Swimming with whale sharks, a unique experience!
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world. Only few places in the world exist where it is guaranteed to routinely see whale sharks.
The best period to see whale sharks is from early June to late September. During this time the water in the Caribbean sea is the warmest, and we can observe some of the largest groups of whale sharks worldwide.
Whale sharks are mysterious, and usually solitary animals that follow the plankton oceanic currents of our earth. For some reason here they can be seen in large groups of up to 300.
Interesting Facts about whale sharks
Although whale sharks belong to the family of sharks, they are absolutely harmless to humans. Whale sharks feed by filtering the water through their 5 gills. They get their food and oxygen this way.
Whale sharks like sharks in general come from the time of dinosaurs! Their history originates more than 450 million years ago.
Sharks and all species of rays have a cartilaginous skeleton in contrast to the remaining fish species, which have a bone skeleton. An adult whale shark measures about 11m / 35ft in lengths and weighs about 10 tons. The largest ever seen measured approximately 12m / 40ft. The entire top of the body is covered with white dots which are similar to our fingerprints. The arrangement of these points is unique for each individual animal.
The biggest enemy of the whale shark is us the human beings. The whale sharks are now threatened with extinction. Diving with the animals is prohibited to avoid any significant stress on the animals. We will always be at the surface to swim with the whale sharks.
To protect the animals as far as possible, we follow the following rules when snorkeling with whale sharks:
to bring :
The process for snorkeling with whale sharks:
Our tour starts early in the morning. We will pick you up in Playa del Carmen or the entire Riviera Maya and drive to a private port in Cancun where we will prepare for our boat trip. A maximum of 10 people fit onto the boat.
You can enjoy the trip with your family or friends. When everyone has boarded the boat we will leave Cancun in a northerly direction. After we pass Contoy island we will look for the wale sharks.
Our boats are equipped with all safety equipment. In addition to life jackets, snorkeling equipment, pure oxygen and a radio, you will also find cold soft drinks and some medicine on the boat.
Once we have found the perfect place to swim with whale sharks, you will be heading into the water together with the guide and a partner. This is where the fun begins for you! You will be able to follow the whale sharks with ease as they glide majestically slowly through the water. Mantas, turtles, and dolphins can also be seen with a bit of luck. You can swim with the whale sharks for a couple of minutes. Up to 3 Jumps are possible.
After about 3 to 4 hours enjoying with the sharks, we make our way towards Mujeres or Contoy island. There we have a small break to relax.
There are always cold drinks and a snack to eat for your enjoyment.
After we have finished our small break, we make our way back to Cancun. The total excursion time is about 9 hours.