Whale Shark Habitats

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The annual whale shark migration just off the coast of Holbox is perhaps what the island is best known for. Every year, tourist flock to this part of Mexico to catch a glimpse of these massive creatures make their journey. Visitors in Holbox will have no problem finding their way to a good spot.

Those who make the journey offshore will get a close up experience with these gentle giants. Many of the tour groups also include swimming with animals, where you will be able to get as close as you want to them - but don't worry, their name might include "shark", but these are peaceful animals. Just remember that they are wild animals and a threatened species, and should be treated with care and respect.


Situated on the island of Holbox, 1.0 mile north of Downtown Holbox, Whale Shark Habitats invites residents and guests who are rooming on this part of the island or close by. Regardless of whether or not you are staying nearby, you are free to drop by to check it out.

In order to get to the site, you will need a boat, or tag along on a tour.

Nearby Restaurants

After spending some time at the nature preserve you find your stomach stomach growling, there's any easy solution -- you'll discover a wide variety of local restaurants in this general area. Esencia, which serves Cuban fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for nature preserve visitors. It is maybe about less than a mile from the wildlife reservation, so stop in and try something off the menu. Mandarina Restaurant and Maja’che are additional food and drink options near Whale Shark Habitats. At Maja’che you may try out Caribbean dishes and enjoy the local foods and culture of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Nearby Attractions

Those interested in visiting another nature preserve, learn more about Holbox Ecological Preserve, which is located 2.1 miles away from this nature preserve. Other types of local activities include Central Plaza, which is a mile away Downtown Holbox.

More Information


The prime Whale Shark season in Holbox is during June, July, and August. However, keep in mind that any environmental conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean can affect the migratory patterns, so this season can change slightly.


The habitats are open water, so there is no fee to visit. Transportation to the sites can be expensive though, so be sure to shop around for the best price.

Location: Holbox


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