Location of Adventure
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
A very important feature of our trips is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced with small groups of travelers. We divide our group into even smaller numbers to swim with the whale sharks, with each boat accommodating an average of six guests.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), all meals from dinner on Day 1 through dinner on Day 5, most alcoholic beverages, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
This adventure does not require a high degree of physical fitness. However, in order to be in the water with the whale sharks, you must be able to swim a minimum of 150 feet, and you must be able to climb a four-rung vertical ladder that hangs over the side of the boat in order to re-enter the vessel. Less capable swimmers and travelers who are unable to climb the ladder can view the whale sharks from the boat, which is also an exciting experience. We travel in 23- to 29-foot panga-style outboard motorboats, sometimes for hours at a time, to find and view the whale sharks. Due to the potential for bumpy seas, these boat rides are not recommended for pregnant women or travelers with back or neck injuries. In order to join this trip, you must be able to climb stairs, as our bi-level accommodations on Holbox Island do not have elevators. Additionally, in order to participate in all activities, you should be able to walk unassisted for a minimum of one-half mile, as our itinerary includes several short walks. Snorkeling is also an option. It is easy to learn, instruction is provided, and we expect that most guests will have little or no experience. Travelers should be aware that the heat and humidity may be very high, and roads may be bumpy.
Important Information About This Trip
This exceptional wildlife adventure offers an unique chance to swim with one of the world's largest marine creatures. The little-known area we visit is one of the best places in the world to encounter these huge, gentle creatures, donning snorkels and fins to enjoy time in the water with them at close range.
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 4:30 pm on Day 1 of the adventure, as there is a group orientation and welcome dinner at 6 pm. You are free to depart anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.