Private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler and Travel Weekly reported on the success of the Fifth Annual Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Week celebration,which took place from June 21 to June 24.
Isla Mujeres lies around eight miles north of Cancun real estate along Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coast on the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is small,at around 4.3 miles long and 2,130 feet wide,and is a popular destination for day-trippers who come to enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood and wide variety of seaside activities.
Recently,those activities have included a front row seat to the annual whale shark migration,when nearly 1,500 of these majestic giants travel through the waters of the Mexican Caribbean near Isla Mujeres. Whale sharks are actually the world’s largest species of fish and pose no threat to humans.
The annual festival exposes visitors to local dance,cuisine and art,and provides an opportunity to snorkel with these amazing creatures. The festivities are also dedicated to educating visitors about the rise of sustainable tourism,wildlife conservation and protecting the world’s oceans. Some of the proceeds will go to support environmentally focused non-profit organizations and a variety of ecologically focused activities for children.
“Sustainable ecotourism engages guests in the effort to preserve the culture of Isla Mujeres,their way of life and the marine environment,” John Winter,co-founder of Ceviche Tours,which organizes the event,told Elite Traveler news.
For visitors who are interested in the scientific angle of whale sharks,the festival also offers a variety of discussions featuring marine biologists,as well as experts in Mayan culture and the local ecosystem. Whale shark season in Mexico’s Caribbean actually runs from May through September,while the animals enjoy the warm waters of the region,which are rich in plankton,a major food source for these captivating giants.