Specialist operator Dive Worldwide has added three new “bucket list” holidays for 2022, to see whale sharks in the Maldives and Galapagos, and mobula rays in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
The Maldives Whale Shark Extravaganza is a small group holiday that will visit sites where whale sharks are frequently seen.
Clients submit their photos and videos of the whale sharks to an online database called the Big Fish Network.
It costs from £2,695 on a sharing basis, including seven nights’ accommodation at the small Boutique Beach Resort on the island of Dhigurah, all meals, transfers from Malé, two daily boat dives and the services of a whale shark expert.
International flights cost extra for the holiday, which departs on April 23, 2022.
The Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition is a week-long cruise led by a marine biologist who has spent time working with the Galapagos Whale Shark Project.
During the evenings, there will be presentations about the Galapagos’ unique ecosystems and whale sharks.
It costs from £5,895 on a sharing basis, including seven nights’ accommodation on the Aqua Galapagos liveaboard, one night in a hotel, all meals, domestic flights, up to 19 dives, guiding and return flights from the UK. It departs on September 26, 2022.
The third new holiday is the Mobulas & Orcas Liveaboard, which takes divers to see mobula rays in the southern Sea of Cortez.
It costs from £3,295 on a sharing basis, including seven nights onboard the luxury yacht Nautilus Gallant Lady, one night in a hotel, most meals, five days of mobula encounters, four dives, transfers and return flights from the UK.
Picture of a whale shark in the Galapagos by Jonathan Green.