Every year during the full moon period in the months of March, April, May & June whale sharks migrate to an area off the beautiful shores of Placencia in Belize called the Gladden Spit. Some thirty years ago a local fisherman living on one of the Sapodilla Cayes was the first person to report sightings of these magnificent creatures. Local fishermen from Placencia out on their annual snapper spawning fishing trips also had sightings, but thought it was only one shark, they named it Sapodilla Tom in honor of the first person that reported sightings. After the introduction of scuba diving to the area in the early 90's, it has been discovered that the migration is indeed dozens of sharks. Today this migration is the most popular diving attraction in Placencia with divers visiting from all over the world.
Besides the whale sharks, divers get to see thousands of spawning tropical snappers including dog, cubera and mutton snapper when diving at the Gladden Spit, undoubtedly, the largest congregation of fish found anywhere in the Caribbean. The Gladden Spit is located 26 miles east, south east of Placencia, approximately 45 minutes boat ride away.
Whale sharks are gentle giants they are slow-moving filter feeding sharks and the largest fish species. They feed primarily on planktons and other very small sea creatures such as tropical snapper spawn that prompts their annual migration to the Gladden Spit in Belize. Getting up close and personal to one of these gentle giants is indeed an experience that would last you a lifetime.
SEAHORSE DIVE SHOP
The Seahorse Dive Shop is owned and operated by Brian Young, a native of Placencia and the founder of Whale Shark program in Belize. He and his trained dive masters have the most experienced with the sharks and keep up to date logs of their migrations. Seahorse Dive Shop can provide such details as exactly when the sharks migrate, the most suitable dates in the months for viewing them, or if a certain shark has been seen previously.
The whale shark drill is 2 dives a day: a morning dive around 11:00am followed by an afternoon dive after lunch that starts around 3:00pm. Brian and his well trained dive masters uses a clever technique in bringing the sharks to the surface: They would dive as deep as 90 feet or so, looking
Whale shark trips are recommended for divers with 20 plus dives. If you have not been diving within a year we recommend doing a refresher course. Snorkelers must be seaworthy and of experience level as well.
Mar. 15 thru 25 | Apr. 14 thru 24 | May 13 thru 24 | Jun. 12 thru 22
*DIVING WITH SEAHORSE DIVE SHOP*
- Round-trip flights between Belize City and Placencia
- Land transfers between Placencia Airstrip and resorts
- Accommodations, number of nights and whale shark diving as specified in the resort itineraries on the right
- Whale shark diving includes: 2 tanks/2 dives per day. (*Note: diving is with Seahorse Dive Shop)
- Boat/guide/equipment & lunch
- Taxes and Service Charge
- Price is per person based on double occupancy and in US dollars
- (Whale shark park fees of $15 per diver, per day is not included and will be collected at the dive shop)
Note: Packages can be customized to suit your needs! You can request how many nights and how many days of diving you would like at any resort from our Placencia listings. Whale shark diving can be mix with different diving such as Glover's Reef or regular diving. Inland tours also available and can be added in the mix.
7 Nights in a Standard Beach Cabana w/5 Days of Whale Shark Diving.
March 15 thru June 22: $1499 PP, based on dbl.occ
Laru Beya Beach Resort:
7 Nights in a Ocean View Room w/5 Days of Whale Shark Diving.
March 15 - May 24: $1885 PP, based on dbl.occ (*excluding Easter)
June 12 thru 24: $1760 PP, based on dbl.occ The Inn at Robert's Grove:
7 Nights in 1st Floor Classic Vista Room w/5 Days of Whale Shark Diving.
March 26 - June 02: $2095 PP, based on dbl.occ (*excluding Easter)
June 22 - July 01: $1825 PP, based on dbl.occ
Turtle Inn Resort:
7 Nights in a Garden View Cottage. 5 Days of Whale Shark Diving:
March 15 - May 24: $2998 PP, based on dbl.occ
June 12 thru 22: $2498 PP, based on dbl.occ
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