Whale shark, snorkelling and swims

Swimming with a magnificent whale shark was our tipping point to plunge into a travelling year.

After stormy weather we woke to perfect sun and big swells. We were on the last boat to swim with whale sharks in Coral Bay this year. It was just meant to be.

A professional photographer captured the moment we floated next to the 5m juvenile male whale shark. The way the light reflects is simply beautiful and a privilege.

Coral Bay was exactly what I had hoped for. We walked to pristine shallows and snorkelled in transparent sea a minute from our tent. Just magical.

We added the experience of swimming with huge barreling rays. Watching the somersaults and dives of a 4m long manta was spectacular. Add an inquisitive humpback on migration as we returned to port and you couldn’t get better.