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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

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.

Paul F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent trip. Saw several whale shark and dolphins. On time pick up at our resort with personal attention by the guides for each and every guest on the trip.

Tiffany F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

we had the best time on this tour!! amazing experience and the guides were awesome!


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!

mary United States of ... 

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!

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