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Snorkel and swim with whale sharks in Mexico is a unique and unforgettable experience!

About the Whale Shark Tour

The whale sharks come to the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox to feed on plankton where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. You will have the remarkable opportunity to swim and snorkel with the gentle giant, in an area teaming with sea life.
All our boats have a limit of 10 people. You will have a certificated and professional guide. He/She is a naturalist and biologist and knows everything about the area and the whale sharks!

Duration: 7 hours approximately
Departs: Daily (May 15 to September 15)
Language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
Restrictions: Pregnant women, kids under five years old.

We recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.










Whale Shark Tour Includes and Excludes


Comfortable transportation
Professional guides
Snorkel equipment: Fins, mask, breathing tube andlife jacket. (May bring your own)
Light breakfast
Lunch: Shrimp ceviche and chicken sandwich (Iyou are vegetarian or allergic to something please let us know).
Beverages (Water and sodas)


Wetsuit, we just offer this as an alternative at the pier with an extra cost of $15 USD (May bring your own)
Alcoholic beverages
Personal expenses (Souvenirs)

Whale Shark Tour Itineray

Come see and swim with the whale shark

07:00 AM

Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (6:00 am Playa del Carmen and 5:00 am Tulum **If you are in Tulum area we will pick you at our meeting point which is the “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket.

07:30 AM

We will have an informative briefing at Marina la Amada now named V & V. Our certified guides will provide you with interesting information about the whale sharks and the area’s ecosystems. During the briefing there will be coffee, juice, fruit and granola bars present.

08:00 AM

We depart from Marina V & V, to the whale shark reserve in the waters of Isla Contoy. Once we find them, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world.

12:30 PM

Lunch time on the boat just off the coast of Isla Mujeres, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Condé Nast 2013) where you can go down to swim in the turquoise waters.

01:30 PM

We arrive at the marina’s pier, where our comfortable vans will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel.

02:00 PM

Expected arrival back at your hotel in Cancun. (3:00 pm Playa del Carmen and 4:00 pm Tulum)

× Note! We recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about Whale Shark Tours

The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, it is the biggest fish in the sea!

Whale sharks are very passive fish, and are not at all harmful to humans, on the contrary they seem to become curious when humans are swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year.

No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks. They are very calm fish; they swim slowly through the sea. They only eat plankton, which can found in the surface of the ocean.

No, you are not. Swimming with whale sharks with WhaleSharkToursMx is done in a very eco-friendly manner. We follow strict regulations when swimming with them, with a no touching and diving policy. To them, humans in the water will appear as other creatures of the sea and as long as you give them their space, we can all enjoy each other’s company!

Although whale sharks are not harmful to humans, we do not want to irritate the creatures as they peacefully swim in the oceans. Therefore nobody is allowed to harm, touch or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us.

Diving with whale sharks in the area where WhaleSharkToursMx.com does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.

Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, everybody will be asked to wear a life jacket for safety and precautions.

Of course! Any personal gear for the water can be brought, as long as it does not take up other people’s space on the boats and also as long as it is not diving gear. Is important for customers to know that the thickness of the wetsuit should be a minimum of 3mm.

We do not sell any preventative or medicinal treatment before or during the tour. We do advise though that if you fear that you may be seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. Take one pill (advised by your doctor) 30 minutes before boarding the boats. We would also like to state that WhaleSharkToursMx offers Ginger tea, which are known to reduce the nausea of sea motion.

As mentioned in the information, we cannot control nature and therefore WhaleSharkToursMx.com does NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, however when there is no/few food (plankton) there simply are no/not many whale sharks. We offer the Whale Shark Tour from mid-May to Mid-September, but we strongly recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.

Whale Shark Tours Pricing

Swimming with the ocean largest fish "Whale SHark" is one of the most exciting wilderness things you will do while in Cancun, Mexico

at The Marina

$144 USD

Marina la Amada now named V & V.

Riviera Maya

$175 USD

6:00 am Playa del Carmen and 5:00 am Tulum

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