Rose Island
Rose Island
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This gorgeous island in the Bahamas is known for its crystal-clear waters, pink sand, and nine resident swimming pigs. Enjoy a welcome drink, chill in a hammock, hit up the beach bar, splash around with the adorable pigs, kayak in the sea, and go snorkeling with turtles. Watch out though—there have been shark sightings in the area. The island is just 25 minutes from Nassau and is best visited on a tour or boat charter, which typically includes snorkeling and pig encounters. It's also a great and cheaper alternative to Big Major Cay’s Pig Island. – Tripadvisor
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Cat G
Vancouver B.C2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We have been sailing around on a Catamaran and dropped anchor near this island. We decided to take the dingy and and see the pigs. It was so sad and heartbreaking! There were starving baby pigs and one they had just thrown under the deck that was still breathing! We went back to the boat to warm up milk and get blankets for the baby’s as they were freezing and malnourished. When we got back they had thrown the piglet even further under the deck so it was out of site. I grabbed it out and wrapped it up and tried to give it milk but it was too late. We buried the poor little baby.There are crippled pigs that can barely walk as well. Pigs don’t belong on an island without fresh water and proper food.The whole thing is atrocious! :(
Please don’t support any type of “Swimming with pigs” you just contribute to the problem.
Written February 23, 2024
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BahamaDebs
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
If you’re looking for an excursion off property, you for sure want to look at Sandy Toes, Rose Island, Bahamas . It’s not far and it’s an inclusive day with food and drink and snorkeling (gear included), and private beach, and hammock gardens and I could go on.. but they also have the best swimming pigs program in the game! It’s amazing for families, I have 2 girls and they love it - so much room to run! 🏝️
Written January 30, 2024
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Angie Wilbur
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Spent the day there. Just amazing. Water was beautiful, catamaran ride was fun. Would do it all over again.
Written April 3, 2023
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pmac2382
North Carolina36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Rose Island is very beautiful a beaches are very pretty and extremely blue water. The Sandy Toes excursion from Nassau is a lot of fun - you get to see some pigs, nice beachside lunch, etc. However, as posters have mentioned, I would not swim or snorkel in the water. There was a shark attack in 2019 and I believe again in 2022 with this excursion. I know that when we did the excursion, we saw a giant tiger shark, had to notify staff who immediately got everyone out of the water. Way too close for comfort.
Written November 7, 2022
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Natalie N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I had the most amazing experience, Jesse Higgs to helps to raise the pigs was amazing at explaining some of the brief history about the island and nearby Spanish wells. He also was so friendly and helped take pictures of us while we were holding the pigs! He definitely was a big part of making this excursion so amazing and memorable. I would and have definitely recommended this to family and friends.
Written September 5, 2022
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Amanda R
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We absolutely loved this excursion at Rose Island. Swimming with the pigs was the highlight of our adventure as there were pigs of all sizes. They were extremely well trained and even performed some tricks which was awesome! The beach itself was beautiful, and the snorkeling was an experience!
Written July 8, 2022
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jandrewsesq
Leigh-on Sea, UK200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Very cool place to see the swimming pigs, one of the essential things to do if you're visiting Bahamas. We took one of the boats from Paradise Island and they looked after us the whole day. Absolutely fabulous.
Written April 22, 2022
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Rose Island is not a large island, has great weather, hotels, restaurants, bars & beaches. You can sun, fish, swim.
Written February 23, 2022
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Maryg
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
We took the Sandy Toes boat to Rose island. What a wonderful day. Worth every penny. You can snorkel, then go a short walk across the island to the beach. There you relax with a drink an the pigs come out. The trainers explain what they do and answer all questions. Then there's lunch. More beach and drinks before heading back. Boat crew, also waiters, first aid and anything else you need. They are delightful. Kudos to Capt Will.
Written December 27, 2021
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Shari C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We took Flying Cloud Catamaran out to Rose Island to snorkel the reef. The captain and staff were great!! We had an amazing time!!
Written June 8, 2021
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