Swimming with the Whale Shark on Isla Holbox
Trip Start Jul 06, 2006
8Trip End Aug 19, 2006
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I joined them for breakfast the next day before heading out with them on the boat. I had no preconceptions about what it would be like to swim with a shark but after that first breath taking experience of swimming alongside this large, spotted, vegetarian beast looking straight into it's eye and seeing it's breath released from it's gills, I was in awe! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. We each swam twice with a whale shark in pairs. They seemed to be everywhere swimming lazyly around us and quite happy to be in our company. It some instances they would circle back to swim with us again and again. It truly was amazing.
Another highlight of Holbox was bumping into Jerome again. He had emailed me to say he was headed to Tulum and I was under the impression that I had missed him and would not see him again. He had befriended a local Mexican girl and I was lucky to meet her family and eat traditional Mexican food that they prepared in their open air street side cafe.
The other highlight of my time on Holbox was salsa dancing with the crew and more new travelling friends from the camping ground at a local club into the wee hours of the night then retiring to hammocks on the beach to watch the shooting stars.
We all left the island on the same early morning boat after three fun filled nights. I said my goodbyes to my new found friends and on my way back to Tulum decided to keep going to Laguna Bacalar, a massive lake set in the jungle near the border of Belize. I left Jerome and Rocela, an Italian girl I had met in Tulum and kept going south.