Whale Shark Mexico
Whale Shark Mexico
Whale Shark Mexico
Whale Shark Mexico
Whale Shark Mexico

Whale sharks swimming in Cancun, Mexico

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  • Tulum, Turtles & Cenotes

    Tulum, Turtles & Cenotes is a full day tour, where we will visit the incredible archaeological site of Tulum, the bay of Akumal and the cenote Caracol where we will also visit the caves with incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites

  • Whale Shark Discovery Tour

    Private Whale Shark tour

    Includes private transportation, faster powerboats, and a champagne bottle; plus everything included on the regular Whale Shark Tour. You customize the schedule to fit your plans.

  • Turtles and Cenotes Tour

    Come and discover the beauty of the turtles sanctuary and coral reef in the Mayan Riviera; and snorkel in 3 different mayan cenotes. (Underground rivers with crystal clear fresh water)

  • Paradise Islands Tour

    Join us in the visit to the paradisiacal Islands of Contoy and Isla Mujeres.
    You will discover the magnificent flora and fauna of the Mexican Caribbean, unchanged for centuries.

  • Tulum & Turtles Discovery

    Join us in the visit to Tulum & Turtles .
    You will discover the magnificent flora and fauna of the Mexican Caribbean, unchanged for centuries.

Let's go swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun...

Ocean tours operates the Whale Shark Tour in Cancun and the Riviera Maya since more than 10 years. We are passionate about Mexico and the natural wonders it has to offer, and it's in that spirit that our professional guides and captains will do their best to make you have an unforgettable experience on your tour. Our Whale Shark tour departs daily from Punta Sam pier in Cancun between the months of June and September (pick-up is available for Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the entire Riviera Maya). Come with Ocean Tours on this magical adventure, swim with the Whale Shark in Cancun, and live the experience of a lifetime.

...Or Discover Paradise together...

Ocean Tours' Paradise Island tour (daily year-round departures except Thursdays) will bring you and your family to the magical National Park of Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres, where the magnificent white-sand beaches and coral reefs full with colorful fish will leave you with a collection of beautiful memories, and a new definition of the word Paradise.

...Or snorkel alongside Sea Turtles in the Caribbean Sea...

Our Turtles and Cenotes half day tour is truly a classic. Swim with turtles in their natural environment in the Caribbean Sea and discover the sacred flooded underground rivers (cenotes) that the Mayans believed to be doors to the underworld. The Turtles and Cenotes Tour departs every day of the year except Sundays.

All our tours are operated by ourselves since day-one. Our professional multi-language staff is prepared to provide you with a consistently possitive experience, and our excellent TripAdvisor rating demonstrates the level of satisfaction we strive to achieve on a daily basis.

Whale Shark Facts / Why Snorkel with Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species.
The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 metres (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 tonnes (66,000 lb) are not uncommon.
The whale shark is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago, and, in Mexico, can be spotted swimming near Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, and the whole Riviera Maya Area.

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals. However, the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs and sperm.

The species was distinguished in April 1828 after the harpooning of a 4.6 metres (15.1 ft) specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Andrew Smith, a military doctor associated with British troops stationed in Cape Town, described it the following year. The name "whale shark" comes from the fish's physiology, being as large as many whales and also a filter feeder like many whale species.

Don't miss this chance to Snorkel and Swim with the WhaleShark in Mexico. Check out our WhaleShark Tour in Playa del Carmen and Cancun for more information.

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