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Availability : June 1st - September 15th

Private Whale Shark Tour

Swim with impressive Whale Sharks and Mantas in their natural habitat near Isla Mujeres and Holbox. We take you there if you are staying in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Mayan Riviera.

Save money and time! With more than 10 years successfully organizing these expeditions, we offer you: early starts (more chances to find the whale sharks) and a “swim until you drop” experience! Let us welcome you on-board of the most comfortable boats available, accompanied by an experienced captain and a knowledgeable tour guide (customer service oriented boat crew for your special day). Look no further! 

Seasonal Tour from early June until early September. Limited spaces available.

Amazing Whale Sharks and Manta-rays visit the Mexican Caribbean during the summertime to feed on massive concentrations of plankton that float near the water’s surface. This event presents a unique opportunity to observe and swim up close with these beautiful creatures. 

These gentle giants are harmless to humans. They are slow swimmers in relation to their massive size, moving along at approximately 5 k/h (3 m/h). Whale sharks are considered the largest fish of the oceans. This giant fish is primarily pelagic, living in the open seas.

It only takes a 60 minute boat ride from Isla Mujeres to get to the feeding area or 80 minutes departing from the marina north of Cancun. This seasonal tour starts the 1st of June and ends around the second week of September. So don’t miss this unique opportunity if you are visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya!

Tour Highlights
  • Swimming with Whale Sharks in their natural habitat!
  • Private Boat. Go at your own pace.
  • Enjoy sailing the Caribbean Sea.
  • A morning full of natural encounters.
  • You may also spot giant Manta rays or dolphins.
Rates
  • $1695 USD per boat (1 to 5 guests)
  • $1895 USD per boat (6 to 10 guests)

Rates are per boat in US Dollars. Tax included. Hotel pick-ups North of Playa del Carmen are included. Additional transportation charge of $55 USD applies for hotels located between Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.

What's Included?
  • Swim with Whale Sharks until you drop.
  • Comfortable private 30-ft long speed boat (fully licensed).
  • Snorkel gear (includes fins, mask and tube).
  • Life-jackets (floating device enforced by law).
  • Experienced tour guide passionate about marine life.
  • Captain and first mate.
  • Lunch on-board: fruit, sandwiches, fresh Guacamole and Fish Ceviche.
  • Cooler with welcome snacks and ice-cold bottled water.
  • Comfortable A/C ground Transportation and licensed driver.
  • BONUS! Free Photos of your tour in a digital album.
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Rules and Regulations

All swimming with Whale Shark activities are regulated by federal law, please read the information below:

These endangered species are protected. Touching the Whale Sharks is strictly prohibited. No touching, or riding, nor feeding marine life. We must remain 5 yards away from them to avoid any type of contact (even by accident).

Organic or mineral based sunscreen only. Please bring alternative sun protection like long-sleeved rash-guards or shirts, hats and sunglasses.

Everyone is required to wear a life jacket. No free diving allowed.

Boat maximum capacity is 10 guests. Up to 2 people in the water at the same time + 1 guide (official rules).

Activities may get canceled due to windy weather (big waves). Harbor master has the last word.

Restrictions: Tour not recommended for pregnant women, babies, seniors or weak swimmers. Excellent health condition required. Guests must be at least 6 years old and able to swim on their own. Youngsters under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
No swimming with Whale Sharks = No Refund. 90% chances of spotting marine life from the boat.

You must love open sea boat rides and respect nature.

Itinerary

6:45 – Exclusive Pick-up at your hotel.

8:00 – Boat tour starts at Marina north of Cancun.

Boat trip: 60 minutes approximately to reach the Whale Shark area.

We will swim with Whale Sharks if the conditions allow us to go in the water, the length of each swim depends on each person’s swimming skills. Sessions are conducted one couple (plus a guide) at a time to ensure everyone has a great experience while respecting the Whale Sharks. Touching the marine life is strictly prohibited.

12:30 – Relaxing stop at "North Beach".

Enjoy Lunch on-board and swim in the turquoise waters of this beautiful island known as Isla Mujeres.

2:00 – Boat returns to the marina.

3:30 – Estimated time of arrival at your hotel.

*The tour schedule is an example and will be customized according to the location of your hotel and group size. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email during the booking process.

What to bring?
  • Adventurous spirit and your best mood.
  • Hats and sunglasses.
  • Swimsuit under comfortable clothing.
  • Long-sleeve swimming shirt (SPF lycra rash guard).
  • A towel for each person.
  • Flip-flops or sandals.
  • Cash for souvenirs and tips for the captain and the crew at your own discretion (optional).
  • Travel as light as possible bringing water resistant gear only (cameras, phones, watches).
  • Organic sunscreen only.
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