Whale Shark Expedition
Come join us in Mexico’s Isla Mujures to dive with one of the world’s largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. Isla Mujures is the best place in the world to see over 300 Whale Sharks up close. Swimming within touching distance of the largest fish in the world is an experience you will not forgot. Leave your scuba gear at home, all you need is a mask, fins and snorkel. No need for scuba because the Whale Shark spend so much time at the surface feeding. Anyone can participate no scuba certification required or experience needed.
Not Included: Flights in and out of Cancun,
Ferries $20, Food at local restaurants, crew tip
Come join us in Mexico’s Isla Mujeres to dive with one of the world’s largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. We are hopeful this will be the trip of a lifetime for you.
Below is more information, once you make a reservation a very detail information package will be sent to you, as always if you have any questions please contact us.
Our trips are designed for photographers & videographers and those who truly love the ocean. We will make every effort to spend as much time in the water and create the best interactions possible with the whale sharks. That said, we are dealing with nature and there are no guarantees. We may have to work to find the sharks and there may be days when weather prevents us from even going out. For this reason, we need team players who are patient and contribute positively to the entire experience.
Other Operators– You may have noticed that day boats offer discounted trips to see the whale sharks in Isla Mujeres. To be clear, we are offering an entirely different standard of service and experience than these boats. Essentially these are cattle boats which take 12 random customers or more for a brief encounter with the sharks. There is one guide per boat and only 2 guests are allowed in the water with the guide. The guests each spend perhaps 10 minutes in the water then rotate out. When everyone has had a turn, the trip is over and the boat departs, typically around noon. If the seas are rough at all, the boats do not venture into the blue, but instead head for green water where several dozen tour boats compete for a handful of whale sharks. Our guests are not looking for this kind of experience, however if you have doubts, we suggest you try the one day boats first!
Meals– Lunch and snacks are included on the boat free of charge. This consists of sandwiches, fruit, chips, bars, soft drinks, and water. You are responsible for your breakfast. Dinner is also separate and costs usually less than $25 each with drinks. Each evening we head out together and enjoy Mexican dining at any one of the fun restaurants on the island. Dinner is a great time where we catch up on the day’s activities and share stories of our adventures.
Transportation– Golf carts are the primary mode of transportation on this island. They are fun and efficient. They are also necessary as we are a good mile from the pier and need to transfer ourselves and camera gear, back and forth each day. As such, we rent golf carts for the group and the cost of these are included in your trip. We also use these to tour the island, to get to turtle nesting sites and to visit the turtle rescue and research center.
Cameras– For those of you with cameras, you should know that strobes are not allowed and frankly not necessary either. Last year we shot everything without strobes using as wide lenses as possible.
Equipment– A wetsuit is required the water is quite warm. We recommend a thin shorty or full suit (3mm or less). You likely will be swimming a LOT, so we recommend comfortable full-foot fins (leave your heavy/stiff open-heel fins at home) and neoprene socks. Bring plenty of sun lotion with high SPF as you will be exposed to lots of sun.
Transfers – We can also arrange your shuttle from the airport to the Cancun/Isla Mujeres ferry. The shuttle takes about 30 minutes, and the ferry another 20 minutes to transfer you to the island.
Tips– The captain and first mate work extremely hard for us and do their best to deliver on expectations. Tips are a core part of their compensation. Tip is not included.
*Additional side trips / evening events planned and reserved for our group: Nesting Turtles, Dolphins, Caves, Ruins, and Food Tastings
On the Boat - A typical day on the water looks like this: We depart at 7am sharp. If the whale sharks are aggregating in a consistent location, we are hopefully in the water by 8am. For the next hour or two, we typically have the whale sharks to ourselves. We work in groups of 3, rotating in/out of the water. The topside action is spectacular with incredible photo opportunities. In the water, if you haven’t done this trip before, you will likely have more whale shark encounters within 5 minutes, than your entire prior experiences combined. Words cannot describe the quantity and proximity of the whale sharks and the excitement you will feel! Around noon, most of the day boats have departed and we have another hour or two alone with the whale sharks. At 2pm, per the regulations, we are out of the water. After as many as 6 hours with the sharks, we turn south and head back to shore for a swim in the pool and island time.
Hotel– We are staying at Playa La Media Luna (http://www.playamedialuna.com )which is where we stay each year. It is located toward the northeast point of the island. The rooms are comfortable but basic and we reserve them as bookings are taken. You will need to indicate whether you want your own room or are sharing. The hotel has free wifi internet and a nice pool. Every afternoon we rinse and relax here after our day on the water.