Swim with the Whale Sharks
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whale Sharks at Isla Mujeres, Mexico - copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

July 22-26, 2015     from $ 735 per person
Package includes four nights lodging at beachfront Na Balam Resort,
hotel tax, daily breakfast, and two days of whale shark interactions hosted by Solo Buceo

Enjoy whale sharks, manta rays, and the charm of Isla Mujeres, Mexico

WHALE SHARKS and MANTA RAYS -- Though they are the largest species of shark, whale sharks are plankton feeders and harmless to humans. They follow their food source up the coast of Central America, around the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico. From mid-May through early September, they have been congregating in large numbers near Isla Mujeres. For the 2013 season, it was estimated that more than 300 whale sharks gathered for this feeding extravaganza. Adding to the excitement, in recent years the whale sharks have been joined in Mexico by scores of large manta rays, also plankton feeders. By Government regulation designed to protect the animals, no scuba diving is permitted, so all interactions are simply accomplished on snorkel. The result is a glorious and easily accessible opportunity for all lovers of marine wildlife and underwater photographers.

NaBalam Hotel, Isla Mujeres

NA BALAM HOTEL, Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres -- Quite different from the gigantic hotels and resorts in Cancun, Na Balam is a boutique hotel set on a wide private beachfront location on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres. The resort features just 35 spacious rooms and suites in a very clean and minimalistic decor. There is a beachfront restaurant with excellent Mexican specialties, seafood and delicious 'botanas' snacks; a small and relaxing swimming pool with heated jacuzzi; and an on-site Yoga Studio & School. The resort also features an on-site full-service marina for scuba and snorkel lovers, and a convenient pier from which our snorkel trips will depart each morning.

SOLO BUCEO -- Island Dreams has arranged professional snorkel boat services with Solo Buceo. Based at Dreams Hotel, Punta Cancun, Solo Buceo has more than 25 years of experience serving snorkelers and scuba divers. To provide the best in-water opportunities, and better control, we are chartering two entire boats each day. Our custom trips will depart each morning from the pier at NaBalam Hotel, and be back by about 1 pm. We will specify early departures, so as to arrive at the whale shark feeding grounds in advance of the majority of the day boats.

TOUR LEADER Ken Knezick -- Owner of Island Dreams Travel, Ken has been conducting scuba diving tours around the world for more than 35 years. He will help you to come properly prepared for the sea conditions so as to safely enjoy your whale shark interactions. A highly experienced underwater photographer, Ken can also help you to get the best possible pictures of these wonderful animals. Both beginner and experienced snorkelers are welcomed to enjoy this unique experience.

MORE INFO -- Ken visited Isla Mujeres in July 2013, and again in July 2014 with an Island Dreams group. He has posted an extensive destination report and photo gallery. Find further details, travel tips and photos here: Quintana Roo Whale Shark Report

Island Dreams Whale Shark Experience
NaBalam Hotel, Isla Mujeres *** July 22-26, 2015
Deluxe Ocean View Room

Two (2) rooms remain available in this category

with two whale shark snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 735
Single occupancy $1095
with NO snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 405
Single occupancy $ 765
Junior Suite

One (1) room remains available in this category

with two whale shark snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 850
Single occupancy $1330
with NO snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 525
Single occupancy $1000
Ocean View Suite w/plunge pool

Sorry, this room category is SOLD OUT

with two whale shark snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 895
Single occupancy $1415
with NO snorkel trips Double occupancy $ 565
Single occupancy $1085

Prices are per person, based on occupancy indicated.
Prices, schedules and itinerary inclusions are subject to change.
Airfare to Cancun and transfers to Na Balam are not included in this pricing. Call Island Dreams for fares.
The cost of any other pre or post-trip lodging is not included in the package and is at guest's additional expense.

Room Descriptions: Whale Sharks at Isla Mujeres - copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Included in the Package: Package Exclusions: Basic Tour Itinerary:
Plan Ahead for Success -- This trip will sell out. If you are interested, please do not delay. For best value, you are advised to purchase your airline ticket to Cancun well in advance. Contact Island Dreams for complete details and guaranteed reservations for this group tour, as well as private dive travel adventures. Phone toll free at 1-800-346-6116, or simply drop trip leader Ken Knezick a note at: ken@divetrip.com

Manta Ray at Isla Mujeres, Mexico - copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams


Note: All pricing, itineraries, and trip inclusions are subject to change without notice.
Please contact Island Dreams for current availability, discount airfares, and complete details.