If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime must-do activity for your vacation in Cancun, swimming with whale sharks is it. Whale sharks are a filter feeding shark species that flock to the warm, plankton-rich waters off the Yucatan Peninsula each May. They hang around until September, but the peak whale shark months are June and July.
Off the small island of Holbox, about 100 miles south of Cancun, 100 to 200 whale sharks may be found in one area frolicking in the Caribbean Sea. This is the perfect place to dive in and swim with these gentle giants.
It's very safe to swim with these docile creatures — Photo courtesy of Holbox Whale Shark Tours Facebook
The idea of swimming with sharks might scare you, but not to worry - this docile species eats only plankton and very small fish that it filters from the ocean water. This is why it’s safe for humans to swim with them. The “whale” part of their name is probably due to the fact that an average adult measures about 30 feet long and weighs in around 20,000 pounds.
This is an experience you will never forget — Photo courtesy of Holbox Whale Shark Tours Facebook
Holbox Whale Shark Tours is a company that has been taking tourists to swim with whale sharks for over 10 years. These people know their whale shark stuff. They offer day trips from Cancun or all-inclusive whale shark vacations on Holbox which include lodging and transfers.
The average adult whale shark is about 30 feet long — Photo courtesy of Holbox Whale Shark Tours Facebook
Choose the Standard Tourist Whale Shark Adventure and share a boat with other travelers. If you’d prefer a private boat, the "VIP" Private Boat Whale Shark Adventure is for you. The VIP tour stops at a special fishing spot where the Captain will immediately prepare your catch of the day for everyone to enjoy. The company also offers a money-back guarantee.
Don’t miss this unforgettable experience during your visit to Cancun or the surrounding area.
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