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Whale Sharks & Mantas       

Isla Holbox, Mexico

$1530 per person

July 19-23, 2012

Join us on this very special trip to what just might be the greatest gathering of feeding Whale Sharks and Manta Rays on the planet!

We have timed the trips to be at Holbox during the height of the Whale Shark season.

Isla Holbox is located on northeastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula just a 3 hr. hour drive away from the bustling tourist destination of Cancun. In July of 2006 I did an expoloratory trip to see if the stories about the big numbers of Whales Sharks here were true. I was truely blown away! In my 37 years of diving I had never seen such a large number of Whale Sharks and Mantas in one area!


*  Price includes: Transfers to & from Cancun airport to Chiquila, double occupancy hotel room,
Boat and crew, boat crew tips, snorkeling gear.
*  Does not include: airfare, meals, gear rental.

Trip cancellation insurance advised.
Optional side trips to Isla Pajaros, Chitzen Itza, Tulum, Cancun available.

San Diego Shark Diving

Expeditions, Inc.
6747 Friars Rd. Suite 112
San Diego, CA 92108-1111 USA
Phone: 619-299-8560
Fax: 619-299-1088

A shuttle van will transport you from the Cancun airport to the village of Chiquila where we will board a ferry to the Island of Holbox 8 miles across the Yalahao channel. Once on the island we take a golf cart taxi to our hotel. In the morning we will be issued wrist bands which all going into the Whale Shark Reserve must have. The reserve is for the preservation of habitat for the whale sharks and mantas. The sheer numbers can be overwhelming.

The crew will explain the code of conduct for viewing the Whale Sharks.We board our panga at the village pier. The panga will take a max of ten snorkelers. Only two snorkelers plus theguide are allowed in the water at one time. We will rotate into the water thru-out the morning swimming with the Whale Sharks as they feed in the rich currents of the reserve. We might be treated to the sight of Manta Rays launching themselves into the air and plopping down with a thunderous crash and foaming whitewater. The pangas return to the dock in the early afternoon. That leaves us time for lunch at one of the island reataurants where local "ceviche" is considered the best in Mexico! After lunch its siesta time or perhaps an open air massage on the hotel's beachfront. It's hot in the afternoons and most people opt for nap time or just sitting in the water relaxing. After sunset and during the cooler evenings is when most people come out to stoll along the beach or visit the many shops in the village of Holbox. There are a number of small restaurants serving anything from pizza to fresh seafood. We'll have three days on the water with the Whale Sharks and Mantas. There are plenty of options avaialable before or after our tour. You can spend some time in Cancun at one of the posh resort hotels, head south to Cozumel for some scuba diving, try Cenote diving, or visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum or Chitzan Itza.



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