Whale Shark Experience

(3 customer reviews)

Whale Shark Experience

Snorkel with Whale Sharks on a 3/4 day group snorkeling tour of the Yucatan coast, from Cancun or Isla Mujeres under the direction of an expert guide. Swim with the world’s largest fish while looking out for dolphins, manta rays, turtles and more! Immerse yourself in the marine magnificence of Mexico’s waters on this spectacular small-group adventure.

Experience the wildlife encounter of a lifetime!!! Lunch is served on the boat well anchored on North Beach of Isla Mujeres, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!! Transport from Playa Del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum is included.  Group and private VIP tours available.

This tour is for ages 6 yrs or older.

  • You may choose between 2 options

Whale Shark Experience – Transport from Cancun & Puerto Morelos

  • Available May 15th to September 17th, 2020 – No tours 30th of every month
  • – Pick up at Varies – Pick up time confirmed after payment
  • – lasts 6 to 7 hours
  • $169 USD TOTAL/Per Person
  • – ($79 USD Deposit)

Includes transportation from Cancun. Transportation from Puerto Morelos & Playa del Carmen are additional, Puerto Morelos $10, Playa del Carmen $15 per person.

See tabs below for more tour information on what is included, what to expect, what to know, what to bring,  and what is not included.

Whale Shark Experience – Transport from Playa Del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum.

Whale Shark Experience – Transport from Playa Del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum.

  • Available May 15th to Sept 17th (No tours 30th of every month)
  • – Pick up at Varies- Pick up time confirmed after payment
  • – lasts 6 -7 hours
  • $189 USD TOTAL/Per Person
  • – ($79.00 USD / Per Person Deposit)
  • Includes transportation from Cancun. Transportation from Puerto Morelos & Playa del Carmen are additional, Puerto Morelos $10, Playa del Carmen $15 per person.See tabs below for more tour information on what is included, what to expect, what to know, what to bring,  and what is not included.



  •  Transport from Playa Del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum
  • Snorkel equipment is provided
  • Light breakfast with fruits, coffee and pastries
  • Lunch in Isla Mujeres: includes ceviche, water/soda and a swim in turquoise waters
  • Snack – sandwich & water/soda offered on the way back
  • Check in & pay balance owing. CASH ONLY accepted, USD or pesos. (Pesos at daily exchange rate)
  • Breakfast
  • Have a briefing of how to interact with Whale Sharks
  • 10 people on the boat plus guide & captain
  • Load boat and about a 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours one way boat ride, to Isla Mujeres (beautiful island with turquoise waters)
  • You are allowed 2 jumps to snorkel with Whale Sharks – guide + 2 people (this is for ALL tour operators)
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • We stay a little over an hour to enjoy snorkeling & lunch
  • If you were picked up in Isla Mujeres you will be dropped after lunch
  • 15 min boat ride back to Punta Sam – Cancun

NEW FOR 2019 Season

  2. It is NOT GUARANTEED to see Whale Sharks.  It is better odds by the 3rd week of June usually, by July we are FULL of whale sharks!!  We do our best to respect the animals and if their are 5 or less whale sharks we can only observe the whale sharks from the boat. This is in an effort to keep these beauties safe and not harassed by tourists.
  3. Life Jackets are MANDATORY!!  Previous year we would rent wetsuits and allow others to free dive.  There have been too many incidents of people trying to swim under the Whale Shark and ran to in to the big fish.  We only want to observe these amazing creatures not to touch them. The oils from our skin can cause sores on them. You can still wear your own wetsuit (not needed) but you will need to use a life jacket.  
  4. No SUN BLOCK!! Wear long sleeves or a rash guard.  Rash guard is a thin material shirt that many people use while swimming and snorkeling. The oils from these are not good for the Whale Shark nor are they good for the ocean in general. For time in the sun be sure to bring hats and such.  If you MUST wear sunblock please bring the organic kind. All others are not allowed.

***You can be allowed to wear a wetsuit only if you can prove you are free dive or skin dive certified.  The Whale Sharks are surface eaters so it is not necessary to dive down to see them***

  • This tour is for  ages 6 yrs or older
  • Take/Buy/Bring Dramamine pill – This helps with getting sea sick (strongly suggested)
  • Meeting points:
    • Isla Mujeres:  is at the Pemex  gas station on the north side of the island in Rueda Medina
    • Cancun: Punta Sam
  • Boat Ride 1 ½ to 2 hours boat ride one way
  • We ask that you try to be environmentally conscious as best as you can. Help us reduce the use of plastic and chances of plastic bottles or cups going to the ocean.  
    • Bring refillable container for water like a yeti or other – we will have a big 5 gallon jug of water
    • Please make sure to put trash in garbage bin, when available place recyclable items in proper places.
    • Refuse straws and plastic bag
  • Pick up from Cancun or Isla Mujeres. Transportation can be arranged from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum hotels.
  • Days that are looking not so favorable for ocean activities we will know the night before by 8 pm  if the water activity is available for the next day. In that case there is cancellation due to the port being closed to bad weather we will encourage you to participate in an alternative activity. This includes ceontes with ATVs and ziplines, Myan ruins – Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba and any other activities not on the ocean. In case this is not possible a full refund within 2 weeks will be given to the same account on PayPal or credit card that was paid by.
  • Rash guard
  • Towel
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash for tips and additional purchases
  • Biodegradable sunblock
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Underwater camera
  • Tips are not included

3 reviews for Whale Shark Experience

  1. Kristi

    As soon as Trisha and my husband began conversing, snorkeling with whale sharks came up and she made us a deal that if we booked 20 tours through her then should would get us 2 free trips! We were way too eager to wait until we had 20 tours so we went a day or two later but she will make deals with you if you come in large groups. The texts you the address you need to meet your tour guides and we met them there no problemo. 7:45AM be at the dock. They offered juice, coffee and some food before hopping on the boat that took an hour and 20 ish minutes to reach the whale sharks. Take motion sickness meds even if you think you can stomach it, trust me. So there are a butt load of boats already there and people are swimming their hearts out to keep up with these big guys and everyone is having a blast. You put on your provided flippers, mask and snorkel, sit on the edge of the boat and jump off almost right in front of them. It was nerve wrecking at the first jump but you forget about everything once you’re in the water and swimming along side these beautiful creatures. DO NOT TOUCH THEM even when you see others doing it. It removes a layer of their skin and they get soars so don’t do it!! We dove twice each couple and they took us to Isla Mujeres (Island of the women) for a super cool golf cart tour around the island and lunch (beer included). This was my favorite excursion I have ever done in Mexico and this is my third visit, I could not encourage you to do this more!

  2. Chris

    Once in a lifetime experience!!!!! A must do if you are visiting Cancun, swimming with these 50 ft whale sharks in open water was incredible! Trish is an amazing and kind person who helped get us a great deal and also personally helps back with the community. Our stay at the Jade Rivera was outstanding and Trish made our experience unforgettable with the excursions. We’ll be back!!!

  3. Julio

    We chose to go snorkeling with whale sharks with the help of My Trish Advisor and what can I say, it was an amazing experience! From the very beginning, Trish was receptive, friendly and pulled all the strings to get us on a boat despite the short notice. The tour was very COVID-19 compliant and we felt safe during the tour. Everything was on time and Captain Jesus and his crew were fun, friendly, and professional. The boat ride was about an hour from Punta Sam but once we spotted the whale sharks, we were the only boat out there for an hour. During the hour, we got up close with 25+ whale sharks. You are literally swimming a couple of feet away from these magnificent creatures as they’re feeding on surface plankton. These are amazing (gentle) creatures that will blow your mind and give you a better perspective on nature as well as our role in ecotourism. Afterwards, we sailed back to Playa Norte by Isla Mujeres and swam in the clearest waters you can imagine while having fresh ceviche prepared. Best tour ever! Thanks My Trish Advisor for helping us!

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