Belize Whale Shark Diving & Snorkeling
In the month of March, April, May and June, Whale Sharks are observed at the Gladden Split by divers and snorkelers. This species, despite its enormous size, does not pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when educating the public about the popular misconceptions of all sharks as ” man-eaters”. They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. Divers and snorkelers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being hit by the shark’s large tail fin.
The area is used by over 20 species of Caribbean fish to release their eggs. Because of this unique event the Sharks are attracted to the area to feast on these eggs. Even if no Whale Shark are spotted, divers will have quality encounters with large schools of fish that are in the area to spawn.
The whale shark tours to Gladden Split are lead by well trained whale shark guides to ensure your safety and the safety of the sharks. The best dates for sighting these majestic creatures are listed below. Come, and join us as we go in search for the biggest fish in the sea.
Why You Have to Scuba Dive and Snorkel With Whale Sharks in Belize
Until you see a whale shark up close, it is impossible to realize just how large these gentle creatures area. Measuring up to 40 feet long and weighing up to 20 tons, whale sharks are a migratory species that circumnavigate the globe annually. The Belize Barrier Reef acts as a nursery for thousands of marine species, and the location is the only place in the world where whale sharks congregate in large numbers near the surface as they rise to feed.
Where in Belize Can You Scuba Dive and Snorkel With Whale Sharks?
The best place to encounter migrating whale sharks in Belize is at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, measuring almost 26,000 acres in size and located approximately 22 miles (36 km) off the coast of Placencia and other locations in Stann Creek District.
When is the Best Time to Scuba Dive and Snorkel With Whale Sharks
Because whale sharks are a migratory species, they are only in Belizean waters a short time every year. Whale sharks arrive in the area in April and May and rise to the surface waters to feed when the moon is in its full phase.
The Best Way to Get to Gladden Spit Marine Reserve
This protected marine reserve has no airport so all transportation to and from the area is by water taxi or private boat. From Placencia and other coastal locations in the southeast of the country it takes about one hour to get to Gladden Spit.
Best Way to Experience the Scuba Diving and Snorkeling With Whale Shark Tour in Belize
Although there is little risk from the whale sharks themselves, it is important to prepare beforehand to get the best possible experience. Understand that no flash photography is permitted and that strict rules in place prohibit diving or snorkeling after 5:00 pm, and only six total boats are allowed in the area at one time.
Interested in snorkeling and scuba diving with whale sharks on your Belize Vacation? Contact us and we will recommend you with the best tour company in Belize to do this tour.