1. Mexico
  2. Quintana Roo
  3. Cancún
  4. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Product ID: 342021
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Experience the exciting opportunity to swim beside the ocean’s gentle giants in the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world. Enjoy a unique opportunity only available from May 20th to September 17th from Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Tulum.
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Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 5:00 AM
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Pickup from your accommodation.
Wheelchair accessible

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  • See the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world
  • Snorkel beside the earth's biggest fish
  • Discover amazing sea life in its natural habitat
  • Relax on Playa Norte beach after the swim
  • Taste the Captain's delicious ceviche
Full description
Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy. 

Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy a continental breakfast (juice, bread, and coffee) while listening to the instructions and safety briefing. 

Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles. 

After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. The Captain will prepare his famous fresh fish ceviche, alongside water, soft drinks and sandwiches for you to enjoy onboard. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Continental breakfast
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 2 to 3 dives per person with the whale sharks
  • Playa Norte beach visit after the dives
  • Ceviche and sandwiches
  • Water and soft drinks
What’s Not Included
  • Mandatory Federal Dock and National Park fee ($13 USD per person)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• This tour is subject to weather conditions

From US$ 184.68 per person

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Product ID: 342021