Swimming with Whale Sharks 2016 Recap

August 24, 2016

In 2009, we added Isla Mujeres whale shark trips to our Mexico portfolio. Whale shark season runs from late May to September, but we recommend traveling between mid-July to mid-August if you have flexible travel dates. Those weeks tend to be the best with respect to whale shark aggregations in the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve. […]

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Whale Sharks Move from Vulnerable to Endangered Status

July 19, 2016

Earlier this month, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species announced that the whale shark has moved from vulnerable to endangered status. Whale shark populations throughout the world have declined more than 50% in recent years. This sharp decline places whale sharks at a higher risk of extinction and explains the endangered status listing. Whale […]

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International Whale Shark Day 2015

August 29, 2015

August 30, 2015 marks the 7th International Whale Shark Day. It’s a day to celebrate the world’s largest fish and to promote conservation for this charismatic ocean giant. We recently traveled to Isla Mujeres, Mexico for our annual whale shark adventure. Every year, we look forward to swimming alongside whale sharks as they feast on […]

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The Best Place To Swim with Whale Sharks

August 16, 2015

From May to September, the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve becomes a feeding ground for large congregations of whale sharks. The reserve is about an hour by boat from Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The large number of sharks found here during the peak of the season makes Isla Mujeres our favorite place to embark on a whale […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks – La Paz, Mexico

June 3, 2015

Jumping in the water to swim with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish does take some nerve. For those willing to try, it’s sure to go down in your list of lifelong memories. Few words can really describe how extraordinary it is to experience this wildlife encounter first-hand. From early winter to late spring, […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks – Key to their Conservation?

September 3, 2014

Last month, we traveled to Mexico for Reefs to Rockies’ annual whale shark adventure. Now in its fifth year, this annual trip remains one of our favorites. Every year, humans kill as many as 100 million sharks. We believe that sharks are worth far more alive than dead and swimming with sharks just may be […]

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Mexico’s Gray Whale Nurseries

February 10, 2014

Gray whales exhibit one of the longest annual migrations by animals in the world. Every year, an individual whale may travel more than 10,000 miles on its round-trip journey between the Bering or Chukchi Seas to Mexico. Gray whales start arriving to several quiet lagoons including San Ignacio and Magdalena Bay in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico by guest blogger Rachel Ankney

December 27, 2013

There are two words that are synonymous with Reefs to Rockies: Travel and Trust. On my second trip with the eco-tourism company, this became abundantly apparent. Granted, it was the same destination: Isla Mujeres. But by no means did that make this venture routine. Instead, it redefined these everyday terms for me, an admitted adventure […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks – 2013 Edition

August 20, 2013

Between the months of May and September, whale sharks (Tiburon ballena) congregate off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The biggest fish on the planet, a whale shark can weigh several tons and can grow to more than 45 feet in length. Seeing masses of dorsal fins in the water can invoke an adrenaline rush […]

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12 Undeniable Reasons to Explore Mexico

February 4, 2013

Last week, CNN.com published an article titled “3 undeniable reasons to explore Mexico” (http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/29/travel/mexico-three-reasons/index.html). The three reasons listed included gastronomy, pre-Hispanic sites, and swimming in cenotes. We wholeheartedly agree with these reasons. But after reading this article, it was easy to quadruple their number of reasons by emphasizing Mexico’s biodiversity and wow-inducing wildlife opportunities. #1: […]

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