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Holbox is one of the best-kept secrets in Mexico. Located at the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, 100 miles from Cancun.

Holbox Island is not for everyone. It is a unique destination, unspoiled by mass tourism, and is a quiet place to enjoy nature and relax. Located northwest of Cancun off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox touches both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Though just 45 nautical miles from glittering Cancun, the two islands could not be more different.

It is wild and primitive and undeveloped. A world of seabirds, ocean breezes and dazzling white sand. A world where birding, diving and fishing are enjoyed in near perfect isolation. Holbox Village is small, but offers the basic amenities necessary for a relaxing island vacation.

Holbox Island is for those who can appreciate it. It is a quiet and friendly place where you can find rest from all stress and trouble. Nature in the area is still untouched due to the lack of crowds. Watch the amazing pink flamingos fly over the water, visit Isla Pajaros (Island of the Birds) to see over 155 species of birds, swim in the Yalahao Spring, or snorkel through waters filled by a mixture of Gulf and Caribbean marine life.

Probably one of the most amazing attractions of this island is the presence of whale sharks. Since a few years ago, whale sharks have been coming to the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula to feed and mate during the months of May through October.

Whale sharks are very docile and gentle and, when approached by snorkelers or divers are uninhabited by the visit.

Accommodations were at the Esmeralda Holbox Resort.

Click on the links above for whale shark clips from our July 2003 trip to Holbox.
click on the buttons for whale shark video clips from our July 2003 trip to Holbox
whale shark video clips courtesy of Bob Funkhouser