Staniel Cay, Thunderball Grotto, and Swimming Pigs
In this vlog, we’ll swim at Thunderball Grotto then sail to Big Major’s Spot to see the famous swimming pigs.
I feel like this could be one of our best videos yet. I feel that way, I suppose, because it took be days to edit this thing. We had so much footage from the Big Majors / Staniel Cay area, and we also had a ton of fun while we were there, so I hope that results in a a great video.
Staniel Cay is just great. The cell service is good, they have food, fuel, water, groceries, and just about anything else you could need. It’s a neat island, and the people are just wonderful. Plus, they have Thunderball Grotto – that’s the cool cave that was used in one of the James Bond films… but I can’t recall which film. Oh well…
Right next to Staniel, you have Big Major’s Spot. I like to call that one Pork Island, that’s where you can find the “Swimming Pigs” – although, none of them were actually swimming while we were there – they’ve lost their desire to swim since everyone hand-delivers grub directly to their waiting and overflowing slop tub.
It’s a pretty sterile tourist stop at this point, with 50+ boats anchored off shore while even MORE tour boats ferry in hundreds of paying tourists from Nassau and Georgetown… STILL it’s worth the stop of you’re in the area just for the novelty of the situation, and we did have fun while we were there.
2.18.17 Today we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yuck. Then we left Compass Cay for Staniel Cay.
N 24*10.693 W 76*26.760
We will stay here in Staniel for a few days. We’re going to see Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach, and explore the town. We need to do some grocery shopping, and to get some fuel and water as well.
After we got anchored and settled in, we went over to Staniel. They have an awesome dinghy landing. We walked to the blue grocery store and then to the pink store to see what they had. We got some things at both stores. We were walking back to town and were looking for the scuba shop to find that it’s been closed. We found Canadian Paul, his friend Leanne, and Jerome from Gamma Gamma in the the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Restaurant. We sat down and chatted for a while. We saw some nurse sharks and sting rays by the marina then went back to the boat.
2.19.17 This morning we got up and went to Thunderball Grotto. It was super cool! We had lunch onboard then we went to town to get the propane tank filled and they were closed. We’ll go back later. We went back to the pink store and got some more groceries. Ben and I watched the first Lord of the Rings.
2.20.17 Today we moved over to Big Majors Spot to hide from some wind coming in. We anchored right next to pig beach!
N 24*11.049 W76*27.491
We went to see the cute little pigs. It was fun, but they were not quite what we expected. There we so many power boats loaded with people wanting to see the pigs. They barely got in the water because they were being fed from a giant slop bucket. In fact, just weeks before we got there, several of the pigs had died because they got sick somehow. After we hung out with the pigs, we went snorkeling. Ben speared two fish for dinner.
2.21.17 Today we moved over to the other side of Big Majors spot for the switching winds. We didn’t like it over there, so we moved back to Thunderball Grotto.
2.22.17 We had a lazy day and night on the boat today. We did some school and Ben did some video editing. There is a lot of wind coming in tonight.
2.23.17 We had some CRAZY wind last night! We didn’t sleep much at all. We stayed on the boat today and did some school.
2.24.17 Today we woke up and did some school. Then we went to lunch at the Staniel Yacht Club. It was very good! We took my computer hoping that it would work, but sadly it didn’t. We started the second Lord of the Rings tonight, Ben was falling asleep so we couldn’t finish it.
2.25.17 This morning we dropped off the propane tank to be filled, we have to pick it up later this afternoon. We came back to the boat, Ben got fuel and water in the jerry cans. We went swimming and snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto again, after lunch. We came back to the boat and showered off. Then we went back to the general store to get our tank and some fresh produce. We got some Bananas, cheese, limes, cantaloupe and tomato. It was all very fresh and wonderful! After the general store, we went to the blue store and got some other groceries. And Ice Cream! Delicious! Ben and I made some Bahama Mama’s and finished the second Lord of the Rings.
2.26.17 Today we went snorkeling around the islands near Thunderball Grotto. Tomorrow we will be moving to Bitter Guana.