Pig Island at the Bahamas: A tourist destination capitalised by the Fyre Festival scam

Pig Island at the Bahamas: A tourist destination capitalised by the Fyre Festival scam

Year of the Pig

Text: Janice Sim

Image: Instagram/@conradtherad,

If there was any good to come out from the scathing Fyre Festival (otherwise known as Fyre Fraud), it would the spotlight on Pig Island.

Well, the correct name for the island is Big Major Cay in Exuma, the Bahamas. The entire island is uninhabited, with the exception of tourists and local guides.  Which means you're looking at an estimate of 20 hogs waddling in crystal clear blue waters. The pigs are extremely friendly, playful and instantly adorable — making the Caribbean destination an easy treasure trove with the added mystery of how they appeared on the island in the first place. While the destination is still pretty underrated as compared to the many main attractions one can do in the Bahamas, it isn't actually hard to get there. Full-day excursions are available with a local tour company. If getting friendly with cute furry pigs isn't exactly your thing, you'll be able to find other activities like snorkelling and exploring a forest on this stunning archipelago.  

Pig Island

One thing to note is that there are no restaurants or hotel on the island, so this place wasn't never designed to convince tourists to stay. Especially since the pigs' well-being are prioritised above anything else. In light of Netflix's FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened documentary film — where we didn't just witness cringe-worthy material of bikini-clad girls frolicking with the feral pigs but also attendees of the festival feeding the animals with beer. 

Pig island

So yes, don't mistreat the precious creatures on this unspoiled island, because clearly they're not to be trifled with. Word on the street is that Billy McFarland, the founder of the sensational festival, was bitten by one of them. These pigs probably know a lot more than they get credit for. 

Find out more about Pig Island and how to get there.