WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
July 12 - 17, 2020
6 day expedition / 4 days Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
8 Spots available
We are headed to the plankton rich waters that surround Isla Mujeres, Mexico for the annual whale shark migration. Every year hundreds of whale sharks travel thousands of miles to their summer feeding grounds off the Yucatan Peninsula. When these sharks get together, they form the largest aggregation of whale sharks in the World. The waters are thick with plankton and fish eggs, (from several different fish species spawnings. ). This happens during the full moon cycle, which is the time frame that we plan our trips. Between 200 to 500 whale sharks arrive here each season, feeding together, creating one of the most incredible natural events you will ever witness. We have been traveling here to swim with these sharks, since 2005 and each year the magic of this place just keeps surprising us.
Please note that these are snorkel encounters only.
Water Temperature; 77 - 82 F ( 24 - 26 C )
Land Temperature; 80 - 95 F ( 25 - 33 C )
DAY 1 - We pick you up by private van in front of the Cancun international arrivals building (#3) between 12-1 PM. We drive you to the ferry, Puerto Juares, (30 minute drive). From there we take a (20-30 minute) ferry ride to Isla Mujeres. Taxis will deliver you to your hotel. After we check in, the rest of the day is yours to prep cameras and explore the island. At 7PM, we will have a pre-expedition meeting to discuss the morning plans.
DAY 2 - 5 (4 days) – We eat a light continental breakfast. After, we will head out to the whale shark grounds, (average; one to three hours), and spend the rest of the morning swimming with the sharks and possibly manta rays.
DAY 6 – Taxis will pick you up in the early morning and drive you to the ferry. Upon arriving back in Cancun, our driver will drop you off in front of the Cancun International departure building for your return flights home. We recommend making your return flights after 12 noon.
These are day trips. So everyday, in the early morning we will head out in search of the whale sharks, stay all morning to swim with them, then in the afternoon, when the winds start building and the waters get choppy, we will head back in. We will be staying at a beach side hotel, which makes it easier for loading your cameras and gear in the morning, and for taking it off the boat at the end of the day. Our hotel for the trip is at the beautiful Playa Arena, which is very close walking distance to the main tourist and restaurant area on the island.
There is also a strong possibility that you will see and swim with manta rays. Every year is different - most seasons, we may encounter one or two manta rays feeding with the whale sharks. However, some years are better than others. In 2013, we had over 500 plus manta rays feeding along side the 300 plus whale sharks. It was one of the most amazing natural feeding frenzies we have ever witnessed. A bonus treat is when the mantas are breaching. They always breach in twos. So if you missed the first one, keep an eye out, because they may possibly breach again. It is also possible to see mobula rays, golden rays, dolphins and sailfish on these trips.
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