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Whale Shark Diving,CancunFast Facts
Location: NW of Cancun, Mexico. Seperated from mainland Mexico by a narrow lagoon.
Signification: Swimming with Whale Sharks, the biggest fish; peaceful coastal life.
How to Reach: Fly from Playa del Carman and Cancun. Alternatively, if you are coming here for only a day, hire a transfer from Cancun. You can also take a bus and reach the town of Chiquila. From Chiquila, take a ferry and cross over to the island of Holbox. You can also hire an Air Taxi.
Best Time to Visit: Between the months of May and September, the migration season for the whale sharks.
Nearest International Airport: Cancun International Airport
At the surface, Isla Holbox in Mexico, is just like any South American coastal paradise: endless beaches, pristine blue water, great sun and soccer on the beach. However, come the month of May, and something curious happen in its surrounding waters. Hundreds of Blue Whales, the biggest fish of the ocean, migrate to claim their share of ocean's bounty — small fishes, planktons and other produce of the marine depths. Contrary to your idea of what is a shark is like, these filter feeders are very friendly animals that actually enjoy the company of curious humans. So, you can actually swim with the giants of the ocean. Whale shark diving are one of the favorite activities of tourists who love adventure.
Things to do in Holbox
Whale shark tours are the greatest adventures of Holbox. These tours are conducted by a number of tour agencies. Typically, these tours start early in the morning, between 7am to 8am. You will be ferried to spots where there is a certain chance to find the sharks, and follows thereafter is a stunning snorkeling experience. The tour agencies give you some basic guidelines, and also provide you with necessary diving gears.
Once under the water, you will find yourself up and close with the spectacular blue whales. Sighting is almost a certainty, because blue whales come to these parts of the ocean in great numbers, and secondly because they are not shy of people. On the other hand, they actually approach the human beings in a rather harmless way, as if to humor the curious onlookers.
Things to Know before your Holbox Tour
Remember, Holbox is not the most popular destination in Mexico. The locals are in fact, somewhat averse to the idea of it being turned to a tourism hotspot, fearing that the ecology of this maginificent island can be harmed by that. As a result, it is not very conveniently accessible. You have to undertake a rather bumpy ride from the town of Chiquila, which you have to reach from Cancun. Plan your itinerary well beforehand. Even when you are offshore, the town of Holbox has a unique flavor. All roads are of sand, and the life is extremely laid-back, just what you need for a relaxing vacations. Do not miss the sunset along the coast, it is one of the best views you can get in Holbox.
Accommodation and Dining
There are a wide range of hotels in Holbox, although there are not many of them. Usually they vary from thatched rustic style houses to very posh and luxurious villas. Air condition is available in only a handful of hotels. In others, you will have to do with a fan, which usually suffices. Xaloc is the most popular resort in Holbox, and is very highly rated by tourists. Some of the most popular hotels and resorts of Holbox are:
- Elements Holbox
- Villas Dilfines
- Casa Sandra Hotel and Holistic Spa
- Villas Paraiso
- La Palapa
- La Parrilla de Juan
- La Isla del Colibri
- Viva Zapata
http://www.holboxwhalesharktours.com/whalesharkvideos.shtml: Check out the unique experience of swimming with the magnificent blue whales in this fantastic travel video!