ISLA MUJERES and SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS


Coming Up… Hello! Hi! Are you happy Laska? Are you happy? Hello, Tangerineys! Welcome back. If you are confused about where we have been lately, so are we. So we’re here to catch you up. After Mexico City, we came back to Puerto Morelos. We were so excited to see Laska again and be reunited! Alright, we’re going to pick up Laska. Hopefully, she’ll be really excited to see us. I have this slight bad feeling that she’s gonna refuse to come with us because We’ve left her too many times. No way! (Jordan whispering) We’re here. We have to be quiet though. Hola! Hola!! (Laska jumping in excitement) Hi! Hi! Oh hi Laska, Hi! OW! You bit me you jerk! (Trish from My Trish Advisor) I think she’s happy to see you! Hi! (Maddie saying hi to Laska) Oh, you love me? So much licks! So much licks! Trish: She can’t hold her liquor. (joke) Good girl! You’re a good girl! Come here! Why are you biting me? She’s bit me like 5 times! They’re mouth hugs. (Laughter) Mouth hugs. (Laughter) Yay! Are you happy Laska? Are you happy? [Laughter] Come here. Trish: Hey, welcome back, guys! Thanks! Okay, we captured the dog and we’re ready to go home. Laska (Thumbs up for more Laska) Back in Puerto Morelos, I think we had 12 days before our next trip. We had a whole bunch of footage to get caught up on from Mexico City. Probably the most footage we’ve ever gotten in a city in that short amount of time. Yeah, yeah, there was a lot and then, we had our tiles buckling at home. So basically our entire living room had to be pounded out and destroyed. There were dust and debris everywhere. Our place is pretty much unliveable for a week. Yeah, that sort of threw things up a little bit but, I don’t know, but, but! [Laughter] But life goes on and stuff like that happens all the time, tiles being thrown around everywhere. But despite all the catching up we had to do and a minor apartment disaster, we could not leave Puerto Morelos without going on one more big, fun, grand adventure. We got with My Trish Advisor and she hooked us up with this big bucket list item. You ready to go see some whale sharks? Yeah! So I believe our boat leaves from the Cancun area, but we’re going to meet our driver right now to take us there and in preparation we’re free of lotion, free of deodorant, all that stuff. (Whale sharks feed on the ocean’s surface. Wearing makeup, sunscreen, lotion, perfume, etc is a threat to their health). And we are free of sunscreen, hence the long-sleeve shirt that I am really not enjoying And I have Maddie’s sarong or something… I don’t know what they’re called. Sarong, good job. Oh, nice. [Laughter] He doesn’t know that word. Coffee! After a very short boat ride, we are pulling up to Isla Mujeres. The water was so pretty on the way over here Oh my gosh!! So pretty. Gorgeous shades of blue and green. Turquoise. Yeah, turquoise. That’s what it’s called. I don’t know exactly what’s going on but I think we’re just stopping at Isla Mujeres briefly, to go over some rules of what to do and what not to do with the whale sharks. Like touch them. Can’t touch that… (Humming and dancing along to “Can’t Touch This”) He was just saying it’s gonna be about an hour boat ride from here to go to where all the plankton and krill are and we’re not guaranteed to see any whales sharks. We could see None, or the most they’ve ever seen was over 400. So we’ll see how it goes. If there’s less than five we don’t get to swim with them, because there’s going to be about 40 boats around with tons of people, and everyone looking to see the whale sharks and there’s the possibility of seeing manta rays because they feed on the same thing and also, There might be dolphins or sailfish as well. So hopefully, I have my fingers crossed that we’re going to see lots of them today but we never know. Said if we have to go to the bathroom to do that on Isla Mujeres and there’s a good reason for that. There is one on the boat, they said it’s only for emergencies and you will not believe this thing. This is emergency only (Giggles) Better be an emergency. [Everyone Laughing] Woah, we’re not even moving yet and I’m almost falling. It totally varies how long it can take to get to the whale sharks, depending on where all their food is that day. In our case it took an hour and 20 minutes. I get seasick very easily, so I took a Dramamine before we went out. The moment we got out to open water, I knew it would have been game over if I hadn’t taken Dramamine. And I have been out on the ocean in a boat plenty of times and I’ve never gotten seasick. For about 90 minutes of the boat ride finding the whale sharks I was perfectly fine, but once we got there and the boat stopped and we were rocking back and forth and back and forth with these huge waves out there, I got so so so sick! So, for the love of God, take Dramamine. I’m serious, just do it. Trust me. Thank me later. Due to conservation efforts, rules that are put in place to protect the whale sharks, there could only be two people per boat diving with the whale sharks at any time. Once we got there, it was very frantic Once two people came back in the boat another two people were in the water. If you go on this tour, you won’t be swimming with the whale sharks for long, but once you get in the water… To the right, to the right. This way, this way! Swim, swim, swim! These whale sharks are awesome! They’re huge and graceful. It’s a super cool experience! Majestic is a word that comes to mind and gentle giant, it’s fantastic being near an animal this huge but also one that’s allowing you to coexist with it while it’s eating (Laughter) No less. I didn’t know whether these were whales or sharks but I can tell from their gills that they are definitely not whales. (Laughter) Once we jumped into the water though, it was pretty disorienting to know which way to go and also with the krill and plankton I don’t know which, it makes the water pretty cloudy. So, before you jump, I would recommend pinpointing exactly where the whale shark is, so you can kind of go after it, swim quickly in its direction. Be sure not to touch them though, the example they gave is that, when you’re sitting and you’re eating a meal and you’ve got mosquitoes flying around all over you, you’re kind of wanting to slap them away and it’s really annoying That’s probably how the whale sharks feel when there’s a whole bunch of humans swimming around them when they’re trying to eat. So, be respectful and don’t touch them. Admire them and be careful because with one flick of the fin they will be gone and whether you’re in the way or not. They don’t look fast, but even when they’re just slowly going, you have to swim as fast as you can to keep up with them…wearing flippers. (Laughter) Maddie and Jordan just saw the whale shark. Look it, Maddie’s still swimming after it; she’s going after it. We interrupt your regularly scheduled whale shark programming to give a quick Thank you to all of our Tangerineys on Patreon. You guys are the reason we were able to have awesome experiences like this; swimming with the whale sharks and showing you guys all about it on our channel. So, thank you, Thank you to our Patrons! We offer extra Tangerine Travels perks on Patreon. So, if you’re interested in things like exclusive updates about where we’re travelling next, you can join us on Patreon as well. We will put the link to that, down in the description. Isla Mujeres. After swimming with the whale sharks, we stopped here at Isla Mujeres, which is absolutely breathtaking! We need to come back here soon. Absolutely! And they made ceviche on the boat and it’s pretty good with like a peppery taste, unlike stuff I’ve had before. Come on Maddie, let’s shake that sickness off! Bombs away! [Laughter] All right, so we made it out alive. Maddie, 50% alive. (Laughter). She is 50% way better. She got a little sicky poo. A little. A little sicky poo. [Laughter] A little hurling over the side of the boat. Yeah, like 9 times. I know! My first three times swimming with the whale sharks, I got sick and I always strongly suggest to definitely bring Dramamine or take Dramamine for sure. I’m here with Maddie, the turtle. Turtle, turtle, turtle. (Maddie acting like a turtle) You gotta be careful because it’s mating season. (Laughter) It’s mating season. Jordan, where are you? [Laughter] We did see turtles mating on the way that’s why we’re saying this joke. [Laughter] And now, back to Cancun! The wind completely ruined this audio, so I’m just gonna dub Maddie. So this tour was SUPER awesome. Yes, I did get very, very seasick. Trisha: poor girl. So I 100% recommend you take Dramamine. Even if you feel tough enough, you’re NOT. (Laughter) That was freaking awful but the rest of it was cool, the whale sharks – amazing. The season’s from May 15th to September 15th, but I always suggest you wait a little bit later, because like today we probably saw over 40 or 50 whale sharks. Yeah, there were a lot! So, when you come earlier in the season there’s just not as many and they’re getting more like conservation efforts to like protect the animals. So uh-huh… it’s actually better to come later. Okay. Honestly. And thank you for getting us all set up with this. If you guys want to take this tour… High Five! What’s your website? It’s MyMexicoAdventure.com. And we’ll put that in the description as well, so if I want to take this tour or a ton of other really cool ones, Trish is your go-to girl. Basically, it’s a list of tours that I recommend because I know you guys have a lot of options, I mean, there are so many options in the area. So what I’ve done is, just go on all the tours and I choose to support more local, no caged animals at all, like the dolphins and stuff like that and then we donate back to the community. So thank you for joining us. And next time we see you in Mexico, very soon I hope. Oh, yeah! That was a cool experience, I am glad we did that. Me too. And I really like going to Isla Mujeres afterwards too and getting that ceviche. That’s some place we’re going to have to go back to soon because that is beautiful. Yeah, so many people have recommended Isla Mujeres, we just have never made it there before. Please excuse Laska in the background. She is going to town on what rawhide treat of some kind or another. As soon as we turned the camera on she’s like… I’m going to interrupt this. (Giggles) But anyway, that wraps up our time in Puerto Morelos and we will be off to… as it turns out, three countries in one day. After this (unintentionally) I didn’t even realize that until it all happened, very tiring. So be sure to subscribe to our channel if you want to see future travel vlogs that we put out and share this with a friend that you think might want to see whale sharks. How cool was that? But one more thing… [Bells Ringing] Gong that bell! So you get notified the next time we put out a new video and we’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts on “ISLA MUJERES and SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

  1. We have a couple more videos already in the works but what would you like to see us do a video on after that?
    1. Isla Mujeres
    2. Holbox
    3. A vlog around Puerto Morelos

  2. I admire your video. Some places are more fun to visit via YouTube than actually being there. Just watching the video when you are out on the water with whale sharks, the place gave me the appearance of a place I am in no mood to go out on the tour—you just don’t feel like going out on something like that. It might just be the mood that I am in right now. Maybe it is the heat and the bright sun and having to wear a certain kind of clothing or wear when you are in the water, also feeling very restricted what you can do. I do winter swimming and that is very mood sensitive. If the mood is right, it can be easier for me to jump off the edge of the ice into the water than to jump off the boat where are in spite of the water temperature where you are.

  3. I've been to Isla Mujeres twice in the last six months from the US, I was very tempted to stay there and never go back home! It's rare to find the feeling of peace I found lying in bed hearing the ocean waves with perfect weather. Best part, it's much cheaper to fly to Mexico and stay a whole week on the island than most flights and hotels in the US!

  4. Looked exciting, I would love to do something like but I get seasick even on a boat in the river. When will you be going to guatalmala???? Antigua is a beautiful colonial town. I think you would enjoy it and lots of artwork

  5. How very cool was that! All of your video was lovely to watch from your picking Laska up to the Isla Mujeres and swimming with the whale sharks!! Thanks!

  6. I swam with the whale sharks ten years ago near Isla de Holbox. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

  7. Madiie Jordan and Laska.. Love you all from California .Thanks for the memories. I took a similar tour in 09/18 and you guys nailed it. Great tour..

  8. Hi Tangerine friends, I’ve been to Isla Mujeres and it’s such A beautiful island 🌴 I remember swimming with Tortoises. The beaches are beautiful and the seviche is awesome. Thanks for sharing this great video. I wish I would have gone swimming with the whale sharks! What an experience that must have been so great. I remember getting really nauseous when the small boat I was on kept rocking back and forth, it was all worth the agony because was excellent loved every minute of it and I love seeing Layla chewing on her rawhide. Great 👍 video as always, thanks for sharing and God bless you guys. Greetings from New York City 🌃❤️🙏👍🤗🥰😘🐕🐶🦊🐱😻

  9. Awesome video I was there June 5th can you guys tell me how many you saw so funny question here the girl that's walking with you I love her turquoise top can you please ask her where she purchased it laugh out loud I really really like it her water shirt

  10. Alaska is biting you CAUSE she missed you. YES YES YES take Dramamine (or whatever) so sad when you are sick; I get motion sickness

  11. what do you do with your wallet when you're in the water together? and what is the junk floating in the water?

  12. I use to live on Isla but had to leave once it was discovered and full of drunk day tourist on golf carts.

  13. Great you've made it to Isla Mujeres! It's a great little island. I haven't been to Holbox, so I'm looking forward to your video.

  14. I know that felling when you come back home even after a few minutes our pets welcome us like we were away for a long time!🐕🐕

  15. I absolutely love Maddie's positive attitude about the trip, despite the seasickness ("hurled 9 times," OMG!). If that's something that happens a lot with this trip, the tour company should actively advise about it.

    Would have liked some more visuals and description of the ceviche. Conch? Fish? En general, BIEN HECHO!

  16. Definitely a bucket list thing, this swimming with Whale Sharks! I've never heard they were in Caribbean waters near the Mexican coastline, only about the Humpback whales off the coast of Baja and conservation efforts protecting the sea turtles on the pacific side. LOL:….Laska so happy to see ya guys and chomping on her rawhide toy! XD

  17. Welcome back to the screen! Footage from your swim looks fantastic! Can hardly wait to see the your next post 👍🏻

  18. WOW!!!! Awesome video guys!! great editing too. Your dog is beautiful. So I have to ask this question: Was that the first time you swam with whale sharks and were scared when you came close to the shark? I would have peed in the ocean so bad it would scare off the sharks. lol lol lol And my favorite song is Yellow River. lol Thanks for sharing guys. 🙂

  19. The water looks amazing. My aunt said Isla de Mujeres is a great looking place to visit. It's on my bucket list to do. Thanks for posting.

  20. Isla is absolutely beautiful. Please visit soul sisters bar for the most exotic cocktails that will blow your mind. Lori is amazing

  21. Wow, it's great that you got to see the whale sharks since there is no assurance that you will. You are living in some of the best scuba diving area's in the world. I've been to Cozumel 4 times Costa Maya 3 and I dove once at, and Roatan 4 times. I regret not getting certified when I was younger! You should really consider it. There is almost no better feeling that you can experience (excluding sex) ! I have been told that Utila, a barrier island of Honduras is the only place in the world where Whale sharks are and can be swam with year round! So far have only made it to Roatan which is 30 miles off shore and considered very safe compared to the bad press about the mainland. I think I've seen almost all your video's and I'm glad you got the Prius fixed!

  22. Isla Mujeres is amazing! Did you see the church on the main street?
    We, well, me, I'd never be able to swim with any thing if the water is over my head. I'm terrified of deep water, so I'll live vicariously through you.
    Laska was sure chomping on that rawhide. Actually it looked like a pig ear.
    My Chihuahuas love them.

  23. WOW……..WHAT AN AMAZING VIDEO. Just loved it. What an experience that must of been!!! Take care and d o n g that bell. Lol

  24. I am quite sure they use pesticides on produce in Mexico, do they sell any organic food there and could you video the produce section of a typical grocery store that you like? I’d love to see the produce there. Thanks!

  25. Love seeing you guys here at Isla Mujeres! I love your channel have been following you for quite a while thank you for visiting my home come back soon!

  26. 100% agree with everything you said, I did the whale shark excursion 4 yrs ago and it was an amazing and intense experience. My dog Diesel used to give us “love nips” when we came back from vacation.

  27. 5:23 – In seafaring parlance, the "bathroom" is called the "head". It is remarkable that it is at the bow, normally. Those stains were certainly rust from the salt water intrusions. Boats must be made of steel, and steel corrodes. They were literally the "rust" stains spoken of in old commercials. 😀

    I am pleased that you donned your life jacket. As a former US Coast Guardsman, I can tell you that "stowing" it "in case of an emergency" is akin to fastening your seat belt AS that car turns left in front of you. Because the boat appears to travel slowly, accidents are as rapid, make no mistake here. Good on you guys!!!

    A tip: if you get sick, close your eyes, and lay back and relax for a bit till your equilibrium in your inner ear returns. The sickness is caused by an argument between what you SEE and where your centre of gravity is. Also, look out at the horizon, and if you are able to stand, let your legs take up the rocking.

    Another tip: We can coexist with LOTS of animals that do not see us as a source of food … were you a krill … hm … BTW, Whale Sharks are the largest of the fishes!

    12:45 – any island with women "Isla Mujeres" has to be a great one! 😀 jk …

    Saludos! Looks like you had a great time!

  28. WOA!?! The bravery! That was awesome to watch, because it's something I'd be to nervous to do. Plus, I freak out on boats without a handful of Xanax. I love Laska! And I'm really enjoying your friend, Trish. Fun personality. Regarding Sea Turtles doinking in the sea, I was lucky enough to catch them doing it in the Pacific off of Costa Rica – and it was pretty awesome. Look forward to your next video!

  29. My wife and I have vacationed in Mexico, primarily on the Baja Peninsula. Our first two trips were relatively uneventful. BUT from that point on we have encountered several scams from being pulled over by the Policia for a traffic violation that never happened-we were told we had to pay 1500 pesos or we would have go to jail-we stopped to get gas at a pemex-after fueling a young man came out (wearing a shirt with a pemex logo on it)we paid him and started to leave when an older guy comes out and accuses us of trying to steal gas–we explained that we had already paid-he told us that no one like the person we described worked there. We just thought we needed to be more aware. The following year we went to Puerto Viallarta (sp) We went to one of the finest restaurants in the city had a truly awesome meal. Got back to our hotel were informed we had a message our bank called someone had tried to use our credit card number. There are several more incidents I won't bother to bore you with. Mexico is beautiful and most of the people are wonderful BUT things are getting worse for tourists

  30. Dear Tangerine Travels, I suffer very bad sea sickness too, but when I go out to the sea, I take 2 Dramamines instead of only 1. Then I carry the Dramamine box with me, because after 4 to 5 hours, if I continue been in the sea, probably I will need one more. By the way, GREAT video!! 😊👍🧡

  31. Hi guys great videos. I have a question when you guys are driving through Mexico do you guys carry Mexican insurance for your 🚗 and also USA insurance. Do you have a Mexican drivers license? Or an American license ? Can you please make a video on traveling through Mexico as a temporary and a permanent visa for you guys and your car. Thank you 😊 love you guys🌺

  32. We saw the Whale Sharks 7/5/19 on the Sea Dream boat. I think that is the boat in the video. I was looking for you Tangerineys while at Rivera May, but i guess you were in Mexico City then. Cost for whale shark tour was $200 (from our hotel), you get two swims with the whale Sharks, they only feed like this June to August. We saw a bunch of them and it was worth every penny. There was tons of sea weed on the way out and it is screwing up feeding for these whale sharks (they do not eat it). The guide "Chris" said the sea weed call Sar- gas-sum only started to get this bad within the last 4 – 5 years. This seaweed grows in the open sea and he blamed it on nutrient rich stormwater runoff from the Mississippi and other rivers. I read that it could be collected and mixed in with animal feed. Looks like lots of free animal feed to me!

  33. When you go back to isla mujeris, Rent a golf cart and tour the island and stop along the way at little bars and eating places and don’t forget to see the seashell house (you can’t miss it) very cool. One of our favorite places in mexico

  34. were coming down there next week we bought a place in Playa but would love to know what the best seafood restaraunt is in Puerto Morelos for us to try love the videos keep up the good work

  35. Isla Mujeres has our heart! So glad to see that you guys got to go! We have a travel channel too, would love for you guys to check us out!

  36. I’m so excited my husband and I are doing another trip to Yucatan and Quintana Roo next month. Your videos are so helpful.

  37. If you come back to Mexico City, please let me know. I have an experience with Airbnb around Mexican Lucha Libre. It would be my pleasure to invite you to take it for free.

  38. Peppermint candy works better than Dramamine. That’s why restaurants offer it as you leave. They don’t want you to get sick and think it was the food.

  39. I am so glad I found your Travel vlog/ journal of your life in Mexico. You guys are such a nice couple (inc. Laska) and have knack for creating creating great video content. Also appreciate the transparent nature of shared travel experiences. Very positive direction with a mixture of bumps along the way. I vacationed from Canada a few times to Mexico (most recently to the Playa del Carmen area) but really interested in the many other places of this vast country. I think l've binged enough episodes to be considered a 'Tangeriney'. Happy travels!! 😎

  40. Maddie you would enjoy being a passenger much more. Don't worry about the car, it's material. I am sure you have a great insurance just in case😉 Have Fun.

  41. Hi guys, just wanted to say I’ve been following since the beginning! Can I just say how much I love you guys & enjoy your videos? you keep it real and tell how it really is in a positive way but also give super important info. Keep enjoying your travels, because your followers love watching you guys on your journeys!!

  42. Hey I just wanted to throw an invitation out to you two, my husband and I and our son moved to Costa Rica six years ago and have had very similar experience to you guys. Your belief system about what living in another culture does for you and how it opens your eyes and kind of makes you more aware of the propaganda were fed in the United States that we're better than everybody.
    Anyway if you ever wanna hope on a flight and come to Costa Rica I will happily host you!
    Pura Vida!

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  44. MY HEATH HAS FAILED. THE GOVERNMENT ADMITS NO WRONG DOING AND TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY. BUT THEY SEND ME $1358 A MONTH. MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ALL WENT AND HID WHEN MY CASH FLOW STOPPED. NOW IM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT MEXICO. IM LOOKING FOR THE BEST MOST FUN CHEAPEST NON TOURIST PLACE IN MEXICO TO LIVE. IS ANYONE WITH ANY IDEAS OR EXPERIENCE OUT THERE TO HELP?

  45. We were just in Playa Del Carmen and Tulum with our US families. Wow, we went to Isla Mujeres around the same time as you guys! There is a beautiful Island near Isla Mujeres named Contoy it is amazingly beautiful! Very, very private and a lot nicer than Isla Mujeres.

  46. Obsessed with your videos! After hearing about Ajijic I found this channel and since just dream of moving to Mexico! I'm gonna blow up your channel, get you paid$ lol

  47. Next week, I'm going to Cancun!!! For the purpose of swimming with the whale sharks!!!!! Counting the days before I get to the airport and finally arrive at CANCUN!!!

    Super excited to do this!!!

    But also super nervous…..about getting seasick!!!

  48. If I ask the tour guide to record me with my go pro, will they help me out? I would live to get multiple angles/shots!!!

    Side by side
    Going right at the camera
    Right under the whale shark

    Right above the whale shark
    Etc…..

  49. We've been to Isla 3 times now (we love it) and the last time was 2018, but we went to see the whale sharks, but got there in June in the middle of a mild hurricane….mild…The swells were 7-9 ft, and no boats were going out or coming in for the 3 days we planned to see them…tfs this post. I think we will try again in July.

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