So, if you wish to do precisely that, we’re giving you a list of places you can visit to fulfill your desire of getting closer to one of the most fascinating creatures that inhabit our oceans. However, before we get down to it, there are a few things you ought to keep in mind, with maintaining the honor of these gorgeous creatures:
If it’s not a caged dip in the ocean, always remember to maintain a respectful distance from the sharks.
Whale sharks, in particular, are quite docile and harmless, which does not mean that you intentionally provoke them.
Touching the creature or using flash photography may have adverse and irreparable consequences.
Hammerheads and great whites are not to be messed with under any circumstances; these creatures are dangerous beyond your imagination.
Always, always, always listen to your instructor.
Whale shark in Maldives
Taking a dip with whale sharks in Maldives
South Ari Atoll is a marine protected area, which is a haven for whale sharks. They tend to the frequent the western side of the Indian Ocean archipelago from May to December, and head east until April. The Conrad Rengali Island Resort, in collaboration with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) conducts snorkeling tours to go shark spotting. There are also several other island resorts that conduct such trips, so you’re spoiled for choice. Another plus is that you don’t have to be a certified snorkeling professional to be diving here; you simply need to know how to swim.
The whale shark, which is the largest known extant fish species in the world.
Best time to visit
All year round.