“Make sure you have realistic expectations. Sometimes there will be many sharks and sometimes there will be none. This is not in any way controlled by the tour operators. Also realize these are extremely sensitive, living beings. While we want to experience them we also have to respect them and their waters.” The tour guide explained all the rules before we split up into three groups and boarding our boats.
I was excited, although the guide’s words made me nervous that I paid almost 400 dollars and I would potentially not see any whale sharks. As I soaked myself in sunscreen, I became tired from the Gravol that I took earlier and could feel my eyes closing slowly. Eventually, I passed out and slept the entire boat ride to the location of the whale sharks which was probably an hour from shore.
When I woke up, I was surprised to see maybe ten whale sharks swimming on the surface of the water. I thought I was dreaming! I quickly grabbed my camera and started filming the beautiful creatures as they swam so elegantly through the turquoise water. The guide asked who wanted to be the first group to jump in and I immediately raised my hand.
As I jumped into the water with my snorkeling equipment on, my heart was going crazy. I turn on my video camera and begin videoing the whale shark that was heading straight to me with an open mouth. I was so scared as it came closer and closer to me. It soon realized I was in the way, and turned to a different direction; allowing me to capture an amazing angle of the shark on my camera.
Overall, this was probably one of the most amazing experiences I have ever done. I am so fortunate to be able to have done such an amazing activity that is on so many people’s bucket lists. I look forward to showing all my friends and family the photos and videos that I captured to share the experience with them.