Ocean Safari


Ocean Safaris are a 3-4 four hour expedition to search for Utila’s unique marine life, offering customers the possibility to swim with dolphins, tuna boils, eagle rays, turtles and whale sharks. Utila is one of the world’s nine best locations for swimming with these elusive creatures, making it a premier location for whale shark encounters. Whale sharks can be spotted off the coast of Utila year round, but April to May sees an influx of whale sharks in the area, as well as from September and October. These trips also provide us with the opportunity to collect data on whale shark individuals and environmental conditions that contribute to our population database.

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What’s included?

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  • Whale Shark Encounter Guidelines briefing from experienced biologists and marine science students
  • Snorkel at Turtle Harbour protected area
  • Introduction to Coral Reefs of Utila boat briefing
  • ​​Comfortable and spacious vessel
  • ​Snorkelling equipment
  • Fresh water and snacks on board

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What to Bring?

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Bring a towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, suitable clothes for sun protection, waterproof camera (if you have one). We provide snorkel gear but feel free to bring your own if you are comfortable with it.

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Schedule

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Trip frequencies depend on weather conditions and bookings. Due to rapidly changing weather on Utila, we are only able to confirm trips a few days in advance, and currently run trips 1-2 times a week. To check times for the next trip, please drop by our visitor center, or contact us.

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Price

 $60

How to book

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Customers need to place a $10 reservation deposit to book a place on our Ocean Safaris, which is returned to the customer after the trip. These must be paid at our office, located in between Utila Dive Lodge and Bay Islands College of Diving. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1700, and Saturdays from 1000 to 1600.




FAQs

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Q: Can you guarantee that I will see a whale shark?
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As we are dealing with wild animals, we cannot guarantee a sighting of a whale shark or any other species. Our Ocean Safaris are designed to be fun days out on the boat regardless of what we see, and always include a snorkel trip at Turtle Harbour inside Utila’s Protected Area. We do not offer refunds for trips that do not see a whale shark, but we do offer a discount for returners.

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Q: When is the best time to see a whale shark?

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Monthly frequency of whale shark sightings around Utila vary from year to year, but our data suggests the months with the highest frequency of sightings are between April and May.

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Q: I am staying in Roatan. How do I get to Utila for an Ocean Safari?

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Unfortunately WSORC does not organise transport or accommodation for Ocean Safari customers. If you have any inquiries, please contact Alice Hill from World Wide Travel at alicewwtravel@yahoo.com who can help to plan your trip

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Q: I am visiting Utila in a few weeks time. Can I book a trip in advance online?

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Due to weather and boat availability changes, WSORC are only able to confirm date and time of Ocean Safaris a few days in advance. You may inquire about trips in advance, but we are unable to confirm your place on a boat until we have a trip scheduled and you have placed a deposit in person at our office. To check times for the next trip, please check our news updates, or contact us.

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Q: Do you provide transport to and from our hotel?

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WSORC does not provide transport to or from hotels

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Q: Is it possible to pay by credit card or in US dollars?

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Yes WSORC accept US dollars and all major credit cards

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.Terms & Conditions

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No sighting guarantee. No liability is taken by WSORC, associated businesses, staff or partners in the event of damage, personal or loss, injury or sickness.  Minimum numbers may apply for any tour to operate. We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or redirect tours at any time due to weather or factors beyond our control. Please note that our tours are based on interactions with wildlife in the ocean, and as such no guarantees can be made that specified interactions will occur on any given day, nor that weather conditions will be ideal.

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.Booking Conditions:

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$10 reservation deposit on booking, non-refundable should a customer no longer wish to participate. Reservation deposit may be returned in the case of trip cancellation.