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A Bahamas must do is visiting the island full of iguanas.

Are you brave enough?

While the obscure pigs on Pig Beach in the Bahamas are usually what everyone's talking about, make sure to not skip out on iguana island. Known as Bitter Guana Cay, this island in Exuma is sprawling with Bahamian rock iguanas where you might think you're literally in a Jurassic Park movie.

Did you know that there's over 700 islands in the Bahamas? But only 30 of them are inhabited. The Exumas are made up of 365 islands and cays to the south of the Florida peninsula. If you're not familiar with Exuma, it's one of the most beautiful (and fanciest) regions in the Bahamas. Exuma was also home to that dumpster fire called Fyre Festival and there's documentaries about it on both Netflix and Hulu.

Here's what to expect when visiting Bitter Guana Cay (a Bahamas must do), how to get there and just some fun facts that really may surprise you…

This Bahamas must do was featured in multiple documentaries.

Arriving on the island is a big ol' WTF moment.

I started my day by taking a boat to swim with nursing sharks and then the wild pigs, but had no idea about iguana island. As our boat got closer and closer to land, there must have been at least 40 iguanas crawling along the beach, as if they were waiting for us.

Anxious at first, I found myself mesmerized by the texture of these creatures that are indigenous just to this island, while another part of me was on my toes ready to run TF away if I had to. This whole experience belongs on everyone's bucket list.

These lizards are an endangered species.

This is the only place in the entire world that you can find the Bahamian rock iguana. They mostly are on a plant-based diet, with the occasional dead crab washed ashore. These lizards actually don't need any liquid whatsoever to survive – weird! There's about 5,000 of them left and can live up to 40 years.

Iguanas are a Bahamas must do.

Feed them lettuce to get that perfect Instagram shot.

I'll let you in on a little secret…if you want a picture with the lizards surrounding you like the first image on this email, all you have to do is feed them some lettuce. They'll instantly start coming towards you, and watching them use their tongue to take the lettuce right out of your hand is deeply satisfying.

Unfortunately, humans are their biggest predator.

I regret to inform you how f*cked up this is. Currently, humans are their number one predator as these precious creatures are hunted illegally. Other predators include wild pigs, goats and non-domesticated dogs which typically prey on their buried eggs.

Always respect the wildlife.

Whether it's these iguanas, or if you're scuba diving 65-feet below the surface, most of the time when animals attack it's for self defense when they feel unsafe. You're not in a zoo with creatures behind glass – this is real life and so don't completely invade their space. Respect the animals and listen to your tour guides. You don't want to get attacked while trying to get a stupid picture.

Taking pics during this Bahamas must do is allowed.

This Bahamas must do has you visiting the iguanas, the pigs and nursing sharks all in a day.

For my trip to Exuma, I stayed at Grand Isle Resort and the tour that I went on was through the resort with Exuma Cays Tours.

Are you up for the adventure?

Be good, JB PS. Sign up to the best newsletter for weekly honest travel tips. Also, make sure to forward it to a friend and add me to your address book so I don’t land in your spam folder.


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