2014 Whale Shark Season Update Advisory

(April 2014)

Here is the latest update regarding our Whale Shark Adventures conducted from Isla Holbox. We've operated since 2004. The past two years, the Whale Sharks have not split their aggregation, one group near Cancun eating tuni spawn (fish eggs) and the other moving into the Holbox sector eating plankton.

The normal “plankton bloom” has been diminished near Holbox. Recently marine biologists have determined the diminished plankton bloom is a direct result of chemical contamination from the BP oil spill several years ago in the Gulf. It’s not oil; it's the chemicals that were used to disperse the oil that has degraded the normal plankton bloom.

What it means is this: The past two years whale shark tours departing from Holbox had to travel 45 miles each way (2–2˝ hrs.) This was a grueling boat ride especially on rougher sea days, resulting in many participants getting seasick. Unless you are coming to visit Isla Holbox for other eco-activities and wish to take the tour from Holbox, we are still able to accommodate you.

However, if you are contemplating only coming to Isla Holbox to do a Whale Shark swim, our strongest advice is to do the tour from Cancun where we operate 80% of seasonal Whale Shark tours May 20 to Sept. 17.

Please visit our Cancun-based website where we offer All-Inclusive services including round-trip transfers from all Cancun and Riviera Maya resorts.

Go to: www.cancunwhalesharktours.com


Roddrigo, The Whale Shark Daddy

Whale Shark with snorkeler

Hotel Akumal Caribe