Holbox Whale Shark Tours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Holbox Whale Shark Tours offers Both Public & Private VIP Tours to swim with Whale Sharks from Isla Holbox. We've got a solid 20 year "Safety" record having satisfied 1000's of nature lovers enjoy this experience. Safe for the entire Family! We've got the Best, most comfortable boats & highly experienced Captains & In Water Guides. We are the Tour "Operator" not just a "Ticket Seller". Don't trust just anybody selling tickets to a tour, Go with the Best to satisfy your Whale Shark Dream & to check this off your "Bucket List"!
Holbox Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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333ninon
19 contributions
Aug 2022
The whale shark tour is horrible for the whale sharks! What we experienced was really sad. I am not going to focus on the fact that we spent almost 9 hours on a boat to swim for 5 minutes with the whale shark. I will focus on the fact that this poor animal could not even swim because of the hundreds of boats and even more tourists surrounding it... You could see it struggling to get away from everyone and, still, more boats were coming in front of it and more tourists were jumping into the water almost on top of the animal. It was definitely stressing and at the same time it was trying to feed. I am a marine biologist and I am 100% sure that in a few years, these animals will move further offshore to forage. They already moved far away from Holbox island due to disturbance. They use to be only a few minutes away from the coast based on the stories that the locals told me. But now, you need to sail at least 1.5 hours away to see one. They will soon move again. We need to protect them and stop this while there is still time. Yes, I know that I was there, and I know that I contributed to the hell that it experienced that (and possibly many more) day. And I feel terrible about it. If you read this review, I am begging you to not go there. Save the whale sharks!
Written 25 August 2022
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Elaine H
Fort Worth, TX3 contributions
This was such an amazing experience. The tour guides, whale sharks, and food that’s included in the excursion all exceeded my expectations.
Written 20 August 2021
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ksudela
Dallas, TX21 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Wonderful crew and communications up to the point of departure. Really appreciated the time and attention paid by all, and the cleanliness of the crew and facilities. Also, very accommodating of our requests.
Written 14 September 2020
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Montserrat P
4 contributions
Aug 2020
Increible! Gracias Willi y Christian por la mejor experiencia! Super recomendable :D
PS el mejor ceviche lo encontraran en su lancha ;)

A dream come true! The team is professional, safety is a priority always and we were lucky to see more whale sharks than usual plus dolphins, huge rays, and many beautiful birds.

Thank you for a safe and fun experience despite COVID-19 and for taking the necessary prevention measures.
Written 7 September 2020
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Yvonne P
Chicago, IL15 contributions
Aug 2020
The boat ride is very long 2 hours each way and it's bumpy (very bumpy) we took Dramamine but our bodies were so sore the next day we could barely walk. We went in August 17th and instead of the usual 200 boats it was about 20. I was so happy to see the whale sharks are protected and there is a police boat watching that the people follow rules. Please do not use regular spf since it hams the animal please use biodegradable spf and if possible put it on after you swim with the whale shark. We got to see this animal in a bottling position and that was amazing and we'll never forget it. I highly recommend this.
Joe and Yvonne Chicago
Written 21 August 2020
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Hélène C.
Miami, FL2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
My trip with VIP Holbox Experience to go swim with the shark whales was absolutely wonderful. Willy, and his brother who captains the boat are Holbox natives and know everything about the island, its surroundings and amazing ecosystem. We were greated with a delicious breakfast on the beach at Club Mandarina before hopping on the boat.. ps: everybody wore masks, we were required to wear masks and were always greater with hand sanitizer and a big hidden smile:) We had to ride a long way to reach the spot where the shark whale were as they had moved away from the island. They however made everything possible to make the trip comfortable and check on guests. The swim with those colosal creatures was well worth it! What an experience! We then stopped at a spot to go snorkeling with tons of different fishes to follow and enjoy. There we were served delicious fresh ceviche that they prepared while we were swimming. We finally ended our tour in one of the most beautiful spot I had ever been: Santa Paula will remain on my mind forever! Such a beautiful lagoon, a wonder of nature, a magical place! Thank you VIP Holbox Experience!
Written 10 August 2020
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Dawn B
Thornton, Colorado9 contributions
Jul 2020
This tour was so much fun. We had a great time. We saw 30 plus whale sharks. We also went snorkeling at a second location that was amazing too. And then we walked around a deserted area with tons of pelicans and had seriously the best ceviche I've ever had. Christian was our captain and he was a blast. Gustav was our guide and we enjoyed him so much as well. Overall - an absolutely amazing experience.
Written 8 July 2020
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Léo D
Saint-Chaffrey, France2 contributions
The boat didn’t come back to pick us up. We were basically left alone on a sand beach with the sun coming down and mosquitos waking up. And the boat did not come back to pick us up.

We had to squeeze in another company s boat who rescued us.

The tour still did not want to give us back anything from the 1700 pesos (85 euros) we had paid.

Stay safe and don’t pick them
Written 9 March 2020
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Elizabeth C
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Solo
Fantastic tour, great guides! Had a wonderful time, great value for the money.
Don’t forget to pack lots of Bio sunscreen and take your Dramamine (for real though)
Written 14 September 2019
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Carrie K
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
To the trip was actually everything we could have hoped for except the pricing. we were concerned that trips to see the whale sharks would be sold out and if we didn't plan ahead we wouldn't get to go. Total misconception. In reality we paid an exorbitant cost online, when compared to getting to the island, finding a vendor and organizing it on the island. I'm not saying that this wasn't a great trip; we met early at a local restaurant, ate some croissants and fruit while hearing about what our day would entail, enjoyed the company of the people on our small boat and had an amazing experience all around... But I'm pretty sure it was the same exact trip we would have taken with any other local vendor for a lot less money!!
Written 31 August 2019
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