Water adventures are never excluded in a travel bucket list, so why not consider putting whale shark watching on it. If you're looking for places to go, here are the world's best destinations where you can swim with the gentle giants.
Utila, Honduras. If you're on a tight budget, off to Honduras you go. It is a year-round whale shark research vicinity but one should visit during the months of March to April where the sharks are abundantly present. You can also choose to stay in dive hostels that offer great whale shark trip packages.
Donsol, Philippines. According to Donsol Ecotour, this destination highly assures visitors to personally witness the whale shark since they stay longer there. You should visit during the months of November to June as they feed on nutrients from the Donsol River. Tours usually offer three-hour packages that include transfers, boat guide and snorkeling equipment.
South Mahe, Seychelles. This place is the largest island in the Indian Ocean that offers the earliest scientific records in whale shark history. You should try visiting during the peak season in October and stay at the Four Seasons Seychelles Dive Center.
Tofo Beach, Mozambique. If you're looking for a hidden gem, Tofo Beach is a dream come true with its numerous scuba diving spots. Also, with its numerous plankton, be amazed of its waters at night time. It also takes pride in having one of the largest concentrations of whale shark population, especially during the months of October to March.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. According to Lonely Planet, it is the largest and most accessible Australian fringing coral reef and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Whale sharks visit to feed during coral spawning months. One would surely enjoy the Ningaloo Whaleshark Swim since they have a spotter plane that increases your chance of spotting and swimming with the gentle giants.
Whale shark watching is a great experience that everyone must try. However, it's also important to become responsible travelers and abide by the rules so as to keep these gentle giants safe.