See a whale shark is the dream of many people! It is not easy to meet the largest fish in the world because it is often migrating (animal crossing). However, there are times of the year when in some places you can have the chance to to swim or do snorkeling with a Whale Sharks. On the other hand, the destinations for plunge with some whale sharks are much less numerous! here are the best destinations to see whale sharks and especially when go!

WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS?

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  1. AUSTRALIA : Ningaloo = March to July, Christmas island = October to March
  2. BELIZE : Gladden spit = April to June
  3. COSTA RICA : Coco Islands = June to September
  4. GALAPAGOS : Darwin and Wolf = June to October
  5. INDONESIA : Cenderawasih bay = all year round
  6. MADAGASCAR : Nosy Be = October to December
  7. MALDIVES : Ari atoll and Baa atoll = all year round
  8. MEXICO : La Paz = February to May, Isla Mujeres = June to September
  9. MOZAMBIQUE : Tofo = November to April
  10. PHILIPPINES : Donsol and Padre Burgos = December to June
  11. TANZANIA : Mafia island = October to March
  12. THAILAND : Richelieu Rock = February to May

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WHERE TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN THE WORLD

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN AUSTRALIA 

Australia has 2 known places for a very long time to observe whale sharks: Ningaloo and Christmas island.

Where to see whale sharks in Australia?

Diving with whale sharks in Ningaloo, Australia

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  • Ningaloo is one of the first places where whale sharks have been spotted, excursions to observe them in snorkeling have been organized since the 1980s.
  • They arrive around March and leave around July, the big peak being in May.

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Dive with whale sharks at Christmas island in Australia

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  • Each year at the start of the rainy season (October-November), millions of red crabs come to breed and give birth to millions of eggs in the waters of the Christmas islands.
  • Some whale sharks come en masse to feed on these baby crabs from October and until February-March.

When to see whale sharks in Australia

  • Ningaloo whale shark season in Australia: the best time to see them is to March to July.
  • Christmas Island whale shark season in Australia: the best time to see them is from October to March.
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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WITH WHALE SHARKS IN BELIZE

Or see whale sharks in Belize Gladden spit?

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  • The breeding season of cubera snappers (snapper) during the months of April to June attract whale sharks to Gladden Spit (near Placencia) who feast on eggs.
  • The best times to see them are the few days before and after the full moon.

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When to see whale sharks in Belize at Gladden spit?

Whale shark season in Belize at Gladden spit: the best time to dive with them is from April to June.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN THE COCO ISLANDS 

Or see whale sharks in the Coco Islands?

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  • We no longer present the Coco Islands!
  • The dives on this island in the middle of nowhere are world famous and largely at the Galapagos level.
  • There are a lot of big ones out there, and when the water is full of plankton between June and September, the whale shark season begins!

When to see whale sharks in the Coco Islands?

Whale shark season Costa Rica: the best time to dive with them is to June to September.

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WHEN AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN GALAPAGOS 

Or see whale sharks in the Galapagos? AT Darwin and Wolf.

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  • The Galapagos are of course world famous for their famous hammerhead shark schools, but there are also whale sharks (and many other large specimens of course!)!
  • The majority of them are pregnant females and will be observed around the islands of Darwin and Wolf between June and October.

When to see whale sharks in the Galapagos?

Galapagos whale shark season: the best time to dive with them is to June to October.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN INDONESIA 

Indonesia is probably the country with the most superb diving destinations, and yet, a single place known to observe whale sharks. It is Cenderawasih bay in Papua.

Or see whale sharks at Cenderawasih bay in Indonesia?

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  • Ideally located in the coral triangle, Indonesia is without doubt one of the best diving destinations in the world.
  • In Cenderawasih bay, in Papua, the behavior of whale sharks is unique.
  • In other places, they pass or regroup during a certain period of the year, but here it is different: they are present all year round gathering under the platforms of sinners, feeding on small fish, shrimp or crustaceans that escape from fishing nets or are thrown into the water by sinners.

When to see whale sharks at Cenderawasih bay?

Whale shark season in Indonesia: the best time to dive with them is all year !

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN MADAGASCAR 

Or see whale sharks in Nosy be in Madagascar?

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  • Nosy Be is without doubt the most popular diving destination in Madagascar.
  • During the last months of the year, whale sharks appear and there is a good chance to cross them in diving!

 

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When to see whale sharks in Nosy be in Madagascar?

Whale shark season Madagascar: the best time to dive with them is from October to December.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN THE MALDIVES 

The space covered by the atolls of Maldives is very large and the different marine phenomena between the different zones (tide, currents, plankton supply, etc.). This allows the Maldives to have the opportunity to see whale sharks all year round, between the north and south atolls, even if Ari atoll (south) offers the best chances.

Or see whale sharks in the Maldives? AT Ari atoll and Baa atoll.

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Dive and swim in snorkeling with whale sharks at Ari Atoll in the Maldives

  • Historically they were present only on the south side (Ari atoll) during the dry season (beginning of the year)
  • Period which is also the one with the best visibility.

Dive and swim snorkeling with whale sharks at Baa Atoll in the Maldives

  • Due to certain climatic changes we can now also see them on the north side (Baa atoll) during the second part of the year.

When to see whale sharks in the Maldives?

  • Season whale sharks in the Maldives: the best time to dive with them is all year depending on the atolls.
  • Whale shark season at Ari atoll in the Maldives: January to May
  • Whale shark season at Baa atoll in the Maldives: June to December.
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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN MEXICO

The Mexico is very lucky, we can observe the whale sharks on both sides: the west, in the sea of cortez and ballast off the coast Isla Contoy and Holbox (above Cancun).

Where to see whale sharks in Mexico?

Snorkeling with whale sharks at Holbox and Isla Mujeres in Mexico

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  • We often hear that you can see whale sharks in Cozumel and Cancun.
  • In fact to be more precise, it is rather off Isla Contoy (between Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres).
  • In number, this is probably the area with the most important gathering of the planet, up to 500-1000 specimens.
  • Only snorkeling excursions are offered, no diving.

Swim with whale sharks in La Paz (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico

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  • In addition to offering superb dives, the Sea of Cortez offers the possibility of seeing whale sharks: in Cabo san lucas, Cabo Pulmo, but the main place is the bay of La Paz where they congregate en masse.
  • The big difference with many other places is that here you are not limited to swimming with them (snorkeling), you have the opportunity to cross them in diving!

When to see whale sharks in Mexico?

  • Whale shark season Holbox and Isla Mujeres (Cancun, Playa del carmen, Cozumel): the best time to see them is to June to September.
  • Whale shark season La Paz (Sea of cortez): the best time to see them is to February to May.
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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN MOZAMBIQUE 

Or see whale sharks in Tofo, Mozambique?

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  • The most popular destination to see whale sharks in Africa is probably the mozambique.
  • They come to feed on krills (miniature shrimps) which rise to the surface for a few months around Tofo and Cabo San Sebastian.

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When to see whale sharks in Tofo Mozambique?

Whale shark season Mozambique: the best time to see them is to November to April.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN THE PHILIPPINES 

The waters of the Philippines are very popular with whale sharks and there are many places where you can have the chance to meet them: Tubbataha reef, Padre Burgos But Donsol is by far the best destination. Of course there is also Oslob, but I strongly advise against going there (see below).

Where to see whale sharks in the Philippines?

Dive with whale sharks at Tubbataha reef in the Philippines

  • Tubbataha reef, a plus of being the best diving destination in the philippines, allows you to have the possibility to dive with whale sharks!
  • Indeed, during the Tubbataha diving season, whale sharks are frequent in Tubbataha waters, especially in the south atoll.

The full article on Tubbataha reef here

Dive and swim in snorkeling with whale sharks in Donsol

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  • Donsol is one of the most famous places in the world to see whale sharks in the Philippines.
  • Each year the bay of Donsol is the scene of their migratory passage and there are dozens and dozens of people crossing the coast every day.
  • You can see them while snorkeling (the excursions are supervised by WWF), but above all you can dive with them (and manta rays) at the Manta Bowl site near Ticao island!

The full article on Donsol here.

Dive and swim snorkeling with whale sharks at Padre Burgos in the Philippines

  • Padre Burgos is not yet very well known in the Philippines, but you have almost the same chances of seeing whale sharks as in Donsol.
  • Either snorkeling or diving.
  • The advantage of Padre Burgos over Donsol is that the dives around are of much better quality !

The full article on Padre Burgos here.

Swim with whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines

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  • Oslob is now very well known for the presence of its whale sharks but this is unfortunately an example of what should be avoided
  • To sum up, originally Oslob is an area where in season krills (miniature shrimps) proliferate at night and rise to the surface. Whale sharks roam the bay at night and until the early hours of the morning to feed on it.
  • One day the sinners noticed it and since they feed them with krill very early in the morning which allows to extend their presence and this now all year. By doing this, they interrupted their migratory route and their reproductive cycle. So, do not go see the whale sharks at Oslob!

Why not go see the whale sharks in Oslob here

When to see whale sharks in the Philippines?

  • Whale shark season Tubbataha reef: the best time to see them is to March to June.
  • Donsol whale shark season: the best time to see them is to December to May.
  • Whale shark season Padre burgos: the best time to see them is to December to May.
  • Oslob whale shark season: don't go there!
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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN TANZANIA 

Or see whale sharks at Mafia island in Tanzania?

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  • Mafia island is less known than the very famous island of Zanzibar, further north, yet it is the best destination in Tanzania to see whale sharks!
  • From October to March, they follow the plankton and gather in the channel between Mafia island and the mainland.

When to see whale sharks at Mafia island in Tanzania?

Whale shark season Tanzania: the best time to dive with them is from October to March.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE WHALE SHARKS IN THAILAND 

Or see whale sharks in Thailand?

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  • From the beginning of the year, the quantity of plankton increases in the waters of the Adaman Sea, around similan islands, which of course attracts whale sharks (and manta rays)!
  • Richelieu Rock (a superb pinnacle in the middle of nowhere, which is surely the most beautiful diving spot in Thailand), is the best site to see whale sharks in Thailand in this period.
  • You can also see whale sharks in Koh tao, on the other side, in the golf of thailand, but in much smaller numbers.

When to see whale sharks in Thailand?

Whale shark season in Thailand: the best time to dive with them at Richelieu rock is to February to May

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