Snorkel with the awe inspiring Whale Shark!
Whale Shark Point is the best place in the area in which to Snorkel with the awe inspiring Whale Shark! These gigantic gentle sharks come to Whale Shark Point to feed on anchovies which have gone astray from the surface fishing pontoons. If you're lucky you may get to snorkel with these amazing animals - sometimes our guests have seen up to 5 of these giants at one time!
Whale Shark Point is approximately 20 minutes speed boat drive from our resort on Derawan Island. However as the fishing pontoons are floating platforms they do change their location from time to time so this distance can vary slightly.
The Whale Sharks appear to be most common at this site during each new moon, however we have also seen them during other times of the month as well but this is less common. The local community (who will take you on these trips) will do their best to communicate with the fishermen on the pontoons so that we have the most up to date information on where the Whale Sharks are.
It is also important to note that when the south winds come to the area (which is usually mid June to mid September) the fishing pontoons and therefore also the Whale Sharks move to a more sheltered area called Talisayan which is approx. 2 hours boat ride from Derawan.
The Whale Sharks are most often seen feeding between 6-8am in the mornings. When they are close to Derawan we offer you the chance to get up early for some whale shark spotting before the days diving begins. We aim to leave the dive center at 5:30am and spend an hour waiting for the whale sharks to come and feed. Just before 7am we will return to the dive center so you can have a quick coffee and light breakfast before the day of diving begins. If you get lucky (and a lot of our guests do) then it's definitely worth the early wake up.
If you want to try your luck and go to Talisayan during the months of Mid-June to Mid-September then you would need to leave Derawan at 5am in the morning and you would not get back to the resort until around 12 noon, which mean you would only be able to do one dive at Derawan Island on this day, depending on the dive schedule. Its also important to note that the whale shark trips to Talisayan can only be arranged on the island and they are very weather dependent. The local boats that take you are not dive boats and therefore won't be able to take you if the weather is not favorable.
Scuba Junkie is an Eco Dive Centre and we have a very strict NO TOUCHING policy on all marine life while diving or snorkeling with us. We ask ALL our guests who take part on this tour to respect the whale sharks and also their space and NOT to touch them. Any guest that does touch the whale sharks will be not allowed back into the water during the tour. There are not many places left in the world in which you can have such an amazing experience with these gentle giants and we want to be able to offer this experience to visitors for generations to come.
As Scuba Junkie works closely with the local community to encourage alternative livelihoods, this tour will be run directly by the local community, and as a result you will pay the local driver and guide.
Please note Scuba Junkie makes no money from this tour and thus will not take any responsibility or liability with these tours.
Scuba Junkie believes it's very important to involve the local community in alternative livelihoods as this is the best way the area and its amazing marine life can be protected for generations to come.