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Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)

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La Paz, Mexico
 Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Head out on the Sea of Cortez aboard a catamaran to swim near the natural habitat of whale sharks on this excursion from La Paz. With certified guides, slip into the water, wearing the provided snorkel equipment, to get a look at these huge creatures in the waters they call home.
  • Snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, and keep and eye out for sea life
  • Learn about whale sharks from your guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Snacks and bottled water included
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Bottled water
All necessary equipment
Professional guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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$2 USD Port access to be paid Cash only before boarding.
Maritime & Naval Bureau , Pirámides 111, El Conchalito, 23090 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Local 8 (eight) at Marina Fonatur Singlar. Please be 30 minutes before departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • At least being 8 years old and being good swimmer to do the activity.
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Tour's departure initial time is not guaranteed. This is because of new regulations that protect the enviroment of whale sharks. This activiy is regulated by Protected species and they will determine the shift or initial time for this activity. Possible initial times 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. We will confirm to you initial time one day before. Please be patient while we wait for our turn to depart. It is possible the wait could be between 30 minutes until 3 hours to enter to whale shark feed zone, this regulations applies to all companies in La Paz City.
  • Not recommended for children under 8 years old
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sun Rider Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz).
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz).
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Swim Adventure (La Paz).

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  • "There a lot of rules governing this industry (the whale sharks are endangered), so be prepared to wait a little bit." See review

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, Mar 2022
Our guide, Armando, was very friendly and informative. We were able to get so close to the whale sharks..this is a must-do experience! Tip: if you are prone to sea-sickness, take some medicine beforehand. The waters were choppy on the day we went.
, Mar 2022
This was such an incredible experience!!! It surpassed my expectations. The captain (Mimo) & our guide (Armando) were THE BEST!!! Great boating skills, Great Personalities, Great at their job, & very Knowledgeable. Armando knew exactly how to get everyone to see a perfect view of the whale sharks in the water and made sure everyone was & felt safe on the boat and in the water. Incredible photos/videos taken as well with our guides GoPro for additional charge so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience. My boyfriend and I had a blast and would HIGHLY recommend this experience. Definitely worth the money! And if you love fun boat rides like me that is also a plus!!!
Epic experience!
, Mar 2022
We had a great time and felt well taken care of. We got to swim with the whale sharks and SunRider guide, Armando, made sure everyone had an epic experience. The rest of the Sun Rider team was equally impressive. All around wonderful. No cons!
Excellent Boat and Crew!
, Feb 2022
Excellent boat and crew. Extraordinary value. We’d go again with this team! Whale Sharks were easily accessible using Sunrider adventures. Thanks for the memories!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Whale sharks
, Feb 2022
Our tour guide,( Dellis and captain Memo, please forgive spelling if incorrect)was the best. This was a fantastic experience. She had us right next to the whale sharks, lucky for us they were feeding in a small area. Totally loved the experience.
After making a...
, Feb 2022
After making a reservation and getting confirmation we arrived at Sunrider hours beforehand and told there was no room for us
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Dennis, very sorry for this inconvenience, something went wrong with the reservation system, we require at least 24 hours prior to the tour the reservation, and a confirmation from our part. This particular tour is very restricted in the amount of participants, hour and time on the water. We are correcting the fault and hope you give us another chance to work with you. Mario
Bucket list item
, Feb 2022
The staff was very profession, the boat was clean, the experience was excellent. We saw numerous whale sharks and had multiple opportunities to swim with them. Our 7 year-old was assisted by the guide to get close and safe. On the way back to the dock we came across a pod of dolphins and the operator diverted and allowed the dolphins to play along the boat.
, Jan 2022
Great guide taught us a lot, taught us to do the star to get out of the way. The whale shark was huge!!! The boat was big so we could move around and it also had shade.
Better than I could have imagined! Well worth the price!!
, Dec 2021
Our guide was wonderful, making sure we had up-close encounter while following the protocol for whale shark health and safety. Thank you!
Everything we could have asked for
, Dec 2021
Absolute highlight of any adventure. Such a thrill to swim with these enormous sharks. Loved every moment. Well run operation, like clockwork. Kudos to Elise and the captain who were hospitable, friendly and very professional. Other boats around us were not as well equipped. We were grateful for wetsuits and quality mask snorkel and goggles, and on board toilet.
Best Whale Shark Swim Ever!
, Nov 2021
Great guide- Dorion and captain Martin! Very knowledgeable- very interactive - very polite! Made sure we all had time to enjoy our experience! They knew where to go and found the whale sharks waiting for us! Dorion assisted the guests that had never snorkeled before- making them feel more comfortable in the water- and made sure we all got up close and personal with the sharks as much as possible while keeping us and the sharks safe! Excellent adventure!
Great experience
, Mar 2021
The guide was very nice and helpful, we were able to swim with the whale shark and it was one of the most amazing experience ever. The local authority gives permission to enter the area where the whale sharks are and they give limited permission , so the tour might start a couple of hours later that the rv time depending on the number of boats waiting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Sunrider provides a once and a lifetime experience
, Jan 2021
Sunrider Tours provided the experience of a lifetime. They were prepared with everything we needed ahead of time, took us on a beautiful, clean boat. They provided excellent background about the whale sharks. Then the magic, the captain, Guillermo, steered us right where we needed to be, and Delice took it from there. Her experience and expertise meant we had multiple opportunities to swim with these beautiful animals. At first she physically put us in the right path, which was much appreciated! My first couple attempts I worried I was too close to the shark and fell behind, literally chasing his tail! On my final chance, I had one of the most special experiences of my life, I swam alongside the shark for as long as I could keep up, (be prepared to SWIM) it felt like it was just him and me out there. I came out of the water in tears. Sunrider is awesome. They respect and care for the animals while providing an amazing experience for their clients. They provided great service from beginning to end.
Whale shark tour
, Dec 2020
What an incredible experience! Dellis was incredibly helpful and fun and made the experience so enjoyable for our family. She spent a lot of time making sure we had a great experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!
, Mar 2020
Great trip! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Was able to swim with 3 different whale sharks. Would highly recommend!!
Great Day with the Whale Sharks
, Jan 2020
We had a great time snorkeling with the Whale Sharks. We were lucky that one stopped to feed and didn't mind us being near by. The crew found one for us to see pretty quickly. The guide did a great job explaining what we were going to do and the regulations protecting the animals. I appreciated them taking care of the Whale Sharks. When we were done, they had water, fruit, sweet and salty snacks for us. That was great as the water was cold and it helped to warm up. They did provide everyone with a "Farmer John" wet suit which helped with the cold water. We had brought our own mask and snorkels and the guide rinsed those for us. We had a great day and will probably do it again.
Cool experience, nice boat, helpful staff
, Jan 2020
Our guide and captain were great. Also, the boat was nicer than a lot of the other ones we saw out on the water (onboard bathroom) and drinks and snacks were provided after swimming. They explained the rules about going into the whale shark zone and taught us about the sharks. There a lot of rules governing this industry (the whale sharks are endangered), so be prepared to wait a little bit. We were able to swim with two different whale sharks on our tour. If you don’t already know how to use a snorkel and swim with flippers, I recommend watching a YouTube video about that ahead of time. If you struggle with the technique of that it can be hard to spend a lot of time in the water with the sharks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing experience
, Dec 2019
We took a trip up from cabo to do this as this is something that we have wanted to do for a while. From the off the staff were very helpful and we never felt rushed. There was only 6 people on our tour which was a nice amount. We got to the swimming zone and our helpful guide Dellise (sorry if we have spelt this wrong!) explained everything to us. Once in the water it is a magical experience to be so close to these gentle giants! I lost count on how many we saw but it was a good day for viewing as they were feeding. Snacks and drinks included which was a nice touch. For the price this was fantastic value and would do it again!
AMAZING experience!!!
Angela T
, Dec 2019
Wow...what a trip. So professional from the moment we walked in the door to check in. Our guide was wonderful- she was so enthusiastic and her energy was contagious. She was so knowledgable and up front about what to expect. We saw a few different whale sharks and it was the most magical, humbling, amazing experience. I would reccommend this to anyone and will absolutely do it again in my lifetime. Treat yourself to this. You'll never regret it!
This adventure was absolutely...
, Jan 2018
This adventure was absolutely incredible. The crew of the Sunrider knew exactly where to go to swim with these amazing creatures. I would definitely recommend it to all who enjoy to be awed by nature. Pete from Tacoma

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