5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

Go for a snorkel with Mexico's gentle giants - whale sharks! Cruising the Gulf of Mexico with an expert guide, you'll snorkel with the biggest fish and maybe spot dolphins, manta rays and turtles on this small group snorkeling adventure off the Yucatan coast.


  • Whale shark snorkeling adventure off the coast of Cancun
  • Look out for dolphins, manta rays and turtles
  • Experience the wildlife encounter of a lifetime
  • Comprehensive narration from a professional guide
  • Lunch on the boat off the coast of Isla Mujeres in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You are guaranteed a sighting of the world's largest fish on this thrilling snorkel tour. An unusual and memorable wildlife adventure!

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

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

Swim with whale sharks in Cancun

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is one of the few places in the world where you can share the water with the world's largest fish, the whale shark. Your personalized, small group cruise sets out in search of these gentle creatures for a snorkeling experience you'll never forget.

After having spotted a whale shark, you'll have the chance to jump in the water and snorkel alongside it (conditions permitting) for a wildlife encounter few people ever experience. Found in the world's tropical and warm-temperate oceans, the majestic whale shark glides peacefully through the clear waters along the Yucatan coast during the summer months, feeding on the microscopic plankton which thrives in this environment.

You'll then have time to have lunch, relax and unwind off the coast of Isla Mujeres, in Playa Norte, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Be on the lookout for dolphins and manta rays as you enjoy the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Yucatan coast is also known for its abundance of bird species, including the brightly colored native flamingos.

A biologist/naturalist will be onboard throughout the day to answer questions you may have about whale sharks or any other wildlife you'll see during your adventure. They will also provide you with information on how to interact with the local marine life to ensure you have a safe and fun experience.

With a maximum of 10 participants, the Mexican Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure is an intimate experience which will leave you with memories lasting a lifetime.

Sightings of whale sharks are guaranteed. In the unlikely event that there are no whale shark sightings on your cruise, you are able to take the cruise again on the following day free of charge. (This only applies during the months of June, July and August).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely fantastic! Laura, the captain the crew crew were wonderful! Everything was as promised. We were able to swim 3 times with the sharks and everyone was knowledgeable and looking out for the best interest of the whale sharks which was very important to me. This is a must do! They even had a wonderful vegetarian lunch for me on board. Perfect Day!

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

On time pick up at our hotel. 10 people on our boat. Great information about whale sharks en route. We got to go in 3 times. Saw about 15-20 whale sharks. Good to know: you must wear either the life jacket provided OR rent a wetsuit from them at the dock for 15 cash only. Well worth the money for this bucket list must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Incredible experince. The tour guide Carlos was exceptional. We will definetely refer your tour to friends and family. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The experience of a lifetime, swimming right by the side of absolutely gorgeous creatures Very well organized tour, professional and courteous staff, very attentive to customer safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction. 3 thumbs up!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I would highly recommend and do again!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Once in a lifetime experience. The guide, captain, and hand were all excellent and accomodating. Lunch was very good and they were able to accommodate my Shrimp allergy. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I highly recommend this trip. I unfortunately got sick on the boat and forgot my Dramamine. They do encourage everyone to bring this if you get motion sickness. Chris was attentive and very caring to all of us on the boat. the entire staff was caring and friendly. would definitely go again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an incredible experience! Alex, the tour guide was great, he swam along with us and guided us to very close to the whale sharks. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was incredible. Our guide Alex, was absolutely the best. He was friendly, knowledgable, and was speaking 3 different languages for all the people in our group. we were impressed. It turned out to be the perfect day.
We were able to find a shark fairly quickly, we heard it can take a while sometimes and our captain and guide let us make a couple rounds so we all got to jump in and swim along side it more than once. It was definitely different than i expected, but it was still tons of fun.
They fed us lunch and let us snorkel a while before taking us back, and it was fanstastic.
Alex is what made this so great, but the whole experience was so much fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was an incredible!! The bus was air conditioned, comfortable. Our guide Karen and the drivers were so friendly. The ceviche/sandwiches by the beach at the end were delicious. Would definitely try this again! Warning - bring motion sickness pills even if you've never experienced any before.

From USD $ 164.99

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 3467WHALE


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message