Big Major Cay Snorkeling

The 16th most popular snorkel dive spot in Exuma Cays.

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Northwest of Staniel Cay and southeast of Fowl Cay, the snorkeling at Big Major Cay is best known for its Pig Beach. While the stories vary of how they arrived, the visiting snorkelers enjoy diving with the friendly and hungry swimming pigs. The waters off Pig Beach do not offer much in the way of coral reef or marine life to enjoy, but it is quite unusual to have pigs swimming next to you while you snorkel. This is a boat-accessed snorkeling spot and there are no services on Big Major Cay. Since Pig Beach is located on the protected west side of the island, there are usually dozens of sailboat harbored in the calm waters.

To reach the snorkeling at Exuma Cays, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Nassau on New Providence or fly into Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. To reach the out islands from Nassau, you can either use Bahamas Air (which is known for late departures) or use the mail boat ferry service (393-1064). The main airport at Exuma Cays is the Exuma International Airport (GCT). Note, it is sometimes possible to fly commercial air from southern Florida into Great Exuma Cay, such as the United/Silver Airways flights from Ft Lauderdale to Georgetown. The capital city of Georgetown makes a good base.

Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Thunderball Groto off Exuma Cays, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).

Overall, Big Major Cay is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Exuma Cays.


Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Dive Exuma (242) 336-2893.

Recommended Book:  "Bahamas Complete Snorkeling Guide" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "Exuma Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Coconut Cove Hotel; Peace And Plenty Beach Inn

Luxury Loding:  Grand Isle Resort (241) 393-2841; Staniel Cay Yacht Club (242) 355-2024; Turquoise Cay

Article Source:   Best Big Major Cay Snorkeling Review

GPS:  24.183903, -76.457238

Date Published:  11/16/2016

Date Updated:  12/30/2018

ID:  25056

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