Diving with the Whale Sharks in Belize
Diving with Whale Sharks, the largest living fish on the planet is an incredibly amazing experience and Belize is one of the few places in the world where you can get to experience this. We do have to warn you that in order to go on this expedition you need to book very early. There are limited spots available during the months the Whale Shark passes by, this is to help protect the sharks from being exposed to too much human contact as well as the other marine life in the area.
The average size of a whale shark is about 25 feet long but there have been recordings of ones well over 40 feet long. Don't let their size fool you though, they are gentle creatures that are merely curious and will readily come towards you if they don't feel threatened or harassed. Wouldn't you be curious too?
When can the whale sharks be seen?
The months of April and May are usually the best times to plan your trips to see these amazing creatures. With years of observation some people say the best time is three or four days before and after a full moon or new moon. However they can be seen throughout the summer months as well.
2014 – Whale Shark Dates
March 15 – March 26 (Full Moon – March 16)
April 14– April 25 (Full Moon – April 15)
May 13 – May 24 (Full Moon – May 14)
June 12 – June 23 (Full Moon – June 13)
2015 – Whale Shark Dates
March 4th – March 15
April 3rd – April 14
May 3rd – May 14th (Full Moon – May 4)
June 2nd – June 12th (Full Moon – June 2)
The largest concentrations of whale sharks are at Gladden Spit, which is approximately 26 miles, or a 1 hour and a half boat ride off the coast of Placencia where the sharks love to feed. Don't worry about keeping up with them though, that should be pretty easy as they are considered slow swimmers at about 3 miles per hour and they swim by moving their entire bodies from side to side. There is so much to admire about these gentle giants of the sea.
The Gladden Spit which lies within the central area of our Barrier Reef was established as a Marine Reserve to help protect whale sharks from the threats of irresponsible tourism in 2000 and Whale Shark Interaction Regulations has also been implemented. The area alone is simply amazing with over 20 different species of reef fishes passing through in large numbers. So is this adventure for you?