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When is Whale Shark Season in Belize?

Whale shark season is a popular attraction for divers in Belize. These gentle giants can be found in Gladden Split, just off the coast of Placencia in the springtime, with the best chances of being able to dive with them in April and May.

Expected Whale Shark Season

Whale shark season revolves around the full moon. Most of the time, these giants are too deep in the water and divers can’t access them. However, during the full moon, whale sharks ascend to the water’s surface to feed on fish spawn and tiny plankton. Since their movements are tied to the moon cycle, divers can expect to encounter sharks starting 2 days before the full moon and staying for a week between the months of March and June.

Full Moon Dates in Belize:

  • March 25, 2024
  • April 23, 2024
  • May 23, 2024
  • June 21, 2024

Whale sharks get their name from their massive size—they can grow to 40 feet and weigh as much as 47,000 lbs—which rivals some whale species. Although they are sharks and can look intimidating, they don’t pose any real threat to humans. In fact, they can be extremely playful and curious about the divers that come to see them up close.

If you want a chance to dive with whale sharks, be sure to book your dive trip around a full moon in March, April, May or June. We’re currently offering preview bookings to groups of 8 or more or you may register for one of our organized preview excursions.

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Belize Dive Haven Resort is located in the pristine Turneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers offshore from Belize City. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands, and cayes. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 70 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees, and dolphins.

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