Snorkel with Whale Sharks just a few feet away! Don't worry, they're friendly and harmless to humans.
"Best Experience Ever"
Myself and my Husband did the Whale Shark encounter in Cancun about a week ago. The experience was a once in a lifetime and a must do if you're ever in Cancun.Lilly - Manchester, UK.
Snorkel with Whale Sharks just a few feet away! Don't worry, they're friendly and harmless to humans.
In the rare case we cannot find the whale sharks, receive a certificate to do the tour again.
This is supposed to be a relaxing time! Stay in the Whale Shark area up to 3 hours approx.
We have highly-trained guides available in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, and Italian
Enjoy fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea. It is common to see Dolphins and Mantas on the way!
Round-trip transportation, meals, drinks, and equipment are all included in the booking price!
Our Whale Shark Discovery Tour is child-friendly and elderly-friendly. Everyone's invited to join!
Boats with a maximum of 10 people. Transportation can be by van or bus, depending on the operational need.
Whale Shark watching
Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will make your Whale Shark watching and swimming experience the highlight of your holiday. We love doing this, and we can't wait to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with you!
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in either the Riviera Maya or Cancun, then we will take you to our location and pier where the boats are waiting for the adventure to begin!
Before we go swimming with Whale Sharks in cancun, we'll enjoy a freshly-prepared and delicious continental breakfast at the pier in Cancun. After breakfast we'll proceed to boarding the boat, and once boarded, the discovery of swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico begins! On average, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful and scenic speedboat ride that takes about one hour to get to the area where the Whale Sharks gather.
Once we find the best spot to swim with Whale Sharks, we'll get in the water and snorkel and swim with these majestic creatures for up to 3 hours approx.
The boat will stay in the whale shark area for up to 3 hours. Our idea is that you enter the water at least 2 times, however, it all depends on the sea conditions, how many sharks there are and your own swimming skills.
After swimming with the Whale Sharks in their natural habitat, we will go snorkeling at another beautiful location: The coral reef in Isla Mujeres. We'll then bring you to Playa Norte – named one of the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World – which is our last stop on the Whale Shark tour in Isla Mujeres, where we'll have lunch, drinks and fun!
From Playa Norte we'll return back to our pier in Cancun, where your guide and driver will bring you back to your hotel. Expect to arrive back to your hotels around 15:30 (Cancun Hotels) and 16:30 (Riviera Maya Hotels).
We guarantee whale shark sighting. In the rare case we cannot find the whale sharks, you can reschedule, or receive a certificate to do the tour again. We are flexible so the situation can be evaluated if necessary.
At Ocean Tours we take care of every detail so you can have a unique experience when we take you to swim with Whale Sharks in Mexico.
We include all that's necessary to fully enjoy your swimming with Whale Sharks Cancun experience. Below, you'll find a list of our inclusions plus some suggestions for what you may to consider bringing on the Whale Shark tour.
Bottled Water and Soft Drinks
Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and gluten-free food available on request.)
Certificate bilingual guide
Round trip transportation with AC
Snorkel and Safety Vest Life jacket is mandatory to swim with the Whale Shark.
Whale Shark Warranty: In the unlikely, 1% chance we don’t see any Whale Sharks, you receive a certificate to do the tour again
Corfortable, fresh clothing and long-sleeved-cotton shirt
Change of clothing
Hat or cap
Sunglasses & Biodegradable sunscreen (please apply prior to tour)
Money for photos souvenirs and tips
Important: The fee of 13 dollars charged by the nature reserve is not included and the client must pay our guide in cash.
Pictures and HD video collection of the day available for purchase.
Whale Shark Swimmer T-shirt ($25 USD)
Most of our guides are diving instructors or dive masters, and have all been hand-selected by Ocean tours for their passion and care for nature, awesome attitude and exceptional empathy.
Our first concern is to give our clients a unique experience that they can remember for years to come. At all times, our team is there for you with knowledge, motivation, attention, and trust.
We truly provide the Mayan Riviera's best quality in service and tours, and we always ensure the total satisfaction of our clients. We love what we do and we want to share these amazing experiences with you!
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There's no record of Whale Sharks or Mantas hurting any human being.
Whale sharks are very large and congregate in the waters around Isla Mujeres and Holbox to feed on tiny fish eggs and microscopic organisms. Also whale sharks are not fast swimmers and on average cruise through the water at just 3 mph. They also actively avoid swimming into objects and other creatures.
The Whale Shark Tour in Cancun is 100% guided. We offer professional guides in multiple languages.
Our guides will make you feel safe, secure, comfortable and most importantly they’ll ensure you have the best view of the whale sharks! Even if you’re not an experienced snorkeler, or if you’re not so comfortable swimming, the guide will ensure your Whale Sharks snorkeling in Cancun is an unforgettable experience! Our guides make sure that practically anyone can do the Cancun whale shark tour regardless of their physical ability. Even if the guide has to literally hold your hand they will get you close up with the ocean's largest fish.
Whale sharks do have teeth but they have incredibly tiny teeth evolved to aid in filter feeding, they really are gentle giants. Whale sharks have no need to bite anything, they simply filter-feed which involves a sucking process. So just to be clear whale sharks don’t eat humans, they have never harmed a human directly or indirectly.
This is a popular question as when you look for "Cancun whale shark tours" you may not actually know where the sharks are exactly. Every year hundreds of whale sharks arrive in the waters of Cancun in fact it’s the largest aggregation of whale sharks in the world. Sometimes we find whale sharks in Isla Mujeres and sometimes we find the whale sharks in Holbox. It all depends on where their preferred food source is drifting on any particular day. The main difference is that the waters around Isla Mujeres are warm, clear, and blue, while the waters around Holbox are green and colder. Either way you will get to swim with 18+ foot whale sharks so wherever they are, we will find them.
We will pick you up at your hotel or accommodation at the beginning of the day and drop you off at the end of the day. Round-trip transportation is included in the cost of the tour.
Some people suffer from seasickness on boats, it's a part of life and we totally understand. That is why we do everything we can to prevent this from happening to our guests. To ensure you'll have the best Whale Shark watching & swimming experience, we offer three different prevention methods for free: Dramamine, ginger tea, and pressure point bracelets. In the unlikely case that you still get seasick on the boat, our guides are trained to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Our goal is that the client ends the day completely satisfied, that's why we allow you to swim with the Whale Sharks for as long as possible.
Our idea is that you enter the water at least 2 times, however, it all depends on the sea conditions, how many sharks there are and your own swimming skills.
It is important to consider that we will remain in the area between 2 to 3 hours approximately.
We have professional snorkel equipment, sanitized after each use.
At the pier, you will have a light breakfast ready upon your arrival. During the day, there will be plenty of bottled water & soft drinks, as well as sandwiches to snack on the boats. When we’ve finished snorkeling with whale sharks, we’ll have a classic Caribbean lunch in the beautiful waters of Isla Mujeres which also includes drinks to complete your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We have vegetarian and gluten-free food. It is important to request it when making the reservation.
You are welcome to bring your own camera. For the entire whale shark tour, your guide will shoot videos & pictures on a GoPro in high-definition during your Whale Shark experience. At the end of your trip, you're able to purchase a digital copy.
Regardless of age, all people entering the Whale Shark watching area are required to pay a Natural Reserve Fee. This fee is not included in the tour price and is payable upon pick-up at your accommodation at the beginning of your tour ($13 USD/Person).
Although the name is confusing, whale sharks are sharks. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean and can reach up to 12 meters or perhaps even bigger.
For your safety, pregnant women will not be allowed on the whale shark tour.
Children are the most adventurous and they are welcome on the tour.
All children above the age of 3 can swim with the Whale Sharks. Children can go swimming with a parent, guide or any adult. As well, we supply all gear suitable for children.
Children 3-11 years old pay child price.
Please let us know if you have additional questions relating to young children and infants.
We know how important this experience is for you. We also understand that you may need more assistance and we are happy to assist you!
When onboard and in the water, remember to take your time, keep calm and enjoy, we will always be assisting you.
We’ll set you up at in the most comfortable and calm location of the speedboat.
The boat’s edge is 2.5 feet (0.7 mts) above the surface of the water. With the help of your guide and sailor, it’s easy and safe to accompany anyone into the water.
Lastly, we also have snorkeling masks with prescription if you wear glasses. Please let us know in your reservation if you need us to provide you with a prescription mask.
Need more information? Please feel free to contact us through email or phone!
If you’re staying in Cozumel and you want to swim with the Whale Sharks, then you have to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. The cost of the ferry is not included in the tour’s price, however your ground transportation to and from Playa del Carmen is included.
The tour begins with your guide picking you up at Playa del Carmen’s ferry terminal.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any Whale Sharks in Cozumel and at this time, it isn’t possible to go to the Whale Shark area with a speed boat from Cozumel!
All Whale Shark speed boats depart from piers in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.
Therefore, we recommend that clients staying in Cozumel should take the 05:45 AM ferry which arrives in the Playa del Carmen pier at 06:30. One of our Ocean Tours’ guides will be waiting for you at “Señor Frog’s” front door, just 60 feet from the ferry exit. From there, the guide will accompany you to your van with A/C, bottled water and an experienced driver ready to go. Your guide will be with you during the entire tour.
When we return from the tour, your guide will take you to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen so you can take the 4:00 PM ferry back to Cozumel.
If the 05:45 AM Ferry is too early for you, then you can take a later ferry only if you do a Private Whale Shark Tour with us.
Curious about our Private Whale Shark Tour? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if this tour is the right fit for you!
For more information on the ferry schedule visit this link.
Whale Sharks are considered "vulnerable to extinction" and are in the Red List of Threatened Species.
They are in danger due to threats resulting from human activities, including non-biodegradable sunscreen, plastic/waste/toxins/oil spills in the ocean, cutting the fins off sharks, being caught in fishing nets, and even for sport.
Unfortunately it is not possible since this tour is regulated by the Mexican authorities who grant licenses for short periods starting June 1 to September 17 only for the conservation of the species.
We continue with all COVID FREE measures, according to the authorities tell us.
We have prescription masks (-1 to -5). It is important to request it when making the reservation.
Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. This is why we’re able to guarantee an excellent and high quality service. Most of the web pages you see are simply selling tours as a middle-man, providing little to no guarantee of quality, safety or assurance. Here, you buy directly from the tour operator.
We’ll give you all opportunities necessary to make sure you see the Whale Shark. We understand that this is not an inexpensive tour and that you even have to wake up very early to be on time, so with that in mind, we do as much as possible to make this an experience of a lifetime. Even if some days are difficult and the Whale Sharks aren’t as abundant in numbers, we’ll continue to do our best to swim enough times.
Ocean Tours is the No. 1 Whale Shark tour operator & supplier in TripAdvisor in the entire Mayan Riviera, and we’re the only tour operator with a full 5-Star Rating and Certificate of Excellence with TripAdvisor.
We only take small groups of clients with a maximum boat capacity of 10 people, so that we can create an environment that’s personalized & comfortable, giving you that “private tour feeling” without the “private tour price”.
We provide a no-hassle 100% Guarantee to watch & swim with the Whale Sharks in Mexico. If you don’t see a single Shark on your tour, you can reschedule, or receive a certificate to do the tour again. We are flexible so the situation can be evaluated if necessary.
We do everything possible to prevent seasickness from happening to our guests, which is why we offer three prevention methods FOR FREE, such as dramamine, ginger tea, and pressure point bracelets. Again, all prevention methods are free of any charge!
If you wear glasses, we can provide you with a prescription snorkeling mask, at no extra cost, so you can properly see the Whale Sharks underwater. All you need to do is give us advance notice during the time of booking your tour with us!
Upon request, we’re able to provide vegetarian options to our guests. You’ll be simply delighted! Featuring a delicious pasta salad with olive oil, fresh tomatoes and olives, served with guacamole, tortilla chips, and fruit. Our breakfast is also vegetarian.
We make sure there’s a photographer in each boat, and you can purchase all pictures and HD videos taken with a GoPro camera during your tour. You also can take your own aquatic camera.
Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, safe, and most importantly, they love what they do! The whole team will make your tour an unforgettable experience.
We take three crew members on each boat to ensure all your needs are taken care of and to also ensure that you swim as much as you like: captain, sailor/guide, bilingual guide/photographer.
We have over 17 years of experience in operating Whale Shark tours as Ocean Tours, starting way back in 2005. Because of this experience, we’ve developed the expertise, knowledge, and truly honed our craft of finding Whale Sharks when no one else can.
We provide only the highest quality snorkeling equipment, with a water-release valve in the snorkel that makes it much easier to expel any water that may enter. It also improves breathing, allowing you to jump in right away with the Whale Sharks, without being hindered by your equipment.
On every tour, our captain and guide are experienced in locating and spotting Turtles, Sailfish, Dolphins and Manta Rays to make your experience even more amazing!
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