Snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico is definitely a tour you must add to your vacation plans during your trip to Cancun or the surrounding area. It is a once in a lifetime experience you will always remember!
About Whale Sharks
Whale sharks are known as the world’s biggest fish, they are very gentle and friendly. These filter-feeding sharks can reach 18 meters long and weigh more than 20 tons. They usually live in warm tropical oceans and have a lifespan of about 70 years.
According to a recent study from University Of Western Australia, the reason why whale sharks often swim close to the surface, besides the time when they are filtering plankton, is that they need to warm up after diving through cold waters.
The warm waters off the island of Holbox and the island of Contoy (close to Cancun) are especially appealing to the whale sharks. These two islands are the most popular destinations for swimming with whale sharks in the Peninsula of Yucatan.
These giant creatures may look large and scary but they are completely harmless since they feed mainly on plankton. These fascinating animals are like a deity for the Vietnamese culture and are called “Sir Fish”.
Source: One World One Ocean
Snorkeling With Whale Sharks With Aquaworld
Aquaworld offers snorkeling tours including swimming with whale sharks in Holbox. Aquaworld´s instructors will provide you all the information, guidance and help that you need.
It is important to follow the instructions of the guides to make sure the whale sharks remain safe and you have a wonderful time snorkeling next to the biggest fish in the world!
The best season for swimming with whale sharks in Mexico is between June and August, although the complete season goes from the end of May until mid-September. In this period you can see around 30 to 40 splendid whale sharks near the coasts of Contoy and Holbox islands.
This adventurous activity is among the best things you can do on your Cancun vacation.
Other Tours and Activities in Cancun
After swimming with these majestic animals, you can go for a scuba diving tour with Aquaworld to see other marine life. Scuba diving tours in the Underwater Museum of Cancun (MUSA) are something you don’t want to miss.
Over 470 life-size underwater sculptures from world’s famous artists such as Jason de Caires will leave you breathless.
If you want to try something outside the water the Skyrider parasailing is a great option, in this tour you will marvel with the impressive views of the Caribbean! You will be taken up into the blue skies and enjoy wonderful panoramic views!