If you want first-hand experience with a whale shark, this is your destination.
I am Not a snorkeler/as in, never snorkeled in my life. But with Camella's help and the sharp eyes of Luis, our captain, we had the greatest experience I've ever had. I thought the trip would be like the brochure showed. A snorkeler a few feet away from the fish and calmly watching the fish.
Since we were almost the first few boats on the water, we were able to site a whale shark almost immediately. My husband, T was on top of the bow and saw it's shape . . . so close. We quickly got on our fins and T, with Camella slipped into the sea. Me, well, I hesitated. Luis shouted to me to put my face into the water. I not only had the surprise of my life, I never realized how big a whale shark is, especially since we were up front and personal. I was directly over the head -- I was so startled, my head flew up. So I took another look, still so close. Since I forgot how to not breathe, Camella helped me out of the water. T was equally startled, but he remembered how to breathe. I, fortunately, kept my life jacket on so the next sighting was easier for me 'to slip into the water'. But no easier on me for looking into the sea, because T said the 2nd whale shark was bigger.Indeed, we were again almost directly over the whale shark. By then more boats were out - plus many more divers. I still wasn't comfortable with the breathing apparatus and Camella was so helpful. She again helped me out. We definitely had personal attention.
I, however, even after Camella's instructions wasn't 'up to taking' our 3rd dive into the ocean. T, by then finally perfected using our underwater capable little camera, but there were too many divers in the water scaring the fish. We had a 4th sighting, but that fish was running scared.
Although I thought we would be 'out' longer in the sea, after looking back at our time line and my lack of experience plus T's light skin color, I think we spent enough time on the water. I must admit, 'it took a bite out of our energy'. Altogether the amount of time getting ready and driving out to the area where the whale sharks 'hang out', and the return trip, etc., it did come out to be about 4hrs. as promised.
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