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From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

4.3 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: contoyexcursions

From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Activity provider: contoyexcursions
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From US$ 145 per person

Snorkel with whale sharks in the Mexican Riviera on an adventure tour from Cancun. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean and see the gentle giants and marine life of the region.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Be picked up at your hotel in Tulum.
Private or small groups available


  • Swim and snorkel with whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea
  • See the gentle giants of the Mexican Riviera
  • Enjoy lunch on Isla Mujeres
  • Cross the Caribbean as you enjoy light snacks and drinks
  • Come face-to-face with the world's biggest fish
Full description

Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a whale shark snorkel tour from Cancun and swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, transfer to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity and available from May to September.

  • Entrance fees
  • Boat tour
  • Bilingual guide
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Water and soft drinks
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, lifejacket and fins)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Wetsuit (available to rent at the at marina)
  • Photos and video (only on prior request)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal on Cancun Marina near Puerto Juarez. Map and details route will be sent once booking completed.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

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This is a rare, incredible experience. We went out on the Shishito with Carlos and crew to find the gentle giants. We knew there was a chance we wouldn't see them at all, but after a while the crew managed find one and then another. The crew made sure that every guest on the boat had the chance to snorkel with both whale sharks. Because of the time it took to find the whale sharks, the group chose to skip lunch on the beach to swim with the second whale shark. 100% worth it. Many boats that day didn't see the whale sharks at all, and on Shishito we saw and snorkeled with two. They had sandwiches and drinks on the boat anyway. On the way back, we also saw dolphins and sea turtles between bites of guacamole the crew made on the boat. Dont miss this experience like the folks who stayed at the resort and only had our videos to watch. Carlos is a wildlife lover and is knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the Yucatan. Asking him questions about these topics is very rewarding!

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June 13, 2022

One of the best tours we've ever had. From booking to picking up and starting the excursion, everything went smoothly. The crew was super relaxed. We were really lucky with the weather. Carlos - our guide, gave us very good information about the tour. We saw a lot of whale sharks (small as well as quite large). We would recommend this tour to everyone! 5 Stars!

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July 19, 2021


I did this activity by myself and was a little anxious as I have never snorkeled before. Team consisted of: guide Carlos, captain Gener & the marine Erick, all whom were very welcoming and friendly. Guide Carlos picked and dropped each one of us at our respective hotel. On our way to the marina, Carlos shared important information regarding the WhaleShark/activity. Erick was very alert and attentive to us at all times while snorkeling. He helped me calmed down as I felt that I couldn’t breathe at the very beginning. Erick also managed to take really good pics/videos of us. The captain made a fresh ceviche for lunch which was delicious! The three work together to ensure the comfort and safety of each individual. I highly recommend snorkeling with WhaleSharks through Get your Guide. With no doubt I’d do this again! Thx for this unforgettable experience!!!❤️

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June 30, 2019

Product ID: 57140