Her love for the water started off at an early age. She grew up in the pool, as a swimmer/diver and still to this day has a passion for
the sport. Meet Tinea. She now also has a passion for exploring and traveling. So when you put these all together, it is no wonder that for many years,
she had only dreamt of swimming alongside the whale sharks.
In August 2019, she sat at the "vacation makers" desk at the hotel resort she was staying at. She was setting up an excursion to go snorkeling with the sea turtles and then to hike pyramid ruins in Tulum - and at the moment that the service rep leans over to grab a pamphlet, a new brochure was revealed - with a huge whale shark right on the front. She smiled from ear-to-ear and then asked "do you offer this excursion too?". Only to hear back "of course we do". This very moment had been on Tinea's experience list for so long.
Sign here, read all the rules and then the rep says "just know that you are not guaranteed to see them", but Tinea was going to take her chances anyways.
She walked back to the hotel room and couldn't stop smiling and saying "I can't believe I just booked a whale shark excursion, I can't believe it". The morning of the excursion, she got into the transportation bus and was off for an 1.5 drive to the harbor just north of Cancun. I think at this point, her nerves were starting to kick in. This was possibly going to become a reality. She suited up, and got in the boat for a possible long ride.
The boat's captain and guide said that the boat ride out to the "feeding location" would take anywhere from an hour upwards of 4 hours. Along the way, the sea
parted from gorgeous teal, see-through waters over the reefs, to dark blue oceans hiding the secrets of such majestic animals. At this point, she didn't realize that in only about and hour, she was about to come
face-to-face with these massive, yet beautiful creatures.
As the boat arrived into the protected waters, the captain mentions that they are in 300-400 foot deep waters and that by the looks of it, there were over a dozen whale sharks in the area feeding off the plankton.