The whale shark has become an important species for the development of ecotourism in Mexico, specifically in Cancun and The Riviera Maya because of this, now there are rules we must follow to protect it.
Local fishermen now are getting into the development of ecological aquatic activities like this whale shark tour, where they take tourist to swim whit these sharks and has become very popular in the last years, but don’t worry Swim with whale sharks is 100% safe Cancun Mexico activity.
All tour operators must follow the rules to swimming with whale sharks, be responsible tourist,s and follow all directions during this activity. This is 100% nature encounter, we most protect these giant sharks!
These are the 8 rules:
- Watch the whale shark, but do not touch.
- Nothing more than 5 m from the whale shark.
- The boat must be a minimum distance of 10 meters from the shark.
- Go with a certified guide and a boat with a valid permit.
- Use lifejacket.
- Do not use sunscreens, lotions, or oils.
- If you intend to take pictures, do not use flash.
- Do not litter.
The Mexican government has developed a strategy in the past years, to protect and conserve the habitat of the whale sharks in The Yucatan Peninsula. The whale shark national park is in front of Contoy island in the north side of the Peninsula.
This protected area is located between Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy, and you can start the whale shark tour from Cancun, Holbox, and Isla Mujeres. From Riviera Maya is possible, but you must be transferred by van to the marina in any of mentioned locations.
And remember, pick a professional tour operator with certified guides and staff, we provide the best service guaranteed, don’t hesitate to contact us or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and enjoy a fantastic experience swimming with whale sharks in Cancun this 2016.