Water activity

Riviera Maya: Full-Day Whale Shark Encounter

4.7 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Eco Tours Adventure
Water activity

Riviera Maya: Full-Day Whale Shark Encounter

Activity provider: Eco Tours Adventure

From US$ 233.84 per person

Swim and snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean. Have a full day of adventure and make a memory for life.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
French, Russian, Spanish, English, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese
Pickup included
At your accommodation in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Cancun.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear water
  • Enjoy lunch and a beach trip at Isla Mujeres
Full description

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5 AM in Tulum, 6 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat.

Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Cancun
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trip with shaded area, first-aid kit, GPS, and VHF radio
  • Professional PADI guide
  • Snorkel equipment and life jacket
  • Anti-dizziness medicine and natural options
  • Welcome sandwich, fruit, sweet bread, coffee, milk, and natural orange juice
  • Lunch
  • Water and soft drinks all day
  • National Park and harbor fee: $13
  • Wetsuit
  • Photographs
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 39 reviews

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My husband and I did really enjoy the day, so I am giving 5 stars, but there are a few things that were not clear beforehand. The tour takes you in the open sea to snorkel with whale sharks and to Isla Mujeres to see the reef. These were both breathtaking experiences and absolutely stunning. Our guide Ernesto was really nice and knowledgeable. He and the boat crew did their best for our safety and the safety of the sharks. The lunch is served on the boat and is nice and fresh. However, there are a lot of extra costs that are not included (rental of wetsuits, taxes, photos), so be aware you will have to bring a lot of extra cash. Something else we did not realise is that there is a lot of waiting involved. We waited overall 2 hours in the open water, so make sure to get sea sickness meds. In any case, it was all worth it and we reccomend the tour.

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March 29, 2023

Wow. What an experience. Truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Our guide was informative, fun and really friendly. We found the sharks (between 3-5) so quickly when we arrived in the area different ones. When we first arrived there were around 20 boats but within 5 minutes they’ve all disappeared and we were the only boat - we had the sharks to ourselves! I would recommend requesting a late morning trip to avoid all the other boats! The food was great and the crew were all helpful. HIGHLY recommend taking travel sickness medicine beforehand as the sea is really rocky even on a clear day! They also provide this on the tour. The sharks were MUCH faster than expected and you really need to swim FAST to even try to keep up with them. What an amazing experience.

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March 29, 2023

Ursprünglich haben wir die deutschsprachige Tour gebucht, einen Tag vorher bekamen wir eine Nachricht, dass der deutschsprachige Guide krank ist & die Tour auf Englisch stattfindet. Unser Guide war super nett & kümmerte sich um uns alle. Wir bekamen Snacks & Getränke. Das rausfahren mit dem Boot dauerte sehr lange, bei uns hat es geregnet, ich empfehle jeden einen Neoprenanzug sich auszuleihen (kostet zusätzlich), wir hatten keinen & haben sehr gefroren. Leider haben wir wegen des Regens keine Walhaie sehen können ( unser Kapitän hat sich aber sehr viel Mühe gegeben um danach zu suchen ). Dafür sahen wir mehrere Mantarochen, super cool.

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March 29, 2023

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