June 1 – Sept 17
Dates
6 Hs
Duration
Cancun
Location
2/10
Physicality

Private Whale Shark Tour

When you choose a Private Whale Shark tour you’ll have a true VIP tour: private ground transportation, your very own private speedboat and a guide dedicated solely to providing you the most amazing VIP tour experience. And yes, this also means you can choose your own pick-up time!

In this tour, you’ll decide the times and itinerary. You can choose to stay longer swimming with the Whale Sharks, or choose to stay longer on the beautiful beaches of Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres or snorkelling in the coral reef. However you want the day to look, we’re here to help make that a reality.

 


 

Private Whale Shark Tour in Cancun, Mexico – a unique experience that you’ll never forget! Join us now on this captivating excursion

Get there first and stay longer – Our VIP powerboats with 2X four-stroke engines of 250 HP power will get you to the Whale Shark Swimming area before anyone else. Beat the crowds and stay at the site as long as you want.

You control the Schedule – The schedule is completely up to you: from timing the pick-up and drop-off, to the time limit between the different activities that make up the tour.

Private, air-conditioned transportation – The transportation to and from any hotel in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum areas are included in the tour price!

Swim until your heart’s content – Our goal is to have total satisfaction & a successful day of sightseeing with our clients, which is why we let you swim with the whale sharks as many times as you want.

Safe trips & excellent service – Our professional guides go above and beyond to ensure you feel safe, comfortable and that you have the best view of the whale sharks. Even if you’re not an experienced snorkeler (or if you’re not so comfortable with swimming) your guide will make your swim with the whale sharks unforgettable – they’ll support you, ensure you’re secure and adapt to your level.

High probability of mantas and dolphins – It’s like an underwater safari! We take you out on the best boats with our experienced captains, all equipped with ecological, noise-reduced engines. They’ll make your boat ride as pleasant as possible, as long as the sea is cooperative, and they’ll try to spot dolphins, turtles and manta rays on the way. If we’re lucky and spot manta rays, we’ll even let you snorkel with them so that you may enjoy these beautiful animals in their natural habitat!

Get a picture & video gallery to remember this unique day – During the whole day, HD videos and pictures will be taken while on your Whale Shark experience. At the end of the day, you can receive a 2GB USB with all your photos & videos at an extra cost.

We provide high quality equipment – Full snorkeling gear will be given to you. If you’re a comfortable swimmer, you can decide to rent a wetsuit for $15 USD, to be protected from the sun and to move easily through the water while you are swimming with the Whale Sharks.

Trip includes a bottle of champagne, breakfast & lunch and snorkeling on the local reef at Isla Mujeres. – Upon arrival to the pier in Cancun, a light breakfast will be ready for you. During the day, we’ll have bottled water, soft drinks and sandwiches on the boat. When we finish with the snorkeling, beers and a classic caribbean lunch are on the menu while we relax floating in the beautiful waters of Isla Mujeres. To complete this amazing experience, we’ll top it off with a bottle of champagne per boat, only for our private VIP tour passengers.

 

ITINERARY:

Please note: the following is simply a recommended itinerary, and as this is a Private Whale Shark Tour, you’re more than welcome to adjust the schedule as you see fit. Please contact us before your reservation so that we may personally assist you.

6:30 AM: Pick up from any hotel, rental or house in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

  • Pick up time: 5:45 Tulum, 6:30 Playa Del Carmen, and 7:20 Cancun.

7:45 AM: Arrival to the pier in Cancun. 

8:00 AM: Breakfast buffet at the pier in Cancun.

8:30 AM: Speed boat departure to Whale Shark area.

  • Your Certified Bilingual guide will give a safety note prior to speedboats.

9:30 AM: Arrive to Whale Shark area.

  • Gear up with snorkeling gear.
  • Duration to about 3 hours.

11:30 AM: Departure from Whale Shark area; Departure to Isla Mujeres.

12:30 PM: Arrival and snorkeling at Isla Mujeres Coral reef.

13:00 PM: Classic Caribbean Lunch at “Playa Norte” in Isla Mujeres.

  • Vegetarian options available upon request. 

2:30 PM: Departure back to the pier in Cancun.

  • Transportation ready to take you back to your accommodations.

3:30 PM: Arrival to hotels in Cancun area.

4:00 to 5:00 PM: Arrival to hotels in Playa del Carmen area.

5:30 PM: Arrival to hotels in Tulum.

IMPORTANT: If you’re staying at a hotel, please let us know your room number upon checking in to your hotel, in case we need to contact you the day of your tour. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call!

 

What's Included

In Ocean Tours we take care of every detail so you can have a unique experience swimming with the Whale Sharks.

We include all that´s necessary to fully enjoy your Whale Shark experience. Below, you´ll find a list of our inclusions plus some suggestions for what you may to consider bringing on the tour.

What’s Included in the Tour 

  •  Free Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Pick up & drop-off at your hotel, rental or home is included in the tour price.
  • Whale Shark Guaranty for the unlikely, 1% chance we don’t see any Whale Sharks (Our 100%, No-Hassle Refund).
  • Continental Breakfast Buffet.
  • Bottled Water & Soft Drinks.
  • Classic Caribbean Lunch with shrimp/fish ceviche, tortilla chips, guacamole & fruits (vegetarian available upon advance request).
  • Sandwiches all day to fuel your snorkeling adventure.
  • Full gear including a high-performance silicon mask & a snorkel with release valve .
  • Seasickness Prevention by three methods such as dramamine, ginger tea or pressure point bracelet – completely free, at no cost to you.
  • Prescription Snorkeling Mask, If you wear glasses (advance notice required).
  • Experienced, Bilingual Guides in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • Snorkeling in the Whale Shark area as much as possible, as well as at Isla Mujeres.
  • Relax & Swim at Playa Norte, one of the world’s top-rated beaches.
  • Best -in-Class Speed Boats with two, four-stroke ecological engines & noise-reduction.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunglasses, Shoes/Sandals & Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreem (please apply prior to tour)
  • Camera or Underwater Camera, if you have one
  • Swimming t-shirt for sun protection, as well as reducing the potential for negatively impacting the shark’s natural habitat by moderating our usage of sunscreen
  • Extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit, if you have one

Available Extras

  • Wetsuit Rental $15 USD.
  • Whale Shark T-Shirt for Swimming, $20 USD
  • Pictures & Videos on a 2GB USB.
    • Taken by your guide with a GoPro camera
    • 1-3 people: $40 USD (+$10 USD per additional person)   

Pregnant Women, Children & Seniors are Welcome

Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman are welcome on this tour only between the 11th and 28th week of pregnancy. Pregnant woman will go on the back side of the speedboat where there’s less movement inside the boat.

If you’re pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking your Whale Shark tour so we can recommend the best day with the best sea conditions.

We understand you may need more assistance and we’re more than happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water, With the help of your guide and sailor it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

The seasickness could be an issue, but we have an effective method to prevent it, such as a pressure point bracelet (acupuncture).

Please remember to ask for help whenever needed during your tour

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to your tour, either through email or a quick chat on the phone! We’re here to help! 

Children                                                                       

Children’s are the most adventures so they are welcome on the tour.

All children above the age of two can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.

We don’t recommend infants & toddlers younger than two years of age, however if it’s necessary you’re more than welcome to bring your child if there are good sea conditions. Please contact us to let us know, and we will advise you on the best day to bring your infant. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be boating for approx. six hours in total.

Children under the age of 4 join the tour for free, however they must pay the Natural Reserve Fee of just $10 USD.

Children between 4 and 11 years old pay a reduced price. Reduced prices for children between 4-11 years of age appear in the form upon booking your tour.

Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.

Seniors   

We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable & calm location of the speedboat.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone! 

People With Disabilities Welcome!

People who may have disabilities are more than welcome to swim with the Whale Sharks, only depending upon personal safety and upon the degree of disability. One of our main values here at Ocean Tours is:

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT IT!!!

This excursion is easy for 90% of people, regardless of disabilities or not because all that’s necessary is boarding the boat, and swimming. Everything else can be taken care of by our guides, who always take the utmost care & responsibility for our guests. Rest assured, no matter what’s going on physically, we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best possible day with the Whale Sharks. Like we said earlier, if you want it, everything is possible!

Lastly, we understand you may need more assistance and it’s our pleasure to support you! When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany you into the water.

We will do everything possible for anyone & everyone to enjoy this unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

At Ocean Tours, we’re proud to say that we’ve had plenty of customers, from all walks of life, and most have little to no trouble at all finding the beauty of this experience, and having the trip of a lifetime!

Please let us know before your reservation about your disability, and together we’ll plan the best trip for you.

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team through email or phone. 

No Chance of Danger

There is absolutely zero danger when swimming with the Whale Sharks or Mantas. They’re friendly, gentle creatures that feed on plankton, and they don’t have teeth!

There’s never been an accident in the Whale Shark tour.

Also, please know that in the area where the Whale Sharks are, no other species of Sharks can be found so you’re free to enjoy the blue waters and our friends, the Whale Sharks!

Coming from Cozumel

If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.

The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!

All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.

When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.

If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.

Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!

For more information on the ferry schedule for:
Cozumel – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel,
please visit the following links
:

Ultramar Ferry

Whale Shark Guarantee

Whale Shark watching is 100% guaranteed with Ocean Tours!

If we don’t see a single Whale Shark, then we’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:

  1. Reschedule and come to the tour another day
  2. Receive 100% of your money back

Fortunately, these “unlucky days” only happen less than 2% of the time during the entire Whale Shark season. Rest assured that you’re covered 100% with Ocean Tours  

Mantas & Dolphins

Manta Rays

The possibility of swimming with the Mantas on this tour is quite high, as about 45% of the days we do find them. If they’re visible, we’ll definitely jump in and swim with them!

Actually, most days we find more Manta Rays than Whale Sharks!

Fun fact: Manta Rays have a length of 4 meters from wing to wing and weigh more than a ton. The Manta Rays or Giant Mantas (Manta Birostris) are the largest species of Mantas in the world and are harmless towards people. We can swim with them and enjoy this magical experience. And, if you’re lucky, you may even witness them jumping out of the water!

The Manta Rays feed on plankton and small fish just like whale sharks and, because of this, we usually find them in the same places feeding, swimming and enjoying the waters.

Dolphins

The chance to see dolphins on this tour is very high, 75% of the days we find them.

On the way to the Whale Shark area we usually come across groups of Dolphins in their natural area. They come to the boats out of curiosity and swim next to the boats.

Usually, we can’t swim with them because when we jump into the water, they tend to scatter, as well it becomes difficult to see them while swimming.

Vegetarian Options

We have a special lunch for vegetarians: a delicious cold pasta with olives, olive oil and tomato. Additionally, the vegetarian menu also includes guacamole, fruits and tortilla chips.

The light, continental breakfast buffet at the start of the tour is also vegetarian.

If you’re a vegetarian, it’s important to let us know at the time of making your booking.  

Seasickness Prevention

At Ocean Tours, we do everything in our power to prevent our guests from experiencing seasickness. To make sure that you will have the best Whale Shark watching experience we offer three different prevention methods: Dramamine, Ginger Tea or Pressure Point Bracelet.

If after all methods are used and you’re still feeling seasick, our guides are trained to support you and make you feel better while also creating a more comfortable environment for you.  

Ground Transportation Included

Round-trip transportation in vans with A/C to and from your hotel, rental or home in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen is included in the price of the tour, so there is no extra charge for transportation. 

Additional information

Age4+

 

Enjoy the ride on VIP speedboats!
Taking you faster to the Whale Shark area.
Arrive first, stay for longer.

VIP speedboats equipped with powerful, ecological and noise-reduced engines. Featuring two, four-stroke engines of 250 HP power each. 

What's Included

In Ocean Tours we take care of every detail so you can have a unique experience swimming with the Whale Sharks.

We include all that´s necessary to fully enjoy your Whale Shark experience. Below, you´ll find a list of our inclusions plus some suggestions for what you may to consider bringing on the tour.

What’s Included in the Tour 

  •  Free Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Pick up & drop-off at your hotel, rental or home is included in the tour price.
  • Whale Shark Guaranty for the unlikely, 1% chance we don’t see any Whale Sharks (Our 100%, No-Hassle Refund).
  • Continental Breakfast Buffet.
  • Bottled Water & Soft Drinks.
  • Classic Caribbean Lunch with shrimp/fish ceviche, tortilla chips, guacamole & fruits (vegetarian available upon advance request).
  • Sandwiches all day to fuel your snorkeling adventure.
  • Full gear including a high-performance silicon mask & a snorkel with release valve .
  • Seasickness Prevention by three methods such as dramamine, ginger tea or pressure point bracelet – completely free, at no cost to you.
  • Prescription Snorkeling Mask, If you wear glasses (advance notice required).
  • Experienced, Bilingual Guides in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • Snorkeling in the Whale Shark area as much as possible, as well as at Isla Mujeres.
  • Relax & Swim at Playa Norte, one of the world’s top-rated beaches.
  • Best -in-Class Speed Boats with two, four-stroke ecological engines & noise-reduction.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunglasses, Shoes/Sandals & Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreem (please apply prior to tour)
  • Camera or Underwater Camera, if you have one
  • Swimming t-shirt for sun protection, as well as reducing the potential for negatively impacting the shark’s natural habitat by moderating our usage of sunscreen
  • Extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit, if you have one

Available Extras

  • Wetsuit Rental $15 USD.
  • Whale Shark T-Shirt for Swimming, $20 USD
  • Pictures & Videos on a 2GB USB.
    • Taken by your guide with a GoPro camera
    • 1-3 people: $40 USD (+$10 USD per additional person)   

Pregnant Women, Children & Seniors are Welcome

Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman are welcome on this tour only between the 11th and 28th week of pregnancy. Pregnant woman will go on the back side of the speedboat where there’s less movement inside the boat.

If you’re pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking your Whale Shark tour so we can recommend the best day with the best sea conditions.

We understand you may need more assistance and we’re more than happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water, With the help of your guide and sailor it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

The seasickness could be an issue, but we have an effective method to prevent it, such as a pressure point bracelet (acupuncture).

Please remember to ask for help whenever needed during your tour

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to your tour, either through email or a quick chat on the phone! We’re here to help! 

Children                                                                       

Children’s are the most adventures so they are welcome on the tour.

All children above the age of two can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.

We don’t recommend infants & toddlers younger than two years of age, however if it’s necessary you’re more than welcome to bring your child if there are good sea conditions. Please contact us to let us know, and we will advise you on the best day to bring your infant. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be boating for approx. six hours in total.

Children under the age of 4 join the tour for free, however they must pay the Natural Reserve Fee of just $10 USD.

Children between 4 and 11 years old pay a reduced price. Reduced prices for children between 4-11 years of age appear in the form upon booking your tour.

Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.

Seniors   

We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable & calm location of the speedboat.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone! 

People With Disabilities Welcome!

People who may have disabilities are more than welcome to swim with the Whale Sharks, only depending upon personal safety and upon the degree of disability. One of our main values here at Ocean Tours is:

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT IT!!!

This excursion is easy for 90% of people, regardless of disabilities or not because all that’s necessary is boarding the boat, and swimming. Everything else can be taken care of by our guides, who always take the utmost care & responsibility for our guests. Rest assured, no matter what’s going on physically, we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best possible day with the Whale Sharks. Like we said earlier, if you want it, everything is possible!

Lastly, we understand you may need more assistance and it’s our pleasure to support you! When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany you into the water.

We will do everything possible for anyone & everyone to enjoy this unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

At Ocean Tours, we’re proud to say that we’ve had plenty of customers, from all walks of life, and most have little to no trouble at all finding the beauty of this experience, and having the trip of a lifetime!

Please let us know before your reservation about your disability, and together we’ll plan the best trip for you.

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team through email or phone. 

No Chance of Danger

There is absolutely zero danger when swimming with the Whale Sharks or Mantas. They’re friendly, gentle creatures that feed on plankton, and they don’t have teeth!

There’s never been an accident in the Whale Shark tour.

Also, please know that in the area where the Whale Sharks are, no other species of Sharks can be found so you’re free to enjoy the blue waters and our friends, the Whale Sharks!

Coming from Cozumel

If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.

The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!

All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.

When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.

If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.

Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!

For more information on the ferry schedule for:
Cozumel – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel,
please visit the following links
:

Ultramar Ferry

Whale Shark Guarantee

Whale Shark watching is 100% guaranteed with Ocean Tours!

If we don’t see a single Whale Shark, then we’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:

  1. Reschedule and come to the tour another day
  2. Receive 100% of your money back

Fortunately, these “unlucky days” only happen less than 2% of the time during the entire Whale Shark season. Rest assured that you’re covered 100% with Ocean Tours  

Mantas & Dolphins

Manta Rays

The possibility of swimming with the Mantas on this tour is quite high, as about 45% of the days we do find them. If they’re visible, we’ll definitely jump in and swim with them!

Actually, most days we find more Manta Rays than Whale Sharks!

Fun fact: Manta Rays have a length of 4 meters from wing to wing and weigh more than a ton. The Manta Rays or Giant Mantas (Manta Birostris) are the largest species of Mantas in the world and are harmless towards people. We can swim with them and enjoy this magical experience. And, if you’re lucky, you may even witness them jumping out of the water!

The Manta Rays feed on plankton and small fish just like whale sharks and, because of this, we usually find them in the same places feeding, swimming and enjoying the waters.

Dolphins

The chance to see dolphins on this tour is very high, 75% of the days we find them.

On the way to the Whale Shark area we usually come across groups of Dolphins in their natural area. They come to the boats out of curiosity and swim next to the boats.

Usually, we can’t swim with them because when we jump into the water, they tend to scatter, as well it becomes difficult to see them while swimming.

Vegetarian Options

We have a special lunch for vegetarians: a delicious cold pasta with olives, olive oil and tomato. Additionally, the vegetarian menu also includes guacamole, fruits and tortilla chips.

The light, continental breakfast buffet at the start of the tour is also vegetarian.

If you’re a vegetarian, it’s important to let us know at the time of making your booking.  

Seasickness Prevention

At Ocean Tours, we do everything in our power to prevent our guests from experiencing seasickness. To make sure that you will have the best Whale Shark watching experience we offer three different prevention methods: Dramamine, Ginger Tea or Pressure Point Bracelet.

If after all methods are used and you’re still feeling seasick, our guides are trained to support you and make you feel better while also creating a more comfortable environment for you.  

Ground Transportation Included

Round-trip transportation in vans with A/C to and from your hotel, rental or home in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen is included in the price of the tour, so there is no extra charge for transportation. 

 

At Ocean Tours we take care of all details so you can really have a unique experience swimming with the Whale Sharks.

It’s a privilege when you choose us to take you out to swim with a whale shark. Our team knows it and commits to doing everything we can to ensure you truly love your private tour.

We include all that’s necessary. If there’s something else that you need, please let us know.
We’ll do our best to include what you need so you can fully enjoy your Private Whale Shark Tour.

Included:

  • Private, Air-Conditioned, Round-Trip Transportation
    – From Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum
  • Bottle of Champagne
  • Full, high-quality snorkeling gear
  • Wetsuits & towels at no extra cost
  • Best private, VIP boats with two 250 HP motors
  • Light breakfast in Cancun
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, beer and sandwiches.
  • Caribbean lunch with shrimp ceviche, tortilla chips, guacamole and fruits
    – Vegetarian available upon request when booking
  • Seasickness prevention methods at no extra cost
  • Experienced, bilingual guides:
    – English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish
  • Snorkeling on Isla Mujeres at the coral reef
  • Swim with the whale sharks as much as you want.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunglasses, Shoes/Sandals & Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen (please apply prior to tour)
  • Camera or Underwater Camera, if you have one
  • Swimming t-shirt for sun protection, as well as reducing the potential for negatively impacting the shark’s natural habitat by moderating our usage of sunscreen
  • Extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit, if you have one

Available Extras (additional charges may apply)

  • Picture and HD video collection of the day on a 2GB USB
  • Whale Shark T-Shirt for Swimming

Pregnant Women, Children & Seniors are Welcome

Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman are welcome on this tour only between the 11th and 28th week of pregnancy. Pregnant woman will go on the back side of the speedboat where there’s less movement inside the boat.

If you’re pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking your Whale Shark tour so we can recommend the best day with the best sea conditions.

We understand you may need more assistance and we’re more than happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water, With the help of your guide and sailor it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

The seasickness could be an issue, but we have an effective method to prevent it, such as a pressure point bracelet (acupuncture).

Please remember to ask for help whenever needed during your tour

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to your tour, either through email or a quick chat on the phone! We’re here to help! 

Children                                                                       

Children’s are the most adventures so they are welcome on the tour.

All children above the age of two can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.

We don’t recommend infants & toddlers younger than two years of age, however if it’s necessary you’re more than welcome to bring your child if there are good sea conditions. Please contact us to let us know, and we will advise you on the best day to bring your infant. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be boating for approx. six hours in total.

Children under the age of 4 join the tour for free, however they must pay the Natural Reserve Fee of just $10 USD.

Children between 4 and 11 years old pay a reduced price. Reduced prices for children between 4-11 years of age appear in the form upon booking your tour.

Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.

Seniors   

We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable & calm location of the speedboat.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone! 

People With Disabilities Welcome!

People who may have disabilities are more than welcome to swim with the Whale Sharks, only depending upon personal safety and upon the degree of disability. One of our main values here at Ocean Tours is:

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT IT!!!

This excursion is easy for 90% of people, regardless of disabilities or not because all that’s necessary is boarding the boat, and swimming. Everything else can be taken care of by our guides, who always take the utmost care & responsibility for our guests. Rest assured, no matter what’s going on physically, we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best possible day with the Whale Sharks. Like we said earlier, if you want it, everything is possible!

Lastly, we understand you may need more assistance and it’s our pleasure to support you! When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany you into the water.

We will do everything possible for anyone & everyone to enjoy this unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

At Ocean Tours, we’re proud to say that we’ve had plenty of customers, from all walks of life, and most have little to no trouble at all finding the beauty of this experience, and having the trip of a lifetime!

Please let us know before your reservation about your disability, and together we’ll plan the best trip for you.

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team through email or phone. 

No Chance of Danger

There is absolutely zero danger when swimming with the Whale Sharks or Mantas. They’re friendly, gentle creatures that feed on plankton, and they don’t have teeth!

There’s never been an accident in the Whale Shark tour.

Also, please know that in the area where the Whale Sharks are, no other species of Sharks can be found so you’re free to enjoy the blue waters and our friends, the Whale Sharks!

Coming from Cozumel

If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.

The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!

All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.

When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.

If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.

Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!

For more information on the ferry schedule for:
Cozumel – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel,
please visit the following links
:

Ultramar Ferry

Whale Shark Guarantee

Whale Shark watching is 100% guaranteed with Ocean Tours!

If we don’t see a single Whale Shark, then we’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:

  1. Reschedule and come to the tour another day
  2. Receive 100% of your money back

Fortunately, these “unlucky days” only happen less than 2% of the time during the entire Whale Shark season. Rest assured that you’re covered 100% with Ocean Tours  

Mantas & Dolphins

Manta Rays

The possibility of swimming with the Mantas on this tour is quite high, as about 45% of the days we do find them. If they’re visible, we’ll definitely jump in and swim with them!

Actually, most days we find more Manta Rays than Whale Sharks!

Fun fact: Manta Rays have a length of 4 meters from wing to wing and weigh more than a ton. The Manta Rays or Giant Mantas (Manta Birostris) are the largest species of Mantas in the world and are harmless towards people. We can swim with them and enjoy this magical experience. And, if you’re lucky, you may even witness them jumping out of the water!

The Manta Rays feed on plankton and small fish just like whale sharks and, because of this, we usually find them in the same places feeding, swimming and enjoying the waters.

Dolphins

The chance to see dolphins on this tour is very high, 75% of the days we find them.

On the way to the Whale Shark area we usually come across groups of Dolphins in their natural area. They come to the boats out of curiosity and swim next to the boats.

Usually, we can’t swim with them because when we jump into the water, they tend to scatter, as well it becomes difficult to see them while swimming.

Vegetarian Options

We have a special lunch for vegetarians: a delicious cold pasta with olives, olive oil and tomato. Additionally, the vegetarian menu also includes guacamole, fruits and tortilla chips.

The light, continental breakfast buffet at the start of the tour is also vegetarian.

If you’re a vegetarian, it’s important to let us know at the time of making your booking.  

Seasickness Prevention

At Ocean Tours, we do everything in our power to prevent our guests from experiencing seasickness. To make sure that you will have the best Whale Shark watching experience we offer three different prevention methods: Dramamine, Ginger Tea or Pressure Point Bracelet.

If after all methods are used and you’re still feeling seasick, our guides are trained to support you and make you feel better while also creating a more comfortable environment for you.  

Ground Transportation Included

Round-trip transportation in vans with A/C to and from your hotel, rental or home in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen is included in the price of the tour, so there is no extra charge for transportation. 

 

We have the best guides for your Private Whale Shark Tour

If you prefer having a specific guide for your tour, please let us know at the time of making your booking and we’ll do our best to make sure you get your guide of choice. Although we can’t give you a 100% guarantee due to space & logistics, you can trust that we’ll do our best to make it happen!

What's Included

In Ocean Tours we take care of every detail so you can have a unique experience swimming with the Whale Sharks.

We include all that´s necessary to fully enjoy your Whale Shark experience. Below, you´ll find a list of our inclusions plus some suggestions for what you may to consider bringing on the tour.

What’s Included in the Tour 

  •  Free Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Pick up & drop-off at your hotel, rental or home is included in the tour price.
  • Whale Shark Guaranty for the unlikely, 1% chance we don’t see any Whale Sharks (Our 100%, No-Hassle Refund).
  • Continental Breakfast Buffet.
  • Bottled Water & Soft Drinks.
  • Classic Caribbean Lunch with shrimp/fish ceviche, tortilla chips, guacamole & fruits (vegetarian available upon advance request).
  • Sandwiches all day to fuel your snorkeling adventure.
  • Full gear including a high-performance silicon mask & a snorkel with release valve .
  • Seasickness Prevention by three methods such as dramamine, ginger tea or pressure point bracelet – completely free, at no cost to you.
  • Prescription Snorkeling Mask, If you wear glasses (advance notice required).
  • Experienced, Bilingual Guides in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • Snorkeling in the Whale Shark area as much as possible, as well as at Isla Mujeres.
  • Relax & Swim at Playa Norte, one of the world’s top-rated beaches.
  • Best -in-Class Speed Boats with two, four-stroke ecological engines & noise-reduction.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunglasses, Shoes/Sandals & Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreem (please apply prior to tour)
  • Camera or Underwater Camera, if you have one
  • Swimming t-shirt for sun protection, as well as reducing the potential for negatively impacting the shark’s natural habitat by moderating our usage of sunscreen
  • Extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit, if you have one

Available Extras

  • Wetsuit Rental $15 USD.
  • Whale Shark T-Shirt for Swimming, $20 USD
  • Pictures & Videos on a 2GB USB.
    • Taken by your guide with a GoPro camera
    • 1-3 people: $40 USD (+$10 USD per additional person)   

Pregnant Women, Children & Seniors are Welcome

Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman are welcome on this tour only between the 11th and 28th week of pregnancy. Pregnant woman will go on the back side of the speedboat where there’s less movement inside the boat.

If you’re pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking your Whale Shark tour so we can recommend the best day with the best sea conditions.

We understand you may need more assistance and we’re more than happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water, With the help of your guide and sailor it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

The seasickness could be an issue, but we have an effective method to prevent it, such as a pressure point bracelet (acupuncture).

Please remember to ask for help whenever needed during your tour

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to your tour, either through email or a quick chat on the phone! We’re here to help! 

Children                                                                       

Children’s are the most adventures so they are welcome on the tour.

All children above the age of two can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.

We don’t recommend infants & toddlers younger than two years of age, however if it’s necessary you’re more than welcome to bring your child if there are good sea conditions. Please contact us to let us know, and we will advise you on the best day to bring your infant. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be boating for approx. six hours in total.

Children under the age of 4 join the tour for free, however they must pay the Natural Reserve Fee of just $10 USD.

Children between 4 and 11 years old pay a reduced price. Reduced prices for children between 4-11 years of age appear in the form upon booking your tour.

Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.

Seniors   

We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable & calm location of the speedboat.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone! 

People With Disabilities Welcome!

People who may have disabilities are more than welcome to swim with the Whale Sharks, only depending upon personal safety and upon the degree of disability. One of our main values here at Ocean Tours is:

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT IT!!!

This excursion is easy for 90% of people, regardless of disabilities or not because all that’s necessary is boarding the boat, and swimming. Everything else can be taken care of by our guides, who always take the utmost care & responsibility for our guests. Rest assured, no matter what’s going on physically, we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best possible day with the Whale Sharks. Like we said earlier, if you want it, everything is possible!

Lastly, we understand you may need more assistance and it’s our pleasure to support you! When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany you into the water.

We will do everything possible for anyone & everyone to enjoy this unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

At Ocean Tours, we’re proud to say that we’ve had plenty of customers, from all walks of life, and most have little to no trouble at all finding the beauty of this experience, and having the trip of a lifetime!

Please let us know before your reservation about your disability, and together we’ll plan the best trip for you.

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team through email or phone. 

No Chance of Danger

There is absolutely zero danger when swimming with the Whale Sharks or Mantas. They’re friendly, gentle creatures that feed on plankton, and they don’t have teeth!

There’s never been an accident in the Whale Shark tour.

Also, please know that in the area where the Whale Sharks are, no other species of Sharks can be found so you’re free to enjoy the blue waters and our friends, the Whale Sharks!

Coming from Cozumel

If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.

The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!

All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.

When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.

If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.

Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!

For more information on the ferry schedule for:
Cozumel – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel,
please visit the following links
:

Ultramar Ferry

Whale Shark Guarantee

Whale Shark watching is 100% guaranteed with Ocean Tours!

If we don’t see a single Whale Shark, then we’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:

  1. Reschedule and come to the tour another day
  2. Receive 100% of your money back

Fortunately, these “unlucky days” only happen less than 2% of the time during the entire Whale Shark season. Rest assured that you’re covered 100% with Ocean Tours  

Mantas & Dolphins

Manta Rays

The possibility of swimming with the Mantas on this tour is quite high, as about 45% of the days we do find them. If they’re visible, we’ll definitely jump in and swim with them!

Actually, most days we find more Manta Rays than Whale Sharks!

Fun fact: Manta Rays have a length of 4 meters from wing to wing and weigh more than a ton. The Manta Rays or Giant Mantas (Manta Birostris) are the largest species of Mantas in the world and are harmless towards people. We can swim with them and enjoy this magical experience. And, if you’re lucky, you may even witness them jumping out of the water!

The Manta Rays feed on plankton and small fish just like whale sharks and, because of this, we usually find them in the same places feeding, swimming and enjoying the waters.

Dolphins

The chance to see dolphins on this tour is very high, 75% of the days we find them.

On the way to the Whale Shark area we usually come across groups of Dolphins in their natural area. They come to the boats out of curiosity and swim next to the boats.

Usually, we can’t swim with them because when we jump into the water, they tend to scatter, as well it becomes difficult to see them while swimming.

Vegetarian Options

We have a special lunch for vegetarians: a delicious cold pasta with olives, olive oil and tomato. Additionally, the vegetarian menu also includes guacamole, fruits and tortilla chips.

The light, continental breakfast buffet at the start of the tour is also vegetarian.

If you’re a vegetarian, it’s important to let us know at the time of making your booking.  

Seasickness Prevention

At Ocean Tours, we do everything in our power to prevent our guests from experiencing seasickness. To make sure that you will have the best Whale Shark watching experience we offer three different prevention methods: Dramamine, Ginger Tea or Pressure Point Bracelet.

If after all methods are used and you’re still feeling seasick, our guides are trained to support you and make you feel better while also creating a more comfortable environment for you.  

Ground Transportation Included

Round-trip transportation in vans with A/C to and from your hotel, rental or home in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen is included in the price of the tour, so there is no extra charge for transportation. 

 

Our first concern is the total satisfaction of our clients!

We’ve developed the most complete Whale Shark tour,
covering every need of our clients.

  • We are the Tour Operator
    Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. This is why we’re able to guarantee an excellent and high quality service. Most of the web pages you see are simply selling tours as a middle-man, providing little to no guarantee of quality, safety or assurance. Here, you buy directly from the tour operator.
  • Swim till you can swim no more with the Whale Sharks!
    We’ll give you all opportunities necessary to make sure you see the Whale Shark. We understand that this is not an inexpensive tour and that you even have to wake up very early to be on time, so with that in mind, once we’re in the Whale Shark area you’re allowed to jump-in as many times as possible to swim with the Whale Sharks and to fully enjoy your experience. Even if some days are difficult and the Whale Sharks aren’t as abundant in numbers, we’ll continue to do our best to swim enough times.
  • Top-rated Whale Shark Tour Operator
    Ocean Tours is the No. 1 Whale Shark tour operator & supplier in TripAdvisor in the entire Mayan Riviera, and we’re the only tour operator with a full 5-Star Rating and Certificate of Excellence with TripAdvisor.
  • Small Groups
    We only take small groups of clients with a maximum boat capacity of 10 people, so that we can create an environment that’s personalized & comfortable, giving you that “private tour feeling” without the “private tour price”.
  • We guarantee that you swim with the Whale Sharks!
    We provide a no-hassle 100% Guarantee to watch & swim with the Whale Sharks. If you don’t see a single Shark on your tour, we’ll gladly refund you 100% of your tour price. If you do see/watch Whale Sharks but for some reason are unable to swim with them, we’ll also happily refund you 50% of your tour price.
  • Seasickness Prevention
    We do everything possible to prevent seasickness from happening to our guests, which is why we offer three prevention methods FOR FREE, such as dramamine, ginger tea, and pressure point bracelets. Again, all prevention methods are free of any charge!
  • Prescription Snorkeling Mask
    If you wear glasses, we can provide you with a prescription snorkeling mask, at no extra cost, so you can properly see the Whale Sharks underwater. All you need to do is give us advance notice during the time of booking your tour with us!
  • Vegetarian Lunch
    Upon request, we’re able to provide vegetarian options to our guests. You’ll be simply delighted! Featuring a delicious pasta salad with olive oil, fresh tomatoes and olives, served with guacamole, tortilla chips, and fruit. Our breakfast is also vegetarian.
  • Get your Pictures with the Whale Sharks
    We make sure there’s a photographer in each boat, and you can purchase a 2GB USB with all pictures and HD videos taken with a GoPro camera during your tour. You also can take your own aquatic camera.
  • Professional Guides
    Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, safe, and most importantly, they love what they do! The whole team will make your tour an unforgettable experience.
  • We Care
    We take three crew members on each boat to ensure all your needs are taken care of and to also ensure that you swim as much as you like: captain, sailor/guide, bilingual guide/photographer.
  • 12 Years of Experience operating Whale Shark Tour
    We have over 12 years of experience in operating Whale Shark tours as Ocean Tours, starting way back in 2005. Because of this experience, we’ve developed the expertise, knowledge, and truly honed our craft of finding Whale Sharks when no one else can.
  • Best Snorkeling Gear
    We provide only the highest quality snorkeling equipment, with a water-release valve in the snorkel that makes it much easier to expel any water that may enter. It also improves breathing, allowing you to jump in right away with the Whale Sharks, without being hindered by your equipment.
  • We go the Extra Mile
    On every tour, our captain and guide are experienced in locating and spotting Turtles, Sailfish, Dolphins and Manta Rays to make your experience even more amazing!

What's Included

In Ocean Tours we take care of every detail so you can have a unique experience swimming with the Whale Sharks.

We include all that´s necessary to fully enjoy your Whale Shark experience. Below, you´ll find a list of our inclusions plus some suggestions for what you may to consider bringing on the tour.

What’s Included in the Tour 

  •  Free Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Pick up & drop-off at your hotel, rental or home is included in the tour price.
  • Whale Shark Guaranty for the unlikely, 1% chance we don’t see any Whale Sharks (Our 100%, No-Hassle Refund).
  • Continental Breakfast Buffet.
  • Bottled Water & Soft Drinks.
  • Classic Caribbean Lunch with shrimp/fish ceviche, tortilla chips, guacamole & fruits (vegetarian available upon advance request).
  • Sandwiches all day to fuel your snorkeling adventure.
  • Full gear including a high-performance silicon mask & a snorkel with release valve .
  • Seasickness Prevention by three methods such as dramamine, ginger tea or pressure point bracelet – completely free, at no cost to you.
  • Prescription Snorkeling Mask, If you wear glasses (advance notice required).
  • Experienced, Bilingual Guides in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • Snorkeling in the Whale Shark area as much as possible, as well as at Isla Mujeres.
  • Relax & Swim at Playa Norte, one of the world’s top-rated beaches.
  • Best -in-Class Speed Boats with two, four-stroke ecological engines & noise-reduction.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunglasses, Shoes/Sandals & Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreem (please apply prior to tour)
  • Camera or Underwater Camera, if you have one
  • Swimming t-shirt for sun protection, as well as reducing the potential for negatively impacting the shark’s natural habitat by moderating our usage of sunscreen
  • Extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit, if you have one

Available Extras

  • Wetsuit Rental $15 USD.
  • Whale Shark T-Shirt for Swimming, $20 USD
  • Pictures & Videos on a 2GB USB.
    • Taken by your guide with a GoPro camera
    • 1-3 people: $40 USD (+$10 USD per additional person)   

Pregnant Women, Children & Seniors are Welcome

Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman are welcome on this tour only between the 11th and 28th week of pregnancy. Pregnant woman will go on the back side of the speedboat where there’s less movement inside the boat.

If you’re pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking your Whale Shark tour so we can recommend the best day with the best sea conditions.

We understand you may need more assistance and we’re more than happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water, With the help of your guide and sailor it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

The seasickness could be an issue, but we have an effective method to prevent it, such as a pressure point bracelet (acupuncture).

Please remember to ask for help whenever needed during your tour

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to your tour, either through email or a quick chat on the phone! We’re here to help! 

Children                                                                       

Children’s are the most adventures so they are welcome on the tour.

All children above the age of two can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.

We don’t recommend infants & toddlers younger than two years of age, however if it’s necessary you’re more than welcome to bring your child if there are good sea conditions. Please contact us to let us know, and we will advise you on the best day to bring your infant. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be boating for approx. six hours in total.

Children under the age of 4 join the tour for free, however they must pay the Natural Reserve Fee of just $10 USD.

Children between 4 and 11 years old pay a reduced price. Reduced prices for children between 4-11 years of age appear in the form upon booking your tour.

Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.

Seniors   

We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!

When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable & calm location of the speedboat.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany anyone into the water.

Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone! 

People With Disabilities Welcome!

People who may have disabilities are more than welcome to swim with the Whale Sharks, only depending upon personal safety and upon the degree of disability. One of our main values here at Ocean Tours is:

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT IT!!!

This excursion is easy for 90% of people, regardless of disabilities or not because all that’s necessary is boarding the boat, and swimming. Everything else can be taken care of by our guides, who always take the utmost care & responsibility for our guests. Rest assured, no matter what’s going on physically, we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best possible day with the Whale Sharks. Like we said earlier, if you want it, everything is possible!

Lastly, we understand you may need more assistance and it’s our pleasure to support you! When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.

The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy & safe to accompany you into the water.

We will do everything possible for anyone & everyone to enjoy this unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

At Ocean Tours, we’re proud to say that we’ve had plenty of customers, from all walks of life, and most have little to no trouble at all finding the beauty of this experience, and having the trip of a lifetime!

Please let us know before your reservation about your disability, and together we’ll plan the best trip for you.

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team through email or phone. 

No Chance of Danger

There is absolutely zero danger when swimming with the Whale Sharks or Mantas. They’re friendly, gentle creatures that feed on plankton, and they don’t have teeth!

There’s never been an accident in the Whale Shark tour.

Also, please know that in the area where the Whale Sharks are, no other species of Sharks can be found so you’re free to enjoy the blue waters and our friends, the Whale Sharks!

Coming from Cozumel

If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.

The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!

All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.

When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.

If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.

Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!

For more information on the ferry schedule for:
Cozumel – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel,
please visit the following links
:

Ultramar Ferry

Whale Shark Guarantee

Whale Shark watching is 100% guaranteed with Ocean Tours!

If we don’t see a single Whale Shark, then we’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:

  1. Reschedule and come to the tour another day
  2. Receive 100% of your money back

Fortunately, these “unlucky days” only happen less than 2% of the time during the entire Whale Shark season. Rest assured that you’re covered 100% with Ocean Tours  

Mantas & Dolphins

Manta Rays

The possibility of swimming with the Mantas on this tour is quite high, as about 45% of the days we do find them. If they’re visible, we’ll definitely jump in and swim with them!

Actually, most days we find more Manta Rays than Whale Sharks!

Fun fact: Manta Rays have a length of 4 meters from wing to wing and weigh more than a ton. The Manta Rays or Giant Mantas (Manta Birostris) are the largest species of Mantas in the world and are harmless towards people. We can swim with them and enjoy this magical experience. And, if you’re lucky, you may even witness them jumping out of the water!

The Manta Rays feed on plankton and small fish just like whale sharks and, because of this, we usually find them in the same places feeding, swimming and enjoying the waters.

Dolphins

The chance to see dolphins on this tour is very high, 75% of the days we find them.

On the way to the Whale Shark area we usually come across groups of Dolphins in their natural area. They come to the boats out of curiosity and swim next to the boats.

Usually, we can’t swim with them because when we jump into the water, they tend to scatter, as well it becomes difficult to see them while swimming.

Vegetarian Options

We have a special lunch for vegetarians: a delicious cold pasta with olives, olive oil and tomato. Additionally, the vegetarian menu also includes guacamole, fruits and tortilla chips.

The light, continental breakfast buffet at the start of the tour is also vegetarian.

If you’re a vegetarian, it’s important to let us know at the time of making your booking.  

Seasickness Prevention

At Ocean Tours, we do everything in our power to prevent our guests from experiencing seasickness. To make sure that you will have the best Whale Shark watching experience we offer three different prevention methods: Dramamine, Ginger Tea or Pressure Point Bracelet.

If after all methods are used and you’re still feeling seasick, our guides are trained to support you and make you feel better while also creating a more comfortable environment for you.  

Ground Transportation Included

Round-trip transportation in vans with A/C to and from your hotel, rental or home in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen is included in the price of the tour, so there is no extra charge for transportation. 

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