Water activity

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

4.6 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Yalku Tours

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

Activity provider: Yalku Tours

From US$ 200 per person

Swim with whale sharks in Cancun when they visit the Mexican coast from mid-May to mid-September. Discover the largest fish in the sea and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese
Pickup included
Get picked up from your hotel lobby.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Swim with whale sharks in Cancun, the biggest fish in the sea
  • Enjoy a thrilling ride on a powerboat
  • Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and manta rays
  • Learn more about the ecology of these immense creatures
  • Savor a tasty lunch after your swim
Full description

Swim with the mighty whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on this guided boat trip. Be surrounded by these massive creatures, learn about their behavior, and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim.

Start with pickup from your hotel and then hop on a small powerboat from Cancun. The conservation and protection of the area is of top concern so the number of visitors is limited every day and you can only swim with whale sharks with a certified captain and expert guides. Your guide will teach you how to swim with whale sharks in Cancun with instructions that ensure you maximize your experience while causing no harm to the delicate ecosystem. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Learn why the whale sharks are called “dominos”, what is “bottling” and why these gentle giants are only interested in eating microscopic meals. Thankfully. Your whale shark adventure from Playa del Carmen or Cancun includes a lunch of the freshest local ingredients to refuel after your huge adventure.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Boat cruise
  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Environmental management charge $13 per person (reef tax)
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • From early June to mid-September whale shark sighting is guaranteed or you’ll get a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Truly magnificent !!! Supervision at the top of the top. Perfectly French speaking guide !! The guides know how to reassure us and help us to make us live the best of times. We were able to see around thirty whale sharks! Swimming with them is truly an extraordinary experience! We recommend it with your eyes closed !!!

September 15, 2019

Long waiting time in front of the boat... only 1 jump supposedly possible - argument very questionable

July 23, 2022

Amazing!

June 29, 2022

Product ID: 74153