Water activity

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

4.7 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Eco Tours Adventure

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Activity provider: Eco Tours Adventure

From US$ 193.67 per person

Swim and snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean. Have a full day of adventure and make a memory for life.

About this activity

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
French, Russian, Spanish, English, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese
Pickup included
At your accommodation in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Cancun.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear water
  • Enjoy lunch and a beach trip at Isla Mujeres
Full description

Be picked up 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.

Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Cancun
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trip with shaded area, first-aid kit, GPS, and VHF radio
  • Professional PADI guide
  • Snorkel equipment and life jacket
  • Anti-dizziness medicine and natural options
  • Welcome sandwich, fruit, sweet bread, coffee, milk, and natural orange juice
  • Lunch
  • Water and soft drinks all day
  • National Park and harbor fee: $10
  • Wetsuit
  • Photographs
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

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Punctual transfer, our guide Nuria was simply fantastic, attentive and taught us everything there was to know in the briefing! The captain is a true legend of the place, he passed on his love for the sea and also took us to see the dolphins, then together with Adolfo they prepared a fantastic lunch. One of the most exciting days of my life, infinitely grateful, much more than a tour thanks to these amazing people!

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August 28, 2022

My husband and I did really enjoy the day, so I am giving 5 stars, but there are a few things that were not clear beforehand. The tour takes you in the open sea to snorkel with whale sharks and to Isla Mujeres to see the reef. These were both breathtaking experiences and absolutely stunning. Our guide Ernesto was really nice and knowledgeable. He and the boat crew did their best for our safety and the safety of the sharks. The lunch is served on the boat and is nice and fresh. However, there are a lot of extra costs that are not included (rental of wetsuits, taxes, photos), so be aware you will have to bring a lot of extra cash. Something else we did not realise is that there is a lot of waiting involved. We waited overall 2 hours in the open water, so make sure to get sea sickness meds. In any case, it was all worth it and we reccomend the tour.

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August 14, 2022

We must wear a vest but that does not interfere with the observation. There were 3 tours with the whale sharks so no observation of the barrier afterwards. It's a pity it would have to pass even quickly. The Island of Women is surprising for its tourism. The set is worth it but it is very expensive. Some had obtained a group rate of 120€. It would be nicer. Ditto if we were sent a photo with the whale sharks. Considering the price and that it costs them nothing... We fully exploit the tourist. The meal was good.

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July 28, 2022

Product ID: 212499