My husband has always wanted to swim with the whale sharks and we finally got our chance at our recent trip to Villa Arghy (www.villaarghy.com) in Tulum. We booked the trip through Riviera Adventours at the recommendation of the booking agent for the house and our previous experience at Oscar y Lalo's restaurant, where the tours run out of.
We were not disappointed! This was an experience from start to finish. The night before our departure the company experienced some problems with the vans and we were unable to depart as planned. However, despite the delay, there was EXCELLENT communication about the problem, with Virginia, the owner, even offering to take us in her personal vehicle if we were unable to change our plans!
The morning of our adventure we were picked up at the rental house in a clean, comfortable vehicle and offered coffee and pastries. Virginia is an excellent host both on the road and at her restaurant Oscar y Lalo's.
Our guide was Fransisco and he was excellent. He looked after us as special guests—advising when to take Dramamine to reduce sea sickness, scoping out the best place to sit on the boat for an easier ride and helping to keep track of our stuff, which is harder than it sounds!
After about an hour boat ride out into the ocean, it was time to jump in with the whale sharks! Francisco came with a very nice underwater digital camera and took some spectacular pictures—well worth the $30 to purchase them. We were able to swim right up next to the whale sharks and also saw some enormous manta rays.
On the way back from our swim we stopped and snorkeled at a reef and then threw our anchor in a bay off the coast of Isla Mujeres and had ceviche for lunch on the beach!
We ended the trip at Oscar and Lalo’s for happy hour where we got to play with Virginia’s spider monkey, Lala.
It was an incredible, memorable day thanks to the thoughtful planning of Virginia and Francisco.
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