Scuba diving in Isla Contoy Whale Shark Tour

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 1 m
Maximum: 10 m
Current
mild
Visibility
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m
Isla Contoy is a small tropical island (only 8.5 km long) situated approximately 30km/19mi north of Isla Mujeres. Isla Contoy has been declared a National Park and is protected by Mexican government, therefore, only supervised eco-tourism and regulated fishing are allowed in the area. Isla Contoy has a fabulous reputation for viewing exotic wild life as it is a sanctuary to approximately 152 species of tropical marine birds. However, the biggest attraction of Isla Contoy is the annual whale shark migration during June-September period. These magnificent creatures gather there to gorge on plankton which blooms at this time of the year. The whale sharks are an unforgettable sight, as they glide close to the surface with their enormous (up to 1,5m/5ft wide) mouths open and suck in the plankton. Although their gigantic sizes are a bit thrilling, these amazing creatures are completely harmless to humans as they feed exclusively on plankton.

When to go

Whale sharks can be met in local waters from June till mid-September.

What to see

Numerous whale sharks and other pelagic fish to swim with and a wide variety of exotic wild life to observe.

Reachable from

Playa del Carmen, Cancun

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