A lot of people are interested about the marine life. Some of them even want to see marine animals in person. Thankfully, there are tourist spots that allow you to go on a swim with such animals. However, you should know and religiously follow some steps when you are going on one.
If this is your first time to visit a tourist spot that is famous for its whale shark swim, then, it will be beneficial for you if you get a local tour guide. The local tour guide knows almost everything about the area and will provide you with all the information that you need to know. He also knows the things that you are expected to do, especially when swimming with the whale sharks, such as rules regarding your safety and the safety of the animals. However, you have to make sure that the guide has a valid license in this field. As much as possible, you should only get a tour guide who is referred to you by the tourism agency in the place that you are visiting.
The tour guide will give you a briefing about the tour. You and your companions should listen to the briefing and try to remember the things that the guide will tell you. This way, you will avoid unwanted situations. If the authorities are very strict about the rules, you may find yourself incurring penalties. What should be an enjoyable trip may be an expensive, frustrating and embarrassing one.
There are different groups of individuals who go for whale shark swim. Some of them are sightseers while others are snorkelers. There are also a couple of individuals who are divers. Whichever group you may belong to, you have to see to it that you know how to properly perform snorkeling or diving as well as know the limits of sightseeing.
You should avoid harassing the whale shark. To do so, you should not touch the animal or ride on it. If you touch it or ride on it, the shark will feel threatened. As a result, it may leave the area or even attack boats. Most importantly, you should not chase the whale shark. As much as possible, you should stay about three meters or ten feet away from the whale shark.
A whale shark would want to move freely about its natural habitat, which is the sea. Due to its size, it needs to have a clear path. In this case, you should not block its path. As much as possible, you should give it enough space. This way, it will not feel threatened and enclosed in its own home. Aside from that, it is also a curious being so you just need to stay put as it will just naturally get close to you.
The tour guide will usually inform you that the time for the whale shark swim or tour is up. He will then tell you and your companions to leave the water and go back to the boat immediately. This is typically to give time to other tourists who also want to watch and swim with the whale sharks. In most cases, there are no tours already about an hour before sunset until the next day.