Whale Sharks | Cancun, Isla Mujeres & Holbox

At 
some 
point, 
every 
scuba 
diver 
dreams 
of 
diving 
with
 a 
whale
shark. Like many divers I traveled the globe for years searching for them but to no avail. This all changed this past summer with a trip to Isla Mujeres - a place recognized as having the world’s largest aggregation of whale sharks!
— Douglas Ebersole

PROBABILITY OF ENCOUNTER

95%

RECOMMENDED SEASON

REQUIERED EXPERIENCE

Description

The Mexican Caribbean for several months a year holds the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. A banquet of snapper eggs in the middle of the ocean becomes a beacon to hundreds of whale sharks, giant mantas and mobula rays. The season usually starts in late May and ends in early September. During June and July it is common to see more than a hundred boats visiting. For this reason, if you want to avoid the crowds we suggest you visit early June or early August.

We recommend you fly into Cancun and stay either in Cancun or Isla Mujeres. You can also stay in Holbox, a small town off the beaten path; however you will most likely have to endure longer boat rides or green water. During May through August the sea is usually flat, if bad weather does roll in (extremely rare) it might be difficult to spot the large congregation of whale sharks in blue water. 

 

 



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Recommended Operator

Solo Buceo contact information here, or contact Rodrigo Frisicione at friscione@gmail.com

Closest Airport

Cancun (CUN)

Recommended Accomodations

Cancun (Hotel Sotavento), Isla Mujeres, Holbox

Transportation

Rent a car in Cancun Airport or use shuttle service from the airport. There is a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres.