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Bahamian Wildlife (And Where To Find Them)

Our native animals are not relegated to the ocean, though, that too is a bucket list experience. There are few things more transformative, almost spiritual, than swimming with the sharks. Nothing makes a boating day better than dolphins in our beautiful oceans leaping out of the clear blue waters and playing and racing alongside your boat. The Bahamas is a scuba diver’s paradise, and I could go on, but more than just the ocean, we have so much more to offer.

As of late, bird watching has become quite the adventure on our islands, especially Nassau. Bird watchers from across the world venture into our bushes to spot rare tropical birds in their natural habitat. We also have beautiful snakes such as the Bahamian Boa, the Pygmy Boa and the Brown Racer, to name a few. And don’t worry, there are no poisonous snakes in The Bahamas, so they are harmless. But maybe you want a more controlled environment; hop over to Ardastra Gardens. Located on New Providence, Ardastra Gardens, for years, has opened its doors to wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers. They have flamingos, monkeys, iguanas, leopards and wild cats, to name a few. There are bush tours as well as lake tours available on several of the islands.

And by the way, have you heard about our wild swimming pigs? Yes, you read that right. On Exuma Island, you can go and spend the day with our now famous swimming pigs, located on Big Major Cay.  They love people and making friends. They are harmless and only require a bite of your lunch, if you so please. They have become the talk of the town as they love the water, love people and, again….would really like a bite of your lunch.

The possibilities are endless, if you are an animal lover; and trust me, we have so much more to see and an experience beyond just the ocean. So, if you’re an animal lover, The Bahamas is ripe with fun and exciting animals that you can see in the wild as well as in a controlled environment, with trained professionals for your safety as well as the safety of the animals. We love animals and we want to show them to you on your next visit!