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Cozumel to Holbox Whale Shark Snorkel Day Trip
This is an excellent day trip for Cozumel visitors who want to snorkel with whale sharks and visit Isla Holbox at the same time. Isla Holbox is considered the original home of the whale sharks and all of the whale shark snorkel trips used to originate out of this island. But over the years the whale shark population has grown and moved and is now accessible from both Holbox and Cancun.

A day trip to visit Isla Holbox and snorkel with whale sharks will take you on a journey through the Yucatan peninsula and then on to Isla Holbox where the snorkel adventure will begin.

Offering the only highly personalized service for this lengthy but amazing adventure to Holbox, this whaleshark tour provider has the "inside track" on finding whalesharks from family who actually live right in the area where the whalesharks congregate!

Experience this once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks known as gentle giants of the sea. The Mexican Caribbean is home to this mysterious wonder of nature July through September as whale sharks migrate through the area.

The adventure begins bright and early as guests meet their guide for departure to the mainland. On the mainland guests are transported by comfortable vehicles with A/C to the coastal departure point for the whaleshark expedition. A friendly guide accompanies everyone throughout the entire day's journey to point out the highlights of the expedition as well as to share information about these remarkable whale sharks.

Once at the coastal departure point, guests will board a panga type fishing boat which will travel to the Open Ocean Natural Reserve. This is where the high concentration of plankton annually attracts the whale sharks for feeding, mating and basking in the shallows below the surface. When the whale sharks are spotted participants enter the water a few at a time and get to snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants of the sea. Other participants will be busy taking pictures or video from on board the boat. After the encounter, guests enjoy some soft drinks as the boat heads for a typical Caribbean fishing village where there will be about 1 hour of free time to enjoy a buffet lunch and wander around to interact with the people or bargain for treasures before heading back to Cozumel.

Activity Specifics

Name: Cozumel to Holbox Whale Shark Snorkel Day Trip
Provider: Cozumel Insider
Promotion: Now Taking Reservations for June - September 2015 !!!
Includes: Round trip ferry from/to Cozumel - Mainland
Round trip ground transportation (with A/C)
Water, softdrinks, juice, coffee and fruit for ground transport segment
Fully equipped dive/snorkel boats with water, softdrinks
Snorkel equipment and bouyancy vests
Buffet Lunch after water activities
Fully guided tour w/bilingual certified snorkel guide
Total Time: Approximately fourteen (14) hours
Depart Cozumel via 6:00am EST ferry and return on 7:00pm EST ferry arriving in Cozumel at approximately 7:45pm EST

NOTE: Effective 02/01/2015 - the entire state of Quintana Roo, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are now on EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Schedule: Meeting Time is 5:30am EST (Island Time ) - PLEASE BE PROMPT AND ON TIME
Departs Daily from Cozumel at 6:00am EST (Island Time)
Pricing: US$ 210 per person
US$ 50 deposit via paypal invoice
US$ 160 balance paid CASH/Traveller's Checks p/p upon check in
CC for balance accepted with minimum of twenty-four (24) hour advance notice- additional 10% fee applies
Instructions: WHAT TO BRING:
Hats, towels and cameras, snacks, water, money if you want to purchase t-shirts or momentos during one (1) hour break on the island. If guests have a wetsuit - bring it along (optional).
Restrictions: Federal Laws STRICTLY PROHIBITS touching the whalesharks ~ this is "in-water" observation tour only.

This is a full day tour with a medium level of exertion, participants must be:
Proficient swimmers
At least six (6) years old to come aboard and eight (8) years old to swim with the whale sharks
Able to walk over sandy or slippery surfaces
Aware that a release form has to be signed
Children under eighteen (18) must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian
This excursion is not suitable for guests with health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy, breathing difficulty, neck and/or back injuries and /or pregnancy or those severely overweight.

It is a Mexican Protected Area REQUIREMENT you only use “BIO-DEGRADEABLE” Sun Screen products swimming with the Whale Sharks in the Protected area. This is for the Whale Sharks Protection & Health. They do not do well with Chemically Based Products like Hawaiian Tropic, Sea N Ski, CopperTone etc. IF, you don’t have it, we sell this @ the Marina @ Nominal Cost $15. You may apply BIO-Degradeable Sunscreen before you leave the Marina And AFTER you Swim, BUT NOT @ the Whale Shark Site itself before you enter the water! DO NOT APPLY CHEMICALLY BASED SUNSCREEN at any time or you may be denied access to the Whale Shark Area.

Passengers that elect to use any regular sun tan lotion will not be able to enter the water with the whale sharks.

Minimum guests per trip – 4-6
Maximum guests per trip – 30 with a maximum of 10 per boat

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Hey ~ I just wanted to follow up and say what a great time we had swimming with the whale sharks. I also wanted to commend our tour guide Cesar. He was very knowledgeable of the people, the land, the culture, and the history. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to tour Mexico.
Thanks again for all of your help, Matt Brosh ~ Austin, Texas

What a great Experience!!! We booked our excursions through this website with a slight bit of apprehension. We figured it would be safer to book through our cruise ship since this was our first time going to Cozumel. Boy am I so thankful we didn't. Our cruise ship (which we thoroughly enjoyed) had many excursions organized with tons of people in each excursion. By booking through INSIDER we were definitely given smaller groups to be with. We did the Atlantis Submarine excursion and we saved almost 100 dollars right there!!! We also booked a Resort Scuba with Eagle Ray Divers. We had 1-on-1 attention with Antonio (the owner), our own boat to go out on, and got personalized attention with the lesson/dive. I know if we had booked on the cruise ship there probably would've been many other people ...
Also, we originally booked a car rental for that Saturday morning. Jacqueline @ Cozumel Insider, called us at home prior to our cruise to inform us of some minor scheduling changes. She then suggested that the rental car may not be neccessary due to our number of excursions and our limited time. Due to her advice we cancelled our car rental which was the wise thing to do. This shows that this company has a lot of integrity and is not out there just to make a buck on the unsuspecting tourist. Next year we will definitely book through Cozumel Insider, we will recommend this company to all our friends, and we plan on booking with Antonio for more scuba next time!!!! M Carson ~ Tullahoma, Tennesseee

We will be leaving tommorrow for 2 week stay at Islamar villas and diving with Dive Paradise. All of this along with a car rental was booked through you guys. Not only did you have a professional attitude through all the e-mails in booking the original dates but at the last minute I extended my stay. You and your staff were especially kind through all of this. You got the car extended and went way out of your way to make sure everything was taken care of, not to mention letting me borrow your personal roller bag to go to the market. You extended everything with ease and you are a great asset to Cozumel and Mexico. This will be my 12 th trip and I will never work with anyone else from now on. Thank you Sherri. Jack J. Marshall ~ Enid Oklahoma, USA

I just wanted to let you know that the private charter van service was outstanding. Thanks so much to you and your staff for arranging for the beverages on board and the driver was great. We will be visiting Cozumel again will always be utilizing yours and Uniper's assistance. R. Lee Family ~ Colorado

Hello Sherri ~ I met you back in 2001 (12 years ago!) when my husband and I along with another couple were involved in a wreck and you were behind us and helped us out as to our rights in the matter. A motorcycle ran into the side of us pretty bad if you recall. I believe you said you lived in Addison, Texas like us. I have booked a trip and will be in Cozumel next Tuesday. Any recommendation on vehicle rental you can suggest for me? LATER: My date and I had a blast in Cozumel. He loved the island. It was a very short trip. I am including a photo of us on the cruise. He would like to go back and stay for a few days at your place. Hope you are doing good, please keep in touch. C Bronstad ~ San Antonio, TX
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