Galapagos Islands offer the chance of ticking off both a
bucket-list destination and that bucket-list whale shark encounter
in one fell swoop. These islands have piqued people's curiosity
since Darwin's famed expeditions almost two hundred years ago. And
with tropical penguins, schools of hammerheads and freediving
iguanas to supplement the almost-guaranteed whale shark sightings,
the Galapagos Islands are arguably the best place to dive in search
of whale sharks.
The majestic Maldives
is another bucket-list destination offering high chances of diving
with whale sharks. Diving in the Maldives will leave you
slack-jawed in awe. Drift along expansive walls, cruise through
beautiful coral gardens, and most importantly, keep one eye on the
blue for the big boys.
Liveaboard lovers will enjoy the spectacular setting of the Sulu
Sea in the Philippines.
The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a World Heritage Site, and the
diving is as spectacular as it is remote. A 14-hour overnight
cruise from Puerto Princesa on Palawan transports you to this
biodiversity hotspot in the middle of the Coral Triangle.
Wide-angle lenses are a must for photographers here as the whale
sharks seen in Tubbataha tend to be big, dirty, and in need of a
cleaning station. So maybe let them enjoy a spa session before you
start snapping away...
On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Mexico
is another famous destination where giant pelagics cruise the
reefs. Manta rays and dolphins frequent the dive sites of Socorro
Island, and whale sharks turn up later in the year (usually in
around November until January). Earlier in the year, the Caribbean
coast of Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula, offers almost
guaranteed whale shark snorkelling opportunities too.
For diving with whale sharks without the need to cross multiple
time zones, from Europe you can head to Mozambique
or Oman to spot
the big fish. In Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago in the north,
and the Quirimbas Archipelago to the south, are both home to
stunning and healthy reefs with an abundance of big marine life -
think whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins all vying for your
attention. A few nights' luxurious stay on Oman's Musandam
Peninsula is a great add-on to a Maldives trip (or worthy of a
holiday in its own right), and the location, at the entrance to the
Persian Gulf, attracts whale sharks between April and October.
Our blue planet offers many beautiful locations where you can go
diving with whale sharks. Allow us to tailor your bespoke whale
shark diving itinerary to ensure you giant stride off the right
boat, in the right place, at the right time of year...