Enjoy the thrill of this close encounter with the largest and most majestic fish in the ocean, the whale shark. Each year, between the months of June and September, whale sharks migrate to the warm, plankton rich waters off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite their name, their enormous size and appearance, they are docile creatures and consume only plankton. The largest fish on the planet, they grow to an average length of 12m/40ft or more!Book Now Ask a Question
07:00 – Arrival at Punta Sam, Cancun. Informative briefing on whale sharks, their behavior and the areas ecosystem with complimentary coffee, juice, fruit and snacks.
07:30 Departure from marina in comfortable, safe fast boats towards the whale shark reserve in the waters off of Isla Contoy. Once we find them, let the adventure begin!
11:30 – Lunch on the boat in the shallow waters off of Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres. Fruit, sandwiches, and fresh fish and shrimp ceviche. Feel free to slip into back into the water!
13:00 – Return to dock. Our vans will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel.
$185 per person
Children 6 yrs or less: $130
We do not recommend this tour for children under 5.
Prices are in U.S. Dollars.
Professional guides – all biologists or naturalists, Nature Reserve conservation fee, snorkel equipment, lunch, snacks and drinks. Comfortable round trip air-conditioned transportation.
Small groups: Maximum 8-10 people per boat.
Tour Pick Up
Pick up is included at most hotels between Tulum and Cancun. Approx pickup times: Tulum – 5:00 AM, Playa del Carmen – 6:00 AM, Cancun – 7:00 AM. You will receive detailed pickup information along with your tour confirmation upon booking.
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Click on the “Book Now” button. Fill out the booking form, and simply follow the instructions to make your payment via PayPal. We’ll get back to you asap with your confirmation, and tour details including pickup info.
If you have a group and prefer something more exclusive, we can schedule a private tour almost any day that suits you. Ask for a quote
Our journey will take us off the coast of Cancun around the islands of Isla Mujeres and Contoy, where the annual plankton bloom attracts an incomparable amount of this giant species as well as an abundance of other amazing marine life! The largest concentration of whale sharks ever, was recorded here when over 400 of them gathered to feed. Manta rays, Eagle rays, turtles and dolphins often show up as well! Whale sharks feed moving gently on the ocean’s surface, you can safely snorkel with them or watch them from the boat. Specially trained and experienced guides are on hand to brief you about applicable regulations and procedures in order to ensure these peaceful animals are not harmed. Come explore the incredible world of the whale shark and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!
Your day begins between 5:00 and 6:30 am, depending on whether you are staying in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or elsewhere along the Riviera Maya. You will be picked up at your hotel by comfortable air conditioned vans and driven to the marina at Punta Sam, North of Cancun, where you will be greeted with hot coffee, tea and snacks. After receiving a short briefing on whale shark behavior and safety, we’ll board the boat and head out to the whale shark reserve in search of our giant friends! Once we arrive you’ll enter the water in small groups, taking turns until everyone has had plenty of time to interact with these magnificent creatures. Bring a waterproof camera for some awesome photo ops! Full snorkel gear, masks, fins and life-vests are provided to make your experience safe and comfortable, and wet suits are available for rent upon request. Once everyone has tired themselves out, we’ll have lunch on the way to the next location, the shallow waters off of Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, for some more swimming or just chilling out on the boat. While we’re in the water your guide and Capitan will whip us up a delicious, fresh ceviche to satisfy our hunger for the ride back to Punta Sam. Your estimated return time to your hotel will be between 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
Isla Contoy National Park is located 30 km north of Isla Mujeres where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. The island waters are a rich source of nutrients that support plankton and more than 234 species of fish including sailfish, manta rays and whale sharks. Every year whale sharks migrate to the area of Isla Contoy to join these other species for a feast. The abundance of plankton, krill and sardines in the waters off this island, cause a feeding frenzy from the bottom of the food chain to the top, and you can guess who holds that position! To add to your day on the Caribbean, enjoy a view of Isla Contoy, well known for its beaches, often regarded as some of the most beautiful of the Yucatan Peninsula!