Whale sharks in Belize aggregate off the Placencia coast during the full moons in April and May, and our Belize whale shark packages are valid for both months.
In 2013 the full moons are on the 25th of each of month, so plan on starting your whale shark diving around the 27th, and snorkeling around the 28th.
(Whale sharks may be around in March, but not as reliably as April and May, so we don't pre-book whale shark trips for March. Whale sharks are usually still aggregating at Gladden Spit off the Placencia coast in June, but the weather is often too rough for snorkeling and sometimes may be too rough for dive boats to make it to Gladden Spit. Therefore, we prefer not to prebook whale shark dive or snorkel trips for June. (For basic information on whale sharks, see our Whale Shark page.))
All Belize whale shark packages are based on two adults, include 6 nights lodging in your selected accommodations, double occupancy lodging, 2 days of whale shark diving or snorkeling, snorkel and dive gear, round-trip domestic airfare between the Belize International Airport and Placencia, lunch on days of snorkeling or diving, whale shark conservation fee, Monkey River jungle tour, 12.5% hotel tax, 12.5% sales tax on meals and tours, and hotel service charge, if applicable.
Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is a Belize environmental/conservation organization that manages the marine reserves and parks off the Placencia coast and enforces environmental laws and regulations in the area, including the following whale shark regulations.