Isla Holbox Whale Shark encounter

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Isla Holbox

Go head to head with the world’s largest fish off the shores of Isla Holbox.

The small, funky island of Isla Holbox lies just a day’s travel away from Cancún. Isla Holbox is an idyllic location for swimming alongside the biggest fish in the sea. Besides this, the island is an attraction within its own right.

Isla Holbox Whale Shark encounter

There is no experience that comes close to swimming with whale sharks

Isla Holbox is a jewel in the Caribbean

The waters surrounding Isla Holbox are slightly murkier than the southern, Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo. However the reward is an island paradise where people get around by golf-cart.

Your biggest worry of the day will be whether to walk to the end of the island for bird watching. Or maybe you would prefer to just to hang out in a hammock. Then again, why not cruise out with your buddies for a day of whale watching. Luckily for you, it is easy enough to fit all of these activities into a couple of days on the island.

A day with whale sharks is unlike anything you will ever experience. From July to September (July is the best month) a couple of thousand of these big boys come to feed off the plankton-rich seas. Once you are in the water, face to face with a 15-ton, 15m-long giant, the rest of the world seems to fade away.

Their grace, colorful spots (some folks even call them “dominoes”) and unworldly bulk take you back to the time of dinosaurs and leviathans.

Lomas Travel and the WWF best practices

Such close interactions with wildlife are definitely a delicate topic. For that reason local specialty tour operator Lomas Travel is working closely with the World Wildlife Fund to follow best practices for this tour.

For example, visitors must wear a life jacket or wetsuit. Secondly, you must not feed the fish or submerge yourself beneath them. Thirdly, only three people (plus a guide) can be in the water at one time. And finally, no, you cannot catch a ride on their fin!

On your way back to the island, we recommend that you ask your guide if you can stop for a snorkel. If you are lucky, you may spot a manta ray soaring through the shallow depths.

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