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Mextreme Travel Whale Shark Tour
Reviewed July 18, 2010

The whale shark tour was well organized, started from 7:30 am, finished at 2:30 p.m. It took 1h of boat ride to reach the whale shark area, then it took us probably one hour more to spot the whale sharks (their fins are hardly visible from distance). After we found them each of us could swam 2 times with the sharks, easch divelasted from 1- 5 minutes - it depends how quickly the shark was swiming, since you can hardly follow him. You are so slose to the shark you can touch him, which of course you shouldn't. I am very grateful for a 3rd dive with the whale shark, which everybody was permitted, who wanted it. After the whale sharsk we took also a short snorkeling in vicinity. We also saw a manta ray, dolpihes, turtle and nurse sharks at snorkelling spot. If it was possible I could spend even more time with the whale sharks, maybe the snorkelling is not that important and could be omitted. But in general it was AMAZING, to me a highlight of my trip in mexico (and I've been travelling for 1 month around Yucatan and Chiapas)

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Reviewed May 6, 2010

Davide Rimoldi helped me plan my 50th b-day trip for myself and 6 friends, and it was fantastic. 2 whale shark excursions...unbelievable...including many close encounters with these beautiful animals, plus manta rays and dolphins. Another day we netted baitfish, then caught bigger fish which the captain and helper made into the freshest most delicious ceviche lunch ever. We snorkled, swam in freshwater cenotes, totally enjoyed the tranquility of the island. We were all very satisfied and loved his service and recommendations.

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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Having just returned after a week on Holbox Island and read the only other review on Mextreme, my wife and I had a totally different experience during wildlife/ nature day trips organised by the company.

This included three whale-shark watching trips and a number of other excursions. We have been taking wildlife tours longer than we care to remember and have always found that when it comes to wildlife and nature, nothing is guaranteed. It was therefore surprising that in early June, when the whale sharks are only just arriving in small numbers, on all three occasions we found whale-sharks. Admittedly they were shared with one or two other boats but this was not a problem as, unless you are a strong swimmer, you will not be able to keep up for very long anyway and the boats take turns to put two people in the water (the maximum permitted with each whale-shark).

The boatmen and guides that Mexreme used were all local, and although they spoke limited English, their effort to find the whale-sharks and help you when in the water, has to be admired. To drop in the water, look down and see these magnificent creatures glide past a few feet away, is a fantastic experience. The fact that we were not strong enough swimmers to keep up for very long meant the experiece was short, but the crew were quite happy to repeat the move as many times as we liked, basically until we were exhausted or the whale sharks went deeper (which they do around midday).

Being an encounter with nature, you have to realise that many things can affect the trips (all three of ours were different and they were only two days apart). Wind can make the water choppy and the whale sharks are more difficult to spot when you are trying to jump in alongside them. Cloudy weather and rain storms up to a day previously can make the plankton layer sink lower in the water and therefore the whale sharks will be well below the surface. Finally that same plankton can make the water cloudy and the whale sharks will quickly disappear from view unless you can keep up, or may even swim close by without you realising it.

On the same trips giant manta rays were spotted and we were able to get in the water alongside them for a brief period before they somersaulted away into the depths. There was also time for a leisurely snorkel over a small reef with some soft coral and colourful fish. (the Great Barrier Reef it isn't, but it made break from chasing the whale-sharks).

These trips lasted about 6-7 hours each and over the three, we were in the water with whale-sharks 12 times and Manta Rays 4 times.

Other trips orginised by Mextreme were affected by prevailing weather or climate conditions but they always did their best make the trips a success. Apart from the whale-sharks, the manta rays and the dolphins, most of Holbox Island and the nearby mainland's attractions are for people who like simple pleasures. Nothing is spectacular, just interesting, but you may have to be patient as nature seldom performs to order. We spent our last evening searching mangroves by torch light for a couple of hours before finding caymen swimming in the shallows just a few feet from the boat. Travelling back to Holbox in total darkness and at high speed across the lagoon, was also a memorable experience, only the distant glow of the town guided our boatman across an area littered with shallows. As I said, simple pleasures, but we enjoyed it. We may have been lucky with our sightings, but at the same time Mextreme were always flexible and tried to adapt the tours to make the most of prevailing weather conditions.

4  Thank ADP38
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Reviewed August 1, 2008

On a recent fishing trip to Holbox with my brother-in-law, we worked with a tour company called Mextreme. In talking with them we lined up both a fishing trip and a trip to swim with the Whale Sharks.

While the Whale Shark experience was okay, they completely screwed us on the fishing trip. David (or Daveed as he said it) promised us that we would be on a decent sized two motor boat, that we would be out trolling for large fish (using fishing rods)and that the tour would include drinks (non-alcoholic) and sandwiches. Unfortunately, we prepaid for this and he took us good.

We showed up at the beach for our big day of fishing only to find a very old, single motor boat that didn't even have a place to put a fishing poll. When we checked the cooler there were no beverages, no sandwiches, no anything. We had to go buy our own stuff and put it in the cooler.

I have to say that the fisherman we went with was VERY good. He did his best to help us have an enjoyable day, but, as you can guess, he didn't work for Mextreme and got the job via his boss.

Unforunately, we didn't have time to go back to the Mextreme office to have it out with David, or whoever was working that day, but the experience we had was awful. They are not trustworhy, they outright lied to us.

I would recommend staying away from this company and looking for another company and trying your luck there. There's another company called Willy's tours that may be a better shot.

I hope this review saves someone from having the experience we had and from wasting good money.

7  Thank Chaacpol
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thebackpackers, owner at Mextreme Travel Whale Shark Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2009

Hi, I am David. Well guys I really don't know who you are but according to my records I don't remember to have had such a bad planning. In any case if I am wrong accept my apologize in advance. Nevertheless, next time please step by to tell us personally your feelings (or what went wrong) so that at least we can do something about it, and not just answering to bad comments, almost offensive in a way, and not even sure if what listed really happened. You know, doing ecoturism creates many ennemies sometime. All kind of weapon are allowed then, when business/interests are touched. Like every project Mextreme Travel will probably need some adjustements/improvemente but I think we are still doing good or at least never so bad and definitely Planning is not our week point, . We believe that there are other people, hopefully the majority, that enjoyed the trip made with us. Our selection of boats has been made between all fishermen, giving a chance to everybody. Only the best ones for the moment are working. We will listen to your comments and apply them in the area where we lack. To keep the same level of quality, people and comments like these are important. Looking forward to see you once again on Holbox. I hope that at least the destination was acceptable :-)

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