Scuba diving in Holbox Whale Shark Tour

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From Boat
Average: 12 m
Maximum: 70 m
Average: 15 m
Maximum: 30 m
Isla Holbox, located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, is a small protected island, only 7miles long and 1 mile wide. Isla Holbox is an area favored by many migratory species of birds and attracts a lot of bird watchers. The island has no cars and features pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets. The whale shark tour is the most popular tour here. Usually between June and September, when the ocean becomes especially rich with plankton, whale sharks arrive in these waters to feed and mate. Despite their impressive size, whale sharks are so docile and gentle, that they allow swimmers and snorkelers to swim up close to observe them. Although, visitors are instructed not to touch them.

When to go

Water temperature averages 26-30C/79-86F. Whale sharks can be met in local waters from June till mid-September.

What to see

Besides whale sharks, schools of wild dolphins, turtles, stingrays and other marine species can be seen around the island.

Reachable from

Playa del Carmen, Cancun

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    Swim With the Whale Sharks (Meet at the Marina)

    Whale Sharks (RhiniodonTypus) are harmless sharks, not whales, they are the largest fish in the ocean, reaching over 50’ (15 m) and over 27,000 lb (12,500 kg). They are filter feeders and their favorite meal is plankton. In order to feed, they scoop these tiny plants and little animals, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water’s surface. The average size is about 7.5 meters or 25 feet long they are enormous . Whale sharks live in warm water near the equator. The Mexican Caribbean is one of the few places in the world where they are close enough to shore to make boat trips out to see them possible. Here is the biggest congregation in all over the world. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish, you can safely snorkel with them while they are feeding in the surface, each encounter allows groups or 5 people to enter the water at a time along with your guide. Our crew will brief and assist you through out the day with information about the Whale Sharks: sex, migration, behavior, feeding patterns, how to take photos and more. They will also instruct you on how to best approach and swim with the Whale Sharks, so that your day with the world’s largest fish is a truly memorable one. During the trip you will also have the opportunity to also see dolphins and gigantic Manta rays. There are times when you will see dozens of these animals together with "jumping" manta rays out of the water, is a magnificent open ocean wild safari. Departure: 8:00 am from North Isla Mujeres also for the peoeple who stay at isla Mujeres we can go for you there, dock in downtown Isla Mujeres. See/swim with the Whale Sharks, the time you like, we are one of the last boats in the area. Snorkel for 30 minutes in Isla Che coral reef or if you prefer just swim at Isla Mujeres: 2 pm , North Cancun 2.15pm- 3pm. You must bring: Bathing Suit, Towel, Sunglasses, Biodegradable sunscreen, hat, sandals, extra dry shirt o & wetsuit (if you have). We have wetsuits for rent.

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