Swimming with whale sharks is a popular excursion for travelers from all over the world, as well as one of the ultimate bucket list experiences. There are a few destinations around the world – from Maldives to Mozambique – where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.
The whale shark is a harmless majestic sea creature, living in the depths of the ocean. It is considered one of the largest fish in the sea. In Maldives, you can spot these gentle giants swimming through the currents of the ocean, most popular in South Ari Atoll.
In a list compiled by Lonely Planet, Maldives has been chosen among one of the best destinations in the world for swimming with whale sharks. Whale sharks are year-round residents in Maldives, tending to favor the western side of the Indian Ocean archipelago from May to December, then heading to east until April.
These excursions can be arranged almost any time of the week, and tracking whale shark sightings is easily accessible through the local Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme’s Whale Shark Network Maldives app. Many island resorts and guesthouses offer their own tours for this exciting trip. Certainly, swimming with whale sharks in Maldives is an experience of a lifetime.
For the list by Lonely Planet https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-places-to-see-whale-sharks
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives