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2013/06/12 17:28:50 (permalink)
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Whale Shark Tour Question

Wow, we haven't been to Akumal in 6 years! We will be there in mid-July for a couple of weeks. Has anyone made the trip to see the Whale Sharks from HMB? Curious about length of trip and price. Looks like Playa has a tour but wanted to hear from all of you guys if anyone has done it. Thanks, BK
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/12 18:21:05 (permalink)
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While our tour is not until 6/22, we are booked with www.mexicowhaleshark.com with pickup in Akumal for $160/adults, $110 for kids. Rene from the site has been very prompt with returning emails and answering questions. It sounds like a fantastic tour, but that seas can be somewhat bumpy.....
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/12 19:59:14 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info...I'll look up their website. Have fun on your trip!
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/17 09:39:39 (permalink)
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I waited 5 years to go on a whale shark trip and finally one this last Thurs, but handled travel to Isla Mujeres on my own. Got up at 5AM and drove to the Gran Puerto ferry terminal for a 7:30 ferry. Met up with Ceviche tours at the Pemex dock, but their boat wasn't working and got passed off to http://whalesharksmexico.org/
Our guide Logan was a lot of fun and I had a fantastic time. Spent some time with the whale sharks and then our captain spotted a manta ray. We followed the manta and got a few times in the water with it. Then went back to the sharks for another trip in with them.
I thought the the ocean was pretty calm, but out of 11 people on the trip 6 got sick. I was kind of surprised but you never know. Despite this everyone got in the water with the sharks at least once.
This was the highlight of my trip last week and I'm sorry my wife didn't go along but considering how many people got sick it was probably best that she wasn't there.

I think we left the Isla at ~9:30 and got back ~3. That included a stop at a shallow sandy area near one of the Isla beaches to have some beers, ceviche, quacamole and chips. From what Logan said they normally stop at a reef near isla to snorkle also but because of following the manta we didn't have time for that. A good trade off as far as I'm concerned.
This is the only picture I have on the web right now.
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/17 10:21:42 (permalink)
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I recommend going from Isla Mujeres with Capitan Tony Garcia. He was raised on Isla Contoy, where his father was the lighthouse keeper and he will NOT go out in iffy weather as many of the tours do! You cannot really make "reservations" week in advance because of this. Call/contact him a few days before and he will let you know.

Tony is a natural when it comes to reading both the weather & the sea. He stops along the way at Isla Contoy, where he drops off his mate to prepare your FANTASTIC lunch, goes out for the whale sharks, back to Contoy (where you will also meet and possibly hand-feed Samantha, a "tame-ish" wild manta ray who likes the tourists in the bay! You stay an hour or so and can explore Contoy (Nature Preserve) and then snorkel at an additional reef or two on the way back. You will NOT be disappointed, I can guarantee that!!!

His Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CapitanTonys?fref=ts

email: capitantonys@hotmail.com

Cell: 998-260-4194 (just now verified)

A sample of what you get with Tony:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=664432263572406&set=vb.100000169162502&type=2&theater

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1. Official Rate is $125 for adults (sometimes negotiable with Tony with 5-6 people! [:)] )
2. He also has wetsuits that you can use - for NO additional charge.
3. A good medication you can get locally for seasickness is called Stugeron, which Farmacia Similares has a generic version that is much less expensive.



post edited by Isla Chica - 2013/06/17 10:32:00
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 10:32:04 (permalink)
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beautiful photo! I would love to see one of these guys in real life.
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 11:33:18 (permalink)
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Oh !! this is going on my bucket list for next trip

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 12:07:06 (permalink)
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We went in I think 2005 from ABR with Sky Dove (I think that was the name of the company). Left at 4:30 am, returned around 6 pm. Went to Holbox. It was great! Something you'll never forget! Take a pillow as it is a long drive and not a whole lot to look at.
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 13:57:50 (permalink)
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is this a seasonal thing? if so what time period? or does it operate year round?
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 13:59:46 (permalink)
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Early June to Mid September
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/19 22:55:06 (permalink)
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is this a seasonal thing? if so what time period? or does it operate year round?

Steve--I think your best chances are July & August. If I were to do it again, I would try to arrange staying a night or 2 in Holbox. From what I've read and the very little we saw of the island, it looks pretty cool. On our trip it was get there, jump on a boat, go find and snorkel with the sharks, back to the island, lunch and back into the van for the ride home. Had about 15 minutes to find a place to buy a tee shirt. Would have loved to explore the island. Don't know if I'd spend a week there since there is virtually no snorkelling from what I've read. It ran us about $180 per person and was worth every penny. The ride there is pretty boring except for the occasional drive thru a small town and unfortunately you'll see an extreme amount of poverty. Hope you get a chance to do it. Truely amazing!
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/20 08:40:28 (permalink)
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i guess it moves farther down on the bucket list... we normally travel in October and this year will probably be November... gonna be a grand dad again...
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/20 08:52:11 (permalink)
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You do NOT need to go all the way to Holbox to see Whale Sharks! As a matter of fact, the Holbox folks were boating out real far closer Isla Mujeres early this season, from what I have read. Personally, I would do go to Cancun & take the ferry over to Isla... 3-4 hours riding in a vehicle one way is not necessary . Even if I decided to go with another company (there are quite a few on Isla) I would go to Isla & go from there.
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/20 08:59:29 (permalink)
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Hi,

So we should just wait until we arrive to make any kind of reservation as it is pretty much weather related? and will they pick up at the resorts and return there? we are so doing this. thanks!!

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/27 08:27:20 (permalink)
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Ziggy, For Capitan Tony, you only need to take the ferry over to Isla Mujeres. He does not pick folks up, and will NOT go out in bad weather or rough seas that would make people sick.

Here is a fantastic video of whale sharks & manta rays together from yesterday!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670398639642435&set=vb.100000169162502&type=2&theater

Manta Ray Ballet (Tony's video!):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670367226312243&set=vb.100000169162502&type=2&theater
post edited by Isla Chica - 2013/06/27 09:12:31
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/27 09:28:43 (permalink)
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Thanks Isla!! easy enough to jump on ferry and meet up with him.

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/27 09:46:46 (permalink)
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Thanks Isla!! easy enough to jump on ferry and meet up with him


People usually visit captain Tony at his house the day before and it may be , come back another day

Not good if you make the 2+ hr day trip

Edventuretours.com put on  a great day trip
including transportation

I am going with one you can prebook and one of the most recommended on Isla

onislamujeres.com
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/27 11:18:26 (permalink)
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I put a couple of videos of my trip on youtube
Edit to add you may want to turn the sound down.

Manta 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=covHmjPoP3U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjjaBfc0hY

Whale Shark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJsUJ9k52mc

I was able to color balance my still pictures but haven't figured out how to do it in video. If anyone knows I would appreciate some help.
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 07:01:19 (permalink)
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I so want to do this!!!!!
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 08:41:50 (permalink)
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Thank you sundog, would you pre book before you leave for your trip or once you get there? I will also check out your link..

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 09:11:29 (permalink)
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I have prebooked
 
We are staying on Isla for a few days so we booked for our 3rd day / backup day is our 4th
 
 

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 09:30:29 (permalink)
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Thank you again for the info..I know we are not leaving for awile but I am so excited to do something like this...

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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 14:43:40 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Vancouver Sundog

People usually visit captain Tony at his house the day before and it may be , come back another day
Not good if you make the 2+ hr day trip
TOTALLY unnecessary! He DOES have a phone (number above), and can tell you JUST as much over the phone as in person. He will know if the weather will be good or bad, and if not, will tell you to call him early the next a.m..


I am going with one you can prebook and one of the most recommended on Isla onislamujeres.com

Good luck with that. I hope they don't take you about in bad weather just because you pre-booked. [:@]
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RE: Whale Shark Tour Question 2013/06/28 15:04:38 (permalink)
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On Isla will cancel if too rough

Plus their boat is bigger so hope it goes well

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