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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more


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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

You'll be able to see one of the world's largest fish on this thrilling snorkel tour. An unusual and memorable wildlife adventure!
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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Sep 2018

We had very very rough waters and for that reason I absolutely recommend you take up the guide's advice of taking dramamine first as half of our boat did not and got very sick on the wait out to sea. Other than that, the experience itself is one of a kind, we were able to swim twice with relatively good visibility of the whale sharks and many many manta rays. The water was on the darker side that day so visibility wasn't as great as we had hoped, but it didn't take away from the once in a lifetime experience.

, Sep 2018

Marcela was awesome!! So was her crew... Marcela made sure everyone felt welcomed and briefed on the expedition... I honestly been on a lot of excursions.. she ranks number 1

, Aug 2018

Do yourself a favor and book this trip immediately! The staff (especially our tour guide, Lara) were absolutely fantastic - knowledgable, friendly, customer service oriented, and more). If you are a strong swimmer, definitely opt for the wet suit (so you don't need to use a life jacket) which will allow you to dive in and go under the whale shark. If you don't have a camera, get one! You won't regret it. The photos and video I took are magnificent - just like the picture above. I can't recommend this tour enough.

, Aug 2018

Brilliant experience and something you should definitely try and do whilst in Mexico. They warned me in the days before the conditions might not be ideal and offered alternative days but we decided to stick with it. It was a bumpy ride out due to the weather, so ensure you take seasickness tablets, but this made it even more rewarding to reach the area and get in the water with the whale sharks. It is worth taking or renting a GoPro to get footage of the swim. I proposed to my girlfriend after we had done the swimming and the guides were amazing, providing us with some extra bits when we stopped for lunch to make the day even more special.

, Jul 2018

WOW!! Amazing experience, Marcella, Oscar, and Oscar junior were incredible. There was a communication glitch with the pick up time, and getting someone to answer at Viator (where I booked the trip) was difficult; but, once I was with Eco Tours everything was exceptional.

, Jul 2018

Bucket list checked! This was an experience I will never forget! I wished we could spend more time in the water with the whale sharks but understand the time limit to reduce our disturbance to them. I highly recommend doing this - magnificent creatures!!

, Jul 2018

My wife and I had Ana amazing time. The small groups were nice. They ran out of Etsy it’s so I was forced to use a life jacket which was a bummer as I am a good swimmer and was not able to dive lower like my wife did. If I had a wet suit they would have gotten a 5 star.

, Jul 2018

This tour was amazing but not because of the staff because we lucked out with the number of whale sharks. The staff did there job, made sure we got to see the whale sharks, and fed us. As far as personality and adding fun to the adventure, it just wasnt there. The boat ride out was incredibly bumpy so be warned if you have a bad back or some sort of joint pain its going to hurt! Once we got out there it was incredibly fast pace to make sure we got to get in and see them. Afterwards, we were taken to Isles Mujeres for lunch. First, we got to get in the water and swim over to a little cove FULL of fish. It was a lot of fun to see the different little fish. Then we returned to the boat for food. When reading online about the different tours, I saw most mentioned serving ceviche. I hate fish, so I picked this tour since it said you got a Mexican meal, which turned out to be ceviche. They gave us the option of a salad at the start of the tour. My husband and I took that option. Unfortunately, the group we rode to the marina with and the group we rode on the boat with were different and our salads didnt make it. Luckily, they had chicken sandwiches on the boat. Another tourist gave me her salad the only one on the boat and my husband had a sandwich. We were just thankful there was something since neither of us like fish. We got to eat in the crystal clear water which was awesome! The reason I loved this tour was because of the mass quantity of whale sharks! Without them it would have been terrible.

, Jun 2018

This was a wonderful experience for our family. We got to see the whale sharks up close, the crew members were helpful and supportive, Isle Mujeres beautiful and lunch of guacamole and ceviche delicious. We highly recommend this tour.

, Mar 2018

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

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