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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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