Are you ready for a breathtaking snorkeling or diving experience? Don’t miss the chance to swim with whale sharks in Belize.
What Are Whale Sharks?
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea. Adults can grow up to 40 feet long and weigh 100 tons. These massive marine beasts live many years, and those that visit Belize might be 100 years old.
Although they have teeth, whale sharks are not dangerous to humans. They feed on plankton, small fish and the spawn of snappers.
A Rare Opportunity
Whale sharks visit Belize during the spring and early summer. We’re lucky enough to be one of their favorite resting and feeding spots as they make their journey across the world’s oceans. The best place to see them is in the Gladden Spit, a protected area on the eastern side of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Whale Shark Protections Are Serious
Whale sharks are a protected species. Because of this, the government of Belize has put strict limitations on the amount of contact people can have with them. Only tour operators with an official license from the Southern Environmental Association (SEA) can take boats into the feeding area.
There is a limit to how many people can enter the water and how much time humans can spend there. Flash photography is prohibited, and you cannot touch the sharks.
These restrictions are for the whale sharks’ benefit. Like many of the exotic marine animals that visit our Barrier Reef, they are precious and rare. We want to encourage them to keep coming back.
Book Early to Get This Opportunity
These restrictions mean you need to book your tour early if you want to swim among these gentle giants of the sea. The best time to catch them is between late March and the end of June.
Snorkel or Scuba Dive
You can choose to snorkel or scuba dive when you visit the whale sharks. Either way, you will have an unforgettable experience. When you book your trip, be sure to only use a tour operator with a SEA license.
Book with the Best at Untame Belize
The best way to enjoy these friendly fish is with a professional tour guide from Untame Belize. Our guides are authorized and licensed by SEA. They have experience swimming with these amazing creatures. Contact us today to book your Belize adventure.