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Where to see whale sharks in mexico?

Article by GVI


Posted: January 24, 2023

Are you planning a trip to Mexico and looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Look no further! Mexico is home to some of the most magnificent creatures on earth, the whale sharks. Imagine swimming alongside these gentle giants, the largest fish in the sea. This guide is your guide to the best places to see these majestic creatures in Mexico, the best time to visit, and how to make the most of your trip. So grab your snorkel gear and let’s dive in!

How to get there

The best airports to fly into are Cancun International Airport, Cozumel International Airport and Playa del Carmen’s Regional Airport. From there, you can take a bus or a taxi to reach the prime viewing locations for whale sharks. And don’t worry, getting around is easy and affordable too!

Best time to visit

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to catching a glimpse of these gentle giants. The best months to see whale sharks in Mexico are between May and September. During these months, the weather is warm, the sea is calm, and the whale sharks are closer to the surface. It’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable experience.

Mexico whale shark viewing locations

There are three main locations in Mexico where you can see whale sharks: Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun. Each location offers a unique experience and a chance to see these gentle giants up close.

  • Isla Mujeres: This small island is located just off the coast of Cancun and is known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. From Isla Mujeres, you can take a boat tour to see the whale sharks. There are also plenty of other activities to do such as snorkelling, diving and visiting the local seafood market.
  • Playa del Carmen: Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destination located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. It offers a variety of activities such as snorkelling, diving and swimming with whale sharks.
  • Cancun: This famous tourist destination is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and offers a variety of activities such as snorkelling, diving and swimming with whale sharks.

Tips for viewing whale sharks

To make the most of your whale shark viewing experience, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • The best way to see the whale sharks is by taking a boat tour. This way, you can get close to the whale sharks without disturbing them.
  • The best time of day to see the whale sharks is early morning or late afternoon, as they tend to come closer to the surface during these times.
  • Bring the right equipment, such as a snorkel, fins, and a life jacket. A wetsuit is also recommended as the water can be quite chilly.

Safety and ethics

When it comes to swimming with whale sharks, safety and ethics go hand in hand. It’s important to book your tour with a responsible operator that follows guidelines and regulations to protect the whale sharks and their habitat. Be sure to follow all rules and regulations including respecting the whale sharks’ natural behaviour, not touching or riding on the sharks, and keeping a safe distance from them to minimise disturbance.

Responsible tour operators will also ensure that the number of people in the water with the whale sharks at any one time is limited to minimise disturbance and ensure the well-being of the animals. It’s also important to make sure that the operator you choose is respectful of the whale sharks and their environment, and doesn’t chase or feed the sharks.

It’s crucial to be mindful of the impact of our actions on the environment. This includes being mindful of the amount of sunscreen used as it can harm the coral reefs and marine life.

Mexico is a great destination to see whale sharks, with Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun being the best locations to spot these magnificent creatures. With the right time, equipment and a responsible tour operator, you can have an unforgettable experience. Remember to follow all safety regulations and guidelines to protect these magnificent animals, and consider volunteering with GVI to be part of marine conservation efforts to protect their home. So go ahead, book your trip, and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

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