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Swimming With Whale Sharks in Cancun

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Cancun

The waters off the Mexican resort town of Cancun are home to the whale shark, the world’s largest fish, which grows to lengths of over 40 feet (12 meters). Get up close and personal with these gentle giants on a whale shark tour. Here’s what you need to know.

When to Go

Plan your Cancun trip to coincide with whale shark season, which typically runs from mid-May through mid-September. For the best chance of a sighting, try to visit during the peak viewing period—the months of June and July.

How to Go

Join up with one of the many whale shark encounter excursions that depart from Cancun. Most trips travel one hour to Isla Holbox or Isla Mujeres, just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula; both spots are known for frequent whale shark sightings. When your captain spots a whale shark, you’ll jump in the water and swim or snorkel with the gentle giant.

Things to Know

  • Join only those trips that are staffed by trained professionals who understand the right way to minimize the human impact on the whale shark and its environment.

  • When a shark is sighted, jump into the water quickly—a whale shark can swim away from you much faster than you can to it.

  • As you enjoy this amazing experience, make sure to keep your distance, and don’t touch, bother, or attempt to ride the fish.

  • Snorkelers will usually enjoy multiple whale shark sightings per trip, especially during peak season.

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Swim with Whale Sharks Tour from Isla Mujeres and Cancun

Swim with Whale Sharks Tour from Isla Mujeres and Cancun

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Take a swim with whale sharks, dolphins, and stingrays in Isla Mujeres on this guided tour. The Mexican island, located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) off the coast of Cancun, boasts plenty of colorful fish and marine life to discover. Plus, explore a reef and afterwards enjoy fresh ceviche, sandwiches, and drinks on board the boat.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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Small-Group Eco Friendly: Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya

Small-Group Eco Friendly: Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Snorkel with Mexican whale sharks on a full-day group snorkeling tour off the Yucatan Coast from Playa del Carmen. Under the direction of an expert guide, swim with the world’s largest fish while looking out for dolphins, manta rays, and turtles. Immerse yourself in the marine magnificence of Mexico’s waters on this spectacular small-group adventure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.00
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Whale Shark Tour from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Cozumel

Whale Shark Tour from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Cozumel

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Swim and snorkel alongside whale sharks on this guided tour in Cancun. A boat speeds you to a prime viewing location, and en route, you might spot dolphins, turtles, and manta rays. Experienced guides are there to make sure you enjoy a safe and fun swim and snorkel. Enjoy breakfast at the pier before setting off, as well as snacks and unlimited beverages while on board. Hotel transport included. Note: This seasonal tour is offered from May through mid-September.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya

Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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Swim and snorkel nearby whale sharks on this seasonal tour from Cancun (May to September). Travel to whale shark feeding grounds and slip into the water alongside the world's largest fish (and knowledgable guides). This small-group tour is limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure minimal disturbance to the animals.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun

Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun

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Swim with docile whale sharks off the shores of Cancun during this 6-hour eco-adventure from Cancún or Playa del Carmen. From Punta Sam, take an hour-long scenic boat ride to the area where the whale sharks, the world's largest fish, like to hang out and feed. Under the supervision of your experienced guide, slip into the water to swim and snorkel with these graceful creatures over the course of 3 hours. Eat a light lunch on board the boat en route to the mainland, stopping for a visit on Isla Mujeres. Use of snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from hotel are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Whale Shark Tour from Cancun

Private Whale Shark Tour from Cancun

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Spend a day in the Caribbean with just your family and friends on this 6-hour private whale shark tour. Slip on snorkel gear and swim alongside these fish that can grow as long as 43 feet (13 meters)! After your memorable swim, sail to Isla Mujeres for a beachside lunch of ceviche and chicken sandwiches. Enjoy private chauffeur service to and from your hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. Available from May to September only, this tour can accommodate up to six passengers.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Whale Shark Swim Adventure SMALL GROUP from Cancun

Whale Shark Swim Adventure SMALL GROUP from Cancun

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Take a swim in an area with the whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet, on this tour from Cancun. Hop aboard a boat with a biologist guide and head to the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox, where you'll snorkel alongside these gentle giants. This tour offers both a small-group option as well as the opportunity for a private swim with just your travel companion or group. Hotel pickup and drop-off is also included. Please note: this tour is offered seasonally, from May to September.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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