Swimming with Whale Sharks in 2024: Tips and Reviews

Swimming with Whale Sharks in 2024: Tips and Reviews

“If you truly want to get the BEST possible experience snorkeling alongside whale sharks, CHOOSE THIS COMPANY!”

Welcome all adventurers to this blog post! Where we’ll guide you through everything you need to know for an epic whale shark tour in Cancun. From genuine reviews of previous encounters, where to find them to what to expect during your swim.

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Whale Shark encounters at Isla Mujeres & Holbox 

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun: A Bucket List Adventure

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the crystal-clear waters of Cancun? Prepare to be amazed as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience – swimming with majestic whale sharks! Dive into the depths of the ocean and witness these gentle giants up close in their natural habitat. 

Why Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun?

Cancun is renowned for its stunning marine biodiversity, and one of the most thrilling experiences it offers is swimming alongside whale sharks. These magnificent creatures, known as the largest fish in the ocean, migrate to the warm waters of the Caribbean each year, providing a unique opportunity for eco-adventurers to observe them in their element.

Best Time to Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun

To maximize your chances of encountering whale sharks, plan your trip between June and September when they migrate to the waters near Isla Mujeres, just off the coast of Cancun. During this time, plankton blooms attract these gentle giants, creating an ideal feeding ground for them.

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Responsible Whale Shark eco-tourism

Where to Find Whale Sharks in Cancun?

The waters around Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres and nearby Holbox Island are prime spots for whale shark encounters. 

Tips for an Unforgettable Whale Shark Swim:

  1. Book the Right Tour: Choose a reputable tour operator that prioritizes the safety and well-being of both guests and whale sharks. Look for operators who adhere to responsible ecotourism practices and limit the number of participants per boat to minimize disturbance to the animals.
  2. Be Prepared: Pack essentials such as, a hat, sunglasses, a long-sleeve snorkel shirt and a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget your swimsuit, towel, and waterproof camera to capture the magical moments underwater.
  3. Follow Guidelines: Listen carefully to the briefing provided by your guide and follow their instructions during the swim. Remember to maintain a respectful distance from the whale sharks, avoiding any sudden movements or attempts to touch them.
  4. Stay Eco-Friendly: Help protect the marine environment by avoiding the use of single-use plastics and reef-damaging sunscreens. Respect the fragile ecosystem you’re exploring and leave only bubbles behind. Wearing a Wetsuit or a Long Sleeve Sun Protective Snorkeling Shirt is your best option to protect your skin from the sun.  
  5. Enjoy the Experience: Take in the awe-inspiring sight of these magnificent creatures gliding gracefully through the water. Swim alongside them, marvel at their size and beauty, and cherish the memories of this extraordinary adventure.
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Honest Reviews from past Swimmers:

Google Reviewer: 

“If you truly want to get the BEST possible experience snorkeling alongside whale sharks, CHOOSE THIS COMPANY. I don’t typically use a lot of annoying capital letters, but the difference I saw necessitates this kind of drama.
Daniel, our guide has tremendous knowledge of the ocean, sea life (species in both English and Spanish), and understands whale shark behavior. He will get you alongside as many as you have energy for. I jumped in 6-10 times and swam with an average of 3-4 each time. Here’s why this company stands out: on group tours, you typically get 2 jumps TOTAL, likely with a single animal. You’re done. Next. If this experience really matters to you, book The Custom Tour.
The skill, knowledge, and warmth of this team will win you over from the first “Hola!” I do hope you get Kat, who is charming and open hearted, playfully fun—but not silly. Her broad life experience makes for quite interesting conversation. She serves with such kindness and attention, you’ll be instant friends.
Our Capitan was an excellent boatman. He manages waves with such facility. Sea sickness was never a concern for either of us. Plus, we had fabulous weather. He knows just the timing to get you in just the right place to intercept the whale shark’s trajectory without disturbing the animal. When you are done swimming all around, you’ll look up and he’s right there, ready to pick you up for a rest.
You’ll wind down in calm turquoise waters off Isla Mujeres, paddling around while Daniel prepares delicious fresh ceviche and guacamole. It’s a peaceful, scenic way to reflect on your private experience.”

– Lynn Gilbert

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Original Google Review
Google Reviewer:

“We had a great experience with the Custom Tour and would recommend it to anyone. My mom is scared of the ocean and my brother is hesitant, I am the only one who is an avid snorkeler/free diver. So i was so suprised that the crew and team felt them feel so comfortable that they went in diving with the whale sharks several times with me! It was an easy boat trip out to the whale sharks and the guide was very knowledgeable and caring. She made us feel safe the whole time and this is probably the only tour where you get the whole boat to yourself. So you can dive in as often as you like.

I thought the rate was affordable because if you split it evenly with just a few other people it comes to be the same price as a crowded public tour, except this is private. The crew also got many professional underwater photos of us (free!) so that we can share and always remember this experience!

– Anne P.

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My Private Whale Shark Tour by The Custom Tour
Let’s Wrap This Up!

By following these tips and guidelines, you’ll be well-equipped to embark on an unforgettable journey swimming with whale sharks in Cancun. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer beauty and magnificence of these gentle giants as you create memories to last a lifetime. So, pack your bags, dive into adventure, and get ready to make a splash in Cancun’s underwater wonderland with The Custom Tour!

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