Top 7 tips for a successful Whale Shark Adventure

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Top 7 tips for a successful Whale Shark Adventure

Swimming with the Whale Sharks is a majestic experience.  It is one of those adventures that you just don’t miss.

If you happen to be visiting the island between May 15 and September 15, you book a trip for this epic life-changing event.  Ask anyone!  Your survey will convince you quickly that this adventure is a majestic and reminds us that we really are only a small part of this universe.

Here are 7 tips to reserving your whale shark trip.

Top 7 tips in reserving your Whale Shark Adventure

1. Guides.  

Most of the companies have English speaking guides, but you will want to make sure that you can communicate.  Safety is one thing and understanding the rules, but also getting to know your local guide is fun and entertaining.  There are so many facts about the whale sharks and their history of coming to this area, you won’t want to miss those details.  Remember to review your company on TripAdvisor or their website after you return.

2. Size Matters

Boat size that is.  There are a wide range of companies and this offers all sorts of options.  The biggest difference will be size of boat and boat motors. The Whale Shark sites are about 16-20 miles (more or less) out in the open water to the northwest.  Consider being in a small wooden boat with no shade for 4+ hours.

3. What’s included in the price?

The price of tours can fluctuate a bit, but we recommend tours that are about $100-$125 per person.  This typically offers a boat large enough to get you to the whale sharks quickly and safely without a lot of time to get seasick and to beat the crowds.  They are also usually really connected and so you spend less time searching for the whale sharks.  The companies we use:

  • include all equipment,
  • provide an experienced captain and crew,
  • have a bathroom on board,
  • canopy for shade,
  • include water and soft drinks on board along with fresh-made-in-front-of-you ceviche while you snorkel around or swim at Playa Norte.  The iPods playing and everyone is happy and in no rush to get you back.  These trips are usually 8-2pm.

4. Sea Sickness Sucks.  

If you are concerned about getting seasick, take the medicine or use the patch or there is even a wristband now.  Your pharmacist can help you with this or we have added some options below.  While on the tour, if you do get sick, make sure you ‘get sick’ over the side into the water and not in the boat.  

5. Photo Opps

There are so many reasonable options for underwater cameras these days.  Remember to charge it the night before.  If you are looking for accessories or cameras, we can help.

6. Protection

It is important to use eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the reef and the animals from the chemicals and yourself from the sun.  Natural Biodegradable Water Resistant Sunscreen.

7.  Jump in more than once.

The way it works is that 2 or 3 people jump out at a time and you rotate through.  Make sure you jump in more than just once.


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