Cancun, Mexico –   In an effort to promote International Whale Shark Day and the importance of preserving the unique species, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away two roundtrip tickets to Cancun, hotel accommodations and the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks, via social media outlets.  To enter the contest, the Cancun CVB is encouraging social media users to become fans of their Facebook page at:

By “LIKING” the page, new fans will be randomly selected to receive a signature Cancun CVB stuffed Whale Shark in honor of the largest fish in the world. Participants are then automatically entered to win a trip for two to swim with these gentle giants.

Once they receive the Whale Shark, all they need to do is submit a funny and unique photo of their stuffed Whale Shark and post it on the Cancun Facebook page; the person who submits most original and unique photo will win.

The winner, who will be announced on August 30th, which is also International Whale Shark Day, will receive a 4 day, 3 night trip for two to Cancun with roundtrip airfare and accommodations included, as well as the chance to swim with these gentle giants during Whale Shark Season; all of this, courtesy of Apple Vacations and the Cancun CVB. The winners will be selected on August 30th.

You can visit the office Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau on the web at

Whale Shark season officially started on May 15th. But, these harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, feed on plankton and pass through the Caribbean waters through the month of September. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths extend approximately 5 feet, making swimming alongside these species a thrilling experience.

A hands-on encounter with the marine world is even more attainable in Quintana Roo—home to the largest barrier reef in America, the Mayan Reef. The diverse marine life, crystal clear turquoise waters and stunning underwater coral formations make Cancun the ideal destination.

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore.  The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

For more information, visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: