WHALE SHARKS / MANTA VALLEY
Snorkeling with Whale
Sharks plus scuba diving with Manta Rays
Isla Mujeres and Manta
Valley, Cancun, Mexico.
Hotel on Isla Mujeres
Open Water Diver Certification
At some point we will be running trips to Manta
Valley on a new Atlantic Mexico liveaboard dive
vessel but the ship is not ready yet. Please watch
this page for updates.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Your trip includes
accommodation in a beach front hotel, all room taxes,
continental breakfast, pack lunch and refreshments while at
sea, two days of whale shark snorkeling, two days of diving
at Manta Valley and Shuttle, ferry and taxi transfers
to/from Cancun International Airport.
Personal snorkeling equipment rental, flights,
Watch this beautiful video of the manta
ray action at Manta Valley by Rodrigo Friscione:
DIVE WITH WHALE SHARKS AND MEXICAN MANTA RAYS!
World Class Whale Shark Encounters
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!
In late summer, manta rays congregate on the
lush offshore reefs of Northern Quintana Roo (near Cancun).
The mantas soar back and forth over the reef, feeding on
tiny organisms and then stopping to hover above the many
cleaning stations to have their skin and gills picked clean
Manta Valley is 2+ hours from shore on a fast
dive boat. It is a relatively recent discovery so barely any
divers have been there. Consequently, the reefs are in
perfect condition and the mantas (when they are there) are
When its 'on', Manta Valley has been compared
the 'The Boiler' at Socorro for the number of mantas present
and the quality of the encounters.
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
often possible to schooling mobula rays, schooling golden rays,
passing sailfish and all manner of other pelagic species. This is a
region of the ocean that really
READY TO SIGN UP OR WANT
CONTACT BIG FISH ABOUT
Why come with Big Fish Expeditions?
There are many operators that offer whale shark encounters
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!