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Viewing and Swimming With Whale Sharks

There are few places in the world where you enjoy the wonderful experience of swimming with the whale shark, and Isla Mujeres has this privilege.

Every year, between the months of May and September, Isla Mujeres receives in its calm waters its most anticipated visitors, the imposing whale sharks, one of the largest animals that exist on the planet and that naturally coexist with the human being. These harmless fish, which can reach up to 20 meters in length, reach Isla Mujeres because here the sea has the most favorable conditions and the nutrients necessary for the growth of the plankton from which they feed.

Visiting Isla Mujeres and living this extraordinary experience is a memory that will remain in the memory forever, but it is very important to carry out this activity in a respectful way and following all the established guidelines for the conservation of this unique species that year after year makes this paradise Island in the Mexican Caribbean, your temporary home.

Here are the main guidelines that are important to follow when carrying out this experience:

  • During the tour, you must wear the life jacket at all times and respect all the instructions of the boat captain and the guides.
  • Do not throw yourself away, or throw yourself stuck from the boat, water immersions should be done slowly.
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters with the sharks. Remember that under no circumstances should you touch them.
  • Do not swim below them.
  • Take pictures, but don't use the flash.
  • To protect yourself from the sun, it is not recommended to use sunscreen, even if it is biodegradable, instead use a long-sleeved water shirt.