Swimming With Whale Sharks in Mexico

Although you might have dozens of must-do activities on your bucket list, you should consider adding a new experience – swimming with a whale shark. Obviously don’t simply dive into the big blue ocean looking for one of these spectacular marine creatures as you might come up short. Simply follow their migratory paths where in-season sighting is almost guaranteed.

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One such place to swim with whale sharks is a few miles off the coast of Cancun, between Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres. During the mating season, which spans from the end of June until September, this community of whale sharks can include an impressive 200 creatures. At up to 40 feet long and weighing up to 66,000 lbs, swimming alongside a whale shark is something truly memorable. Don’t worry; there is no chance of one of them biting you with their impressively large mouth – the whale shark is vegetarian, preferring the plankton to your feet.

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To swim alongside a whale shark off the coast of Cancun you will need to go on a charter boat. Pick wisely as not all tour operators respect the rules put in place by the Mexican government. If protecting the whale shark is something that you hold close to your heart, we recommend going with Cancun Whale Shark Tours. On our trip, both the Captain and crew members were avid protectors of these stunning creatures, reminding us before every swim to keep our distance and avoid touching the whale sharks.

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Originating about 60 million years ago, the gentle giants hold many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom. They typically have a lifespan of about 70 years. As one of the most spectacular underwater adventures, swimming alongside a whale shark, even if it’s only for a minute or two, will make a lasting impression on you for a lifetime.

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Roxanne Genier

Luxury Brand Management Consultant at Roxy Genier
Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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