Swim with Whale Sharks 7 hours

We were the first organization providing this Whale Shark Adventure tour. Nowadays, we have more than 18 years of experience running this tour.

During the whale shark season (May to September)* there´s a daily opportunity to participate in this great adventure! We will depart from Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen (see pick up details) to the water surroundings of Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox, exactly where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. This is where the whale sharks feed themselves with plankton. You will have the remarkable opportunity to snorkel and swim with this friendly giant, in a beautiful area with a bustling sea life.

The Whale Shark Adventure tour will be supervised by a professional and certificated guide. All our guides are naturalists and biologists. They will tell you a lot about the whale sharks and their environment. The boats which we will use for the tour have a limit of 10 people.

05:00 AM / 06:00 AM / 07:00 AM

Pick-up at your hotel in Tulum** (5am), Playa del Carmen (6am) or Cancun (7am)
(please select the relevant price option on booking) or meet at V&V Marina in Cancun (7:30am).

07:30 AM

Arrival at Marina la Amada, which is also known as V & V. A light breakfast is served at the marina (coffee, juice, fruit and granola bars). In the meanwhile, the guide will give a briefing. The certified guide will tell about the whale sharks, the environment and the ecosystem.

08:00 AM

We will finally depart to the waters of Isla Contoy. In an hour, we will reach the whale shark reserve. When we spot the whale sharks, you will have the opportunity to snorkel with the hugest fish in the world!

12:30 PM

We almost reached Cancun, but we make a stop with our boat for the coast of Isla Mujeres. This island owns one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Condé Nast 2013). Cool down in this clear blue water. We will have lunch at the boat before we return to the marina.

01:30 PM

Arrival back at Marina la Amada. Our comfortable van will take you back to your hotel.

02:00 PM

Arrival time in Cancun (3pm Playa del Carmen, 4pm Tulum). This is an expectation, times can vary a little bit.


* Note: It is important to know that we cannot control nature. So, we can NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, but when there is no/not much plankton there are no/a few whale sharks. We recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August. In this period there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.

** If you stay in Tulum or surroundings, we will pick you up at our meeting point which is the “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket, we suggest that you pre order your cab/taxi the night before in order to arrive on time to "San Francisco de Asis" Supermarket, where we pick you up to take you to the marina, the cost of the cab/taxi is on your own, the tour does not include that cab/taxi service.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions

What's included

  • Boat rides
  • English speaking driver/ guide
  • Meals
  • Cold drinks
  • Taxes
  • Snorkel equipment: Fins, mask, breathing tube and life jacket

Optional inclusions

  • Transportation from your hotel in Cancun
  • Transportation from pick up point in Tulum/ your hotel in Playa del Carmen

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Please provide the number of participants, select the desired standard and tour starting date.

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour


From $169 Check prices

Country: Mexico

Start city: Cancun

Nearest airport: Cancun Airport

Duration: 7 hours

Starts at: 05:00,06:00,07:00, 07:30 at “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket in Tulum**, your hotel in Playa del Carmen, your hotel in Cancun or V&V Marina (Marina la Amada) in Cancun (if you come without transportation)

Ends at: Same as pick up point

Available for: Adults

Guide speaks: English,French,German,Spanish,Italian,Portuguese

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