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Whale Shark Excursions – Mexico

Bucket List: Whale Shark Adventure

Location: Isla Mujeres, Cancun Mexico

Queer Rating: Friendly

Beach: Snorkel a small reef on Playa Norte Isla Mujeres and eat ceviche after

As a profound ocean enthusiast it has long been a dream of mine to swim with a shark in their natural habitat. Of course the whale shark is the most docile of all shark species, it is none the less exhilarating. Imagine you are in the water, mere feet from a fish that is at least the size of a school bus swimming along collecting the most microscopic of plankton and krill. Just WOW!

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Sam on the Aron

The day started out with the captain picking us up at the house on Isla Mujeres. We were heading to get on board the Aron to meet up with some other folks also joining us. Then it was 20km out into open ocean where the whale sharks were feeding on an abundance of plankton. This feeding happens yearly between May and September.

Please note: While this is a tourist activity much like heading to Akumal,  there are plenty of rules and regulations to foll

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Whale Shark Cruising

ow and only a certain number of boats are licensed to operate tours during this period. 

In the Water with a Whale Shark

Once you get out to the location of the whale sharks the captain and guide tell you to get ready. This means getting on your snorkel and fins ready to jump in the water. No time for fear or hesitation. If you are not ready forget about it, you missed that round. You literally jump in the water close to a whale shark. The guide takes you towards the big fish while the boat circles around to pick you up. In the boat the other tourists are rea

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Sam Snorkels

dying to jump in immediately after you are onboard.

It sounds hectic because it is. In the water this day were about 25 fish. Sometimes there are 50+ and others still there are also the big manta rays. These beautiful creatures also feed on the plankton and krill in abundance here during this time. There are also 20-40 tour boats all positioning to get their tourists into the water to experience this once in a lifetime adventure.

Whale Shark
Bye Bye Whale Shark

The captain and the guide will let you get in the water 3-5 times depending on the crowds before heading back. In case you are wondering there are rules. Rules you must follow.

View Whale Shark Rules.

When you have completed swimming with these gentle giants you will boat back to Playa Norte for some ceviche and a swim in a small reef there. Playa Norte is rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The reef boasts a few fish and is always packed with tourists feeding the fish. However, you have a boat, swim in the white sand bottomed water, drink cervesa and eat your ceviche before returning to dock.

At the end of the day I was completely exhausted and overwhelmed with how (expletive) cool the experience was. As the days after unwound I realized I was so effected by the

Whale Shark Tattoo
Whale Shark Tattoo

experience that I got myself a tattoo to commemorate it.

If you want a once in a life time experience that pits you in the open ocean with giant sharks then you need to be in Mexico in the summer of 2018.

 

The Travel Backpack

There is just a little more then 7.5 months until the departure window opens. Seems like a long time. Yet, it is really just around the corner. Being super organized this is probably the first in a series on the travel back pack!

With a reduction in personal belongings the backpack and the contents inside become life’s possessions. The most important thing is to pack right. When it comes to getting information the answer is simple, “Google It!” If you cannot get the infomation you need on Google, the chances of you finding information online is slim. So I Googled “Best World Travel Backpacks“.

The top 3 sites on page one that helped me decide:

  1. Snarky Nomad
    Deuter BackPack
    Deuter Traveller

    My top picks and the first place I found the backpack I want to travel the world with. Mr Snarky gives you his top 5 picks for world travel packs.

  2. The Savvy Back Packer
    The most comprehensive list online for travel backpack information. I liked the Deuter,the Totuga and the Patagonia as options.

  3. A Little Adrift
    In this article you really get a sense of how to choose the right backpack. Here I learned a great deal about pack choice, items to carry etc.

Though a 70 L pack seems large I doubt it will be packed full. Consideration has already been made for the mobile office bag. a beautiful fossil bag I got nearly 1/2 price on ebay last summer.

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Fossil Messenger Bag

The goal is to keep the heaviest weight consistent throughout the trip and being able to lighten up for the

My Mobile office Supplies!
My Mobile office Supplies!

day trips and walk abouts will be optimal.  The advantage to the Dueter is the removalable day pack with hydration capabilities.

 

Which backpack did you think was best? Any recommendations for others? Please Comment below.

 

Lesbian Adventure Travel – Community

Is there such a thing as a Lesbian Adventure Travel community out there? Are there like minded queers who meet up in far off locales to snorkel, dive, kayak and more? Is it global, comprised of weekend warriores and lifestyle travelers? How big is this community?

I started my research by searching for  the phrase “Lesbian Adventure Travel” I know right, how obvious was that? See the Results! Google is the only search engine, that is my review for search right there!.

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Search Lesbian Adventure Travel

 

Below are the top 3 results found from the search. Some of the links were out dated. Ooops Google?

Seems like a challenge to create better content.

Lesbian Adventure Top 3

  1.  http://women-adventure-travel.meetup.com/
    lesbianTravel
    Lesbian Travel & Adventure – Long Beach Meetup

    Meet up groups are a great way to form community. Yay! There are a number of Meetups groupsavailable to join. Fine tune your search and stumble upon groups in localized regions, global groups and more.

  2. http://www.olivia.com/
    We all know Olivia right? They specialize in “Adventure Travel” with Lesbian Cruises and vacations globally. The vacation destinations are all posted on the Olivia website, and also offer great payment plans. Get on Board!

    Olivia Turkish Delight
    Olivia Travel Excursions
  3. http://www.outgoingadventures.com/index.php
    This is a Google Sponsored Link, and I was hestitant to click. No regrets. The information and offers here are interesting.

    lesbian adventure travel
    Out Going Adventures

    This is where my quest for location independent community begins. This is where the world grows a little smaller.

Hi! My name is Sam, I am a recovering desk jockey from Toronto Canada. I like adventure that involves the sand and the surf. In less then a year, I aspire to be a Digital Nomad!

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