On the Southern Barrier reef, just over one hour from Hopkins, is Gladden Spit where the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks, come during the week of the full moon in April, May and June.

This special place has a steep sandy bank pushing out into very deep waters. On an ordinary day, one can see large schools of jacks or snappers and visibility is well over 100 feet. But during the full moon phases in April, May and June of each year, Gladden Spit has no ordinary days. Each year during the full moon, Mutton and Cubera snapper spawn here and the giant whale sharks come from far away to feed on the spawn. It is common on this dive to see schools of snapper in the thousands with whale sharks passing through them. Divers will likely see these majestic creatures very close but are not allowed to chase, touch or otherwise disturb the whale sharks. These dives are very popular. You may need to book your Whale Shark Dive in advance in order to be assured a place for this trip.

Gear rental not included.

Departure Time: 8:30 am
Approx. Return Time: 5:00 pm
Number of Dives: Two tank dive
Food/Drinks: Lunch, juice & water
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, cap or hat, sunglasses, long pants, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, camera, binoculars, swimsuit, beach towel and extra (dry) clothes for the end of your day.


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