Whale Sharks

Facts about Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the biggest living fish on the planet with individuals found up to 18m (59ft) in length and their weight can reach up to 45.5 t (100,000 lb). They occur in tropical or warmer tempered seas all around the globe.

The relatively slow swimmers filter the water for their food which consists almost exclusively of plankton. There are several places worldwide where it come to a rich production in plankton during the summer time which attracts them. One of the biggest gatherings occurs in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cancún in Mexico. Every year from June until September this natural spectacle can be experienced.

As they pose no threat to humans they can be observed by snorkeling.

Your whale shark experience with us

The tour starts early in the morning by a van pickup at your hotel or private accommodation around 6am. The bilingual guide for the day will be already in the mini van taking you to the marina the northern part of Cancún.

At the marina you have the chance of taking a light continental breakfast. You will also attend a short environment briefing to learn about the rules of interacting with the gentle giants. You have the option of swap the mandatory life vest for a long wet suit for a small surcharge.

The speed boats are 30ft long and equipped with two engines, a sun cover, and all necessary safety equipment. The maximum capacity of a vessel is 10 guest plus crew and your guide. Depending on the location of the whale sharks the time at sea is approximately 3-5h. There will be plenty of sandwiches, snacks, water and soft drinks available on board. On the way back there will be a stop at Isla Mujeres for a late lunch. Typically for this region a shrimp ceviche will be served.

After returning to the marina you will be brought back to your pick-up location in the late afternoon around 5pm.

What's included

  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation: round trip for any location between Cancún and Tulum
  • Boat ride to/ from the whale shark area
  • Reef snorkeling at Isla Mujeres
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch: sandwiches, cevice, nacho chips, guacamole
  • Drinks: bottled water and soft drinks
  • Snorkel equipment & life jacket

What's excluded

  • US$ 10 for the natural reserve
  • Fee for renting a wetsuit (optional)
  • 2GB USB memory stick with all pictures and videos of the day (optional)