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an Island Cat Excursion
Enjoy an outstanding ALL INCLUSIVE cruise, on a large and spacious sailing catamaran, and snorkel with the largest fish in the world! The whale shark filters surface water for microscopic plankton, which allows us to swim beside these rare and gentle giants. The PREMIER tour of its kind, our whale shark excursion includes a cruise of approximately 4.5 to 5 hours, and includes savory organic meals, a skilled and educated crew, and a marine biologist as snorkel leader. There is nothing to bring, we provide it all, a power support boat, bottled water, beer, sodas, an open bar, private bathrooms, fresh water showers, laundered towels, all the equipment needed. Truly a lifetime experience!
Island Cat has successfully operated the premier whale shark encounter for five years running and has never failed to find whale sharks during the official season, which runs from October through April. We are operating in the open sea, not in an aquarium. It typically takes from fifteen minutes to an hour, or longer, to find the gentle giants.
We are a large and spacious sailing catamaran with a 22’ assist boat for getting you up close and personal to the whale sharks. We provide all the snorkel gear needed along with a choice of full-face or standard-style, snorkel masks. We include two meals on board, along with a host of drinks and snacks, an open bar, a marine biologist as your snorkel leader and hostess, private bathrooms and showers, and on and on it goes. NO ONE DOES IT LIKE WE DO. We are The Premier provider. Over half our annual business comes from returning guests.
As of this year, Semarnat, the governmental agency charged with protecting the whale sharks, have restricted the amount of time swimmers may be in the water with a whale shark. The time limit in the whale shark feeding zone is now 30 minutes. This regulation was sprung on us in mid-October without any previous notice. We are also required to have GPS auto-reporting to Semarnat each time we enter the feeding zone, along with a host of other reporting requirements placed upon those of us who are certified to swim with whale sharks. This agency caused two boats to be seized in December for being in the whale shark zone without having the proper certifications. We were told that they also levied heavy fines against two other operators that failed to comply with their new regulations.
The waves and winds around the whale shark feeding zone, are reasonably calm. Much more so than the Cabo area. However, that does change during the winter months without much advance notice. We are careful to exam wind and wave predictions for the immediate area, but weather forecasts are not particularly good, and wrong at least half the time. Nothing like the US and Canada, and other localized first-world weather reporting. Furthermore, the winds and waves of the Cabo area are NO indication of what is going on in La Paz. Last year we had to cancel the Whale Shark encounter six times over a seven-month period for weather-related reasons. Less than once per month, but it does happen. We provide a full refund, if this situation develops.
Some guests from December through March, want extra protection in these colder months, where the air temperature gets down to the low 70’s F. Island Cat has wetsuits and shorties available for free, in all adult sizes for both women and men. We also have private hot water showers and fresh clean towels for when you exit the water.
Exclusive private yacht.
Not a tour boat!
You may bring your own cameras!
Large, spacious, sailing catamaran
and Overnight Charters
Marine Biologist as teacher, hostess and guide
Attendant dive boat
for easy access
Educated, professional, english-speaking crew
Many areas for relaxation
Chef on board
Local farm fresh vegetables and fruits brought daily
Two meals included
Snacks, bottled water, soft drinks and beer
Fresh water showers
Freshly laundered towels
Clean, new snorkel equipment
Snorkel vests (as opposed to bulky life jackets)
T shirts, Sweatshirts and Hats
Quality ground transportation with video
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award