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 -- Adults-only resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico offers the Isla Contoy Whale Shark Safari in the natural reserve Yum Balam --

NEW YORK, NYThis summer, travelers headed to the Riviera Maya will have something else to look forward to besides pure relaxation, beautiful beaches, tranquil spa treatments and exhilarating water sports.  Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort, located in Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya on the glimmering Caribbean coastline, is offering all that and more with the once-in-a-lifetime Isla Contoy Whale Shark Safari.  During this educational and memorable experience, guests will swim in the natural reserve, Yum Balam with the largest fish in the world -- whale sharks -- and get up close and personal with various marine life when snorkeling with manta rays, turtles, dolphins and much more.

Catalonia Royal Tulum offers the Isla Contoy Whale Shark Safari starting at $239 per person and is valid June through September 2009.  The once-in-a-lifetime experience includes the following:

  • Early morning pick up at Catalonia Royal Tulum.
  • Drop off at Punta Sam where travelers will board a boat to Isla Contoy and Yum Balam.
  • Guests will dive into the waters of Yum Balam and swim with the whale sharks.  During this time, guests will also have the opportunity to snorkel with the manta rays, turtles, dolphins and spot the natural reserve’s resident flamingos and pelicans.
  • Transfer from Isla Contoy to Punta Sam and back to Catalonia Royal Tulum.


Travelers need not be afraid of these unbelievable creatures either -- the slow moving whale sharks are peaceful and completely harmless animals.  Guests of Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort taking part in the Isla Contoy Whale Shark Safari should bring a towel, hat, camera and a change of clothing with them.  In addition to the lunch offered, there is also food and beverages provided on the boat.   

All-inclusive rates at Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort start at $113 per person/per night double occupancy.  The adults-only resort is offering the following all-inclusive rates valid now through December 20, 2009:

*Above rates are all per person/per night

February 1 – April 12

April 13 -30

May 1 –

June 30

July 1 –

August 31

September 1 – October 31

November 1 – December 20








Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort, located in Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coastline, is a tropical paradise ensconced by natural Mayan vegetation of native jungle trees, indigenous plants, mangroves and cenotes.  The resort also boasts a white path constructed as a Mayan ruin surrounded by Mexican vegetation and cenotes called Sacbe, which means “White Path” in ancient Mayan. 

The adults-only resort features 288 guestrooms and Junior Suites, in-room amenities and services, full-service spa offering host treatments and therapies including a Mayan ritual therapy, Vichy shower room, hydrotherapy tanks and hydro-massage tubs.  The resort also boasts a fitness center, six restaurants ranging in specialties from Italian to Tuscan to Mexican, a Tapas Lounge Bar located amongst the natural vegetation and serving live music daily, four bars including pool and beach juice bar, a host of water sports and activities including complimentary scuba lesson and wireless Internet access throughout the resort. 

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For reservations and information contact Catalonia Royal Tulum at 011-52-984-875-1800 or

Rates are per person, per night and include all meals and beverages.  Rate excludes tax and gratuities.  All rates are subject to availability.    Schedule for the Whale Shark Safari subject to change and availability, rules are strictly enforced and only two guests swim with the sharks at a time with a wild life guide. 

Whale Shark participants should receive an approximate pick up time from agent.  Guests must be on time for morning pick up.  There are no refunds when guests are late or do not show up for the Safari.  Catalonia Royal Tulum staff will call guests the evening before to confirm their attendance.

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Catalonia Royal Tulum is a member of the Barcelona, Spain-based Catalonia Hoteles group, an extensive collection of hotels and resorts located throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Offering a hospitality experience that encompasses culture, rich tradition, well-being, exceptional cuisine, style, comfort and value, Catalonia Royal Tulum is the next generation of adults-only all-inclusive resorts.  Catalonia Royal Tulum is situated on the Caribbean coastline in Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico.  It features 252 double rooms, 36 Junior suites, the full-service Alegria Spa, a great pool, 4 outdoor Jacuzzis with sea views, 6 restaurants including a Tapas Lounge Bar, 4 bars, a discothèque, gym, and beauty salon and meeting facilities.  It is within close proximity of Mayan ruins that includes Playa del Carmen and Tulum’s archaeological site and near water springs of some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Caribbean.


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