A swim with whale sharks will stand out in your family's memory. Moreover, these animals are in their natural habitat and not in captivity. (Meanwhile, swimming with dolphins in captivity is fraught with issues.) A side benefit is that kids may be inspired with a continuing interest in these creatures. Many school projects stem from outstanding experiences on trips!
Wherever you swim with whale sharks, be sure to do no harm to the animals. The Whale Shark Project has a Code of Conduct, (and also invites you to share photos if you swim with whale sharks):
- Do not attempt to touch, ride, or chase a Whale Shark
- Do not restrict normal movement or behaviour of the Shark
- Maintain a minimum distance of 3 metres from the Whale Shark
- Do not undertake flash photography
- Do not use underwater motorised diver propulsions