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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

Why Our Insiders Chose 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!

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What You Can Expect

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

Swim with whale sharks in Cancun

Depart from your Playa del Carmen 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 water 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’ look out for manta rays, dolphins, flamingos and exotic birds during your seaside sojourn. 

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.

Customer Reviews

Trinidad C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was amazing. Everyone was professional and the crew was so kind and patient toward all of the people on the boat. The sandwiches that were provided for lunch were not much to be thrilled about but the ceviche was incredible.

Trinidad C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really great Crew. Extremely professional and gave total attention to my group. Gave lots of great information to us about the sharks and made the whole experience something to never be forgotten.

Danielle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Best experience of the trip! Our guide Pato was incredible, and made us all feel very safe and comfortable. The on board ceviche lunch was delicious, and finishing the day off at beautiful Isla Mujeres was the perfect way to conclude an awe-inspiring day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the most exciting trips my daughter and I have EVER done!!! We had a great crew who took care of us so well. Juan was incredible. Edgar was personable and endearing and the captain was wonderful. We had a small group and went out in twos. They got us in the water when the sharks were close by for FANTASTIC pictures! We all got to be in the water with the sharks twice. We loved being picked up right at our hotel and the unexpected small continental breakfast offered to us at the marina when we arrived. The stop at Isla Mujeres for a swim was anti-climactic, of course, after spending so much time around the sharks but it was very nice. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you should truly consider doing. In the water with these beautiful gentle creatures is absolutely amazing. Thanks Juan for getting us in the water and helping us out there to see as many of the sharks as possible while in the water. There had to be 30 sharks in the water that day...incredible!!! Thanks to Edgar for being so welcoming and sweet. GREAT trip !!!!!!!!

Hannah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What an amazing experience! I would highly recommend anyone in the Cancun area do this. It's about an hour boat ride out to where the whale sharks are, a couple people got sick so I definitely recommend Dramamine we did have any but Hector found some for us and we had a much more enjoyable time because of it. Don't forget to apply sunscreen before and during the trip, you are out in that sun for a long time! Our tour guide, Hector, was awesome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an amazing tour and our guide Barna was great! They picked us up at our hotel, took us to the marina on time. They were very polite, helpful and careful to teach us all about respect for the environment and the whales. The Captain was excellent and everyone in the boat had several opportunities to safely get in the water and up-close to these amazing creatures! I highly recommend it!

Zach B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Luke W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely amazing, tour guides are awesome Captain was amazing, food was fabulous, tour guides were very informative and nice and fun to hang with the captain even took us to Playa Norte unexpected trip because half the boat was seasick I highly recommend. I need to buy our video, how do I buy it??

Ashleigh S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was amazing being able to swim with these huge, beautiful animals. The guides were great! They went out with us and made sure we saw as many whale sharks as we could and made sure we were doing ok throughout the trip. The one small negative I would say was the boat ride out was a little rough.

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