Whale shark research in Mexico

Price
£2260excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
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US$ Price: 2020 - US$ 2,890 per person US$ Price 2021 - US$ 2,890 - per person Single Supplement: £365 / $399
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Description of Whale shark research in Mexico

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£2260excluding flights
US$ Price: 2020 - US$ 2,890 per person US$ Price 2021 - US$ 2,890 - per person Single Supplement: £365 / $399
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Mexico wildlife
Straddling the boundary between two different biogeographical realms, Mexico is an ever-changing landscape of adventure-inviting animal habitats, from...
Swimming with whale sharks
Not a whale but a gentle giant of a shark, this slow moving, plankton feeding fish lives in all the tropical waters of the world, although some of the...

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2 Reviews of Whale shark research in Mexico

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Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Fantastic trip with many memorable moments - swimming with the whale sharks was amazing and swimming with 2 manta rays and seeing their courtship ritual on the final day was magical.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Whale sharks were approx. 90 mins by boat from Isla Mujeres and it can be quite a bumpy ride so take medication if you are prone to sea sickness.


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we stayed in a local hotel. The vacation company provided reusable water bottles and had arranged for the bar in the hotel to refill these for free. The trip helped support the local whale shark research charity and also Marine megafauna foundation.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkeling with multiple whale sharks was awesome. We got so close. Dr Chris Rohner, the marine biologist, on this trip was able to take whale shark skin
samples which we were given the opportunity to prepare before they were sent to the lab for DNA analysis.
Watching male mobular rays chasing a female was a real privilege as we were in the sea with them. The real highlight for me was snorkelling with two giant
oceanic manta rays!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Practice snorkelling first as you are in the sea lots and you need to feel comfortable. Bring an underwater camera / gopro so you can fully participate in taking ID photos of the whale sharks. These are then uploaded onto an international database.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We were given re fillable bottles and there was water available at the hotel. This helped reduce plastic waste. We were encouraged to collect any plastic
floating in the sea. Local dive guides were employed by aqua firma.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


AMAZING ... we took a 13 and 17 year old with us who got so much out of this ... they are both fascinated by cetaceans and were competent swimmers /
snorkellers.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

We work hard to protect and conserve the destinations we visit around the world. We are a major international funder for whale shark research and conservation around the world, supporting local research and NGOs within Mexico. Together, we have been helping to improve sustainable tourism practices in the Yucatan.

Whilst on these trips, our research team will share our knowledge about whale shark ecology, latest research discoveries around the world; and both issues & progress made with conserving this endangered species. Participants are always full briefed about keeping an appropriate distance from the whale sharks, to respect them and never to touch.

People

Waters off the north east coast of Mexicoís Yucatan Peninsula are some of the richest in the world for pelagic marine life: a location where we not only see Whale Sharks, but can sometimes snorkel with schools of 100 or more Giant Manta Rays, Dolphins, Golden Cownose Rays, Mobula Rays, Turtles and see Sail Fish exploding out of the water. Government cut backs have meant that development of an effective management plan has fallen largely to unpaid researchers from the local community, some of whom were previously employed by the government. These trips help to provide these researchers with a livelihood and pay for their continued boat-based research and monitoring trips amongst this incredible abundance of marine life.

A critical part of our local research teamís work is to structure a voluntary code of conduct for marine tourism operators in the area. This is designed to help them operate profitably and sustainably as an alternative to fishing, which has often been the largest contributor to loss of manta rays, mobula rays, golden cownose rays and fish whose eggs contribute to the largest annual aggregation of whale sharks on the planet.

Further aims are to create a marine park to protect whale sharks from their largest cause of death: strikes by large ships. These large ship strikes not only cause the death of marine life, but also risk eliminating a sustainable resource for the local community.

We urge you to come and enjoy one of our oceanís most spectacular accumulations of marine life, with local and international whale shark experts, washed down with Mexican food, drink, culture and hospitality.

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