Swim with Whale sharks
If you’re in the whale shark season between June and mid-September, then swimming with whale sharks is a must do when you’re visiting Isla Holbox! It is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with them in the open sea. Another place in Mexico where you can swim with whale sharks as well is Isla Mujeres.
We went to Holbox Island in June and swimming with the whale sharks was for sure THE HIGHLIGHT of our time in Mexico. After a two hour boat ride from the coast of Holbox you will arrive on the open sea where the captains are searching for the whale sharks. As soon as they found them, they will tell you to jump in the water in couples, 2 persons at a time. You get so much adrenaline from the moment you jump in the water and see these enormous creatures swimming underneath, or even beside you! For us it was a truly magical moment.
Are you wondering if this activity is ethical? I can’t give you a fully 100% true answer, but what I do know is that there are strict regulations regarding the number of people who can swim with the whale sharks every day. Also the rules regarding the encounters are strictly enforced, as you’re forbidden to touch them.
Getting there: You need to get to the pier where your tour company will await you. Before you board they will explain a few things, and before you know you’ll be off to the whale sharks!
Costs: We choose to go with Holbox whale shark tours. The costs vary per season, but be prepared to pay around $120 for this half day tour. Ours was including lunch, water, life jacket and snorkel gear. The tour we did also visited another island along the coast of Holbox.
Watch the video we made during our experience swimming with whale sharks!