Watching the Whale Sharks

We all dream about a once in a lifetime adventure, whether it is sailing the South Pacific, staying at a chateau in the Loire Valley or playing golf at St. Andrews, but did you know that you can have your own unforgettable experience right here in the Mexican Caribbean? Apart from the mysteries of the ancient Mayan cities that dot the peninsula, you can take to the water for a trip to see the whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.

These gentle giants, yes, they are plankton feeders, spend the summer months in an area off the coast of Holbox and Cabo Catoche, the northern tip of the state of Quintana Roo, where the waters of the Caribbean mingle with those of the Gulf of Mexico. Mexican scientists have been able to identify around 200 whale sharks in the area and believe that this is the largest gathering in the world. International research findings reveal that whale sharks are great ocean travelers, congregating in a handful of spots around the world such as Australia, Fiji, the Sea of Cortez, Quintana Roo, Belize and Honduras to feed and breed.

In recognition of its importance for migrating whale sharks, Mexican President Felipe Calderon recently declared this stretch of ocean off Holbox a biosphere reserve, thus extending the Yum Balam Reserve which already protects the area‚ coastal wetlands and lagoons.

If you would like to meet the pez domino as local fishermen affectionately call it in reference to its speckled and striped markings, Thomas More Travel offers an amazing nature trip that gives you the chance to swim and snorkel with these peaceful creatures in the company of a knowledgeable guide.