Whale sharks are mysterious creatures. Considered the largest fish in the world, we know that they come to an area near Holbox to feed from the abundant plankton. We don’t know exactly where they come from or where they go afterwards.
We also know that they are noble and solitary animals. As long as you are respectful, you can safely swim close to them, most of the time they won’t react in any way. You can hire a tour from Holbox to sail and meet these fascinating animals.
This is what the whale shark experience is like, from beginning to end:
Pick up is at around 5.50-6am from your hotel. The taxi will take you directly to the pier where the boat will be waiting for you.
The trip to the whale sharks area is about 90 to 150 minutes long, depending on the location of the sharks. After one or two immersions per couple maximum, the boat heads to Cabo Catoche.
In Cabo Catoche, you get to snorkel alongside sea turtles, stingrays, parrotfish and many other species. Meanwhile, the team cooks delicious and fresh ceviche.
Next stop is at some peaceful beach where the group can eat and chill, usually the one known as Santa Paula.
On the way back, a final stop is made at Punta Mosquitos to spot some of the flamingos that gather there.
We give you some highlights regarding the rules of the whale shark experience:
- During the tour, you must wear the live vest at all times.
- You must keep at a 6.5 ft distance from the sharks. You should not touch them under any circumstance.
- No swimming under the sharks.
- No jumping into the water. All immersions must be done smoothly.
- Flash photography is not allowed.
- Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed, but it has to be applied at least 30 minutes before immersing.
- Respecting the instructions of the captain and tour guides is mandatory.
In other words “anything that I can say about this experience falls short in comparison to actually living it”. If you visit Holbox in the summer, don’t miss this expedition!