Whales Sharks grow to about 60 feet and weigh over 47,000 pounds. They are harmless, friendly, curious and very playful with humans. Their gentle nature makes swimming with them a special treat for divers and snorkelers.
Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef System in the World, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere with wonderful snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. There are a minimum of 20 named Belize Dive sites in southern Belize that are bursting with untouched coral reef with channels that go down from 90 to 110 feet and rising abruptly into shoals and cayes. Our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre offers diving trips to many of these dive sites in Belize. The Gladden Spit being one of them.
The Gladden Spit is a world famous Whale Shark feeding site in southern Belize. Every year during the full moon, in the months of March to June, over 20 species of Caribbean fish come to this site to spawn. The spawning attracts the enormous Whale Sharks to the area who come to feast on these eggs and to mate.
The 2016 Belize Whale Shark Season dates are:
- March 22th to April 2nd (Full Moon – March 23)
- April 21st to May 2nd (Full Moon – April 22)
- May 22nd to May 31st (Full Moon – May 21)
- June 19th to June 30th (Full Moon – June 20)
What to bring:
- Waterproof Camera
- Long-Sleeved Shirt
- Loose Comfortable Clothing
- Change of Clothes
- NO Jewelry
- Water/Water Bottle
- Light Sheel Jacket/Windbreaker
- Not Handicapped Accessible
- DO NOT bring Jewelry
- Not recommended for Pregnant Women
- Not recommended for persons who cannot Swim
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