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Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz

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Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz

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icon3 to 4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Swim with peaceful whale sharks on this snorkeling adventure from La Paz. Join a small group sail and strap on all the complimentary equipment you’ll need—wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins. Then, jump in the water with an experienced guide and enjoy multiple swims with these gentle giants. Enjoy complimentary snacks, soda, and water.
  • Explore the underwater world of whale sharks on this guided excursion
  • Enjoy the personalized experience of a small group tour of no more than 8
  • Make the most of complimentary equipment including wetsuit, mask, and fins
  • Swim with the ocean’s largest fish, the calm and graceful whale shark
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Light refreshments
Professional guide
Use of snorkel equipment and wetsuits
Federal permits (whale shark bracelet)
Traveler's insurance
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Transportation to/from attractions
Gratuities
Towel, sweatshirt and biodegradable sunscreen
Miguel L. de Legaspy SN-S THE DOCK CAFE , Miguel L. de Legaspy SN-S THE DOCK CAFE, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

It is VERY important to arrive on time at the hour marked on your ticket. The tolerance is max 10 min. We will meet at "Marina de La Paz" which is located in the corner of "Topete and Legaspy" streets, you can just walk into the marina and search for the "meeting point".

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bring towel, sweatshirt and biodegradable sunscreen
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Activity restricted for safety and federal regulations to: women in pregnancy, heart, neck and breathing problems
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MeXplore
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz.
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What is the social distancing policy during Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark snorkeling guided by a local marine biologist at La Paz.

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Absolutely Magical
Hannah_O
, Apr 2022
This was an absolutely unforgettable experience! Our resident marine biologist Maritzia and captain Israel were the most phenomenal crew, giving us so much information on whale sharks and ensuring we were having a great time from start to finish. We had a small group (four of us) and were able to take multiple turns swimming with the whale shark we found (Pascual, I believe- all of them are named and recognizable by pattern!), which was exhilarating. Afterward, we happened upon a pod of false killer whales and were able to follow them around for true true experience of a LIFETIME. This was so laid back, so magical, and the highlight of my trip to La Paz. Could not recommend more highly!
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A great experience and a great conservation-minded system.
James_S
, Mar 2022
Super friendly and knowledgeable guide and captain. The whole system for seeing the whale sharks is impressive. Each boat is given a scheduled time to move into a particular area of the whale shark zone. There is radio coordination with a whale shark traffic controller on shore who advises when boats are to enter and to leave. The captains are deferential to the sharks but do a really great job getting guests close enough for viewing and swimming alongside the whale sharks. The whale sharks, for their part, seem to not mind. I feel like this is one of the best, most conservation-minded, nature experiences that I have had.
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Grreat Trip Recomended if you are in La Paz. It is not everyday you swimm with a whale shark.
Gary_T
, Mar 2022
Had a great trip with Mexplore. Very memorable day swimming with whale sharks. Liked that the guide and company send videos and photos of your trip. It seems they do care about the whale sharks and each boat finds its own whale shark. Recommended
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Great whale shark adventure!
Josh_K
, Mar 2022
We had a wonderful guide who helped with everything from the gear to getting so close to the whale sharks. They would find a whale shark and the help you swim right next to them. We saw several within a short period of time. The guide also helped my children so that they could be right next to the sharks for a long time. It was amazing!
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Everyone had a great...
Courtney_P
, Mar 2022
Everyone had a great time. Guide was great. Water was warmer than we expected which was great. Husband went in 3 times! Recommend.
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Fantastic experience.
Tanalyn_P
, Mar 2022
Wow this was a fast paced and amazing trip. Both the tour guide and boat operator were fantastic. Tour guide made sure each of us were successful and were able to swim with the whale shark.
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Amazing adventure. The...
Arnold_A
, Mar 2022
Amazing adventure. The hosts were wonderful and made everyone was taken care of. The experience with the whale sharks is once (or many times) the experience of a lifetime.
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Yolanda_W
, Feb 2022
Maritza and Danny were amazing tour guides. Very attentive and informative. We were very lucky to find a whale shark shortly after entering the water. Maritza made sure our group had plenty of time in the water to swim along aide the whale shark. Definitely recommend!!!!
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Awesome experience
Samantha_M
, Feb 2022
Awesome experience. Marita was so knowledgeable and passionate about Whale Sharks and happy to answer every question. Great swimmer as well :) And Danny made sure that everyone got their fair share of swimming really close to one of the sharks. 10/10 would do again!
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Love the experience 🐳
Diane_R
, Feb 2022
The Tour guide was knowledgeable and was passionate about whale sharks and brining awareness of the laws to protect them. She helped us see the whale shark and never got tired of swimming! She was awesome.
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Cool, lil chilly
John_I
, Feb 2022
The hosts were great. She swam forever keeping track of the whale shark! Visibility was a little poorer than I thought. A little chilly in the AM so bring a sweatshirt. Cool experience!
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Amazing Experience
Lisa_S
, Jan 2022
Estephanie was so passionate and knowledgeable about whale sharks. She made sure we all had several opportunities to snorkel with the whale sharks. Daniel our captain was amazing as well getting us close to the whale sharks but being very respectful of their space. I am so glad we had the opportunity to snorkel with the whale sharks.
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Connection with locals and our aquatic friends
Taiyoko_S
, Jan 2022
Andrea was amazing and so was captain running the boat. Setting expectations, preparing us for all scenarios, taking care of all the details, and sharing the interrelationships of what we saw and why. We snorkeled a few times before getting the rhythm. I felt like a kid again, feeling so much love and connection to these graceful creatures. Sending gratitude and love for everyone involved. I’m glad this is regulated to provide guardianship to these beautiful fish of the water.
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Great experience still but would go private next time
Moshe_R
, Jan 2022
Getting to see the whale sharks was incredible. You should know that this is not an easy snorkel though, you have to be a very confident swimmer to keep up with them. If you can’t keep up they will call you back to the boat (and you don’t see much at all from the boat). Although the guide may have been a marine biologist, the few facts he told us were pretty basic and anybody could have. I didn’t leave with significantly more knowledge of the natural history. I did appreciate that they set firm boundaries and how close to get to the whale sharks and no selfie sticks were allowed, which I definitely approve of. Pablo did try to get video of everyone in our group with the whale shark but he had trouble due to the group size. Another issue with too many people on the boat Is only 5 may be in at once so we had to take turns and it was quite cold sitting on the boat waiting for our next turn after we had been in once. A plus is they do provide wetsuits. Water temp in January was in the high 60s low 70s and it felt cold! After this I would recommend booking a private tour guide so that you don’t have to worry about some of these things.
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Unique snorkeling adventure
John_F
, Dec 2021
The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to swim with two different whale sharks. ........
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You have to do this!!!!!!!!
Stephen_R
, Dec 2021
This was an absolutely amazing experience. These folks know what they are doing. Great communication and talk about accomodation. Our group (8) were on a Princess cruise and we were concerned about getting back to the ship on time. They took us back to the ship!!!! Talk about service. The Whale Sharks are awesome!!! Our marine biologist Marrisa was passionate about protecting these animals. They even have names for them. Snokling with them was incredible, just seeing them on the surface was a great treat. Be prepared to swim/snokle in open water. Best bucket list trip ever.
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Relax, enjoy
joseph_r
, Dec 2021
It was another beautiful way to see this city from the water coupled with a graceful swim with a gentle giant
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This is the one to book
Keith_N
, Apr 2021
Eric (sp) was a great guide. Since it is at the end of the season, there are fewer whale sharks around and he wanted to be sure we experienced swimming with the whale sharks. Small group, individualized attention. It was a perfect day! No wind, clear water and three sharks!
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Excellent whale shark encouter
Barbara_L
, Mar 2021
Great Marine Biologist Eric was our guide and our group of ocean swimmers had an awesome experience.
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Whaleshsrks
Patricia_E
, Mar 2020
Experience of swimming with the whale shark was great but we were promised GoPro footage which we never received. This was disappointing.
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