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Whale Shark Adventure
Whale Shark Adventure

Whale Shark Adventure
Playa del Carmen Whale Shark Tours

Cancun whale shark tours

Minimum 2 people.  Duration: 7 hours.
May 15 to September 15

Discover the awe-inspiring world of the gentle giants of the sea with our Whale Shark Adventure tour. Embark on an unforgettable journey as you swim alongside these magnificent creatures in the pristine waters of Playa del Carmen. Our expert guides ensure a safe and respectful encounter, providing valuable insights into the whale sharks’ behavior and habitat. Whether you’re an avid nature enthusiast or a curious traveler seeking an extraordinary experience, this tour promises to create lasting memories. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and book your Whale Shark Adventure today.
We will depart from Cancun 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 and fish eggs. You will have the remarkable opportunity to snorkel and swim with this friendly giant, in a beautiful area with a bustling sea life.

DEPARTURE TIME5:45 AM – 6:00 AM (Rivera Maya) 6:30am Cancun
Comfortable transportationProfessional Bestmayatour guidesSnorkel equipment: Fins, mask, breathing tube and life jacket. (May bring your own)Light breakfastLunch: Ceviche and Ham & Cheese sandwich (If you are vegetarian or allergic to something please let us know when making your reservation).Beverages (Water and sodas)
Transportation A/C Van
Wetsuit, we just offer this as an alternative at the pier with an extra cost of $15 USD (May bring your own)

Alcoholic beverages
Personal expenses (Souvenirs)

Instructor gratuity

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.

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.

Additional information

Ticket typeAdulto 12 – 99, Bambino 4-11 anni

How big is the whale shark?

The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, it is the biggest fish in the sea!

Are whale sharks harmful?

Whale sharks are very passive fish, and are not at all harmful to humans, on the contrary they seem to become curious when humans are swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year.

Are whale sharks dangerous to humans?

No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks in Cancun. They are very calm fish; they swim slowly through the sea. They only eat plankton, which can found in the surface of the ocean.

Am I harming the environment by swimming with whale sharks?

No, you are not. Swimming with whale sharks with Best Maya tours Tours is done in a very eco-friendly manner. We follow strict regulations when swimming with them, with a no touching and diving policy. To them, humans in the water will appear as other creatures of the sea and as long as you give them their space, we can all enjoy each other’s company!

Can I touch the whale sharks in the whale shark Adventure?

Although whale sharks are not harmful to humans, we do not want to irritate the creatures as they peacefully swim in the oceans. Therefore nobody is allowed to harm, touch or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us.

Can I dive with whale sharks during the tour?

Diving with whale sharks in the area where Best Maya Tours does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.

Do I need to wear a life jacket during the swim with whale shark adventure tour?

Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, everybody will be asked to wear a life jacket for safety.

Can I bring my own wetsuit to the whale sharks tour?

Of course! Any personal gear for the water can be brought, as long as it does not take up other people’s space on the boats and also as long as it is not diving gear. Is important for customers to know that the thickness of the wetsuit should be a minimum of 3mm.

Is there any way that I can prevent getting sea sick? And do you provide medication for it?

We do not sell any preventative or medicinal treatment before or during the tour. We do advise though that if you fear that you may be seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. Take one pill (advised by your doctor) 30 minutes before boarding the boats.

What happens if we do not see whale sharks in the tour?

As mentioned in the information, we cannot control nature and therefore EcoColors Tours does NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, however when there is no or little food (plankton) there simply are no/not many whale sharks. We offer the Whale Shark Adventure Tour from mid-May to Mid-September, but we strongly recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.
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