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Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Snorkeling with Whale Sharks



A whale shark excursion in Belize with Isla Marisol should be on every diver’s “bucket list.” Whale sharks are sighted during the days surrounding the full moon between the months of March and June. Isla Marisol is a licensed whale shark tour operator with 16 years of whale shark experience. For those who want to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, we also offer a Whale Shark Diving Tour.

Guided Whale Shark Snorkeling

As with any wildlife excursion, sightings are likely but not guaranteed. Whale shark trips are half-day excursions to Gladden Spit Marine Reserve, and include 2 blue water snorkels suitable for all ages and abilities. A minimum of 6 participants is required to make the trip to Gladden Spit, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Trips may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe sea conditions.

Strict regulations exist to protect both the whale shark and the snapper during this sensitive time. Whale shark tour operators require special licensing and tour guides are required to participate in specialized training. Access to the area is restricted to a certain number of boats and only during certain hours. For a complete list of rules, click here.

Gentle Giants

The whale shark is the largest fish in the sea and can grow up to 60 feet in length. Though they are huge, whale sharks are gentle and curious and pose no threat to humans. These slow-moving fish are filter feeders, eating plankton that is made up by tiny plants and animals. Whale sharks are easily identified by white spots that cover their skin. Like a fingerprint, the patterns are unique and can be used to identify individuals. These gentle giants may live to be over 100 years old!

During the full moon from March to June, cubera snapper group together and spawn in Belize. Whale sharks visit Gladden Spit Marine Reserve to feed on the freshly released, nutrient rich, cubera snapper spawn. Divers and snorkelers visit from around the world to witness this amazing spectacle.

Included in Whale Shark Tour:

  • 2 blue water snorkels
  • Round-trip boat ride to Gladden Spit
  • Gladden Spit entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Price per person: $150
  • Rates are in US$ per person. See policies.

Gear Rental: $20/day or $100/week

Includes mask, snorkel, fins, and wet-suit.


2020 Whale Shark Dates

Isla Marisol anticipates 2020 whale shark excursions during these times:

  • Monday, March 9th (Full Moon)
    • Best time to book: March 7th - March 21st
  • Wednesday, April 8th (Full Moon)
    • Best time to book: April 4th - April 18th
  • Thursday, May 7th (Full Moon)
    • Best time to book: May 2nd - May 16th
  • Friday, June 5th (Full Moon)
    • Best time to book: June 3rd - June 17th
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