Water activity

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

4.6 / 5

56 reviews

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

From US$ 175 per person

Tick another thing off your bucket list and swim with whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on a thrilling guided trip. Witness whale sharks that can get up to 12 meters long and enjoy a local lunch.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel. If you are staying in an Airbnb, the activity provider will arrange a nearby pickup point.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See whale sharks with a company that's been around almost a decade
  • Enjoy knowing that you're 100% guaranteed to swim with the biggest fish in the world
  • Go with professional naturalist guides who speak your language
  • Enjoy the feeling of being in a small group of no more than 10 people
  • Look out for dolphins playing and sea turtles swimming
Full description

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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned Club Wagon or Suburban
  • Tour guide
  • Swimming equipment
  • Whale shark swim
  • Boat cruise
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Environmental tax and dock use ($15 USD in cash per person payable on the day of your activity)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes such as a long sleeve cotton shirt, long cotton pants and an impermeable jacket.
  • The use of sunscreen is limited in order to protect the whale shark and the water from pollution.
  • It is recommended to take some medication in order to avoid seasickness.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

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Tour starts very early, while others are just on their way to see the whale sharks, you are already driving back. Seasickness is not to be underestimated, but you will be well taken care of. Pick up on time, guide was great. Can only be recommended, even if you are only in the water with the whale sharks for a short time. Stopover at Isla Mujeres is relaxing, with some free time to swim in the turquoise waters. We skipped lunch because of nausea, so I can't rate it.

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October 17, 2022

At the very end of the whale shark season we were lucky enough to see whale sharks. The pick-up at the hotel was uncomplicated, after about 1.5 hours we were at the marina in Cancun. From there we took the boat to the whale shark area. There were a few other other boats with us, but that didn't bother us too much. In two jumps we saw a whale shark - an impressive animal. After that we went to the reef for snorkeling and had cheviche, guacamole and nachos on the boat. Kudos to guide Veronica and the whole team on board (including caption Frank) for the great trip.

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September 22, 2022

Great activity, very impressive to see. We had the chance to see a lot of whale sharks, it was incredible. They film with a GoPro, and you can buy the video at the end of the half day for a rather expensive price but which is sincerely worth it because unforgettable. Short break at the Playa Norte of Isla Mujeres on the way back, magnificent!

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August 18, 2022

Product ID: 4165