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Incredible Experience

We loved our crew! They worked hard to find the best spot for us to see a bunch of whale sharks, and getting to jump in to swim with them was breathtaking. They kept the boat clean and safe, and the ceviche with mangos after the snorkel was so good! Honestly, our family couldn't be happier, the experience was unforgettable. We are so glad we went with Mexico Whale Shark, everything surpassed our expectations. Thank you!

– Jenna S. | TripAdvisor
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Unforgettable Adventure

This was our first tour with whale sharks. Our guide Raul was amazing. His love for his job was very evident, and he wanted us to have the best experience possible. We got within feet of a pod of 75 incredible whale sharks, and as a bonus saw a beautiful large manta ray. Raul took exceptional care of the people on the tour who were a little intimidated by the water and the sharks. Took us by the hand and guided us through the water. A wonderful experience!

– Kim B. | TripAdvisor
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Amazing Trip

We took a GoPro with us and the footage is brilliant, so amazing. We went in three times. After leaving that spot, we traveled back inland and stopped at an island off Mexico, and had a swim at the beach with crystal waters. Then we got back on-board and Cindy had prepared us an epic lunch which was so fresh and delicious. We then went out to a reef and swam with loads of fish. All in all, it was one of the best days on our honeymoon, we loved it. Well worth every penny!

– Katy Y. | TripAdvisor
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Loved Every Minute

This was a highlight of my trip! We saw dolphins and lots of whale sharks on our expedition! We got SUPER close to these magnificent creatures, and the staff was awesome! The captain made the best ceviche I've ever had with fresh mangos for lunch while we chilled at playa Norte after our swim. We also snorkeled close to Cancun on our way home and got to see some awesome barracudas and fish while there. The boat (the Santa Rosa) is comfortable and safe.

– Lindsay F. | TripAdvisor

Welcome to Mexico Whale Shark!

We first started operating the snorkeling tour swimming with the whale sharks in Holbox island in 2001. We were the first ones to take a visitor out on this wonderful adventure, without knowing it was going to become such a big event every year! Now, we are well known as being the best whale shark tour company in Cancún, Mexico. We offer whale shark swimming and snorkeling tours in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Tulum, Riviera Maya, and Holbox Island! Learn More >>>

The whale shark is the largest fish that exists in the world today, it can grow up to 15 meters in length. The whale shark prefers the warm surface water in areas where there are upwellings of cold water rich in nutrients, like the ones between Isla Mujeres and Holbox island in the summertime, since these conditions favor the growth of plankton on which they feed. The whale shark has nothing in common with whales except for its size and the fact that only eats tiny plankton that gathers with his mouth open. Normally it feeds on the surface or slightly below this. Whale sharks are viviparous animals and sometimes see young calves swimming with the elderly.

Whale sharks are very docile and gentle, do not get scared when they are approaching divers or swimmers. You have the possibility with us do the best snorkeling tour swimming with the whale sharks in Mexico from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Tulum, Akumal, Holbox island or Isla Mujeres. Please do not forget to bring some towels with you and some biodegradable sunscreen as it is the only one allowed, we sell some at the marina if you cannot find any.

It is important to mention that there is no sighting guarantee or money-back guarantee at all in this tour as it is impossible to control mother nature: We fail very seldom as most of the time we see 20 or 50 or even more than 150 of them but sometimes only 5 or 2 or none at all. It happens that in spite of all our efforts to find them we do not get it and we, therefore, cannot give any kind of guarantee or refund. This is the same for all companies as it has been a federal rule since 2016. It happens sometimes that the sea conditions are not good and it is not easy at all to find them, please be aware that if the conditions are not at their best that might, unfortunately, happen to you. This tour is not recommended for children under 5.

It is important to be aware that in order to find and see the whale sharks we go out to open waters and sometimes it is rough. Most of the time the conditions are very good or perfect and everything goes well but as we all know the sea changes every minute and the conditions are sometimes not that good including rough sea and rain.

When it is too rough or dangerous the port is closed by the Port Master and we never go out in this case but sometimes even when it does not look very good if we are allowed to run the tour we do go out as all the other companies do.

The whale sharks are animals that live in the sea they are not dangerous at all but their behavior is unpredictable, we very often see 60 or more of them along with manta rays, dolphins or sea turtles and sometimes only one of them or none.

We do mention this in order to make sure that you understand that this is not a tour like going to an archaeological Mayan site where the weather conditions do not matter very much and to avoid bad surprises in case the weather is not very good on the day you choose.

We think it is important to mention all that, you’ll see excellent comments on our company everywhere. We sell quality and an unforgettable experience as long as mother nature is on our side, when it is not on our side we do our best to make the trip as pleasant as possible, our staff and crew are specially trained for that and always make their best effort. It is also a good idea to take some motion sickness pills before the tour if you tend to get seasick easily and you are not allergic to them.

There will be no tours running on each day 30th, May 30th, June 30th, July 30th, and August 30th will be days off. No guarantee to see or swim with the whale sharks at all nor refund of any kind by any company in case we do not see any of them which usually happens only once or twice at the most per season. No alcoholic beverages allowed on board. Snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico is a unique and unforgettable experience! If you have further questions about our tours, please take a look at our FAQ, it has all the answers!


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