Swimming with the whale shark
13.07.2016 - 14.07.2016 30 °C
When we finally arrived in Mexico, I left Jenna to go to Isla Holbox for a day. My one and only purpose for this place was to snorkel with the whale shark, so I must admit I came no expectations to the place. However, I must admit I really loved the place! The island consisted of a small city or rather village centre. There are no cars, only golf pickups driving around. Such a peaceful place. There are no sellers hazzeling you at their stalls so you have the freedom to look at what they sell in peace and quite. The same for the beach. The beach has white soft sand, and a green like sea. I must admit the sea wasnt as beautiful as in San Andres, but the peace and quite made up for it a thousand times over. There were no sellers at the beach or restaurants. Just a few hotels scattered around. There were lots of shade under palmtrees as well as sun beds. In the evening you could watch the sun set at the beach together with the locals.
The day after was the big whale shark day. I had to turn up at the tour office at 7 in the morning. There we eat a small breakfast before we went out into the boat. We were a total of 10 people and 2 guides. The boat drive was about 2-3 hours before we reached the place of the whale shark. Obviously there were several boats circling the whale shark. From each boat only 2-3 people could enter at a time together with a guide. As the shark is obviously not too pleased about having loads of boats following it, you have to jump quickly out in the waters while the shark is still near the surface. After a short while it goes deep into the sea to get some peace before coming up again. Everybody in our boat had the chance to swim with the whale shark three times. The third, and last was definitely the best as we it was only us and another boat, so the shark was much more relaxed. It also decided to eat, which is usually does near the surface. This gave us excellent opportunity to spend a lot of time with the shark. I have to admit it was really thrilling, but also a bit scary. The animal its huge, and I was not keen to get hit by its tale by accident. Also, while I was swimming with the shark the third time, it suddenly changed direction and came swimming straight towards me. I swear I have never swum so fast (away) before. But I loved every minute of it.
After the swimming with the shark, we did some snorkeling in less deep waters. Here the guides were preparing ceviche while we were snorkeling. The guides were throwing the fish into the water, which obviously attracted a lot of fishes - including a sting ray and a nurse shark. Must admit that scared me much more than the whale shark, as these fishes eat other fishes which made me afraid they might want to change their diet to some human legs. When we were done snorkeling we got served delicious ceviche, literary freshly caught from the sea. Tasted really good!
I have no pictures from the tour, so I add some pictures of the beach instead.
After the tour, I traveled back to Cancun to meet up with Jenna again. I must admit I really loved Isla Holbox, if I was to plan another trip to Mexico I would deferentially spend more time there. So if you like peaceful beach destinations - Isla Holbox is the place for you!