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Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks

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Whether you're preparing for an upcoming whale shark adventure or just want to know more about these gentle giants, be sure to check out these useful resources. Learn about responsible whale shark tourism, browse helpful packing tips and immerse yourself in travel stories that will inspire your sense of wonder. The links below open each article in a new tab.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about this whale shark adventure? We've got answers! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about accommodations, snorkeling, transportation and more.
Whale Shark Facts

Whale Shark Facts

Before swimming and snorkeling with these gentle giants off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, learn about the behaviors, feeding habits and conservation of the whale shark—the world’s largest living fish.
Swimming with Sharks, Lessening the Impacts

Swimming with Sharks, Lessening the Impacts

Learn about how World Wildlife Fund has helped Isla Holbox transform from a shark-fishing village to a premier whale shark watching destination.
Responsible Whale Shark Tourism in Mexico

Responsible Whale Shark Tourism in Mexico

To ensure that whale sharks continue to live out their full lives in the world's oceans, all of us, including travelers, have important roles to play.
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Discover the monthly temperatures and average precipitation in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, so you'll be prepared for any weather during your stay on Isla Holbox!
Packing List

Packing List

We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack so you'll be well prepared for your whale shark adventure.
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Traveler Story: Swimming with Mexico’s Whale Sharks

Traveler Story: Swimming with Mexico’s Whale Sharks

—By Nat Hab Traveler Maureen Penman
You can listen to a whale sharks webinar, watch a video, and read all the literature, but NOTHING can prepare you for the profound—I’d even call it sacred—experience of swimming with those gentle giants...
Exploring Mexico’s Secret Underworlds

Exploring Mexico’s Secret Underworlds

—By Angie Peechatka, WWF
Albert Einstein’s words come to my mind as I stood at the edge of Cenote Siete Bocas in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. So I closed my eyes, embraced the mysterious, and jumped...
3 Things I Learned While Swimming with Whale Sharks

3 Things I Learned While Swimming with Whale Sharks

—By Alison Henry, WWF
When you’re swimming in the ocean, the last thing you might want to see is a 40 foot long, dark shadow lurking through the water. In the warm summer waters in places such as Mexico’s Isla Holbox... 
The Magic of Swimming with Whale Sharks

The Magic of Swimming with Whale Sharks

—By Emily Deemer
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world (40-feet long!), and snorkeling alongside them is a rare, life-changing experience and a privilege. Contrary to the usual voracious association that...
10 Fascinating Whale Shark Facts

10 Fascinating Whale Shark Facts

—By World Wildlife Fund
Whale sharks are not whales at all but rather the world’s largest fish, measuring up to 45 feet in length. Given their size, you’d think researchers would know a lot about them. But little is...
10 Snorkeling Tips for an Undersea Odyssey

10 Snorkeling Tips for an Undersea Odyssey

—By Elissa Poma, WWF
Snorkeling gives travelers the best of all worlds: The chance to see brilliant and vibrant seascapes without the expense and special training that scuba diving requires...
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