SWIM WITH

WHALE SHARKS

May 22nd - Sept 15th

 

WHALE SHARK TOUR -

an experience you will never forget

Do you want to know more about Whale Sharks?

Do you want to know more about Isla Mujeres Scuba Diving?

Please make sure to reserve your space since the numbers available are limited!

 

 

 

The Whale Shark tour leaves daily in the mornings and is, of course, reliant upon the weather.

Scuba diving with whale sharks is prohibited by the Mexican government. All tours are snorkeling only!

 

Here some general information about the tour and the booking procedures:

 

Included are

  • a light breakfast

  • Snorkel equipment and life jacket (no wetsuits, these can be rented extra if you wish / price: 15 USD)

  • 2 immersions with the whale sharks if the number of sighted whale sharks is 6 or higher (see “Rules for whale shark tours”)

  • Water and soft drinks

  • a final stop to relax at Playa Norte with some freshly prepared shrimp ceviche as lunch

 

Extras:

 

In case you do not have your own camera, you have the possibility to purchase a USB with unedited pictures of your experience with the sharks for an extra 45 USD

 

 

Rules for whale shark tours

 

You are only allowed in the water when the number of

whale sharks sighted is more than 5.

If you see at least 1 sharks, this is considered as a successful sighting.

This rule is from the Mexican government for all tour operators and

for the protection of the animals.

Translators are not allowed in the water at any time.

 

If you don’t see any whale sharks you have the choice to

either join the tour on another day or get a partial refund.

 

You are not allowed to bring any alcohol on the boat.

 

You will have to be using a life vest with or without wetsuit while in the water.

There are no exceptions. 

 

Children are allowed on the whale shark tour.

There are no age restrictions, although we do highly recommend making 

a responsible decision about the children entering the water depending on

the abilities of the child and the conditions at the site.

 

Please try to avoid using any sunscreen! We recommend wearing a

long-sleeved shirt as protection against the sun or, if necessary,

then only biodegradable sunscreen and this only before entering the boat. 

Once you have entered the boat the use of sunscreen is prohibited.

This is a rule of the government for the protection and health of the animals.

 

There are no tours on the 30th of every month. 

 

Pricing

 

The tour costs per person 130 USD.

 

All bookings must be paid in advance since the spaces are limited. 

You have the choice to

 

  • Transfer the full amount via PayPal (+6% fee) or

  • Transfer a deposit of 45 USD via PayPal (+6% fee) and visit us at the latest the day prior to the tour in our office (8:00 am – 8:00 pm)  to pay the outstanding amount either in cash USD or MEX pesos or with credit card (+10% fee). Further details on request.

 

 

Please note also our cancellation policies:

 

In case of a refund or cancellation, the transaction fees are not refundable.

You are able to cancel until 1 day before the tour. You will receive a full refund (minus eventual transaction fees)

Cancellation on the same day is NOT possible anymore. You will not receive a refund.

If we do not receive the full payment or cancellation at the latest the day before the tour

your reservation will be canceled without a refund of the deposit.

 

If you have any further questions or wish to reserve your space on the boat, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE WHALE SHARK

 

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of approximately 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist. Claims of individuals over 14 m (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago.

 

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea, with a lifespan of about 70 years. Whale sharks have very large mouths, and as filter feeders, they feed mainly on plankton. The BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs and sperm.

In 2011, more than 400 whale sharks gathered off the Yucatan Coast. It was one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks

recorded.

 

Whale sharks have a mouth that can be 1.5 m (4.9 ft) wide, containing 300 to 350 rows of tiny teeth and 10 filter pads which it uses to filter feed. Whale sharks have five large pairs of gills. The head is wide and flat with two small eyes at the front. Whale sharks are grey with a white belly. Their skin is marked with pale yellow spots and stripes which are unique to each individual. The whale shark has three prominent ridges along its sides. Its skin can be up to 10 cm (3.9 in) thick. The shark has a pair of dorsal fins and pectoral fins. Juveniles; tails have a larger upper fin than lower fin, while the adult tail becomes semilunate. The whale sharks spiracles are just behind its eyes.

 

For more information on whale sharks please ask at the office as we have a lot of information regarding conservation,  identification, and specialties.

 
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