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    Re-Opening Plans

    UPDATE:  As of this writing, we are unable to give a re-opening date.   Many factors are at play and as soon as we can we will update accordingly. 

    Harbour Safaris is re-opening after being closed due to the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. As we plan our reemergence we would like to keep you up to date how we will move forward.  We have worked with and are following the guidelines from the Ministry of Tourism, and supplementing them with our own to keep our staff and guests as safe and happy as possible.

    Even before we closed, we have upgraded our fleet to remove the RIBS from service.  These boats have served us well as we started but we have outgrown them.  One was sold to IDEA, a rapid-response team in post-disaster situations such as Hurricane Dorian.

    We have all adjusted to life with social distancing, masks, PPE, cleanliness and hygiene.  These concepts will be formalized in policies and available for our guests to review.  Our staff will be properly educated and trained, be them our support staff or onboard crew.

    Our boats have always had smaller capacities designed to give a better tour experience, and we will keep this concept along with allowing space for various parties.  The boats will continue to be cleaned and maintained before and after each excursion, with additional cleaning between stops.

    We will continue to visit our favourite places including:

    • The Exuma Swimming Pigs
    • Meeks Patch & Spanish Wells
    • Rose Island
    • Highbourne Cay
    • Staniel Cay
    • Beaches and coves throughout the Exuma Cays

    Our convenient and private boarding location allows us more control and less crowding than public boarding areas.  We are still conveniently located near:

    • Atlantis
    • Paradise Island
    • Downtown Nassau
    • BahaMar
    • The Point
    • Nassau Cruise Ship Port
    • Sandals
    • Breezes
    • Most AirBNB’s are all a short taxi ride away

    We also look forward to offering new experiences throughout the Bahamas Islands.

    We thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Booking System Update

    To all of our valued customers (past, present, and future!) please note that we are updating our booking system.  If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 242-394-8687 or email us at info@harboursafaris.com

    Our exquisite tour offerings remain the same:

    Exuma Swimming Pigs Tours
    Spanish Wells Full Day Tour
    Rose Island Half Day Tour

    Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to having you on board!

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    Nassau to Exuma – Best Ways to Travel

    You’ve booked your airline, reserved the hotel room, and are ready to settle down with a Goombay Smash and swim with the pigs on the pristine beaches of the Bahamas!

    Wait – you’re staying in Nassau?!?  The legendary swimming pigs make their home on Big Major Cay, which is in the Exuma Cays!

    How do you get from Nassau to Exuma?  Not to worry, we have the answers for you!

    • Take a pig beach excursion from Nassau to Exuma:
    • Fly away for the day to Staniel Cay:
      • You can hop aboard a small plane to fly to Staniel Cay, and spend the day loafing around the island and catch a ride a short hop over to Big Major to swim with the pigs
    • Fly to Georgetown and take a half-day adventure:
      • Flights from Nassau to Georgetown are plentiful, including on the national airline Bahamasair and smaller airlines such as SkyBahamas.  Once there, you can take a half day trip with one of the many operators, such as Exuma Water Sports, and be back in time for dinner!
      • Stay overnight or for the weekend at Grand Isle Resort or Sandals Emerald Bay and experience the friendly Family Island atmosphere!
    • Not so interested in the swimming pigs?  
      • Check out Powerboat Adventures for a top-notch all-inclusive tour to a private island in the northern Exumas!

    Nassau to Exuma Tours

     

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    Top Swimming Pig Tour Nassau

    Top Swimming Pig Tour from Nassau

    Harbour Safaris has received over 200 reviews on TripAdvisor, 78 reviews on Facebook, and over 400 reviews through our booking system!

    And we have an overwhelmingly positive result!  TripAdvisor maintains 5 Stars with a 98%+ positive rating, Facebook at 4.8/5 Stars and Peek Pro at 4.8/5 Stars.

    We are proud recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

    What are the top reasons people love Harbour Safaris?

    • Swimming Pigs – self explanatory!
    • Customer Service – our full time office staff responds to inquiries and maintains relationships with our clients before and after their adventure!
    • Small Tour Size – our tours are typically 10-15 people, versus the “other guys” at 25+ per boat.
    • Crew – our knowledgeable, trained, and experienced crew provide an out-of-this-world experience on every trip!
    • Safety – our intimate tour size allows us to keep a close eye on all of our guests!

    What’s our guests only complaint?  Weather.  Unfortunately we cannot control the weather (we wish we could!) so we do have to reschedule at times.  Our great customer service staff will work with you and your itinerary to find a day that works or refund your tickets in full.

    Don’t just take our word for it – read our reviews online and search for us, you’ll quickly see we’re the original and number one swimming pig tour operator out of Nassau!

    A recent review of our Exuma Swimming Pigs tour:

    Wow wow wow!! The best experience of my life. We came to the Bahamas on the 4th September and landed to an email asking to bring the tour forward as Hurricane Irma was on the way for our original booking date, which of course we didn’t mind-this was my dream and nothing was stopping me. So firstly Darren and Shiv we absolutely brilliant throughout and made sure we was all ok. We got going and out first stop was to see the iguanas, which were pretty cool, then it was off to see the piggies…and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing they are…it was everything and more than I ever expected, a real dream come true. They are incredible, and they are so looked after, I even had a little piggy cuddle up to me when I gave him a little ear rub. There was a big mumma ready to pop, so some of you will be so lucky to see he piglets….I could of actually spent all day there if I’m honest. We then went for lunch and to see the nurse sharks which was lovely, the food was delicious, and getting in the water with the sharks was so much fun. We then left and went on to a private beach…and OMG it was something out of this world…breath taking!!! I cannot recommend Harbour Safaris enough, the communication from when we booked with them up until the date we went was amazing and the tour was even better than I can describe. You really made my honeymoon one to remember, and I really hope to come back and do this all over again. – Steph

     

    Our newest tour, the Spanish Wells Day Away trip is also an amazing experience!

    My husband and I took the newer Spanish Wells/Pigs boat trip. It was a little bit shorter and less expensive than the trip to see the pigs in Exuma (which was sold out the week we were there). We had a blast! Swimming with the pigs was fun, even though I got a bite on my finger from one of the little guys. Use the sticks when feeding the pigs as they can easily mistake your finger for one of the turkey hot dogs! There was lovely beach on the other side of “pig island” which we also got to enjoy for a few minutes. Lunch at Wreckers in Spanish Wells was delicious! The three couples and our two captains were the only people there for lunch on this particular Tuesday. My BBQ chicken pizza was excellent (but huge)! After lunch we visited a sandbar and found some sand dollars! The colors of the water and sand could only be described as “otherworldly!” Paradise, indeed! We had a great trip with this company! – Courileigh, TripAdvisor

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    Swimming Pigs of Spanish Wells

    New Spanish Wells Tour!

    Harbour Safaris is proud to introduce our new full-day excursion to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera!

    This amazing tour departs Nassau Harbour and includes fantastic stops, including one of the most beautiful sandbanks in the world!  Experience bright blue shallow water adjacent to dark blue deep water!  A truly unique experience!

    Spanish Wells Swimming PigsNo trip to Spanish Wells would be complete without stopping to see the amazing beach pigs on Meek’s Patch!  Swim and hang out with these fun little guys and sip an ice cold Sands Light while you wallow in the tranquil waters of the Bahamas!

    Enjoy lunch (included) in the quaint fishing town of Spanish Wells and listen to stories ranging from crawfishing to shipwrecks.  Hear about the Devil’s Backbone leading to the world renowned Harbour Island, the secluded home of the rich and famous!

    Book for Spanish Wells Now!

    Here’s what one of our first guests, Kim, had to say about the tour on TripAdvisor:

    I just did Harbour Safaris’ new trip to Spanish Wells, Bahamas and it was spectacular!! From the boat to the crew to the venues…I could not have had a better day! First stop was the sand flats for a picture perfect chill time. Lunch at Wreckers was amazing – every dish was raved about by all that were there. On to the swimming pigs for laughing and Awwww moments (the babies were adorable). Then to a secluded beach to just relax in my favorite blue waters. Thanks again, Harbour Safaris for being a highlight of my visit!

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    Exuma Bahamas Viral Video

    Swimming Pig Promo Video Goes Viral!

    One of Harbour Safaris’ promotional videos has gone viral, thanks to Awesome Places in the World on Facebook!

    With over 110,000 views in under a week, the Bahamas and our top rated Swimming Pigs tour has been shared around the world.  The post has been liked almost 10,000 times and shared almost 5000 times.  Watch the full version of the video on YouTube and see why our tour is so amazing!

     

    Exuma Bahamas Viral Video

    To learn more, or to book one of our amazing swimming pig tours from Nassau, follow this link:

    Swim with the Pigs!

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    Swimming Pigs

    Reasons Harbour Safaris LOVES the Swimming Pigs

    No matter what, we always receive a warm welcome from our friends at Big Majors! They hear us nearing the beach and they begin trotting down into the shallows to greet us!

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    The Swimming Pigs enjoy wading in the beautiful Bahamian waters as much as we do! It’s the perfect way to cool down on a warm, sunny day!

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    These guys are never camera shy! They are the ultimate selfie pal!

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    They’re environmentally conscious – not a morsel goes to waste!

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    No one gets left out. These pigs know how to spread the love!

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    First Mate / Reserve Captain

    Harbour Safaris Ltd. is looking for a new member of our team!  We are a small boat tour operation based out of Nassau, Bahamas – we strive to impress our guests and customer service is second only to safety. We are the number one provider of swimming pig tours from Nassau and maintain high reviews and compliments from our guests and partners.

    Please note that applications will only be accepted through this online application form.  

    Description:

    As a member of our team you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of daily tours and charters booked with the company. Proper and safe operation and maintenance of the vessel is critical to the position. Ensuring guests have a positive experience is one of the top requirements. Candidate must be experienced on boats, tech savvy and able to work well with others on the team. An outgoing personality and a love to entertain others are a plus!

    Location:

    Operations are based out of Nassau Harbour with day trips around the central Bahamas.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Compliance with all maritime regulations
    • Instituting and following all safety protocols
    • Proper planning & navigation of all water operations
    • Tour & Charter operations
    • Loading, safety and oversight of up to 15 passengers per trip
    • Online coordination of booked tours
    • Daily logging of maritime & tour operations
    • Fueling & securing vessel
    • General maintenance & upkeep

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Legal Right to Work in The Bahamas
    • High School Diploma
    • Bahamian Masters License “A” preferred
    • Current STCW
    • Must be able to swim
    • Reliable own transportation to and from the Nassau Harbour based operations
    • Previous experience in tourism and/or tour boat operations a plus

    Application Form:

    Required:

    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Email
    • Resume

      First Name

      Last Name

      Date of Birth

      Your Email

      Phone Number

      STCW Certified
      YesNot CurrentNo

      BahamaHost Certified
      YesNo

      Attach Resume

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      Nassau Cruise Ship Schedule – January, February, March, April 2017

       

      Taking a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas?

      Check your schedule and availability for a full-day excursion to the swimming pigs from Nassau!

      We also offer full and half day charters, local tours and excursions, and island-hopping adventures!

      06-Feb-17 Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Wonder, Oasis Of The Seas
      07-Feb-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, Costa Deliziosa, Disney Dream
      08-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
      09-Feb-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Elation
      10-Feb-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      11-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      12-Feb-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
      13-Feb-17 Navigator Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Allure Of The Seas, Seven Seas Explorer
      14-Feb-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      15-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Wonder
      16-Feb-17 Norwegian Breakaway
      17-Feb-17 Carnival Valor, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      18-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      19-Feb-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Magic, Harmony of the Seas
      20-Feb-17 Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Wonder
      21-Feb-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Dream, Carnival Sunshine
      22-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation
      23-Feb-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      24-Feb-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Wonder, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      25-Feb-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      26-Feb-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Victory
      27-Feb-17 Navigator Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Disney Wonder, Costa Deliziosa, Allure Of The Seas
      28-Feb-17 Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      01-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
      02-Mar-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Breeze, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      03-Mar-17 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Wonder, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      04-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      05-Mar-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Riviera, Harmony of the Seas
      06-Mar-17 Disney Wonder, Norwegian Epic, Oasis Of The Seas
      07-Mar-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Disney Magic
      08-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Freedom
      09-Mar-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Costa Deliziosa, Disney Dream, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      10-Mar-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Magic, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      11-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      12-Mar-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Victory
      13-Mar-17 Navigator Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Disney Wonder, Allure Of The Seas
      14-Mar-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      15-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas
      16-Mar-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Dream, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      17-Mar-17 Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Wonder, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      18-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      19-Mar-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Celebrity Summit, Costa Deliziosa, Harmony of the Seas
      20-Mar-17 Disney Magic, Oasis Of The Seas
      21-Mar-17 Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      22-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Disney Wonder
      23-Mar-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      24-Mar-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, Disney Magic, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      25-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream, Riviera
      26-Mar-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
      27-Mar-17 Navigator Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Disney Wonder, Allure Of The Seas
      28-Mar-17 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      29-Mar-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
      30-Mar-17 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Pride, Carnival Breeze, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      31-Mar-17 Carnival Conquest, Carnival Valor, Disney Wonder, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
      01-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      02-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Magic, Harmony of the Seas
      03-Apr-17 Disney Wonder, Oasis Of The Seas
      04-Apr-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      05-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sunshine
      06-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      07-Apr-17 Carnival Valor, Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Norwegian Escape, Seven Seas Mariner
      08-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      09-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
      10-Apr-17 Navigator Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Wonder, Allure Of The Seas
      11-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      12-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Freedom
      13-Apr-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Dream, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
      14-Apr-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, Anthem of the Seas, Norwegian Escape
      15-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      16-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Harmony of the Seas
      17-Apr-17 Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Wonder, Celebrity Eclipse, Oasis Of The Seas
      18-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, Royal Princess, Disney Dream
      19-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
      20-Apr-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway
      21-Apr-17 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Valor, Norwegian Escape
      22-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      23-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Regatta
      24-Apr-17 Allure Of The Seas
      25-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Disney Dream
      26-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sunshine
      27-Apr-17 Carnival Breeze
      28-Apr-17 Carnival Valor, Norwegian Escape
      29-Apr-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
      30-Apr-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
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      Swimming Pig Tours

      Twice the Fun to reach the Swimming Pigs!

      After an unexpected turn of events with Hurricane Matthew, we finally have our newest addition running tours with Harbour Safaris.  ‘Empress’ has become a welcomed addition, adding not only capacity to our swimming pigs adventures but also comfort, speed, and economy as well!  As we learn to use our new vessel to the best of her abilities, we are able to offer two trips on select days!

      For now, these trips will be added weather dependent – so even if you see sold out, be sure to check with us a few days before your trip to see if we’ve added another excursion.  You can also email us at info@harboursafaris.com with your details, and if anything opens up we’ll be sure to let you know!

      Be sure to check out our amazing reviews at TripAdvisor!  You’ll see why in less than a year we became a top ten tour in Nassau!

      For more information and to book, check out our Swim With The Pigs page!

      Photo by Emma, one of our new first mates!

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