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  1. Mexico
  2. Quintana Roo
  3. Cancún
  4. Isla Holbox

Whale Shark Encounter Snorkel Tour

Product ID: 2875
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Get ready for a rare adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced. Come see and swim with the whale shark, the enormous but harmless biggest fish in the world!
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Snorkel in a beautiful coral reef alongside the gentle giant whale sharks
  • Learn from your biologist or naturalist bilingual guide
  • Discover the natural habitat of your new friends on a complete nature tour
Full description
The whale shark species originated about 60 million years ago. In Mexico, these creatures can be spotted swimming near Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Holbox, Isla Mujeres and the whole Riviera Maya Area.

Explore the beautiful Caribbean Sea for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with the exotic, enormous whale shark. Despite being the largest 'fish' in the world, this gentle giant is completely harmless, inviting you to swim alongside it and pet its massive body.

After boarding the boat you will receive your snorkeling equipment. Then, depart to the area of whale shark sightings, located at the north of Isla Contoy, on a boat ride. Experience the excitement of searching for whale sharks in an area of approximately 120,000 hectares of water. Once you find them, the swimming will take place, 2 to 3 immersions per person will be done, always with 2 people plus the guide in the water. Continue the adventure swimming with the whale sharks, dive into a coral reef, near Contoy Island for snorkeling.

The final stop will be Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres which is simply the nicest beach of the island. Here, spend about an hour relaxing on the beach or do some more snorkeling while the captain prepares his famous fresh fish ceviche. You will also have water, soft drinks and sandwiches on board! You will be returning to the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal, taking you back to your hotel.
  • Ground transportation
  • Boat ride
  • Continental breakfast
  • Equipment for snorkeling
  • Life jacket
  • Bilingual guide
  • Lunch aboard the boat including beverages (Sodas and bottle of water)
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks and meals not specified
  • Optional gratuities
  • Dock fee
  • Alcoholic beverage

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Please bring a towel, swimming suit, cap or sun hat, sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen, water shoes and / or sandals and cash for souvenirs.
• Must be minimum 5 years old to participate
• The pickup is not available for hotels in Tulum
• Pregnant women and people with back problems are not allowed
• Whale shark season: from June to September (is subject to availability depending on government permission)
• The pickup times are between 5:15 AM-7:00 AM
• This tour is weather dependent. If the tour cannot go ahead on the selected date the tour can be rearranged
• This activity must be purchased at least 24-hours in advance to guarantee it
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Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
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Gray Line Cancun - Yucatan

Product ID: 2875