Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun, Mexico

Notice: This is a seasonal tour that runs from June 1st to September 17th.

Actual photos from the tour, taken by Ocean Tours guides:

Swimming with a Whale Shark Swimming with a Whale Shark
Swimming with a Whale Shark
We try to see Manta Rays on our way We try to see Manta Rays on our way
We try to see Manta Rays on our way
Swimming with a big Whale Shark Swimming with a big Whale Shark
Swimming with a big Whale Shark
Whale Sharks seen from the speedboat Whale Sharks seen from the speedboat
Whale Sharks seen from the speedboat
Having fun in Isla Mujeres Having fun in Isla Mujeres
Having fun in Isla Mujeres
Whale Shark from up close Whale Shark from up close
Whale Shark from up close
The Whale Shark Area The Whale Shark Area
The Whale Shark Area
Big smiles after snorkeling Big smiles after snorkeling
Big smiles after snorkeling
Taking turns for snorkeling Taking turns for snorkeling
Taking turns for snorkeling
Fun for the entire family! Fun for the entire family!
Fun for the entire family!
Highly-Trained tour guide Highly-Trained tour guide
Highly-Trained tour guide
Swimming with a Whale Shark Swimming with a Whale Shark
Swimming with a Whale Shark
What an exciting day! What an exciting day!
What an exciting day!
Floating Bar Floating Bar
Floating Bar
Sometimes we see dolphins! Sometimes we see dolphins!
Sometimes we see dolphins!
Our guides have fun too Our guides have fun too
Our guides have fun too
The experience of a lifetime The experience of a lifetime
The experience of a lifetime
Whale Sharks are really big! Whale Sharks are really big!
Whale Sharks are really big!
How was it, guys? How was it, guys?
How was it, guys?
Mantas can be quite large too, and they are also harmless to humans Mantas can be quite large too
Mantas can be quite large too, and they are also harmless to humans
About to jump from the boat About to jump from the boat
About to jump from the boat
Go in a many times as you want Go in a many times as you want
Go in a many times as you want

We will take you to witness and join one of the most incredible natural events in the planet: The biggest whale sharks concentration in the world.

The Whale Shark Discovery tour operates daily between June 1st and September 17th.

Whale Shark watching is guaranteed! If we don’t see Whale Sharks, you will receive 100% of your money back.

In our Tour all is included: Ground round transportation, all the gear, Breakfast, sandwiches, lunch, water, soft drinks, beer and a lot more.

Tour Description

Our friendly, passionate and experienced bilingual guides will make your whale shark swimming experience the highlight of your holiday. The guide will pick you up at any place you are staying in the Riviera Maya or Cancun, then we will go to our location and pier where the boats are waiting for us. Before going on board we will have a nice continental breakfast at our location and pier, ones on the boat we will go to find the Whale sharks and mantas. Our Speed Boats takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to the whale shark area. Ones we find the Whale sharks we will stay snorkeling with the whale sharks for 3 hours approximately. After swimming with the whale sharks we will go snorkeling at the coral reef in Isla Mujeres, them our final stop at Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres where we are going to have lunch, beer and a lot of fun. From Playa Norte we will return back to our pier in Cancun and get our Ground transportation back to our Hotels. You well be back approximately a 15:30 at Cancun Hotels and 16:30 at Riviera Maya Hotels.

Know more about the tour:

You will love our Guides – Our mission is that you have the best day ever and that’s why most of our guides are diving instructors, Friendly, Passionate for nature and passionate for making people happy. They will make you feel safe and will ensure you have the best view of the whale shark. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will make your swim with the whale sharks an unforgettable experience.

Transport is included in the price – The ground transportation from and to any hotel in Cancun and the Riviera Maya is included.

Various seasickness prevention available for free – Some people suffer from seasickness on boats. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening to our guest. To make sure that you will have the best whale shark watching experience we offer 3 different prevention methods for free such as dramamine, ginger, pressure point bracelet. If in the unlikely case you still get sea sick on the boat, our guides are trained to make you feel better.

Great chance to swim with mantas and watch dolphins – We take you out on the best boats, all 4 strokes ecological engines, with our very experienced captains! They will make your boat ride very pleasant and they will try to spot dolphins, turtles and manta rays on the way. If we are lucky and spot manta rays we will let you snorkel with them and enjoy these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

You swim as many times as you want with the whale sharks – Our goal is to have a total satisfaction of the clients that is why we let you swim with the whale sharks as many times as you want. We stay in the whale shark watching area for approx. 3 hours.

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

Trip includes breakfast/lunch and snorkeling on the local reef of Isla Mujeres – When you arrive at the pier we will have a light breakfast ready for you, and during the day we have bottled water and soft drinks and sandwiches on the boat. When we finish with the snorkeling we have a Caribbean lunch in the beautiful waters of Isla Mujeres to complete this amazing experience.

Get a picture and video gallery to remember this unique day – During the whole day HD Videos and pictures will be taken of you while your whale shark watching experience. These pictures we will take with a GO PRO camera. At the end of the day you can buy 2 GB USB with all your Photos and Videos for $40 USD.

The natural reserve fee is not included costing 10 USD per person.

Itinerary


6.30 AM - Pick you up at any location in Cancun or Riviera Maya.
Pick up time: 5:45 Tulum, 6:30 Playa Del Carmen, and 7:20 Cancun

7.45 AM - Arrive in our location and pier in Cancun where the speed boats.

8.00 AM - Breakfast buffet at the peer in Cancun.

8.30 AM - Speed boat departure to Whale shark Area.
Departure from out location to whale shark area, our Certified Bilingual Guides will give you a safety briefing before we board our speedboats.

9.30 AM - Arrive to whale shark area.
We arrive in the whale shark watching area and we gear up to begin snorkeling. We stay approximately 3 hours in the whale shark swimming area.

11.30 AM - We leave the Whale Shark area on our speedboats and go Isla Mujeres Coral reef.

12.30 PM - Arrive and snorkel in Isla Mujeres Coral reef.

1.00 PM - Lunch
Caribbean Lunch at "Playa Norte", with Shrimp Ceviche, totopos, guacamole, fruits and soft drinks in Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres (vegetarian food available on request.) - Click on any of the food names to see it's Wikipedia page (they will open in a new tab).

2.30 PM - Return to Cancun to take your included transportation back to your hotel or lodging.

3.30 PM - Getting back to hotels in Cancun area.

4.00 to 5.00 PM - Return to Cancun to take your included transportation back to your hotel or lodging.

5.30 PM - Getting back to hotels in Tulum.

What's included in the tour

  • Round trip Ground and Sea transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum (air conditioned) Pickup and dropoff at your hotel or lodging is included in the tour's price.
  • If you see/watch whale sharks but you can’t swim with them, we will refund 50% of your money.
  • Light breakfast in Cancun
  • Bottled water, soft drinks. (Alcohol is no longer permitted on the boats).
  • Lunch with Shrimp ceviche, totopos, guacamole and fruits (If you are vegetarian, please let us know when you make your reservation)
  • Sandwiches
  • Full snorkeling gear
  • 3 different methods of seasickness prevention
  • Experienced, bilingual guides: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish.
  • Snorkeling on Isla Mujeres coral reef
  • Swim with the whale sharks as much as possible.
  • Best boats with whale shark operating permits

What to bring

  • Swimsuit 
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable suntan lotion (please apply before the tour starts)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Tennis shoes or sandals 
  • Some extra money (for tips or available extras)
  • Wetsuit if you have one
  • A swimming t-shirt to protect you from the sun, this way we protect the sharks by moderating the use of suntan lotion
  • A lot of fun

Available Extras

  • Wetsuit (for $15 USD)
  • Picture and HD video collection of the day on a 8GB memory stick (taken by your guide with a GOPRO camera) - From 1 to 3 persons 40usd (will increase 10usd every person extra)
  • Whale shark swimmer t-shirt ($20 USD)

Since our personal encounter experience with the whale sharks, we couldn’t get them out of our heads. So we decided to share this unforgettable moments with as many people as possible by taking them out to see the whale sharks. We will accompany you on this fun experience as friends. Our team guarantees an excellent, high-quality service and ensures the total satisfaction of our client-friends.

Some of our Guides:

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Some of our Boats / Transportation:

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  • We are the top rated Whale Shark Tour Operator on Tripadvisor
    Ocean Tours is the Nr. 1 whale shark tour supplier in Tripadvisor, in Cancun and Riviera Maya and the only whale shark tour operator with a fully 5* stars rating in trip advisor.
  • We operate the tour
    Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. We guarantee an excellent high quality service to ensure the total satisfaction of our clients.
  • We are experienced
    We have over 10 years of experience in operating whale shark tours as Ocean Tours started in year 2005.
  • We are proffesional
    Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable. The whole team will make your tour unforgettable.
  • We care
    We have 3 crew members on each boat to ensure your total satisfaction and to assure you swim as much as you like: captain, sailor/guide, bilingual guide/photographer.
  • We want you to remember your tour forever
    One photographer in each boat, you can purchase for 40 usd a 8GB USB with all pictures and HD videos taken with a GOPRO camera during your tour.
  • We are dedicated
    Working with small groups of clients, max. 10 people per boat ensures you a familiar private tour feeling.
  • We are safe
    The Speed boats are very safe and comfortable (with whale shark operating permits).
  • We are up-to-date
    We provide high quality snorkeling equipment. Using water release valve silicon snorkels makes it a lot easier to to breath in the moment you swim with the whale sharks.
  • We are guaranteed
    We give a 100% Guarantee to see/watch or swim with the whale sharks. If you don't see one shark on our tour we refund 100% of your money. If you see/watch whale sharks but you can’t swim with them, we will refund 50% of your money.
  • We don't give you just one chance
    We'll give you all the opportunities you need to make sure you see the whale shark 100%.
  • We go the extra mile
    We try to spot Dolphins, Turtles and Manta Rays for you to have the best experience.
  • We are there for you
    For those who suffer from seasickness or motion sickness we will offer 3 different seasickness prevention methods such as Dramamine pills (Dimenhydrinate), ginger (roots) or pressure point bracelets. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening to our guest.
Whale Shark Swimming Area

  • They can't hurt us!
    The whale shark is completely harmless to humans and conveys peace and tranquility. Until today there was never any accident reported when it came to an encounter with the harmless and gentle giants.
  • It's a fish!
    The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding fish.
  • Whale Sharks are not Whales.
    Whale sharks are indeed sharks, despite their confusing name. They are the largest fish in the sea, which is where the name originates.
  • They are quite impressive.
    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.
  • They live long lives.
    The whale sharks are 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. 
  • They feed on Plankton.
    Plankton gets attracted by sunlight and that is why the whale sharks are feeding on the surface of the water. 
  • They have been around for very long.
    The species originated about 60 million years ago. 
  • They are all unique!
    Each whale shark has a unique pattern that allows individual identification
  • They are in great danger.
    The whale sharks are listed as 'vulnerable to extinction' on the Red List of Threatened Species. They are endangered because of threats that are the result of human activities including shark finning and being caught in fishing gear.

Staying in Cozumel?

Whale Shark Tour from Cozumel

Ocean Tours offers the Whale Shark tour daily from Cozumel as well!

Clients 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 in front og "Señor Frog's" and from there, an Air-Conditioned van will bring you to our pier in Cancun.

After we return from the tour, the van will drop you off at the Playa del Carmen pier so you can take the 4:00 PM (approx) ferry to back to Cozumel.

The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour's price.

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

Ultramar Ferry
Barcos Caribe
Mexico Water Jets

Whale Shark Discovery

Regular Adults Price: USD 199

Regular Children Price: USD 179

Book 2 weeks before your tour
and get 15% off:



USD 169.15 Adults

USD 152.15 Children

Round-trip transportation included

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