hi there; been to yucatan a few times now, but always in dec/jan.
have you been there in august/september? What is the weather like:is it sunny with some rain, or cloudy all the time...
plus want to do some great diving, preferably away from the crowds: any tips? and has anybody dived with the whale sharks from Isla Holbox?
thanks very much
all the best
Just answered your note about weather and diving...
Regarding scuba diving with whale sharks..... LISTEN the Mexican government and the union of whale shark guides has PROHIBITED scuba diving with the great big fish.... What is available is a tour called " In Search of the Spotted Whale Shark" where you go out very early in the morning ( recommended that you spend the night prior to the tour on the island of Holbox) on a boat which will have a max of 7 or 8 clients and go for an approx. ride of 1-2 hours looking for the whale shark.. Once found ( provided they are on the surface and visable... remember these great fish follow their food source, the plankton.. If the planton is not on the surface or shallow depths, but down in the deeps of the ocean the whales will be there, and not visible from the water surface) then two by two folks are allowed into the water and can snorkel with the fish.. There are very STRICT rules about distance, photography, etc when taking this trip.. Once all passagners have snorkeled, then you take the boat ride back to Isla Holbox. In the course of the day you might be lucky to spot dolphins, rays, other interesting fish and if you bring binoculars see some of the variety of birds that stop at Holbox during their migration.. You return to the island approx. 1 pm.. Most folks will plan to spend that night as well on the island as it is an exhausting day out at see in the hot sun.. Cost for the trip averages about 85-90 US per person and reservations are suggested. ( http://www.isla-holbox.net/whalesharks.htm) THIS YEAR due to the strong Hurricane Wilma which hit the area in Oct 05 we do not know if the whales will return to Holbox as we are not sure of their food source has returned... In the past years the fish come to the waters surrounding Holbox mid June and leave by the 2nd week of September... I am suggesting you do NOT book any trips with any provider until it is KNOWN that the fish are for sure in the waters near Holbox... Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details...
Hope this helps in planning your trip
Kathy Martin Kopelman
Appears the scuba guide, Kathy, has answered your question about diving w/sharks (!) -- I can only add that the weather is hottest of the year in Aug & Sept. People who've experienced it (I choose not to!), say that the only way to survive is to have a cerveza in hand while in the pool - or ocean, I assume! If you do decide to go, ENJOY!