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Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

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Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

Hello there,

I am planning my first trip to Mexico and after some thought i think the best place for us would be to stay in Cancun. I hear options of it being too built up and commercialised, is this true? We are planning to visit towards the end of April into May or middle of May to beginning of June.

When does the weather change? I read June-Sept? How much rain can i expect at the beginning of June?

Also my main question is about Whale Sharks. I really wanted to tie in the trip with a swim with the whale sharks, i read that they tend to make an appearance at the beginning of May, i dont know how guaranteed that is. Can anyone suggest a good company to contact about this?

Thanks so much for your help in advance. Any sugeestions, recommendations for newbies are much appreciated :)

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1. Re: Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

Hurricane/rainier season runs from June to the end of November. That said we have gone three times in early August and always had great weather- quite hot and steamy/humid, but not too much rain. Typically you will get brief rains only- unless there is a tropical depression in the area, of course. So it IS a risk but is outweighed by the fewer people and guaranteed heat, IMO.

We did a whale sharks/Isla Contoy trip with 'Capitan Tony' in August of 2011 and it was wonderful. It is an amazing experience. About $125 each. To be safe, I think their numbers are usually highest from late June to late August.

How to book with him is another story, lol. We were staying on Isla for the week, so just wandered down to his shop/house and booked with him directly a couple days beforehand. He does have a Facebook page, search for 'Tony Garcia' and you will be able to send a message to him, he posts on there fairly frequently.

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2. Re: Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

Whale shark dates are not posted yet for 2013 but this year the official season started sometime in June and ended Sep. 17.

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Thanks for the replies, it helps. I didnt realise there was a search area on the forum, which will be really useful :)

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4. Re: Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

look at it on gmaps street walk

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This year, whale shark season started May 15th. I would know, I was on the first boats going out. Sadly, we didn't see any sharks. There are in much greater numbers around August and the season closed September 17, as previously indicated. I read somewhere that operators would prefer a season that starts a bit later but also ends later as there are more sharks in September than May. They didn't succeed in getting the season extended this year. Whale sharks hang out north of Isla Mujeres. Mid-May they were about one-hour boat ride away.

When to go? The later you go, the better the chances of whales sharks. However, June can be hot, humid and rainy.

Where to go? If you are looking for 'quiet' Mexico, look into Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Tulum. If you are looking for a livelier Mexico, Playa del Carmen or Cancun would suit you. Whether you want an all-inclusive experience or not would also dictate what the best may be place for you.

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6. Re: Whale Sharks and more - its our first time to Mexico...help!

Here is the deal, Cancun is a very americanized place to visit if you stay within the borders of the hotel area that resembles vegas in a tropical with only a narrow strip of clubs. For newbies like you I would recomend to look out side of cancun so you can experience a wider view of this area. If you are coming for a longer stay, you should consider a car rental, yeah it might seem scary but it really is not and it saves you a headache and time lose from waiting for the shuttles. Whale sharks are going to be found sporiadiclly from HOLBOX, please consider that from Cancun to Holbox is a three hour trip on land and then you have to take a ferry to an island where you can snorkel (equipment you will have to rent) and then someone will take you in a little boat to try to get to swim with them. There is 70% chance of you seeing one, but if you dont there are many other things that you can see while over there. Explore what is Playa del carmen, and the ruins since they are like seven dollars and they are astonishing.

Any other questions lmk

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