We’re calling it – this is the world’s most delightful island.
Welcome to Big Major Cay, located in Exuma in the Bahamas – a completely deserted island apart from the (brace yourself) troupe of wild pigs which paddle with delight in the shallows of the sea.
Whether these unique inhabitants were shipwrecked, left by sailors with plans to return or planted there as part of an elaborate and somewhat absurd tourism scheme, the 20 or so happy hogs and their offspring now live that tropical island dream life, eating discarded food from passing boats, drinking from the natural fresh water springs and lazing in the shade on the sun-kissed cay.
The pigs were already perfectly adapted to their island home, known locally as “Pig Beach”, when they were discovered in 2007. When boats approach, the hogs jump up from the white sand and joyfully charge into the crystal clear turquoise water in the hopes of scoring discarded food from tourists.
Visitors to the island can paddle with the pigs in the water and disguise their tears of joy in whatever way they see fit.
“No, I’m fine. My eyes are sensitive to salt water, that’s all. Honestly.”