Published on February 1st, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

Gearing Up for the 4th Annual Whale Shark Festival in Mexico

Whale sharks are the star guests at Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in July.

If you’re looking for some excitement this summer, consider the 4th Annual Whale Shark Festival, which takes place July 15-17 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. 

Last year several thousand people came to the island for this family-friendly event, which includes activities like swimming with whale sharks as well as attending traditional dance performances and local tours. 

As many as 1,400 whale sharks may make their way through the waters north of Isla Mujeres this summer, according to Dr. Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory, who is a scheduled speaker at this year’s event. 

Guests may swim with whale sharks and join an effort by Project Domino, a conservation program implemented by the Mexican government to protect these giant creatures, which are the largest fish in the ocean. 

MORE INFO: 2011 Whale Shark Festival, or

TO GET THERE: Fly to Cancun, then take a quick and scenic boat ride to Isla Mujeres. Check out discounted airfares and hotels:

The Whale Shark Festival is a family-friendly event.

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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