WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION
| Free diving (snorkeling) with whale sharks.
| Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
|| Oceanfront Hotel, Isla Mujeres.
| Snorkeling experience
| $1995 per person double occ (add $500 for a single
| Andy Murch
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Your trip includes
accommodation in a beach front hotel, all room taxes,
continental breakfast, pack lunch and refreshments while at
sea, four days of whale shark snorkeling and transfers from
Personal snorkeling equipment rental, flights,
2015 WHALE SHARK
EXPEDITION TRIP REPORT
WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION TRIP
WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION
This trip includes 4 days of whale
shark diving (swimming with whale sharks), 5 nights in a luxury ocean front hotel in Isla Mujeres (shared accommodation), light breakfast and lunch
onboard and transfers to/from
Cancun International Airport.
Spend some quality time
with the biggest fish in the sea!
Join me for the adventure of a lifetime
World Class opportunities to dive with Whale Sharks
July and August, whale sharks migrate to the tip of the
Yucatan Peninsula and form the largest whale shark
aggregation ever recorded.
Isla Mujeres is the perfect staging point for trips to the
whale shark feeding grounds because it is easily accessible,
close to the sharks and surrounded by warm blue water that
make whale shark encounters that much more enjoyable and
your images that much more spectacular!
World Class Manta Encounters
In 2013, as well as hundreds of whale sharks,
thousands of mantas arrived to gorge themselves on the fish
eggs. The mantas stayed for the whole season and we hope
that this will happen again in future years. The
opportunity to watch scores of mantas circling the whale
sharks was amazing.
If the massive school of mantas do not
return, you may still see one or two mixed in with the whale
sharks. If you are a diver want to add a manta dive at Manta
Valley as part of your whale shark package, please follow
Encounters with other Pelagics
Because Isla Mujeres is a pit stop for many other large
pelagic species (as well as enormous whale sharks) it is
sometimes possible to jump in with manta rays, sailfish and
schooling golden rays. This is a destination that really
Leave Your Dive Gear at Home.
Because the whale sharks spend much of their time feeding at
the surface, there is no need for us to use scuba which
creates so much drag that it is tough to keep up with the
This encounter requires nothing more than a mask, snorkel
Why come with Big Fish Expeditions?
There are many operators that offer whale shark diving
once you get to the island. But, if you head out on a
regular trip you'll get three jumps with the sharks that may
only last a few minutes and then you'll be heading back to
shore. If you'd rather spend hours out in the whale shark
grounds and then sail directly back to your beachfront hotel then
join me for the whale shark encounter of a lifetime!
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from whale shark expedition guests:
In the deep blue sea and whale sharks
everywhere - it was a snorkel adventure of a life time,
totally thrilling! Andy's strategy for getting us quality
time with these amazing fish was the essence of our success.
The trip was just plain wonderful. Great photos, amazing
videos, and new friends. Thanks again Andy!
Best Fishes, Flo, Washington State, USA
I had an amazing time on your expedition
and have to say it was one of the best vacations I've taken!
Being in the water so close to the whale sharks (and with so
many of them) has definitely been one of the coolest things
I've been able to experience! Thanks so much for organizing!
Kate Ague Kneeland, New York, USA.
This was the first of 3 bookings I've made
with Andy and bigfishexpeditions.com and it certainly turned
out to be a safe bet, so I keenly look forward to the next
two. I've only had one brief encounter with Whale sharks
before and so I was a little concerned as to whether we
would find any on the 4 day trip or indeed how long the
encounters would be. Well I need not have worried, Day one
consisted of whales sharks for 6 hours and if I had gone
home after that day I would have been content with the trip,
however day 2 (albeit a little slower) and day 3 were also
good days but day 4 surpassed even day 1 and the sea was
awash with whale sharks, so many that you didn't know which
way to turn. I have hundreds of pictures as well as video
footage which I'm still trying to go through.
In terms of what the trip promised, it certainly surpassed
my expectations. Andy organised the trip well, he is a very
likable and laid back individual who is obviously very
passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable about
the subject. The hotel was located in a prime spot on the
beach requiring just a short paddle from the breakfast area
to the awaiting boat. Would I go again? yes I certainly
would, however I have other places and subjects to
experience first so whale sharks will have to wait for a
while. Would I recommend this trip? yes definitely and have
done so to my friends already! Andy you're going to need a
bigger boat!! :)
Manish Patel USA/UK
"I know I speak for myself and everyone in
my group when I say that everything about the whale shark
trip was absolutely amazing! Great shark diving, great
people, great service. Andy and Laura are friendly,
passionate about what they do, and work hard to make sure
everything runs smoothly. It was a fantastic experience and
I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to take
more Big Fish trips in the future!!"
Chuelo Arias, Missouri, USA
"...planes, busses, ferries, taxis, dive
boats, through every aspect of our trip, Andy and Laura were
there making sure things went smoothly. It made the trip
much more enjoyable, as their experience from many previous
trips made our trip flawless, even laid back! . We are going
back next year, that says it all"..
Nicki Miller, USA
"When it comes to Big Fish
trips, your Whale Shark adventure was second to none.
Christine and I had a blast. Thank you for all your
Kathy Cope, Arizona
"I have been on many Dive trips over the
year's, and the attention to detail on our Big Fish
Expedition was noteworthy. The knowledge that Andy shared
about the animals, and photographing them far exceeded my
expectations. I can't wait to go back next year!"
"I had the pleasure of returning to Isla
Mujeres with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions for the
Whale Shark trip this year. It was one of the most enjoyable
expeditions I have been on. I like to photograph big animals
underwater and have been with Andy on several other trips.
Andy works very hard to make sure you are presented with
every possible opportunity to get shots of the targeted
species. In this case, the Whale Sharks. Not only did we
have the appearance of hundreds of Whale Sharks this year,
but also many Mantas. When you were waiting for a Whale
Shark to swim by, and those waits weren't long, you could
swim with the aerobatic Mantas as they looped and whirled
around and under the Whale Sharks.
On this trip as with others I have done with Andy, he and
his staff work with local, experienced, providers to get you
into the best situation to interact with the animals. In
Isla Mujeres, Andy made sure we were first on site in the
morning and had the peak time of day to shoot stills and
video of the sharks. Unlike other trips I have been on, Andy
ensures you maximize your time in the water rather than
getting just a few short and very controlled encounters.
Also, the accommodations were clean, comfortable and
affordable. If you are interested in top notch photographs
or the emotional high of being very close to such large
animals, then Big Fish Expeditions is the operator to go
Dustin Hurbut, Bellingham, WA