The popularity of Exuma's swimming pigs have inspired some entrepreneurial individual to introduce a similar experience closer to Nassau. It makes sense in some respects, if you're staying in Nassau or simply calling to port for the day you might not wish to jump on a speed boat to Exuma. But while it is an experience my wife talks about all the time, I'm not so convinced. It doesn't help that every time I mention it to colleagues from the islands, they throw their hands up and ask rhetorically, "why do people want to swim with these pigs!?! They just poop in the water!!!" hahaha What about you? What do you think and would you want to do it? And if you would, would you be a purist and go for the original experience in Exuma or would you be open to a purpose-built experience of swimming pigs closer to Nassau at Sandy Toes Rose Island?
You can! There are a variety of passes available, everything from just a day at the private beaches to a full on animal trainer for a day packages. Just note that guests under 18 must be accompanied by a guest over 18 and that spaces are really limited. That might mean cruise passengers are best served by arranging passes in advance - Paradise Island is a little bit more than a short walk up from the port in Nassau.
Also known as the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas or just Atlantis Bahamas, it is not actually a traditional all-inclusive resort. However, you can upgrade your stay with a dining package. Adding a dining package is pretty easy and can be done prior to your arrival or up to the dinner meal time on the day of your arrival at the resort. You can't add one later on in your stay, unfortunately! The different packages available represent different dining experiences, some more casual or more formal, alongside different culinary styles. Some of the popular options such as Nobu or Olives require reservations. These can be made up to 90 days in advance of your arrival. At the time of writing, dining packages have a daily rate of US$85-135 + taxes and gratuities for guests 12 and over, children's packages are available and have a daily rate of US$20-57 + taxes and gratuities. Children 6 and under can be added to the dining package on a complimentary basis. The dining packages cover breakfast and dinner mealtimes, but do not include a lunch or midday meal; it's intended that you'd be out having fun or exploring the island during the day!