t need to book a Bahamas air charter, you can fly yourself to the Staniel Cay airport. It’s important to note that this airport does not have customs, which means that you’ll be required to stop off in Nassau and fly from there to Staniel Cay. You will also not be able to refuel your plane on the island, so ensure that your tank is full before you make the journey.

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When taking into account all the things you can see on your Bahamas Air Tour, the fact that the trip from Florida is so short makes it seem almost unbelievable. Flying to Bahamas from Florida has never been so easy! With Bahamas Air Tours, you can island hop Bahamas on either a Day Trip , or multi-day overnight trip from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Vero Beach and Orlando. If this sounds appealing to you, don’t hesitate to book with us and take the first step towards your dream vacation!

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Exuma Tour from Nassau by Plane

Exuma tour from miami by plane, exuma tour from georgetown by boat, visit the famous swimming pigs at pig beach and cruise the exuma cays from great exuma & georgetown by powerboat.

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Go swimming with Exuma Pigs at Pig Beach (Big Major Cay) in the Bahamas Islands. Take a one of a kind Great Exuma Excursions from Georgetown Exuma by Powerboat. Discover the best Exuma Day Tours to visit Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs

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Exuma Day Tour by boat to the Thunderball Grotto cave at Staniel Cay in the Bahamas Exuma Cays island. Take a one of a kind Exuma Day Tour by powerboat and visit the Bahamas Out Islands and exuma cays.

Visit the famous Swimming Pigs on our Full Day Exuma Cays Tour

Staying on Great Exuma island or in Georgetown and want to come visit the famous Swimming Pigs? Then look no further than our Full Day Tour by Powerboat! (Flight charter upgrades available) Sit back and relax, with drinks included, as we cruise you around the stunning Exuma Cays on the spacious 32ft Powerboat. Our expert Bahamian Guides will give you a running commentary with information and stories about all the local islands and wildlife. Stops along the Tour include:

  • Original Swimming Pigs at Pig Beach (Big Major Cay)
  • Swim with Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay Marina
  • Bahamian Rock Iguanas (Leaf Cay)
  • Snorkel into the James Bond Thunderball Grotto
  • Stunning Sandbars at Pipe Creek
  • Underwater plane wreck at Staniel Cay
  • Sightseeing Turtles at Cave Cay
  • Underwater Mermaid Piano Sculpture at Rudder Cut Cay
  • Exuma Cay island hopping by Powerboat – deserted beaches
  • Enjoy Lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club (not included in pricing)

Since you will be enjoying a Private Tour, you can choose how to spend your boat tour duration; spend longer or shorter at stops, or skip spots altogether. Our Private Tours benefit from itinerary customisation.

This is a Full Day adventure beginning at 8:30am and finishing approximately by 4:30pm. Because of the large distances involved, the journey from Great Exuma to Pig Beach (Big Major Cay) is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by Powerboat (without stops on the way). For Operational Reasons it may not be possible to stop at all stops on the itinerary, please review the Tour Important Notes below.

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Departure Information & Hotel Transfers This tour departs from Barraterre Dock, Great Exuma. Barraterre is 55 minute drive north of Georgetown. Transfers to/from Barraterre Dock are not included in the price, these can be arranged for additional fees. Morning Departure: 08:30AM Tour Duration: 8 hours Customers should plan to arrive at the dock 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Barraterre Dock Location: open in google maps

Pricing Private Tour: $3,900 Total , excluding Fees (valid for upto 8 Persons). For group sizes of 9-12 Persons, each additional person over 8 persons, is charged at $300pp. Pricing is as a fully Private Boat Excursion. See list below for what’s not included. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about the type or size of boats used for the private day trips. Please contact us for questions about group sizes.

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FLY to the Exuma Pigs: Private Tour by Plane from Georgetown Airport Choose our Private Day Trip by Plane for the ultimate Great Exuma Excursion! Fly roundtrip from Georgetown Airport (GGT) to Staniel Cay Airport (TYM) and enjoy stunning views of the Exuma Cays on the short 30 minute flight and avoid the longer journey times endured on our Powerboat Tours (You’ll save the 45 min oneway road transfer to the Dock and the 1 hour 45 minute one boat ride each way). Once at Staniel Cay you will enjoy a full 4 hours on a Private Boat visiting all 7 of the Exuma Attractions before flying back to Great Exuma.

Boat & Maximum Group Size The 32ft Boat accommodates upto 12 Persons. Review the Seating layout for the 32ft boat here .

Important Notes Each participant must complete a signed waiver before commencing the tour. The tour operator will send these electronically along with your tour confirmation email. Confirmation of your booking and place on the tour is only made after both payment and issue of the confirmation email. Submitting the booking enquiry form on this website does not confirm your booking. We encourage customers to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Last minute booking requests during peak season (Christmas, March-July) can be hard to fulfil. We can’t guarantee all stops on the tour itinerary due to operational reasons, weather, sea conditions and progress of the group along the tour route.

Booking Terms and Cancellation Policy Reservations cancelled more than 5-days prior to Tour Departure will be offered a credit or refund less 5% Card Processing Fee. Reservations cancelled within 5-days but more than 24 hours before the Tour Departure are strictly non-refundable and a credit will be offered to permit a rebooking within 12 months. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the Tour Departure and cancellations made on the Day of Departure (or No-Shows) are strictly non-refundable and the Customer forfeits the full amount of the reservation. For a full list of booking terms see our Booking Terms here .

Customers with Reduced Mobility Customers will have to agree and acknowledge that no one in their party is heavily pregnant, cannot easily walk up a flight of steps, cannot climb a swim ladder unassisted, cannot kneel/bend easily, cannot swim, or has neck/back/mobility issues; and understand that the Tour Operator reserves the right to decline boarding at the dock in the interest of safety.

Bad Weather Policy Tours operate Rain or Shine. We may have to cancel tours ahead of time during adverse weather events; this includes tropical storms, stormy weather and when wind speeds are more than 18mph. Weather cancellation is rare. Weather in the Bahamas is generally scattered clouds with isolated but fast moving thunderstorms. It is likely you may encounter a rain shower during your tour.  If you decide to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, because you decide not to travel due to weather, you would be subject to our restrictive cancellation policy and may not receive any refund. If We/Operator cancel your tour in its entirety, prior to departure, due to weather you will be entitled to a reschedule (subject to availability), a credit or a refund.  The tour Operator may have to curtail or terminate the tour early due to weather or sea conditions, therefore we can’t guarantee all stops along the tour itinerary. For our full terms, conditions and cancellation policy see our Booking Terms .

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  • Departure Time 8:30AM
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For travelers who want to adventure like James Bond then Thunderball Grotto is the right destination. Go diving through the underwater cave system where two James Bond movies were shot.

Travelers can pretend they’re Sean Connery and live out their spy fantasy in this stunning location. The home to a variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery this is a must-visit destination.

Travelers making the trip to Exuma, and especially Staniel Cay, should make it a point to visit the stunning Thunderball Grotto.

Located just to the west of stunning Staniel Cay is Thunderball Grotto. This stunning underwater cave system is popular for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is full of exotic and aesthetic sea life that provides travelers with the experience of swimming in a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors. The coral reefs of Thunderball Grotto are full of fish like yellow-tail snappers, angelfish, sergeant majors, and more. Low tide is usually the best time to visit and that is when the snorkeling is at its best. However, for travelers visiting during high tide, diving equipment is necessary.

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It’s no surprise that the stunning Thunderball Grotto attracted the attention of Hollywood. The extravagant Bond franchise filmed two movies here, 1965’s “Thunder Ball” and 1983’s “Never Say Never Again” both starring Sean Connery. Travelers will quickly understand why this location was perfect for the James Bond franchise.

Thunderball Grotto wasn’t just a destination for James Bond movies, but it has been used for various other Hollywood movies. From the outside, the beauty of the grotto isn’t quite visible from the outside, yet soon after entering the glamour that attracted movie franchises becomes evident.

Other movies that were filmed at Thunderball Grotto were “Splash” starring Tom Hanks and “Into the Blue” starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba. The pop-culture fame that Thunderball Grotto has gained led to it becoming a must-visit destination. This is a sought-after location, not only for travelers but for celebrities too.

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Travelers can pretend to be spies like James Bond as they navigate through intricate tunnels and cave systems. For those who enjoy a bit of adrenaline, there are few better destinations than the stunning cave system of Thunderball Grotto. Travelers can relish a bit of childhood wonder as they soak in this incredible experience.

Snorkeling is the preferred method for exploring these caves, and though travelers won’t be able to have all of James Bond’s fantastic gadgets they will not need to use much imagination as they take in their surroundings. The caves of Thunderball Grotto are naturally lit and full of exotic species of fish that are stunning in the light that naturally seeps into Thunderball Grotto.

For rock climbers, the adventure doesn’t end with snorkeling. From the inside of the cave, climbers scale the walls to add even more to their adventure.

Travelers to Exuma Cay have much more to check out than just Staniel Cay. Though Thunderball Grotto is absolutely stunning, Exuma is full of amazing sights and experiences to check out. Travelers can be sure to check out these other destinations during their time in Exuma Cay.

At Major Cay, travelers can find one of the most iconic locations in the whole of Exuma, Pig Beach . Pig Beach is the home of the famous pigs that enjoy nothing better than taking a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. This is an ideal location for tourists who want some new and exciting to experience. Travelers can dive in and take a swim with some happy pigs.

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Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park

Taking up the territory between Shroud Cay in the north and Bell Cay in the south is Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park. This is an incredibly fun and popular destination for travelers that want to soak up the fun of the park, stunning views, and the beauty of mangroves.

Meet The Nurse Sharks Of Compass Cay

There is no animal in the world’s oceans that we love to fear more than sharks. So, why not jump into the shallows to go swimming with them. Compass Cay is the perfect place to do so. Meet the friendly nurse sharks that frequent Compass Cay . Travelers are also welcome to jump in the water with them. It’s perfectly safe to do so.

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Visit Elbow Reef Lighthouse at Elbow Cay

Though it is a decent distance from Staniel Cay, Elbow Cay is a worthwhile destination for travelers spending a bit of time in Exuma. Elbow Reef Lighthouse went into operation in 1963. It was constructed by the British, and not well received by the locals. However, you can now find it on the ten-dollar bill of the Bahamas. It has become an iconic destination and is a great way to spend time while visiting Exuma.

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Swimming Pigs Tour From Georgetown or Baraterre

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Swimming Pigs Tour From Georgetown or Baraterre with 7 Stops

Small-Group Tours! Depending on the boat, you will never be with more than 12 people ( including yourself) on our biggest boat and 5 on our smallest. We only offer luxury group tours that feel private.

1. Swim With The Pigs

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Pigs can’t fly but they sure can swim; join us as we embark on this magical Swimming Pigs Tour adventure! Swim with friendly sharks at compass cay, feed the swimming pigs and get a close look at the endangered Bahamian Rock Iguanas all while cruising in the pristine waters of the Exuma Cays.

The Swimming Pigs

In the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, is an island populated only by swimming pigs . For decades, this archipelago of 365 islands would remain largely unknown to the world. It would not be a ruthless pirate, pioneering loyalists, a notorious drug kingpin, or the infamous Fyre Festival that would unveil Exuma to the world, but rather the most unlikely of creatures. Appearing in magazines, videos, newspapers, commercials, TV shows, and countless selfies, the Swimming Pigs of Exuma, in the Bahamas, have become a bucket-list sensation and have been named one of the marvels of the universe.

Big Major Cay, is a daydream when you meet the inhabitants: loud, snorting pigs paddling out to greet you like a jolly bunch of golden retrievers rushing to the door when their owner finally gets home from a long day of work.

The locals at Big Major’s “Pig Beach” are transplants rather than native islanders, just like many of the people you’ll meet in the area. And though they’ve clearly taken to their tropical digs and rising popularity — spurred in part by a dramatic appearance on “The Bachelor” and more than a few well-liked Instagram posts — the rewards of fame are free food. Most tours to the island start at 9 a.m. It’s best to go early in the morning for the most uninterrupted attention from the pigs. By late afternoon, you’ll usually find them tuckered out with full bellies, and they’re more likely to lounge in the sand than to paddle through the water with you.

2. Swimming With The Sharks On Compass Cay

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Does swimming with the sharks sound dangerous? This part of a tour can be loads of fun! Nurse sharks, the bottom-dwelling sharks that live in warm, shallow waters of the Bahamas are a friendly bunch. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close at Compass Cay just north of Staniel Cay

The nurse sharks are – for the most part – harmless to swimmers and snorkelers.

Nurse sharks may have the ominous dorsal fin of a predator but they are much more easygoing than your average shark. These sharks are greyish-brown in appearance, reach 7.5 to 9.75 feet long, and weigh up to 300 pounds! Young nurse sharks can be identified by their spots. Nurse sharks feed on the fish, squid, and crabs of shallow ocean floors, and use their strong jaws to crush and eat shellfish, and even coral.

Is it safe to swim with nurse sharks?

A human fear of sharks is not without reason, but it just so happens that nurse sharks are laid-back and mostly harmless. That is why many divers and snorkelers visit the Bahamas to swim with sharks. Nurse sharks that live near marinas are fed by local fisherman and have grown accustomed to the presence of humans. This makes them much more friendly. Having your own day tour with Staniel Cay Adventures allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to swim with the nurse sharks.

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3. Visit The Iguanas On Bitter Guana Cay

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The Exuma Island Iguana is a critically endangered subspecies of northern Bahamian rock iguana that is found on the Exuma island chain in the Bahamas with a wild population of 1,300 animals, it is listed on the IUCN Red List. Iguanas of Bitter Guana Cay is a must stop to visit with amazing coral rock formations hand over a picture perfect little sandy beach. The Exuma Island iguana is the smallest of the three subspecies of C. cychlura . It attains a total length of close to 3.3 ft. Its coloration is dark-gray to black, with white or orange tinged scales on the head and snout depending upon which cay the iguana is from. As soon as you step on Bitter Guana Cay, you will notice the island is filled with iguanas. These iguanas are endangered species, with the population being less than 5,000.

If you just pass by, you will not notice the dozen of iguanas on the island; they won’t move or scurry or even blink. When you pull up in the boat and hit the sandy beach they will run out to greet to you like a long lost friend. They hang around like puppy dogs, basking in the sun & playing with the visitors. Just like the other islands in The Exumas that are inhabited by wildlife, these are accustomed to people visiting them. As you walk the beach, you will notice some stay in hiding; they are super friendly, although they will only let you get so close.

Due to their isolation to the rest of the world, the iguanas are indigenous to this island & are not found anywhere else. This subspecies is found on at least seven small cays throughout the central and southern Exuma island chain of the B ahamas: Bitter Guana Cay, Gaulin Cay, White Bay Cay, Noddy Cay, North Adderly Cay, Leaf Cay, and Guana Cay. The entire population on Leaf Cay was translocated to Pasture Cay in 2002.The Exuma Island iguana utilizes a variety of habitats from sandy beaches and xeric limestone devoid of vegetation to dry forests. The iguanas use limestone crevices or sand burrows for retreats at night and in adverse weather conditions The Exuma Island iguana, like most Cyclura species is primarily herbivorous, consuming leaves, flowers, berries, and fruits from over 100 plant species. Favored food plants include seaside rock shrub , darling plum , pride of big pine , joewood , black torch , seagrape silver thatch palm, white stopper , bay cedar , and the rotting fruit of seven-year apple . The Exuma Island iguana is also an important means of distributing these seeds to new areas (particularly when females migrate to their nesting areas) and, as the largest native herbivores of their island’s ecosystem, they are essential for maintaining the balance between climate and vegetation. The longevity record in captivity for an Exuma Island iguana is twenty-three years, six months.

The iguanas live in large social colonies with a lack of social structure; typically not aggressive towards each other. They bask in the sun, relax & greet with visitors to their own private island.

4. Snorkel Thunderball Grotto

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Retrace 007’s swim-finned steps with an unforgettable excursion to this famous turquoise grotto.

Cue the martinis, bombshells in bikinis, and MI6 secret weapons. Thunderball Grotto, an underwater cave that’s been featured in two James Bond movies, also happens to be one of the most spectacular places to snorkel in the Bahamas.

A short boat ride from the northwest coast of Staniel Cay in the Exumas, Thunderball Grotto has played host to several silver screen gems, including Bond flicks Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983), Splash (yes, the one where Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid), and Into the Blue , starring Jessica Alba.

In Thunderball , Sean Connery’s James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by global terrorist organization SPECTRE.

Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto is located two minutes from Staniel Cay Exuma, offering an incredible underwater cave system is great for snorkeling and wading. You will experience a variety of friendly marine life along with brilliantly colored coral reefs and Sergeant Majors ,Yellow-tail snappers and Angel fish. We provide professionally maintained snorkeling equipment from our certified PADI Dive Master .

5. Staniel Cay Yacht Club

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The centerpiece of the Staniel Cay community is the famous and historic Staniel Cay Yacht Club ; a luxury boutique hotel with over water bungalows, marina, restaurant and bar. With close proximity to Staniel Cay Yacht Club is known by some as the gateway to the Exumas. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is the perfect place to lunch and people watch.

6. Exuma's Famous Sandbars

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With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of dream destinations. The white sand exquisiteness and tropical waters make for an excellent destination on any Bahamas day trip to the Exumas. It is just one of many attractions within the vicinity of Staniel Cay. Staniel Cay Adventures stops at one of the most spectacular in the Bahamas. Enjoy the incredible shallow and narrow channels of crystal clear blues and stunning white sand beach that peek out of the water at low tide. You will see exotic life under the sea and experience quiet seclusion like you can’t get in other parts of the Bahamas. The Exuma sandbars are the definition of an oasis deep in the Bahamas!

7. Snorkel a Sunken Plane

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The wreckage of one of Pablo and Carlos’ plane, lies just off of Staniel Cay in shallow water. We will anchor the boat and snorkel the most famous plane crash in the Bahamas.

Private Tour Options

Experience the adventure of the exuma cays.

Join Staniel Cay Adventures and you will have an experience like no other! Are you looking for something new and exciting? Then look no further than our list of unique tours that are not offered by anyone else. We at Staniel Cay Adventures have curated a list of activities for you that will surely get you excited.

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Step One: Call or email us to let us know your arrival date and time so we can check availability [email protected] Call (242) 524-8062 or What’s App

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made under 48 hours of departure time incur forfeiture of deposit (50%). With the only exception being extreme weather conditions.

Step Two: Take a taxi to the airport for your private flight to Staniel Cay, Please arrive at the airport and be checked in no later than 7 am. Have your camera ready as we believe that the flight is an experience in itself! If we have others from Georgetown we can help you share the flight rate with others.

Step Three: When you land in Staniel Cay our professional tour guide and luxury boat service will greet you and whisk you away to start making memories that will last a lifetime.  “It’s Da Ting To Do!”

Group Tour From Georgetown Flight for Up to 5 People

Staniel Cay Adventures offers an unforgettable group tour from Georgetown, providing both a flight and boat experience to explore the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for incredible

$ 1,400.00

$1400 Airfare (Private Charter Up to 5 people) $330 Per Person for the group tour.

Children 6 and under Tour: (free)

Tour duration time is subject to change depending on flight schedule

Small-Group Tours! Depending on the boat, you will never be with more than 12 people (including yourself) on our biggest boat and 5 on our smallest. We only offer luxury group tours that feel private.

Swimming Pigs Tour From Georgetown or Baraterre with 7 Stops. Select from Flying (Group or Private)  or by Private Boat

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What is Provided For The Swimimng Pigs Tour From Georgetown or Baraterre?

  • Fluffy Towels
  • Water and soft drinks with lots of ice for those hot days
  • Fish and Pig Snacks
  • Sunscreen if needed
  • Snorkeling gear that is professionally maintained
  • Beach chairs and floats
  • Phone Chargers and power supply
  • Digital photos for download
  • Local and experienced Boat Captain

You provide:

  • Camera or smart phone
  • Swim suit, hat and cover up for sun protection
  • Cash for lunch, tips and $10 per person to swim with the pet sharks

How far in advance do you need to book a swimming pigs day tour?

The further out you book, the better chance of booking your preferred date. Staniel Cay Day Tours get booked fast make your booking in advance if you can’t then email or call us and we will try to accommodate your schedule.

Can I book Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Day Tours by phone?

Yes! Call 1.242.524.8062

Can I book a private trip?

Yes, we offer private charter trips. Please see the chart below.

Does the tour from Georgetown or Baraterre still go out if it rains?

We go out as long as the weather permits, depending on the water condition and how heavy the rainfall is we will try to make it out rain or shine. We do have rain protection if needed. It is rare to have a full day of rain.

Do we have to tip our Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Tour Guides?

Tips are not required but are much appreciated; more than often, people provide tips to our captains.

How much cash should we take and do they accept U.S. currency?

Yes, every island accepts U.S. currency and Bahamian Currency. Bring enough money for souvenirs and $10.00 for swimming with the Compass Cay Pet Sharks.

How much tip do you think we should give?

Tips can vary depending on how many people are in your group.

Will there be somewhere to leave our personal items while on the swimming pigs tour?

Our boats have dry areas that we can stash your personal belongings during the tour.

Is lunch included?

No, lunch is not included on the Swimming Pigs Staniel Cay Day Tour. We offer snacks, water, and soda.

What should we wear for the Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs Tour?

Wear appropriate weather gear and always have a swimsuit on underneath!

Where do we meet for pick up?

When you land on Staniel Cay, we will be right there to greet you.

Who will our tour guides be?

We have licensed local captains that have all grown up in the Exuma Cays and have many years of experience.

Can I give a tour as a gift?

Of course, you can! Email us or give us a call, and we can help if you want it to be a surprise.

What Do We to Bring on the Swimming Pigs Tour

  • Change of Clothes
  • Water Shoes
  • Insect Repellent

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  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not accessible for the physically challenged
  • Not recommended for people with back problems or who have had a recent back surgery
  • Not recommended for people with respiratory or heart problems
  • Not recommended for people with a recent arm/hand surgery
  • Not handicapped accessible

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    The maximum is 10 people. Private Boat from Baraterre for up to 8 people $3300 on Great Timing or Blue Hefner. Add $150. per person after 8 people. The maximum is 12 people. Private Tour on King Crab from Staniel Cay $3600. From Georgetown $4300. 10 People included. The cost is $150 per additional person for up to a total of15 people.

  26. Thunderball Grotto

    Thunderball Grotto . Located just west of Staniel Cay, this fantastic underwater cave system is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors and the like. ... Exuma Tourist Office. Local: (242 ...