The best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark

The whale shark and its impressive appearance have led tourists to live unique and unique experiences, such as diving and swimming with them.

he best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark
he best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark

Since 2002, fishermen in the region have given notice of the large presence of whale sharks, so the news became special, which is why they started ecotourism with one of the largest animals and inhabitants of the tropical waters of the world. Up to 2015 there is registered sighting of 1,115 specimens in the area. From June to August is when the concentration is higher, so you can safely carry out unforgettable experiences under water.

The best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark are the north and east coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Mainly the boat trips are carried out north of Cancun, in Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy and Holbox, due to the density of tourism since they are the main points where the tourism of the Riviera Maya is concentrated.

In addition, CONAP is in charge of the surveillance of the three Protected Natural Areas where the sighting of the species occurs; a vast marine territory of 700 thousand hectares protected by the Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve, the Tiburón Ballena Biosphere Reserve and, since 2017, the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve.

Why is the activity of swimming with a whale shark so popular?

The best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark
The best places in Mexico to dive with the whale shark


It feeds on the surface of the area

Predictable aggregations

Direct interaction in free life

Tips for swimming with a whale shark

It is not possible to touch them and the distance to stay is of five meters for the divers and ten for the boats

Avoid flash in photos

It is possible to snorkel or dive with bottles

Be respectful of nature

Facts about the whale shark

The whale shark can reach a speed of 5 km / h.

It is known that it migrates every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia.

The reproduction of the coral of the Reef of Ningaloo, located in that area, offers the whale shark plankton in abundance.

The life expectancy of these fish is 60 years.

It is completely harmless to humans, so there is a swim with this species in different parts of the world.

Nowadays he is seriously threatened, he is married for artisan purposes and for his meat.

Ecuador, Indonesia, Belize, Thailand, Honduras, Costa Rica, Tanzania, the Philippines, Maldives Mozambique, and Mexico are some of the countries where this species has been observed.

Activity of swimming with a whale shark
Activity of swimming with a whale shark


If when you see a shark on TV you are impressed, now imagine seeing them swimming very close to you. This could be experienced by a tourist who, during his visit to Cancun, decided to experience the sensation of diving with sharks, but when he came across the imposing sharks in the sea, he could not help but feel fear, which is why he preferred to go out, not without first making a good video.

In the recording of one minute and 52 seconds, you can perfectly appreciate some beautiful sharks swimming very close to the visitor, situation that begins to make him very nervous, which can be seen by the way of moving the camera that they have put in the viewfinder.

Throughout the recording the only thing that can be seen are several sharks swimming around the visitor, adding more and more as time goes by, which is why this adventurous man decides that it is time to start the funny escape, counting the recording.

The Mexican Caribbean is an ideal place to live this type of experience, which is why tourists in Quintana Roo constantly travel to the place, mainly to experience swimming with sharks, but when they encounter them in this way their adventurous instinct changes and turns into fear when faced with an unexpected and logically unknown situation.

The comments about this fact were not long in coming and the cybernauts applauded the diver's courage. Likewise, the vast majority expressed their interest in living a similar experience.

"I think that these experiences are only for people with money because in my dog's life I think I'll be able to pay for something like this, hahaha, and those who have a chance pancake-like little girls, they should give a chance to those who have a chance"!