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Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

January 19,2017 I went on this tour with two other couples. We were with Yann, the guide and Eddy the boat captain. Although the boat wasn't huge we fit comfortably in the boat and the max guests they take on the boat is 6. The length of the tour is two hours and on the way out to where we begin looking for the sharks is about a 20 minute boat ride during which Yann describes what we are going to see and how we are to behave around the sharks. He prepared us perfectly and thus when we were in the water with the sharks everything was exactly As he had described!

Eddy spotted the sharks nearly immediately upon entering this particular part of the water where they typically see them. But we didn't see just one we must have spotted 10 or more of them during our time on the water. Yann had three snorkelers go with him first and swam them to the shark and while they viewed the shark he took go-pro photos and video. It was easy to keep pace in the water with these amazing gentle giants. Once finished, They returned to the boat and the other three then took a turn.

We continued to alternate. We had plenty of time to view and swim with the sharks multiple times. Just as we were finishing up viewing them Eddy spotted two humpback whales! We all got back In the boat and were suddenly off whale watching! It was the first of the season for them to spot whales in this part of the bay. As we got closer Eddy noted one had a buoy tangled on a left pectoral fin. He radioed the marina and suddenly two patrol men boated out to meet us. Evidently they were going to follow the whale until their version of navy seals could come out to attempt removing the buoy from the whale. A real love and respect for their wildlife.

After getting plenty of photos of the whales we headed back to the marina and took a group shot with our amazing guide and captain!

Yann then referred us to two places to have lunch. We opted for a spot right across the street from the marina and had An amazing lunch. The food was fantastic and our server was very nice and helpful making delicious selections.

Highly recommend this tour! Not only did we see lots of whale sharks but, As the ladies in our group all agreed: Yann was "easy on the eyes too" a very good looking and physically fit young man!

There are only 12 places in the world to see these incredible creatures so be sure to make the time to take this trip.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Anna C, Owner at La Paz VIP Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2017

Dear Malcolm,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Such a lucky tour with so much excitement on board.... about the whale sharks and the humpbacks of course! Yann is a passionate ocean lover that truly enjoy what he does and has lots of experience in whale watching and swimming with the whale sharks, not only here, but in the Atlantic coast too. We are glad you all had a great time with him and Eddy and looking forward your return soon. Regarding the whale, seems they were not able to remove the net at that time, but I will email Karen if I heard anything else about it
Bests

Anna

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Reviewed January 23, 2017

Friend and I went on the whale shark tour option. Anna was very responsive from the very beginning and works with your schedule to create the best experience possible. She is only tour group that will take underwater video for you included in the cost of the tour. She also is seemingly the only one what cares about the animals themselves. While all other boats out in the water are churning out as many tourists possible, Anna takes special care of her tour group. It is very apparent that this is not just a business or a means to make loads of money but its a way to share her love of the ocean and its inhabitants. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Anna C, Owner at La Paz VIP Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2017

Dear Tim

thank you so much for your excellent review, specially because is the first one! we are thrilled you had such a great time and you recommend us. We hope next time is just less waves !
Bests

Anna

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Reviewed January 20, 2017

This was an incredible tour. I easily made online arrangements. We were on a cruise ship and finding our meeting location was very easy. I received a call when we got off the ship to let us know where to meet them. Yann was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the whale sharks and finding them with our whale shark whisperer Eduardo was great. We would do this tour again in a heart beat.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Anna C, Owner at La Paz VIP Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2017

dear djhillel,

thank you so much for you 5 stars review, we appreciate your feedback enormously. Is always great to hear Yann and Eddy lead you to enjoy a great tour. I am so proud of the team! we hope to see you again visiting La Paz!
Greetings

Anna

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Reviewed January 17, 2017

Ana was so easy to work with in setting up our trip. We had some bad weather and she worked with us to reschedule to make sure we had a good experience on a day with less wind and waves. We took a boat to snorkel with the whale sharks and the sea lions. I was an amazing day! The whale sharks were a little intimidating at first but Yann was a great guide and very encouraging. It's very clear that he loves the animals and loves helping others experience them as well. After the sharks we swam with a very playful group of sea lions before having a delicious lunch on what ended up being a private beach. Yann and Eddie took care of everything for us. I couldn't have asked for a better day!

Date of experience: January 2017
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Anna C, Owner at La Paz VIP Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2017

Dear Amanda

Thank you so much for your review and glad to hear you enjoy it even if you where a bit intimidated at first, Yann has more than 3 years experience snorkelling with the whale sharks and he is very reassuring, We all truly enjoy our job!
We are so glad to hear you had such a great time and we hope to see you back in La Paz soon

Yann, Eddy and Anna

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Reviewed January 16, 2017

Fabulous Trip! Loved our adventure with Ana and Eddie. We really appreciated Ana's thoughtful and caring attitude for the whale sharks and environment. So many other operators are out to make a buck with little concern for the sharks, Ana provided a quality experience we will never forget!

Date of experience: December 2016
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Anna C, Owner at La Paz VIP Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2017

Dear Seafoods,

We are so pleased you enjoyed the tour and appreciate our efforts to care and reduce the impact. Your feedback and your 5 stars review are very valuable for us, and we are thrilled to get 5 stars. Thank you for taking the time to write about your tour.

until the next time!

Capt Eddy and Anna

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