Diving with Whale Sharks in Yucatan, Mexico

These gentle animals of Isla Mujeres and Holbox would be better named the Whale Sharks of Yucatan!

Although the main area of congregation seems to be in the area of Holbox, Yucatan they actually can be found from Los Alecranes Islands to Isla Mujeres from as early as mid-May through mid-September.

Until recently the whale-sharks industry was conducted by local fisherman but now is dominated by the big tourist industry and although you can still go out with a local fisherman from Holbox to dive with them for around $100, big tourism has entered the market and command prices up to $1000 USD per day. It depends on the depths of your pockets.

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Until a few years ago Holbox, Yucatan was known for its whale-shark dive cottage industry only amongst a small and knowledgeable few. In the past 6 years the dive industry has grown into the hundreds of thousands annually.

You would think that diving with the sharks might disrupt their natural migration, but they truly seem to enjoy the interaction with the divers.

These Dominoes (as called by locals) or "Tiburon Ballena" (in Spanish) can grow up to 30-40 feet. These vegetarians can present a fearsome appearance while they swim with their mouth open scooping up plankton but are totally harmless.

If this sounds like your style you can reserve a tour from your hotel on the Maya Riviera or on-line but it has become popular enough that it is not wise to just show up and hope to go for an excursion.

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