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Riviera Maya Dolphin & whale watching

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Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

1. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

Spend time in the water and interact with sea life during the Royal Swim Plus program at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras, lunch and drinks included. Swim with dolphins for 1 hour and get up close to manatees and sea lions during two separate 30-minute interactions. Start with a quick briefing, then hop in the water. The Royal Swim Plus program includes the famous foot push, playtime with the gentle dolphins, and more. Professional photos of your experience are available to purchase on-site if you’d like to capture this special memory.  After your program, unwind and relax while enjoying the area. The habitat is located in the pristine environment of Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, just a few minutes from Playa del Carmen. During your visit, enjoy convenient on-site access to lockers, showers, and restrooms.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

2. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

Learn about dolphins and have the opportunity to shake hands with a dolphin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful dolphins. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks. Start with a short briefing on your dolphin encounter program. Jump in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. Get a peck on the cheek from a dolphin and hear it sing for you.  Participate in a number of safe and fun activities that are especially designed for kids big and small. Let the staff teach you and your family what they know about these tender sea creatures. Work up an appetite and have some lunch. 

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

3. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

Learn about dolphins and catch a ride on a dolphin's fin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful manatees. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks.  Start with a short briefing on your dolphin program. Hop in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. See a dolphin dance and hear it sing for you. Hold onto the dolphin's fin as the it swims backwards.  Work up an appetite and have some lunch. Head over to see the manatees and hear about these gentle sea cows. Get access to the Puerto Aventuras marina where you can use the shower facilities to clean up and the locker facilities to store items.  

Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

4. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

Swim with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy, on this cruise from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy up to three snorkel or swim immersions with sharks and even spot manta rays and dolphins. Finish with a visit to Playa Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres. Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

5. From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Expereince the ultimate adrenaline rush in the Mexican Caribbean on this whale shark snorkeling tour from Cancun. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Be picked up from hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya and transfer to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkeling site. Put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea before jumping into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish. Come face-to-face with adult specimens that can measure up to 13 meters in length. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours before heading to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Return to the marina where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

6. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

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.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

7. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

8. From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

9. Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

On this tour, you can either snorkel with white whales or view them from our boat. Measuring up to 46 feet (14 meters) and weighing up to 15 tons, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world. They are very docile creatures, eating only plankton and enjoy the interaction with the people who come to swim with them. Your tour starts in the morning between 06:00 AM to 07:00 AM. You will be picked-up from your hotel and take you to Punta Sam in Cancun. Here you will take a high-speed boat to the whale sharks. En route, you will be shown the abundant sea and bird life found at Isla Contoy. On a typical day, see a School of Wild Dolphins, Flocks of Flamingos, Stingrays, Ibis, Egrets, Pelicans and the rare "Chimay Birds.” In small groups, enter the water to swim among the whale sharks. You will be provided with full snorkel gear, masks, flippers and life vests.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Royal Swim & Kayaking with Buffet

10. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Royal Swim & Kayaking with Buffet

Paddle through the water as dolphins swim and play around you with this attraction in Puerto Aventuras. Get the chance to interact with dolphins, sea lions and manatees. Eat a delectable meal and sip on two drinks. Have the opportunity to get up close to two magnificent dolphins as you kayak through the water. Let the dolphin kiss you and pet their soft skin. Hop in the water and gently hold onto their dorsal fin as they swim. Meet manatees and learn about these huge, docile, and gentile marine mammals. Immerse yourself in marine animal experiences as you interact with majestic sea lions. Appreciate the size of these playful animals. Work up an appetite while seeing the animals and stop for a hearty buffet lunch. Quench you thirst with two drinks.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

What a wonderful excursion! Pablo and Martin, our tour guides, were great! They do their job with enthusiasm and joy. Their knowledge of the biosphere park is so great that they gave us exciting background information - in addition to the impressions of the flora and fauna. The entire excursion was perfectly organized (already the mail traffic with the office worker Paola was fast and very friendly, the bus driver Luis drove very carefully). We were picked up from the hotel on time and brought back on time. We are happy to recommend both the organizer and the two companions Pablo and Martin. THANK YOU for the unique day!

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.

Lea and Nikita were fantastic guides. Thanks to them, we were able to see many animals up close and had enough time to observe them in peace. It was a lot of fun. The experiences were breathtaking!

This tour was awesome. Martin the guide knows a lot and is super cool. We were able to see large sea turtles and reef sharks. The lunch at the beach was nice. I can just recommend this tour.

The best excursion we did during our trip to Mexico