Seeing the whale sharks was amazing! Even before I got in the water I was struck with awe! The sheer size and beauty of them was just awesome!!
We were picked up from our hotel promptly at 8am. Brief hello with the other couple on the bus, and with the guide- who didn't tell us his name or what the plan was!?
We drove to Cancun, from playacar, which took around an hour. There was some hanging about when we arrived - the light breakfast advertised, wasn't really offered to us. Our nameless guide simply said that there was coffee available if we wanted. There was cake too which I really wanted but didn't know if we were allowed it.
The toilets at the harbour were disgusting, blocked and quite smelly - I'm just glad we went at 9am and no later!!!!
We were each given a snorkel, mask, flippers and a life jacket by the crew as soon as we boarded. We were told to keep life jackets on throughout the boat trip - our nameless guide told us once we reached the whale sharks we would be able to take them off. He was incorrect. The crew insisted that we wear life jackets at ALL times especially while in the water. Crew were very efficient and friendly. Offered wetsuits at an additional cost of $15. Our nameless guide opted for a wetsuit - which he proceeded to put on back to front. That didn't fill me with confidence, though it made me chuckle!
It took around 1 hr 40mins to get to where the whale sharks were. The trip out was bumpy, exhilarating and really good fun.
Each couple on the boat was given a number. As soon as we reached the whale sharks the crew would call out each number for you to jump in and go snorkel. Our nameless guide went first with group 1 and actually landed on the whale shark! Bearing in mind we were told not to touch the whale sharks at all.
Im not a great swimmer and need a few moments to get my breath etc, once I've jumped in. So..... I found it quite frantic to be told to jump in, put yr mask in the water and swim! I think I struggled quite a bit. The member of crew that was snorkelling with us was brilliant. He slowed the pace right down for me, he made sure he stayed really close and even swapped his mask and snorkel with me.
Amazing to see the whale shark and be right there with it!
Unfortunately I felt that there were too many boats (with no propellor guards!) and people in the water. I felt sorry for the whale shark though I suppose if it didn't like what was happening or was distressed it would have swam away.
When the boat isn't moving you can really feel the rocking - which unfortunately made me quite sea sick. (2 on our boat were sea sick!) despite taking anti sickness tablets :-(
The second place we stopped at to snorkel around a reef was lovely. Turquoise water, beers and sandwiches- which cured the sea sickness.
We were picked up fron the harbour and returned to our hotel. Our nameless guide actually got dropped off on the highway before he'd dropped us and another couple off. Which I found quite unprofessional - as we didn't know he was being dropped off until the bus stopped.
Would I do it again? I certainly would - despite the sea sickness, not being able to snorkel I found it amazing to be so close to such an amazing creature. Absolutely fascinating. Definitely a must, especially If you can snorkel :-)
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