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Mexico: Swim With Whale Sharks

Mexico: Swim With Whale Sharks

Snorkel Alongside The World's Largest Fish

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Trip Details:

Operator:  Reefs to Rockies
Price From:  $825 USD per person
Dates:  June to August
Duration:  5 days
Wildlife:  Whale Sharks

Conservation Impact: Benefits ECOCEAN whose Whale Shark Photo-identification Library is a visual database of whale shark encounters that is used by marine biologists to collect and analyze whale shark encounter data to learn more about these amazing creatures.

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About this program

The “island of women”, located 10 miles of the coast of Cancun, Mexico, is the perfect place to dive into the water and be surrounded by wildlife and stunning coral sculptures.

The Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve protects 145,988 acres of surface area and below of water swimming with the largest living fish, the gentle whale shark. Snorkel around the island and get up close and personal with these giant spotted fish. Although they share the name, whale sharks do not have rows of sharp teeth like sharks so there is no reason to fear them!


Photo Credit: Reefs to Rockies


Day 1: Arrival to Isla Mujeres

Upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, transfer to Gran Puerto Ferry Terminal for your 20 minute ferry ride to Isla Mujeres (airport shuttle transportation can be booked ahead of time). The rest of the day is on your own to explore the island. Overnight at Ixchel Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Whale Shark Tour

Early this morning, you’ll be met at the Nautibeach ferry dock for your first whale shark adventure. Twenty-five miles off the coast, in deep blue waters abundant with plankton, whale sharks have come together in large numbers for their annual aggregation. You have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants as they glide close to the surface, mouth wide open like a vacuum, filtering food from the water. After your whale shark adventure, you’ll return to Isla where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore. You can relax on world-famous Playa Norte (North Beach), shop in artisan-owned stores, or choose from a surprising array of intimate restaurants for dinner out on the town. Overnight at Ixchel Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 3: Whale Shark Tour

Today, you’ll have another opportunity to go out for a whale shark tour since no two days are alike. The afternoon and evening are on your own. Optional activities include renting a golf cart or bicycle to check out the south end of the island. Overnight at Ixchel Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 4: MUSA Underwater Sculpture Museum

Today, you’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling at MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte) and Manchones Reef. MUSA is an innovative project – the underwater sculptures are designed to encourage coral growth and reef formation. Overnight at Ixchel Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Departure or Yucatan Extension

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home or continue your stay in Mexico with an optional extension on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Country Fast Facts


Flag  Flag_of_Mexico.svg
Continent: North America
Official Language(s) No official. National language is Spanish
Capital: Mexico City
Population 119,530,753 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Tropical Wet/Dry, Semi-arid, Arid Desert, Temperate, Humid Subtropical, Mediterranean
Major Airport(s): Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX), Cancun International Airport (CUN), Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL), General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Industry, Oil, Energy, Manufacturing,Tourism

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