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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.

 

Grand Sirenis Mayan Riviera Mexico

Website: http://www.grandsirenisrivieramaya.com/
Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nearest Airport: Cancun {QOO}
Accomodation Type: All Inclusive

Queer Rating: 4
There were lesbian sightings all around the resort.
Resort Rating: 3
Other then room size seems no different then the Catalonia Yucatan

The Basics
Check in was incredibly easy. We upgraded for $24 per person per night to a room closer to pool and with a partial ocen view
The staff are friendly and helpful.  There is the constant push from the concierge and attendants in the lobby to purchase something, sit in on a time share. When you pass by a resort employee on the grounds they always greet you with “Hola”
Some Shots Around the Resort
Great access to reef where turtles live
Small a frame waves fun to kayak on, could do some really easy surfing, though reef is close under.
Typical resort that is all inclusive basic needs paid for under the hot sun great place for snorkelling.
Has a Dolphin Discovery with human raised Dolphins. They do regular showd and it kind of made me really sad. Shoudl be encouraged to open the pool tanks up into nearby ocean.
Hydrotherapy is incredible could have spent the day there.

Catalonia Yucatan Riviera Maya Mexico

The Catalonia Yucatan Maya Riviera Mexico

Queer Rating:2
Resort Rating: 3.5
Beach Rating: 4
Nearest Airport: Cancun {QOO}

The Catalonia Yucatan was my first adventure into Mexico. The hotel rooms were clean and reasonable.

On our second day we paid $35 USD a night to upgrade to a suite with a large deck and