The underwater world is replete with the potential for incredible encounters. For many, the ultimate marine meet-up is with a whale shark. Swimming or snorkeling alongside the largest fish in the sea is undeniably thrilling. Several prime locations offer visitors the opportunity to see these formidable, but friendly, specimens in the wild. Here are some of our favorite spots.
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. Growing up to 40ft in length, they feed mostly on plankton and small fishes and pose no threat to humans. They have a reputation for being placid and gentle creatures, tending to move very slowly through the water. You don’t have to be a certified diver to experience them. They feed close to the surface of the water, allowing you to view them from the deck of a boat, snorkel with them or even just swim alongside them.