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Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure from Cancun
Guests staying in Cozumel will enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, as an excellent day trip off the island. Guests staying in Playa del Carmen, Tulum or any resort along the coast along the way to Cancun can also be picked up and transported onto this Cancun Whale Shark Adventure.

The Cancun Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure will have you travel to the mainland from Cozumel via ferry to a designated spot or waiting in your Playa del Carmen/Tulum hotel for transport pick up. On the mainland guests will then ride in a comfortable shuttle to a beautiful Cancun marina and harbor where a coffee, juice, fruit and sweet bread reception awaits before the adventure begins. Guest will then board a snorkel boat equipped with a small bathroom and shade to begin searching for the world's biggest fish - the whale shark. The boat will travel out to sea to locate the whale sharks for the snorkel adventure and guests can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, fruit, water & soft drinks during the ride out.

Once whale sharks are sited, participants will enter the water 2 at a time to snorkel while others view the interaction from the surface. Each group of 2 will enter the water and snorkel 3 different times. After about 2 or 2.5 hours of snorkeling and viewing the whale sharks and taking pictures, the boat will begin the journey back toward the Cancun harbor. Along the way back, the crew will stop at an Isla Mujeres reef/beach area where guests will be treated to fresh shrimp ceviche, guacamole, chips and a coupla Coronas to wash it all down before heading back to the Cancun Marina. Here guests will disembark and return via shuttle to Playa del Carmen/Tulum or Cozumel via shuttle and ferry.

Known as "Dominoes" to the local fishermen in this region because of the coloring of their skin, these giant whale sharks can exceed 40 feet in length. They migrate to this area of the Yucatan peninsula to feed in the abundant plankton filled water and play with their off-spring. Since plankton thrives near the surface of the sea, whale sharks glide along with their dorsal fin and tail out of the water as they take in as much plankton food as they possibly can. An incredible sight to behold in the pristine waters well north of Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy, snorkelers are treated to a thrilling experience.

This congregation phenomenon only occurs in this region during the summer months of June - September as the whale sharks continue on their annual migratory path. While not guaranteed, quite often there will also be schooling mantas and schooling cownose rays in these same waters for snorkelers to see.

Activity Specifics

Name: Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure from Cancun
Provider: Cozumel Insider
Availability: Now Taking Reservations for June - September 2014 !!!
Includes: **NOT INCLUDED**
Round trip Ferry from Cozumel – Playa Del Carmen ~ AT CLIENT EXPENSE

Ground transportation to/from Playa del Carmen to the departure Marina on the mainland
Coffee/juice, sweet breads & fruit reception at Marina prior to boat departure
Boat transport to whaleshark feeding area (about 45 minutes) in a comfortable snorkel boat (Max. 10 snorkelers) with small bathroom and shade
Hearty gourmet sandwiches, fruit, water & soft drinks during the ride out
Approximately 2 - 2.5 hours of viewing and snorkeling with whalesharks
Bilingual guides with expertise in Whale Sharks and Marine Life
Mask, fins, snorkel and floatation vest
Reef/beach stop at Isla Mujeres for fresh shrimp ceviche, guacamole, chips and a coupla Coronas to wash it down
Total Time: Approximately 8 hours
Schedule: Departs Daily from Cozumel on 6 a.m. ferry
Tour Check-in Time is 5:30 a.m. CST [island time]
Pricing: US$ 179 per person
Instructions: WHAT TO BRING:
Hats, towels and cameras.
Shorty wet suit if extra buoyancy or protection is desired.*

*These are also available for rent for US$ 25 for the day.
Restrictions: Federal Laws STRICTLY PROHIBITS touching the whalesharks ~ this is "in-water" observation tour only.

Minimum Age Requirement: 8 years old

Health Conditions: Those with back problems, pregnant or on medication can not participate in the tour

Tour only available: June ~ July ~ August by advance reservation only

Tour is weather dependent and subject to cancellation at tour provider's discretion.

It is a Mexican Protected Area REQUIREMENT you only use “BIO-DEGRADEABLE” Sun Screen products swimming with the Whale Sharks in the Protected area. This is for the Whale Sharks Protection & Health. They do not do well with Chemically Based Products like Hawaiian Tropic, Sea N Ski, CopperTone etc. IF, you don’t have it, we sell this @ the Marina @ Nominal Cost $15. You may apply BIO-Degradeable Sunscreen before you leave the Marina And AFTER you Swim, BUT NOT @ the Whale Shark Site itself before you enter the water! DO NOT APPLY CHEMICALLY BASED SUNSCREEN at any time or you may be denied access to the Whale Shark Area.

Use of biodegradable sun tan lotion is required.
Passengers that elect to use any regular sun tan lotion will not be able to enter the water with the whale sharks.

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