• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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

Swim with whale sharks in Cancun

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.

Customer Reviews

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Life changing. Worth every penny. Guide was the best. Kids loved it. Very special


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Best experience of my life! The tour guides were wonderful and very concerned for the well being of the whales, ensuring that we are respecting them while swimming with them. Very educational program as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

What an amazing excursion!!!!! Our tour guid Denise was very informative. My only complaint was I wished the waters had been less choppy that day. Still Highly Recommended!!!!!!

Jessica L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What an awesome experience! We probably saw 4-5 different whale sharks and even dolphins on the way back to shore. Our boat took 10 of us, including 2 experienced guides, out to the deep ocean about an hour from Cancun. Our group took turns jumping in the water in pairs, on cue from the guides and boat driver. Each pair spent a few minutes underwater with a guide to snorkel alongside the whale sharks and returned to the boat, where we continued looking for more whale sharks for another pair to jump in and snorkel with. There are a ton of other boat tours out there, but the whale sharks are unfazed. After each group jumped in 2-3 times, we headed back to Cancun, but made a stop at Isla Mujeres for a ceviche lunch on the boat and a quick swim in the warm, shallow waters. This was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it.

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Was so awesome. Perfect. So many whale sharks when we went. Got great GoPro video. The stop at Isla Mujeres on the way back was unexpected and really nice. Did some small snorkeling there in the crystal water. Leah our guide was super nice. Highly recommended.

Eric G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour is well-managed! The precise timing combined with a professional, friendly, and knowledgeable tour guides provides even the solo adventurer an experience of a lifetime. You don't want to pass this tour up!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Our guide Raul and our skipper were excellent. They took us to a secluded spot where only a few boats were with lots of whale sharks and Manta rays. Incredible experience and memories made to last a lifetime. Do take seasick tablets. And your GoPro!!

Jenny T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Raul was the perfect guide. His passion for his job was obvious and contagious! The boat ride was a horrible, jarring, physically uncomfortable experience because of the choppiness but I would do it again to repeat my experience with the whale sharks! Amazing experience!

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My kids had a great time! While my wife and I stayed at the resort and bobbed in the pool.

Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fabulous day! Follow the advice and take seasickness tablets though. Four of the ten of us got sick. I took tablets and was fine. Apparently we had a rough day but I was expecting it to be much worse to be honest. So after about an hour and a half on the boat we reached the whale sharks. There were loads of other boats already there but there is plenty of room for everyone and it didn't feel over crowded. We were very quickly into the water with these amazing creatures. You take it in turns in pairs and the first time you go in is just for a short time. I couldn't believe how warm the sea was and how close you could get to the whale sharks. My son felt seasick after our first jump he wears glasses and on getting back into the boat it took a few minutes to get his glasses back on and the movement of the boat and not been able to see caused it otherwise I think he would have been fine so we were going to pass on our second jump, as did others who were feeling sick. Carmen, the guide, was excellent and persuaded to me to have another go, saying it was an opportunity not to be missed and promised she would look after my son. I am really not confident in open water and not a competent snorkeller but Leo, the guide in the water, just held my life vest and pulled me along, swimming over two whale sharks. It was an amazing experience. Because some people didn't take the second jump those who did were able to take longer this time. Even when you are in the boat it is fantastic just to see these creatures as they were close to the surface and there were plenty of them. After swimming with the whale sharks we sailed to Isla Mejures which I was expecting to be very touristy and not my scene. It is touristy but unbelievably beautiful! It has the most amazingly clear sea which we swam in while the crew prepared us a lovely lunch. There were lots of other boats anchored up too and there was such a great vibe about it. We loved it, a great end to a fabulous day. We were well looked after all day by great staff. If you are pale skinned like us ask to sit under the canopy of the boat though. We were at the front and quite frazzled by the end.

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