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Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly

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Cancún, Mexico

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icon5 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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 rays, 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
  • 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
Depart from your Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or Tulum 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.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly ?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly .

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Traveler Tips


  • "You can't wear sunscreen so bring a long sleeve shirt and hat to keep the sun off your skin." See review
  • "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."

Reviews

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Do not hesitate. Book this tour!
CarliM
, Aug 2020
I am so glad we chose to book this tour. If you enjoy snorkeling- This is the ultimate experience. Our family has traveled all over the world and snorkeled(Tahiti, Thailand, Indonesia, etc) and this was hands down our favorite. Not only do you get to experience swimming with whale sharks, but manta rays decided to make a special appearance. Snorkeling with both of these incredible creatures was the highlight of our trip to Tulum. The crew and efficiency of this tour group was also exceptional. We were picked up from our hotel, given fruits and nuts for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.
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I can say I swam with the Whale Sharks! They were ominous and incredible.
Randingo
, Aug 2020
Excellent tour guide, excellent transportation to the marina. I was not expecting such a physically brutal experience with the small boat, open ocean, and getting in and out of the boat when we reached the whale sharks. If you are NOT physically fit or agile in a rocking boat, this is not the tour for you. On a positive, the tour guide Marcela Camarena was phenomenal, and she and the boat operators helped me survive the experience by going over and above their normal duties.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hello Randingo, Thank you so much for the time you took in this review. Your comments are so important for us. We hope to see you very soon. Best regards!
star-5
Best Experience of my Life!
LauraE_V
, Jul 2020
Literally one of the most experiences of my life! The entire crew did such an awesome job of making the day really special. Our guide spoke both Spanish and English, we saw a pod of dolphins, a manta ray, and swam with 4 different whale sharks! The company is very eco friendly which is important to me and we saw the whale sharks in their completely natural environment. Definitely a day I will always remember, highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Laura, Many thanks for the time you took in this review, we are so happy to know you recommend us very much and you really enjoyed the tour. See you very soon, Wishes.
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Good
Brittany_A
, Jul 2020
The experience was great and being so close to those sharks was incredible, def recommendable. Tour guide was kind but could’ve explained a little more.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hello Brittany, Thank you so much for your comment, they are so important for us. We hope to see you very soon! Best regards
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AMAZING
BritneyT
, Jul 2020
It was definitely one for the books! Loves the whales. Was a bit rushed to see the whales considering there was three couples in the small group and we had to go two at a time. The ride was a bit long as well, about a two hour ride. Don’t under estimate sea sickness take some dramamine before going out to sea! All and all alex our tour guide was amazing and friendly. Loved this experience
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hello Britney T, Thank you so much for letting us your experience with us. Your comments are so important to us. we hope to see you very soon in other our Eco activities. Best regards!
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Awesome
Jimmy_R
, Jul 2020
The crew was amazing, knowledgeable and surprising caring for their passengers. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone especially to tour with Oscar and Dani.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi Jimmy_R We are so happy to know you really enjoy the tour, we hope to see you very soon. Many thanks for your recommendation. Regards!
star-5
A must-see experience!
George_L
, Jul 2020
Great job and and an unbelievable experience for all. The whale sharks are so majestic. The tour operators were very friendly and professional.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hello George_L Thank you so much for this comment, it is so important for us. We hope to see you very soon, Best Regards!
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Great experience
Josh_B
, Jul 2020
Excellent customer service, great weather, and we found a group of probably 30 whale sharks that we each got to swim with at least 3 times!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hello Josh, thank you for telling us about your great experience. We are so happy to know you really enjoyed everything. We hope to see you very soon in other our fantastic tours. Best regards.
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Not as advertised
Guide26527952806
, Sep 2019
I first want to say that I know we went at the end of the season so we were fully prepared to not see a whale. We picked this tour because it said we would stop at an island that is supposed to be one of the most beautiful beaches, so it seemed like no matter what we would have a great experience. Sadly, this was a terrible experience. The description for the use of sunscreen is highly misleading as well. You can not apply even biodegradable sunscreen until you are done in the water, which was HOURS AND HOURS for us. The boat had little shading and they do not communicate well enough the importance of bring things to cover you (and you need more than a long sleeve shirt) The water was really rough and honestly should have been canceled. The boat captain seemed to do very little to make the time on the water more comfortable as well. It took 3 hours on rough, rough water to find 2 whales, which all of the tour boats were trying to see. There was no communication during this time. I think they should have some sort of guidelines about how long they will look for them (1.5 hrs would be my suggestion) before saying we are just going to the island. I think everyone on our boat would have been happy with this decision. When we did find them, the guide sort of just threw the snorkeling gear to us with little instruction and acted irritated if we asked questions about it. Also, in the description it said we would get to hear facts about the wildlife and ocean, which we did not. My friend and I did see a whale shark extremely briefly. The sandwich they provide for you was terrible quality. It said it was going to be ham and cheese, but it was in fact like a chicken salad that had not been kept in the cooler. Most of the boat was super sea sick by this point (despite dramamine) and hot mayo-based food was not going to do most of us well. My stomach was really upset by this time as I had swallowed a good deal of ocean water when I jumped into the water to see the whale, again because we had no instruction on how to use their equipment and I also haven't snorkeled in years. I took one bite and nearly threw up. Because we had spent so long finding them, we did not end up going to the island. I think that is so bizarre as the island is literally the only thing they could guarantee we would see. Then when they made the Ceviche for us, I saw the boat captain dip the tub of frozen shrimp into the ocean water to thaw them. A really terrible experience overall.
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whale sharks
mhig2018
, Sep 2019
are whale shark snorkel was amazing i got some great video with my go pro and are guide and the people who took us were polite and gave us a great tour
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello Mhig2018, We are so happy to know you spent an amazing time with us, we hope to see you very soon, Many thanks for choosing us. Best wishes!

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