Snorkelling with whale sharks
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 4:37 AM Last Post By: scabbedsaint
Aug 4, 2012 1:15 PM
Snorkelling with whale sharksI'm hoping to snorkel with whale sharks in Djibouti this November. I've read that this is a good time of the year to see them, and it's something I've always wanted to do. However, as someone who was on a boat that sank with loss of life, I'm a bit nervous about being on the water.
I'd be interested to hear people's experience of doing this. Was the boat stable and safe, is the water reasonably calm and not too rough, are you close to land or out on open water?
Aug 5, 2012 8:05 AM
1I haven't done this in Djbouti, though I have in the Maldives, Mozambique and Mafia.
I'll let someone else comment on the likely sea conditions and types of boats there but in terms of your (perfectly understandable) concerns I don't think you should worry. In whale shark season there will be lots of boats and lots of people. In other words plenty of support in the unlikely event one boat has a problem. The likelihood is that the boats will be in fairly shallow water (the sharks are much easier to spot from the surface if you can see the bottom) and also relatively near the shore.
It is a truly incredible thing to see and you will not regret doing it. But be prepared for some serious leg work. It is really hard to keep up with a whale shark!
Sep 28, 2012 4:37 AM
2Should point out that the Whale sharks in Djibouti are Juveniles so they are not as fast as the full grown ones ;)
I was there in December to do this and there was really a lot of boats around and a lot of people in the water.
No matter what, there were several WS in the water so it was no problem to be "alone" with them.
One even managed to snatch me with its tail when it swam behind me and I didnt see it :)
You are close to land as they are feeding in Ghoubet bay close to the lake.
So if a boat would sink for some reason, you would easily reach land.
If you do this in the morning the sea is calm but becomes more rough in the afternoon.
But yet again as it is not in open water it is still doable.
Doing it is an amazing experience and wrote about it
as well as edited a little video that I filmed with a Kodak Easyshare C123
Hope you decide to do it as it is totally worth it!
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