Snorkeling with the Whale Shark
Snorkeling with whale sharks, sea lions, and lunch on the beach.
Enjoying this graceful, gentle, biggest fish in the world known as the whale shark is one of the top and most unique experiences to be had in La Paz, only possible at very few other world locations. Swimming with these ocean giants and peacefully watching them as they eat immense placton quantities is at the very least, thrilling. This top experience is complemented with a sea lion swim and a delicious local ceviche lunch at a beautiful beach in the area.
During the months from October to April, the whale shark congregates in an area near La Paz that we call Mogote. It is a sandbar that creates the perfect environment for a lot of plankton to gather and the whale sharks feed on. During the seasonal months we will take you swimming with these giants of the ocean. The swimming with whale shark is done snorkeling in shallow waters, which is ideal to be able to swim peacefully without losing sight of him.
The start time is variable, normally we start at 8 am of the day, since the regulations require that visits to the whale shark be previously scheduled. We always try to get the first turn but we may get later; We will know this the same day of the expedition.
We will leave the fiscal dock on the La Paz waterfront and once inside the whale shark area we will look for ir until we find him. We usually find him in a short time, but sometimes it can take up to an hour. We will swim with the whale shark several times, making sure that all our visitors enjoy it in the best possible way. The experience since we entered the whale shark area takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, which gives time to mix it with a visit to a nearby sea lion colony, and with time to eat at one of the beaches in the area.
Duration: 5 hours.
Requirements: Know how to swim, as the whale shark is often swimming, and you have to swim along the sides of the shark to see it well.
Difficulty: Easy to medium, depending on the current and speed of the whale shark.
Minimum number of participants: 5 people.
- Trained guide and captain.
- Permits for the protected natural area.
- Safety equipment on the boat, wetsuit, mask and fins, towels.
- Water, soft drinks, lunch and snacks.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Land transportation
You must bring
- Environmentally friendly sunscreen.
- Swimming suit, comfortable shoes and waterproof wind jacket.
- Cap and sunglasses.