Your day begins early at 7am as you meet our transportation at your hotel, to whisk you in comfortable air-conditioned transport to the dock at Punta Sam where you will be given a briefing by your qualified biologist / naturalist who will explain the events for the rest of the day.
You’ll then board the boat, the boats are small craft and hold only 10 people plus crew for the trip to the area where the Whale Sharks are known to be. Whale Sharks are slow swimmers and tend to congregate together in the same small area for weeks or even months as they devour every little bit of algae and plankton they can. Due to the crews local knowledge and the sharing of information with other boats regarding the whale sharks exact location you should arrive in their waters after a short time.
In groups of two, to avoid spooking the whale sharks, you’ll enter the water with your provided snorkel gear (fins, snorkel and mask) and swim and snorkel alongside the whale sharks for around 15 minutes. Once your turn is up then the other people in the boat take their opportunity. Once everyone on the boat has taken their turn then the boat will move off and find different Whale Sharks nearby where the process is then repeated. You should expect to have several turns throughout the day to swim with different Whale Sharks.
Around midday, the boat will then head off to a nearby coral reef for yet more fantastic snorkeling, where you’ll be able to observe a myriad of colourful fish and coral formations. If you’re lucky you may see turtles or perhaps Manta Rays. While you’re enjoying your reef snorkeling the crew will be preparing a fresh traditional shrimp ceviche lunch, along with chicken sandwiches and cheese for your return to the boat. Soft drinks and bottled water are available all day long at no extra charge.
After lunch you’ll make your way back to the dock at Punta Sam where at around 2pm your transport will take you back to your hotel – leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day back at the pool or beach and reflect on what will surely be one of the most memorable days of your life!