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.


Whale Shark Habitats can be found on the northern part of the island of Holbox, 1.0 mile north of Downtown Holbox.

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

Nearby Restaurants

If you find your belly rumbling during your visit to the nature preserve, don't worry -- you can find numerous choices of lunch and dinner options within traveling distance. Esencia, which offers Cuban meals, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. The restaurant is maybe about less than a mile from this wildlife reservation, so stop by and eat up! Mandarina Restaurant and Maja’che are some more food and drink options near Whale Shark Habitats. At Maja’che you and your group should be sure to try out Caribbean dishes and experience the culture of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers with an interest in viewing another nature preserve, learn more about Holbox Ecological Preserve, situated two miles to the south of this attraction. There are at least one or two other attractions 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.

Location: Holbox


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