2010 Whale Shark Festival in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Swim with whale sharksEcotourism travel agency Ceviche Tours and the Isla Mujeres Department of Tourism announced today the dates for the Third Annual Whale Shark Festival, a community extravaganza celebrating the beauty and culture of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and championing the need to preserve a fragile marine ecosystem.

Last year thousands flocked to the family-friendly Whale Shark Festival, which offers guests an opportunity to participate in ecotourism adventures such as swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean and an endangered species.

WHEN: July 16-18, 2010

WHERE: Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Whale Shark Festival is an effort to raise awareness of the need to preserve the area’s marine ecosystem.  Isla Mujeres is part of the second largest barrier reef on the planet, and serves as the nursery of the Caribbean and the migratory path of whale sharks as well as sea turtles, water foul and game fishes.

Guests can swim with whale sharks and participate in a wide array of family-friendly activities such as traditional dancing performed by local troupes, exploring ancient Mayan ruins and much more.  Additionally, scientists from around the world will attend to present a series of Academic Seminars on marine biology, sustainable ecotourism and Mayan architecture.

Booking Travel
Travel arrangements and bookings for whale shark tours can be made through Ceviche Tours (www.cevichetours.com).

For a complete listing of 2010 Whale Shark Festival activities and for more information, visit www.whalesharkfest.com or www.cevichetours.com.

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About Ceviche Tours
Ceviche Tours is a US-based ecotourism travel agency that provides sustainable ecotourism to the indigenous peoples of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Founded by John and Adriana Vater of Spa Adriana in Huntington Village, NY, with longtime friend and Isla Mujeres native Luis “Cuco” Refugio and his family, Ceviche Tours works with the indigenous islanders of Isla Mujeres to help preserve their culture and maintain the integrity and beauty of the surrounding marine environment. Through education and photo identification efforts, Ceviche Tours joins the worldwide effort to protect and preserve whale sharks. As participants on our whale shark tours, guests are invited to be part of those identification and tracking efforts. For more information, please contact www.cevichetours.com.