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Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Eco Friendly Snorkeling Tour

  • Whale shark snorkeling adventure off the coast of Cancun
  • Look out for dolphins, manta rays and turtles
  • Experience the wildlife encounter of a lifetime
Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Eco Friendly Snorkeling Tour
From US$ 144.00
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Snorkel with Mexican whale sharks on a full-day group snorkeling tour off the Yucatan Coast, from Playa del Carmen. Under the direction of an expert guide, swim with the world’s largest fish while looking out for dolphins, manta rates and turtles. Immerse yourself in the marine magnificence of Mexico’s waters on this spectacular small-group adventure.

What to Expect
Depart from your Playa del Carmen, Cancun or Tuum hotel to begin your aquatic adventure with gentle marine giants. Board a comfortable vessel and set sail with your small group to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the only places in the world where you can share the water with whale sharks. 

Observe the calm waters surrounding Isla Contoy, Holbox and Isla Mujeres for whale sharks, then once you’ve spotted one, don your snorkeling gear and plunge into the iridescent water to snorkel alongside the fascinating fish. Glide resplendently beside the incredible creatures, watching them feast upon microscopic plankton while enjoying the tropical temperatures of the Yucatan’s water. 

Return to the boat and relax as you cruise towards the silken sands of Isla Mujeres, to a blissful beach known as Playa Norte. Recline upon the white sands and swim in the glittering turquoise waters before feasting upon a delicious lunch of traditional Mexican dishes. Naturalists will delight in the abundance of bird and marine species on the island.

Back on the boat, listen as your onboard biologist regales with fascinating facts about the local wildlife. Information on how to safely interact with marine life will also be provided to ensure your safety and security at all times. 

The small number limit of 10 participants ensures an intimate and enjoyable experience on the Mexican Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure. 

Note: The tour includes two jumps into the water with a possibility for more, time allowing.
Reviews (176)
1 - 5 of 87 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic Experience

Second time for me and my Husband. This time there were so many whale shark ! A great experience even if there are not too many ( cannot control what the giant gentle creatures decide to do on a given day). Well worth it. Take...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MariadelosA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
best dive of the year

Swimming with whale sharks was an amazing adventure, the water was clear blue and there were lots of whale sharks

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jkava888
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Once in a lifetime experience

This was once of the highlights of my life. Our guide Maree was full of amazing facts about the whale sharks. All crew were all fantastic from the beginning to end. Very well organised and the food supplied was terrific. Many whales to see so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Robyn B
Reviewed 20 September 2018
Brilliant trip out to see these amazing creatures😍

My husband and I went out to this trip and would highly recommend , we went on the 11th September and there were lots of whales and a massive manta ray 😵, a luvly lunch and chill on beautifull beach island mujeres , 10/10 👍

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank lindajohno
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile
Unforgettable day ! - Un día inolvidable!

Very good organization since the beginning , once you arrive to the marina a small breakfast with fruits is prepared. then you will jump in a boat with 10 people max and a crew of 3 people ( they were super cool, Lara, Zorro y...More

4  Thank DanielSarSan
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4 October 2018|
Response from Esteban E | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so. I think the whale shark season ends mid September. We went in early September and it took a long time to find them.
3 September 2018|
Response from troys198 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of.