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This is one of the few places in the world where you can encounter whale sharks during their annual migration. Snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures in the summer months.

From mid-May to August each year, huge numbers of whale sharks gather at Holbox to feed. This relatively new phenomenon is yet to be fully understood by scientists, but some believe it to be linked to the spawning of tunny, a relative of the tuna, with the whale sharks feeding on the eggs that drift in the current.

Whereas whale sharks in other areas would tend to take their fill as quickly as possibly and leave, the whale sharks that gather at Holbox tend to display an unusual behaviour, feeding a little at a time and staying in the area in between, increasing the chances of sightings.

Day trips to snorkel with these gentle creatures are made during the season, with the whale sharks generally seen feeding at or near the surface, allowing for exceptional encounters.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark

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This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Cenotes & Reefs

This dive adventure includes turtle encounters on the reef and a unique, breathtaking experience as you discover the crystal clear water, caves and passages of the world-famous Cenotes in Mexico.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,835 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea