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Dive Review of Ocean Tours in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Isla Mujeres

Ocean Tours: "Whale Shark Snorkel becomes Whale Shark Harassment", Sep, 2016,

by mark magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9239.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Barbados, Cuba, USVI, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, WA, CA, RI
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions This is a "supervised" snorkel, lasts only a few minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Weve been diving for 25 years and not once had we seen a whale shark that was not on a National Geographic TV show. Once we decided we were going to Yucatan, we signed up for a whale shark snorkel tour that got high marks from Trip Advisor. The good news we saw several tiburon ballena, with some 6-7 foot mantas along for the ride. Just beautiful. It was worth the 1.5 hour boat ride each way.
The bad news the whole enterprise - and by that I mean the industry, not just one operator - is a giant scary mess. The whole process is a shameful reflection of the primacy of tourist dollars over the good of the animals (which we of course played a role in, sadly!). Important bad thing #1 we hit the very end of the season, and there were 30 boats in a small area, where the critters were feeding. This was not 30 boats tied to mooring buoys, or even anchored, it was 30 boats circling, moving, droping snorkelers in the water, pulling them ou ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Valera Sakhnenko in ON, CA at Nov 08, 2016 20:43 EST  
Hi Mark, I agree with your report, as we spent a week at Isla Mujeres this August, to snorkel with whale sharks. My initial inclination was to take whale shark snorkeling tour three times, but after the first day I changed my mind, and I will not do it anymore. It was not a very pleasant experience.
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