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Whale shark season in Mexico

July 2, 2020

July is here, and we are daydreaming about Latin America – as always! Where are we going this time? We are taking adventure to the next level: Whale shark season in Isla Holbox, Mexico!

Let’s talk about the island…

Pronounced Hol-Bosh, the island is a short ferry ride from the main land near Cancun. It is known for its turquoise waters, palm trees,  and wild flamingos. Because the island is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, development has been limited.  In fact, 75% of the island is a jungle of wild mangroves and empty beaches. And there are no cars, no banks, and no high-rises! 


It sounds a lot like paradise, doesn’t it?

Indeed, Holbox is the perfect place to disconnect, unwind and relax. But if you are keen on some adventure, there are many options during your stay on Holbox. Because the island is also famous for quality windsurfing and whale shark swimming.


So, when is whale shark season? 

Mexico is renowned as one of the world’s best destinations for swimming with whale sharks. These incredible creatures frequent the east coast for a few months, and July is the best time to spot the huge shoals. They are the biggest fish and shark in the world, growing as much as 12 meters long and weight about 14,000 kilograms. But fear not! Because they’re filter-feeders, consuming mostly plankton, they pose no threat to humans! 

These noble giants pass along the coast of the Yucatan peninsula from mid-May to mid-September. And just a few miles away from Isla Holbox we find the largest aggregation of whale sharks in the world!


What are you waiting for?

If you’re looking for an experience you will never forget, visit Isla Holbox during whale shark season! You don’t even need to scuba dive, just a snorkel, mask and flippers will do.

Holbox is a welcoming change for anyone looking to escape the hubbub of Cancun or Playa del Carmen! And it’s a great way to end your time in Mexico trip, a relaxing, yet thrilling holiday! If you’d like to know more about this incredible wildlife experience, contact our Travel Specialists today!