What You Need to Know About Whale Shark Sightings in Roatan

Anthony’s Key Resort is a mecca for unforgettable scuba diving and offers a vibrant marine life. Whale shark sightings are common to those diving off the coast of off Roatan and the Bay Islands. Many of our guests have had multiple opportunities to get up close with these gentle giants. Our experienced captain and crew at Anthony’s Key Resort know just where to look when spotting these amazing creatures. Many of our guests list their whale shark experiences with us as their most amazing animal encounters. Start planning your next tropical getaway and make a memory that will last a lifetime!

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Everything You Need to Know About Whale Shark Sightings Near Roatan

  • Whale Sharks in Roatan

Roatan and the Bay Islands are one of the few places in the world that visitors are able to see whale sharks year-round. They are protected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and the CITIES Agreement.

The northern region of the Honduran shelf is unlike the rest of the Bay Islands area in that it harbors shallow shores and a large bank to the north. Whale sharks live primarily on the bed of the ocean, so this type of environment is ideal for them.  

  • More About Whale Sharks

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 41.50 ft and a weight of more than 47,000 lbs. Common sizes are seen around Roatan range between 20ft and 35ft. These sharks feed on plankton and small fish and will migrate to areas where these foods are plentiful.

Whale sharks sightings usually occur in the middle of large boils or bait balls. Boils involve large groups of tuna feeding which causes the water to look like it is “boiling.” The tuna are preying on smaller fish at the surface. Birds are often seen from a distance, hovering above, as they too feed on these small fish. Luckily the whale sharks have the same appetite. They are often found in the middle of one of these feeding frenzies. They drive all of the small fish to the surface to feed where the larger fish are waiting.

Come Back to Anthony’s Key Resort

Sunset BungalowA whale sighting adventure is exhilarating, but once you’ve finished for the day you’ll be ready to rest your fins at Anthony’s Key Resort. Our overwater bungalows include king-size bedding accommodations, Ixora Spa Bath products, and stunning views of the Caribbean. 

Book one of our daily dive packages and enjoy a day under the sea with the ocean’s greatest wonders. Each package includes hotel accommodations, a full meal plan, three single tank boat dives per day, airport transfers, welcome drink and orientation, admission to Roatan Museum, and a kayak or stand-up paddleboat. We can’t wait to welcome you to Roatan!