Traveling means adventures as well and this is what we experience in that episode. While sailing in the Bahamas we get to Staniel Cay, the place is famous for Thunderball grotto and Big Major Cay with swimming pigs! For dessert, see Ania being chased by stingray 🙂 and then …. a fight of barracuda and shark!
Can you imagine pigs taking sunbath and swimming in the sea? 🙂 What is the story of that place? How did the pigs get there? 🙂
Pig Beach, also known as Pig Island, Major Cay, and officially Big Major Cay is an uninhabited island located in Exuma, the Bahamas. The island takes its unofficial name from the fact that it is populated by a colony of feral pigs that live on the island and in the surrounding shallows. The island is home to approximately 20 pigs and piglets.
The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned. The pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. The other story tells the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore, while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas. The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists.
Thunderball Grotto is famous and got its name from the 1965 James Bond spy film “Thunderball,” which was shot there. It was also the site of another James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again” in 1983, also based on the Thunderball novel.
Grotto is an amazing underwater cave, great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. Full of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, The grotto’s mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. It is advised to enter at ebb tide (low or slack tide).
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Adventures of Ania and Bartek with two little kids sailing across oceans on a 15 meter trimaran as a way of promoting alternative way of life off the grid. In 2014 we managed to materialize our dreams and traded a land based home in Poland for a permanent life on the ocean aboard our dearest new home – sailboat “Poly”.
For us sailing is a way of free life in sync and harmony with nature and each other. It’s a way of experiencing life, people, and places, entirely on our own terms. For many years it was just a dream, but we followed it and it came true. We are here and now, no longer chasing the dream.
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