WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION
| Free diving (snorkeling) with whale sharks.
| Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
|| Oceanfront Hotel, Isla Mujeres.
| Snorkeling experience
| $1995 per person double occ (add $500 for a single
| Andy Murch
11-16 8 SPOTS
| $1995 per person double occ (add $600 for a single
| Andy Murch
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Your trip includes
accommodation in a beach front hotel, all room taxes,
continental breakfast, pack lunch and refreshments while at
sea, four days of whale shark snorkeling and transfers from
Personal snorkeling equipment rental, flights,
2016 WHALE SHARK
EXPEDITION TRIP REPORT
2015 WHALE SHARK
EXPEDITION TRIP REPORT
WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION TRIP
WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION
Spend some quality time
with the biggest fish in the sea!
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime
World Class opportunities to dive with Whale Sharks
July and August, hundreds of whale sharks migrate to the tip of the
Yucatan Peninsula and form the largest whale shark
aggregation ever recorded.
Isla Mujeres is the perfect staging point for trips to the
whale shark feeding grounds because it is easily accessible,
close to the sharks and surrounded by warm blue water that
make whale shark encounters that much more enjoyable and
your images that much more spectacular!
World Class Manta Encounters
In 2013 and 2016, as well as hundreds of whale sharks,
our guests were treated to encounters with thousands of mantas
that arrived to gorge themselves on the fish eggs. The
mantas stayed for the whole season and we hope that this
will happen again in future years. The opportunity to watch
scores of mantas circling the whale sharks was amazing!
If the massive school of mantas are not there, you may still see
a few mixed in with the whale
sharks. If you are a diver and want to add a few manta dives at Manta
Valley as part of your whale shark package, please follow
Manta Valley Option
Encounters with other Pelagics
Because Isla Mujeres is a pit stop for many other large
pelagic species (as well as enormous whale sharks) it is
sometimes possible to jump in with schooling mobula rays and golden
cownose rays. Occasionally we even see sailfish. This is a destination that really
Leave Your Dive Gear at Home.
Because the whale sharks spend much of their time feeding at
the surface, there is no need for us to use scuba which
creates too much drag to keep up with the
This encounter requires nothing more than a mask, snorkel
and fins so anyone (regardless of their experience level)
Why come with Big Fish Expeditions?
We consistently provide our guests with longer, better and
more intimate encounters with the whale sharks.
There are many operators that offer whale shark diving once
you get to the island. But, if you head out on a regular
trip you'll get three jumps with the sharks that may only
last a few minutes and then you'll be heading back to shore.
If you'd rather spend hours out in the whale shark grounds
and then sail directly back to your beachfront hotel then
join us for the whale shark encounter of a lifetime!
BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS DIFFERENCE:
We take a maximum of eight guests on our
boat so you will be comfortable and feel uncrowded.
You will board at the beach directly in
front of the hotel so there is no time wasted with
transfers to a crowded public dock each day.
You will arrive at the whale shark
grounds hours before most of the other boats.
If you don't want to bring your own gear,
we provide short wetsuits for all guests. Other
companies force their guests to wear clumsy life jackets
while on the boat and in the water!
We provide lunch snacks and unlimited
drinks to keep you hydrated and fed so that you can
concentrate on the amazing encounters.
We stay out with the sharks for as long
as everyone wants - generally long after the other boats
have returned to shore.
We provide shuttles to bring you to your
hotel on Isla Mujeres from Cancun Airport - a lengthy
process that would otherwise involve you haggling for
taxis, finding the right ferry to get you to the island
and then more taxis once you get to Isla Mujeres. Let us
take all the work out your trip so that you can
concentrate on having an amazing adventure with the
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A DAY AT SEA WITH BIG FISH
While the other boats are still fueling up,
our boat will be waiting just off shore for us to finish
breakfast and then take us immediately in search of whale
sharks. Once we find the sharks we will stay with them so if
you're looking for a quick swim with a whale shark and then
time on the beach, this probably isn't the trip for you
because we are consistently the last boat in the 'afuera' -
the outer ocean where the whale sharks feed.
By mid-morning more boats usually arrive from
Cancun to see the whale sharks. By noon they start trickling
back to port. Just the hard core boats remain but even these
don't last much longer.
We will make the most of the encounters in
the early morning before any other boats show up. Then we
usually stay near the edge of the aggregation of sharks
where there are fewer boats. By 11:30ish after all that
swimming everyone starts getting hungry so we break for a
quick lunch of sandwiches, chips and fruit. Then, once the
boats have thinned out, we head back into the middle of the
action and stay there for as long as everyone wants or for
as long as we can find sharks.
We won't force you to keep snorkelling with
massive whale sharks but if you have the energy, we're happy
to stay out all day. That is the Big Fish difference.
from our whale shark expedition guests:
In the deep blue sea and whale sharks
everywhere - it was a snorkel adventure of a life time,
totally thrilling! Andy's strategy for getting us quality
time with these amazing fish was the essence of our success.
The trip was just plain wonderful. Great photos, amazing
videos, and new friends. Thanks again Andy!
Best Fishes, Flo, Washington State, USA
I had an amazing time on your expedition
and have to say it was one of the best vacations I've taken!
Being in the water so close to the whale sharks (and with so
many of them) has definitely been one of the coolest things
I've been able to experience! Thanks so much for organizing!
Kate Ague Kneeland, New York, USA.
This was the first of 3 bookings I've made
with Andy and bigfishexpeditions.com and it certainly turned
out to be a safe bet, so I keenly look forward to the next
two. I've only had one brief encounter with Whale sharks
before and so I was a little concerned as to whether we
would find any on the 4 day trip or indeed how long the
encounters would be. Well I need not have worried, Day one
consisted of whales sharks for 6 hours and if I had gone
home after that day I would have been content with the trip,
however day 2 (albeit a little slower) and day 3 were also
good days but day 4 surpassed even day 1 and the sea was
awash with whale sharks, so many that you didn't know which
way to turn. I have hundreds of pictures as well as video
footage which I'm still trying to go through.
In terms of what the trip promised, it certainly surpassed
my expectations. Andy organised the trip well, he is a very
likable and laid back individual who is obviously very
passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable about
the subject. The hotel was located in a prime spot on the
beach requiring just a short paddle from the breakfast area
to the awaiting boat. Would I go again? yes I certainly
would, however I have other places and subjects to
experience first so whale sharks will have to wait for a
while. Would I recommend this trip? yes definitely and have
done so to my friends already! Andy you're going to need a
bigger boat!! :)
Manish Patel USA/UK
"I know I speak for myself and everyone in
my group when I say that everything about the whale shark
trip was absolutely amazing! Great shark diving, great
people, great service. Andy and Laura are friendly,
passionate about what they do, and work hard to make sure
everything runs smoothly. It was a fantastic experience and
I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to take
more Big Fish trips in the future!!"
Chuelo Arias, Missouri, USA
"...planes, busses, ferries, taxis, dive
boats, through every aspect of our trip, Andy and Laura were
there making sure things went smoothly. It made the trip
much more enjoyable, as their experience from many previous
trips made our trip flawless, even laid back! . We are going
back next year, that says it all"..
Nicki Miller, USA
"When it comes to Big Fish
trips, your Whale Shark adventure was second to none.
Christine and I had a blast. Thank you for all your
Kathy Cope, Arizona
"I have been on many Dive trips over the
year's, and the attention to detail on our Big Fish
Expedition was noteworthy. The knowledge that Andy shared
about the animals, and photographing them far exceeded my
expectations. I can't wait to go back next year!"
"I had the pleasure of returning to Isla
Mujeres with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions for the
Whale Shark trip this year. It was one of the most enjoyable
expeditions I have been on. I like to photograph big animals
underwater and have been with Andy on several other trips.
Andy works very hard to make sure you are presented with
every possible opportunity to get shots of the targeted
species. In this case, the Whale Sharks. Not only did we
have the appearance of hundreds of Whale Sharks this year,
but also many Mantas. When you were waiting for a Whale
Shark to swim by, and those waits weren't long, you could
swim with the aerobatic Mantas as they looped and whirled
around and under the Whale Sharks.
On this trip as with others I have done with Andy, he and
his staff work with local, experienced, providers to get you
into the best situation to interact with the animals. In
Isla Mujeres, Andy made sure we were first on site in the
morning and had the peak time of day to shoot stills and
video of the sharks. Unlike other trips I have been on, Andy
ensures you maximize your time in the water rather than
getting just a few short and very controlled encounters.
Also, the accommodations were clean, comfortable and
affordable. If you are interested in top notch photographs
or the emotional high of being very close to such large
animals, then Big Fish Expeditions is the operator to go
Dustin Hurbut, Bellingham, WA