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.


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

Whale Shark Habitats is found on the island of Holbox, 1.0 mile north of Downtown Holbox.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending some time exploring the area is chowing down on a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this nature preserve. Esencia, which has a menu full of Cuban dishes, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Esencia is only around less than a mile from Whale Shark Habitats, so grab a table and peruse the menu. Mandarina Restaurant and Maja’che are some of the other refreshment choices nearby. At Maja’che you and your party should be sure to try out Caribbean fare and experience the Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean culture.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers with an interest in visiting two nature preserves, check out Holbox Ecological Preserve, which is located two miles to the south of this attraction. You'll find at least one or two additional places of interest nearby, including 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.


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