Isla Mujeres and her visitors are blessed once a year with arguably the world's most amazing opportunity to experience Whale Sharks in their natural habitat! During the summer months (June - September) hundreds of Whale Sharks gather just north of Isla Mujeres in a seven mile radius to take advantage of the plankton rich waters created by the joining of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. A quick, but breathtakingly beautiful, one hour boat ride from the docks on Isla Mujeres will put you right within the territory where your trained guide will search out the Whale Sharks and offer you an experience you will NEVER forget.
Why spend your money to swim with penned up, trained dolphins when you've got the chance to experience the WORLDS LARGEST FISH, unrestricted in its own environment??
Other Whale Shark destinations in the world offer Whale Shark tours that employ planes to spot the animals and offer guarantees that you'll see ONE Whale Shark during a multiple day search. Off Isla Mujeres, these normally solitary creatures socialize in groups of up to 20. This phenomenon gives us a 99% success rate of seeing multiple sharks within our one-day tours. If for some reason we don't encounter any sharks, we'll do out best to get you a seat on the next available tour.
Our trained guides are not only experts in locating the animals, they are also skilled at knowing the animals habits and thereby increasing the likelihood of achieving multiple in-water experiences for each participant who wishes to get this close. Each guide has up to date in training on CPR/First Aid, Maritime Procedures, Snorkeling Tours and Biology of Whale Sharks.
The cyclical migration and habits of the whale sharks have only recently been discovered around Isla Mujeres. Parties dedicated to the creation of a tourist industry around these animals have worked to benefit and protect both man and animal through exposure, understanding, and respect.
The licensing and planning in place are based around studies which aim for the co-existence of the tourism industry, the Whale Sharks themselves and their environment. The end goal of all this planning is to develop a sustainable eco-tourism market providing opportunities for tourists and jobs for local businesses while protecting the habitat and well being of the Whale Sharks. Strict licensing and permissions have only been granted to certain organizations on Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres who understand and respect the overall goals for this experience.
Please take a moment to read our rules page and understand what is required for tour operators and do not participate with anyone who is not properly licensed or who offers you something outside the rules. Last season there were many problems with unlicensed boats and those who do not respect the rules. This causes undo stress on the animals and could lead to the disruption of this developing but important eco-tourism economy.
Join us this season for an experience you will NEVER forget!!