Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, reaching 18 meters in size. They are also filter feeders, dining exclusively on plankton. There is still a lot we don’t know about these animals, including where they live during long periods of their lives. La Paz, Mexico is home to a population of juvenile sharks from late October to April. These animals gather to feed on the rich up-swellings that accumulate along the sand bar across the bay from the city.
During the whale shark season in La Paz we run day trips leaving in both the morning and the afternoon. After leaving La Paz, we take a short boat ride to the Natural Protected Whale Shark Area, and start looking for the tell-tale signs of an animal swimming nearby. During this time, we give a brief introduction to the natural history of the sharks, and answer questions about both the animals and what to expect from the experience. Once we spot a shark (we are successful 98% of the time), we put on all our gear, and slide in the water to swim alongside them. Sometimes, we can even swim with several sharks at once. If possible, we take identification pictures of each shark to help with the population monitoring that goes on in the Bay. The trip usually takes between 3 and 4 hours, and it is a truly magnificent experience to slide into the water and see these huge but very graceful animals swimming a few feet away.
We seek to operate in the most sustainable manner possible, reducing the impact on the environment and the sharks. Our guiding principles are Service, Safety and Sustainability. All our trips are fully customizable, so if you have a specific idea of the experience you want, and wish to combine the Whale shark journey with a visit to Espiritu Santo Island or other activities, just let us know so we can set it up.
Please contact us regarding availability, and don’t miss out on this wonderful experience. Join us today!!