Swim with whale sharks!
Ground trips from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and elsewhere in the Riviera Maya.
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and drive to Isla Mujeres from where the ultimate whale shark experience begins.
After arriving to Isla Mujeres you will be transferred to a fast boat for an unforgettable whale shark tour.
The 4 hour whale shark tour includes experienced multilingual guides, plenty of time to have a close encounter with these amazing creatures, snorkel equipment, drinking water and sandwiches.
After the boat tour, you will return to Isla Mujeres island to have a beach snorkel and lunch. You will have extra time at the beach to lunch.
You can expect to be back at your Hotel at around 4 pm.
Meeting point is at your Hotel lobby:
Tulum – Playa del Carmen 6:00am-6:30am
Playa del Carmen – Cancun 6:30am-7:15am
Cancun – Isla Mujeres 7:30am- 8:30am
Pick up from:
Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya: US $169.00 per adult, US $99.00 per child
Included in the Tour:
Pick up from hotel and round trip transportation
Fast boats with shade roof, double engines, cushioned benches and a small toilet
on board. (26ft boat for 7 passengers / 29 ft boat for max 10 passengers)
The boat tour takes about 4 to 6 hours
Licensed multilingual guide
Plenty of time to have a close encounter with the whale sharks
Lunch: Sandwiches and fruit on the boat
Snorkel at Isla Mujeres reef and Ceviche with beer beach break if time allows
What to Bring:
Swimsuit, towel and change of clothes
Sun protection (biodegradable lotion preferred)
Cash for balance, optional tips and souvenirs
* If you have a wetsuit, you may bring it.
Whale Sharks in Mexico
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world’s largest fish, it has a history of 60 million years in which it has traveled the oceans of this world. The shark has a massive body that can reach up to 18 meter (60 feet). Its coloration is gray or dark blue on its back, with circular spots and light colored white or yellowish horizontal and vertical lines and a white belly. In Mexico these patterns give the whale shark its local name: “domino.”
The whale shark is a solitary fish which occasionally forms groups to feed in areas with large food concentrations. Its head is broad and flattened; its eyes are small and are located on the sides. Behind the eyes are the spiracles; respiratory openings that allow contact between the air or water and the internal respiratory system. The position of its eyes makes vision of much less importance than smell.
The mouth can measure up to 1.5 meters wide. Whale sharks have about 3000 teeth in each jaw, but these are very small (less than 6mm in length) and are not used for feeding. Whale shaks are believed to live an average of 60 years, maybe more.
Named after the shark’s nickname Domino: The Mexican Atlantic Whale Shark Project was created in Mexico in 2003. The project was established for whale shark conservation and allows whale shark tour operations to run Whale Shark excursions for visitors that would like to swim with the animals.
The whale shark is present in several international protection lists; the sharks are listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Redlist. In Mexico the whale shark is protected by the Mexican Secretary for Natural Resources.
Isla Mujeres has a history of pirates and bandits. It is said that in 1517 a Spanish butcher named Francisco Hermandez de Cordoba came to the island searching for slaves to use in Cuban mines, since the Spanish already having slaughtered the indigenous population of that island. In the end they found nothing but old statues which looked to them like statues of women, and that’s how Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women, got its name. Afterwards it became a fishermen’s town. Although now loved by many tourists, it still has its former charm and the atmosphere on the island is very relaxed.
Isla Mujeres is located east off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, 8 miles across the Bay of Women, just a short ferry ride from Cancun. The island is only 5 miles long and half a mile wide. Because it is formed by ocean currents depositing sediment, its topology is flat and it’s surrounded by white beaches. The climate is perfect, sunny, on average 27°, with a nice ocean breeze. The majority of the population is Mexican. A legend says that the island was used for traditional Mayan fertility ceremonies and there are still Mayans living on Isla Mujeres today, who can tell stories about their ancestors and the Spanish invasion.
Despite its size the island has a lot to offer to tourists and you can easily spend a few days there. Some of the activities include diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or sharks, visiting a turtle farm or simply enjoying the beautiful beaches. There are many restaurants and bars on the island. A great place for seafood lovers since the fish is fresh out of the net, but there is something to find for everyone’s taste.