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Swim With Whale Sharks

By Sean Mahon

Posted: 6th March 2015 11:34

The whale shark is one of Cancun’s most famous residents, and now you have the chance to swim with these gentle giants of the underwater world.  The largest fish in the world, (they are called ‘whales’ simply on account of their sheer size) they can grow up to 40 feet in length and weigh up to 15 tons.  Despite their colossal bulk however, there are inquisitive and friendly creatures and highly receptive to human divers.

Whale sharks migrate to the Yucatan Peninsula during the summer season to feast on the abundance of tiny fish and plankton that gather in great schools near the water’s surface.  An extremely popular tourist attraction, it is now your turn to get up close and personal with these incredible beasts.  On a trip to Contoy Island (one of the most beautiful destinations along the Peninsula) visitors can enjoy snorkelling alongside the whale sharks as they feed and socialise in the warm waters.  You may even be one of the lucky ones who can get close enough to feel their rough skill and share a bond that spans oceans.

Your incredible experience will begin with a pick up from your digs and brought along to Puerto Juarez; here, you will embark on a boat trip (accompanied by a professional bilingual guide)  to the common whale shark feeding grounds – keep a sharp look out and have your camera at the ready for your first glimpse! Once the whale sharks are in your sights, slip beneath the depths of the ocean and snorkel alongside these incredible creatures; extremely friendly and inquisitive, they will happily share the waters with you and prove to be excellent company!

As an extra bonus, you’ll also have the chance to catch a glimpse of some incredible marine species such as dolphins, manta rays, and turtles.  Bird lovers are such to appreciate the opportunity to spot rare and beautiful species as the boat passes by Contoy Nature Reserve, whilst keen swimmers will simply delight in the chance to snorkel in a pristine coral reef.  The experience includes snorkel equipment, a light breakfast, lunch and water, soft drinks and juices.  Each group is limited to 10 participants, to ensure every snorkeller has the experience of a lifetime.

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