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Riviera Maya Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Riviera Maya Dolphin & whale watching

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

1. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

Spend time in the water and interact with sea life during the Royal Swim Plus program at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras, lunch and drinks included. Swim with dolphins for 1 hour and get up close to manatees and sea lions during two separate 30-minute interactions. Start with a quick briefing, then hop in the water. The Royal Swim Plus program includes the famous foot push, playtime with the gentle dolphins, and more. Professional photos of your experience are available to purchase on-site if you’d like to capture this special memory.  After your program, unwind and relax while enjoying the area. The habitat is located in the pristine environment of Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, just a few minutes from Playa del Carmen. During your visit, enjoy convenient on-site access to lockers, showers, and restrooms.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

2. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

Learn about dolphins and have the opportunity to shake hands with a dolphin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful dolphins. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks. Start with a short briefing on your dolphin encounter program. Jump in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. Get a peck on the cheek from a dolphin and hear it sing for you.  Participate in a number of safe and fun activities that are especially designed for kids big and small. Let the staff teach you and your family what they know about these tender sea creatures. Work up an appetite and have some lunch. 

Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

3. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a boat tour. Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the opportunity to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters. On the tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish. Then, head to the beach, where the picture-perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading back out to explore a bit more. The biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula is essential and the aim is to share this passion with you and teach you how you can all work to keep this great natural land safe for future generations. It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and you'll understand why.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

4. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

Learn about dolphins and catch a ride on a dolphin's fin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful manatees. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks.  Start with a short briefing on your dolphin program. Hop in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. See a dolphin dance and hear it sing for you. Hold onto the dolphin's fin as the it swims backwards.  Work up an appetite and have some lunch. Head over to see the manatees and hear about these gentle sea cows. Get access to the Puerto Aventuras marina where you can use the shower facilities to clean up and the locker facilities to store items.  

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

5. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

Snorkel with whale sharks on this day trip from Cancun (from May to September). Take a boat out whale shark reserve in the waters surrounding Isla Contoy follow your naturalist or marine biologist guide for once-in-a-lifetime experience. Savor a delicious lunch and drinks on the boat. Be picked up early in the morning from your hotel in Cancun and hop aboard a comfortable van for the drive to Puerto Juarez (Marina Hacienda del Mar). Listen to an informative briefing to help you understand whale sharks and the area's ecosystems. Depart from Marina Hacienda del Mar on a boat and head towards the whale shark reserve in the waters surrounding Isla Contoy. Use high-quality snorkel gear to see whale sharks. Feel confident snorkeling with the help of your guide. Sit down to a filling lunch on the boat with stunning views of the coast of Isla Mujeres. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in the clear turquoise waters. Travel back to Marina Hacienda del Mar and transfer by van back to your accommodation.

Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

6. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

Swim with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy, on this cruise from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy up to three snorkel or swim immersions with sharks and even spot manta rays and dolphins. Finish with a visit to Playa Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres. Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

7. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

8. From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Expereince the ultimate adrenaline rush in the Mexican Caribbean on this whale shark snorkeling tour from Cancun. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Be picked up from hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya and transfer to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkeling site. Put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea before jumping into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish. Come face-to-face with adult specimens that can measure up to 13 meters in length. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours before heading to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Return to the marina where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

9. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

10. From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

This was the most wonderful experience of our 2-week stay in Tulum. The company truly operates conscious tourism, with small groups, no-plastic policies and employing local guides. We learnt tons about the local biosphere and saw so many animals in the wild. Super recommended.

Lea and Nikita were fantastic guides. Thanks to them, we were able to see many animals up close and had enough time to observe them in peace. It was a lot of fun. The experiences were breathtaking!

This tour was awesome. Martin the guide knows a lot and is super cool. We were able to see large sea turtles and reef sharks. The lunch at the beach was nice. I can just recommend this tour.

Amazing tour, had a wonderful day. Very nice tour guide that told us a lot about the fauna. Also the captain of the boat could find a lot of animals in de mangroves so we could see a lot!

The best excursion we did during our trip to Mexico