Riviera Maya
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  • Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

    1. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

    Experience the adventure of swimming and snorkeling with the whale shark - the biggest fish in the world! This exciting adventure leaves from Cancun daily during the whale shark season (from May to September) and is limited to 10 people per boat, ensuring an intimate experience. It is guided by naturalists or marine biologists. During the tour, you will travel to the seas surrounding Contoy Island and Holbox, where you will have the opportunity to observe and snorkel with whale sharks. Look out for dolphins, mantas, sea turtles, birds, and many other species that play around the Yucatan coast. 7 AM - Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (06:00 in Playa del Carmen, 05:00 in Tulum). 7:30 AM - Informative briefing at Puerto Juarez (Marina La Amada). Our certified guides will provide you with all the fascinating information needed to become an expert in whale sharks and the area's ecosystems. ...

    We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

  • Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    2. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    Be collected 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. Once you arrive at the marina, relax and have breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and begin your search for these enchanting animals. Once a whale shark has been spotted you will be able to go snorkeling. There is a maximum of one ship per whale shark and two people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this beautiful ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch of sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the fantastic beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina for 3:30 PM.

    Super nice experience. Would defo recommend. Though we lucked out and there were soo many whale sharks. Apparently that can differ. Tour guide was super nice and explained lots.

  • Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

    3. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

    Hop on a boat and head for Contoy Island, home to the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. After a close encounter with these creatures, head for the beach to relax or snorkel. Start your adventure at the marina in Cancun with some coffee and bread. Receive a safety briefing from the crew and board your boat. Life vests and full snorkeling gear will be provided to ensure you have the safest and best experience. Enjoy the boat trip out to Contoy Island, then get ready to jump in and swim with the sharks. Savour the experience of swimming with these incredible creatures. There will be 2 to 3 immersions per person, always with 2 people and the guide in the water at any one time. After swimming with the sharks, enjoy a stop at Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres. Either relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Enjoy some soft drinks and snacks, before heading back by boa...

  • Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

    4. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

    Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  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...

    this is the most beautiful experience i have ever done in my like swiming in the blue water with a whale shark its unbelievable you should definitely go for it because there is no other experience is as exiting and unique as this the staff is really really friendly and they did a geat job to take you thru the journey

  • Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

    5. Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

    Enjoy a private boat tour with plenty of time to swim with whale sharks. Try fresh local food for lunch. Following pickup from your hotel in Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum, climb aboard the air-conditioned private van to be taken straight to the port. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the marina. Then, listen to your expert guide share the activity briefing and safety rules. Next, set sail to an area popular with whale sharks near Isla Contoy. Swim with these incredible fish. Enjoy the perks of a private tour: more chances to jump in and swim with the sharks and no waiting for other travelers. After your swim, sail to Playa Norte at Isla Mujeres for lunch. Taste fresh fish ceviche and relax on the top-rated beach. Finally, relax on the sail back to Punta Sam Port before taking your van transfer back to your hotel.

  • Playa del Carmen: Swim with Sailfish Adventure

    6. Playa del Carmen: Swim with Sailfish Adventure

    You will be picked up from your hotel at your scheduled time, at which point you will head directly to Cancun. During the ride, your guide will brief you about the day's plan, as well as sailfish biology and its local habitat. Once you arrive to the marina, you will have some time to relax, enjoy a tasty breakfast, and get ready for the adventure to come. Following breakfast, you will depart towards the sailfish area and begin your search. If on the way to the sailfish zone you spot manta rays or dolphins, the captain will stop the boat and allocate some time to snorkel with these magnificent animals. Once a sailfish is spotted, you will begin your snorkeling. Following the swimming and excitement, you will be served sandwiches, fruit, water, soft drinks, and beer, before heading back to the marina where you will reach at about 2:30PM. During your tour, your guides will provide you wit...

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The experience was something amazing. Worth every cent. The animals are majestic and to see them in their natural habitat was epic. I went about a week ago and still talk about it to anyone that will listen. Will definitely go again. Tour guides were great. TAKE THE SEA SICKNESS PILL. We had some guests get sea sick and messed up their experience. Thank you Jose for the info. Very knowledgeable guides.

Having Collin as a guide was already the first main prize that day. The guy does his job more than great, always trying and helpful. This experience to snorkel with the whale shark is a great feeling and luckily nobody can ever take it away from me. I am happy to have seen it !!!

We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

Very good from the timely pick up in front of your hotel, the kind and helpful guide, swimming with whale sharks is magical.

Great experience. We were even able to swim with a manta ray and dolphins!