Whale Shark Encounter

Whale Shark Tours in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya

Whale Shark Encounter Description

Come and join us in the most incredible adventure swimming beside this ocean’s gentle giants, your encounter will be supervised by our very experienced guides not to mention you’ll be wearing our snorkeling gear certified by National Geographic Snorkeler.

What's Included

• If transfer selected: shared roundtrip ground transportation from your hotel or condo in comfortable A/C vans
• Continental breakfast at our marina
• Safety and regulations briefing
• Snorkeling gear by National Geographic Snorkeler*
• 2 to 3 dives per person with the whale sharks with certified guide
• Visit to Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres after the dives
• Water and soft drinks
• Time to Relax on the Beach
• Fresh ceviche and sandwiches
• Whale Shark swimming diploma

What's NOT Included

Marine Park Bracelet
Price does NOT include $10 Mandatory Mexican government bracelet fee per person to enter whale shark protected areas. (Collected at dock) All participants must have the special marine park bracelet on while on the tour. Thank you for your help & cooperation. These funds will be used here in Mexico for whale shark research & conservation.

• $10 USD Deck and Preservation Federal Tax per Person
Marine Park fee is paid in cash at the dock
• Souvenirs and tips

What to Bring

• Towel
• Swimsuit
• Comfortable shoes/sandals
• Sunglasses
• Cap
• Biodegradable Sunblock
• Insect Spray
• Camera
• $10 in cash per person for Deck and National Marine Park Entrance Fee Bracelets
• Cash/Credit card for Tips, souvenirs, etc.
• Dramamine, Patches, Ear Buttons, and Ginger etc to PREVENT seasickness.

Other items: Hat, Tennis or Deck Shoes, Long Sleeve Shirt, Other shorts to change into, wetsuit or shorties (available to rent), snorkeling gear (we provide if you do not have)

Pricing and Reservations
Whale Shark Encounter

Shared boats up to 10 per boat
Not allowed for children under 2

$165 USD per Person

It is recommended to add round-trip transportation to your reservation

Hotel Transfers

Pickup Region Price
Cancún Hotel Zone/Centro +$15 USD per Person
Airport South to Playa del Carmen +$30 USD per Person
South of Playa del Carmen to Tulum +$40 USD per Person
Roundtrip Transportation Pricing

It is recommended to add round-trip transportation to your reservation

Hotel Transfers

Pickup Region Price
Cancún Hotel Zone/Centro +$15 USD per Person
Airport South to Playa del Carmen +$30 USD per Person
South of Playa del Carmen to Tulum +$40 USD per Person
Transfer Information

Once you make your reservation online: identify your hotel for pickup, and you’ll be entered into the professional transfer system. You’ll be notified the night before the tour of your pickup time. Pickup times will vary depending on where you are staying.

Hotel Transfers

Pickup Region Approximate Pickup Time
Cancún Hotel Zone/Centro 6:30 AM – 7:10 AM
Airport South to Playa del Carmen 6:00 AM – 6:30 AM
South of Playa del Carmen to Tulum 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Hotel Transfers Pricing
Pickup Region Price
Cancún Hotel Zone/Centro +$15 USD per Person
Airport South to Playa del Carmen +$30 USD per Person
South of Playa del Carmen to Tulum +$40 USD per Person
Schedule and Duration

Approximate Activity Duration

• 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Once you make your reservation online: identify your hotel for pickup, and you’ll be entered into the professional transfer system. You’ll be notified the night before the tour of your pickup time. Pickup times will vary depending on where you are staying.

Approximate Pickup Times

Cancún Hotel Zone/Centro
• 6:30 AM – 7:10 AM

Airport South to Playa del Carmen
• 6:00 AM – 6:30 AM

South of Playa del Carmen to Tulum
• 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM

Not Included $10 P/P Deck and Nat’l Park Bracelet fees (Cash Please) PAID AT DOCK

Whale Shark Encounter Photo Gallery

Mexico Whale Shark Tours

Swim & Snorkel with Whale Sharks

All Tours include Light Breakfast, Morning Coffee, Safety Briefing, Orientation, Complete Professional Grade Snorkel Equipment (or you can bring your own), Water, Soft Drinks, Gourmet Sandwiches (No white bread like everybody else!) A Full 2 – 2/12 hrs total time with the Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins & Turtles

AFTER, the main event there is another snorkeling stop where our crews Prepare the BEST Fish Ceviche you’ve ever had (For those of you who’ve never tried CEVICHE it’s a FRESH FISH salad where Fresh Filets are MARINATED in Fresh LIME juice & Spices. It’s then mixed with freshly chopped Tomatoes, Onions, & Cilantro and Eaten will fresh Tortilla chips!)

On a public whale shark tour you’ll be grouped with other tourists from around the world to a maximum of 10 per boat.

Private VIP Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Upgrade to our luxury VIP Whale Shark Trip. 

Get the VIP Whale Shark Experience with your own private charter and the best boats and crews! Less people and more time to swim with Whale Sharks.

Whale Shark Encounter Video