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Our most recommended Quintana Roo Dolphin & Whale Watching

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

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

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 pastries with 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. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Cancún: Dolphin Encounter on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

2. Cancún: Dolphin Encounter on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

Interact with friendly dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery center on Isla Mujeres, departing from Playa Langosta in Cancún. Suitable for all ages, this program is suitable for non-swimmers. After you spend some time with your new friend enjoy a hearty buffet lunch with open bar service. Board the ferry at Playa Langosta in Cancún and sail to Isla Mujeres. Upon arrival, proceed to the Dolphin Discovery center where you will meet your marine mammal specialist who will guide you through the experience. Next, proceed to the underwater platform, which you will be standing on at all times, so the dolphin can come and meet you. Your specialist instructor will teach you some interesting facts about dolphins, their diet, and their behavior. Also, hear about nursing programs taking place at the center. After your encounter, enjoy the rest of the day at the center by taking a dip in one of the pools, or with some sunbathing. Enjoy a delicious buffet and sip on some drinks from the open bar onsite. After relaxing in the afternoon, board the ferry back to Cancún in the late afternoon.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

3. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

Cancún: Dolphin Swimming Program on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

4. Cancún: Dolphin Swimming Program on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

Enjoy swimming and interacting with friendly dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery center on Isla Mujeres, departing from Playa Langosta in Cancún. After you enjoy some time frolicking with the dolphins in the water, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch with open bar service. Board the ferry at Playa Langosta in Cancún and sail to Isla Mujeres. Upon arrival proceed to the Dolphin Discovery center for your swimming program where you will meet your instructor. Get ready for your experience by learning about dolphins as a species, specifically about their behavior and diet. Hear more about the reproductive and nursing programs taking place at the center, as well as special tips to protect our environment. Once in the water, say hello to your new friend in a relaxed and joyful setting. Shake hands with them, and then participate in a variety of exciting activities, including giving them a hug and a thrilling boogie push movement through the water. After your experience, enjoy the rest of the day at the center by taking a dip in one of the pools, or with some sunbathing. Enjoy a delicious buffet and sip on some drinks from the open bar onsite. After relaxing in the afternoon, board the ferry back to Cancún in the late afternoon.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

5. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

Learn about dolphins and have the opportunity to shake hands with a dolphin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful dolphins. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks. Start with a short briefing on your dolphin encounter program. Jump in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. Get a peck on the cheek from a dolphin and hear it sing for you.  Participate in a number of safe and fun activities that are especially designed for kids big and small. Let the staff teach you and your family what they know about these tender sea creatures. Work up an appetite and have some lunch. 

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

6. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

Learn about dolphins and catch a ride on a dolphin's fin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful manatees. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks.  Start with a short briefing on your dolphin program. Hop in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. See a dolphin dance and hear it sing for you. Hold onto the dolphin's fin as the it swims backwards.  Work up an appetite and have some lunch. Head over to see the manatees and hear about these gentle sea cows. Get access to the Puerto Aventuras marina where you can use the shower facilities to clean up and the locker facilities to store items.  

Cozumel: Dolphin Royal Swim

7. Cozumel: Dolphin Royal Swim

Experience this beautiful island that offers natural adventure, with a wide variety of activities to do. Cozumel Island hosts some of the most idyllic beaches to rest by the ocean, and take in the sunshine. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery-Cozumel. In the Royal Swim program, interact with two dolphins in their natural environment. Feel the rush of being foot pushed by the dolphins to rise above the water. After your dolphin program, visit Chankanaab Park and enjoy nature’s beauty. Take in the diversity of nature and sea life on a quick snorkel adventure at the Park.

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

8. From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

Swim with the mighty whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on this guided boat trip. Be surrounded by these massive creatures, learn about their behavior, and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim. Start with pickup from your hotel and then hop on a small powerboat from Cancun. The conservation and protection of the area is of top concern so the number of visitors is limited every day and you can only swim with whale sharks with a certified captain and expert guides. Your guide will teach you how to swim with whale sharks in Cancun with instructions that ensure you maximize your experience while causing no harm to the delicate ecosystem. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Learn why the whale sharks are called “dominos”, what is “bottling” and why these gentle giants are only interested in eating microscopic meals. Thankfully. Your whale shark adventure from Playa del Carmen or Cancun includes a lunch of the freshest local ingredients to refuel after your huge adventure.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Swim with Whale Sharks Tour w/ Lunch

9. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Swim with Whale Sharks Tour w/ Lunch

Enjoy a light breakfast before you prepare yourself for the boat safari. On your way to the whale shark protected area, look out for dolphins, sea turtles and enormous manta rays. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, and you can easily spot them this time of year because they are hungry. Their primary meal, plankton, can be found near the surface. After an hour or two you will be rewarded with the first views of the whale sharks. Observe them from the boat and jump off the boat to swim up close, if you dare. With your fins and mask, you can snorkel alongside a whale shark. Do you feel the adrenaline?  After the whale shark activity, get your gear and snorkel at the coral reef to see some tropical fish and corals. Enjoy a delicious Caribbean style lunch while lounging in the water at one of the most beautiful beaches of the world.

Cancún: Isla Mujeres Sea Life Encounter Program with Buffet

10. Cancún: Isla Mujeres Sea Life Encounter Program with Buffet

Enjoy an interactive encounter with friendly marine creatures at the Dolphin Discovery center on Isla Mujeres, departing from Playa Langosta in Cancún. After you spend some time with your new friends, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch with open bar service at the onsite beach club. Board the ferry at Playa Langosta in Cancún and sail to Isla Mujeres. Upon arrival proceed to the Dolphin Discovery center, where you will meet your marine mammal specialist who will guide you through the experience. You will also learn fun facts about the animals you will meet. First, meet the adorable and intelligent dolphins. Enjoy the opportunity to give them a hug and a kiss. Feel a rush of adrenaline as your new friends pull you through the water with their dorsal fins, and push you from your feet to rise above the water. Next, share a relaxing time with gentle manatees. Prepare to stretch your arms wide and give these large and relaxed creatures the biggest hug ever. Then, meet the enthusiastic sea lions who are always eager to play. Play and laugh with them as they waddle and swim beside you. After your encounter, enjoy the rest of the day at the center by taking a dip in the infinity pool, or with some sunbathing in the VIP area. Enjoy a delicious buffet and sip on some drinks from the open bar onsite. After a relaxing afternoon, board the ferry back to Cancún in the late afternoon.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Swimming with the dolphins was great fantastic. You could also take the ferry afterwards to Graffion there we used the lunch buffet but that was very disappointing, cold and little choice and the sandwiches were very dry. After that, however, there was a bit of time left to snorkel because the boat left again. Back at the dolphin program we ordered our photos and you get them via a link. Tip before you go on the ferry you have to check in and you will be offered all kinds of pictures we paid for the pictures because the dolphin pictures are very expensive so this was not too bad. Graffion is very beautiful but far too little time for a pity because we wanted to snorkel we had paid for that too.

They could have explained it a lot better and had guides to tell you what to do and where to go once you get to the island we missed our time to get in with the dolphins and we had to wait the next available time slot which caused us to not be able to take a ferry to the main part of the island

Wonderful experience Thanks to Gilberto our captain who was able to make us spend a beautiful day, thanks to him we saw and swam with whale sharks we did two dives and then we moved to playa Norte to have a snack and relax in the clear waters of mujeres island

To do at least once in your life! It will remain engraved for life, a memorable moment.

Magical moment and perfect organization! I recommend this activity