Duration: 7 hours approximately
Category: Adventure and Nature
Departs: Daily (May 15 to September 15)
Language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
Restrictions: Pregnant women, kids under five years old.
*If you wish to include children please let us know when making your reservation.
EcoColors Tours already has more than 18 years of experience running whale shark adventure tours! This great adventure departs daily from Cancun during the whale shark season (May to September.)**
The whale sharks come to the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox to feed on plankton where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. You will have the remarkable opportunity to swim and snorkel with the gentle giant, in an area teaming with sea life.
All our boats have a limit of 10 people. You will have a certificated and professional guide. He/She is a naturalist and biologist and knows everything about the area and the whale sharks!
** Note: It is important to know that we cannot controle nature, so we can NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, but when there is no/not much plankton there are no/a few whale sharks. We recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.
Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (6:00 am Playa del Carmen and 5:00 am Tulum **If you are in Tulum area we will pick you at our meeting point which is the “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket, we suggest that you pre order your cab/taxi the night before in order to arrive on time to “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket, where we pick you up to take you to the marina, the cost of the cab/taxi is on your own, the tour does not include that cab/taxi service**).
We will have an informative briefing at Marina la Amada now named V & V. Our certified guides will provide you with interesting information about the whale sharks and the area’s ecosystems. During the briefing there will be coffee, juice, fruit and granola bars present.
We depart from Marina V & V, to the whale shark reserve in the waters of Isla Contoy. Once we find them, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world.
Lunch time on the boat just off the coast of Isla Mujeres, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Condé Nast 2013) where you can go down to swim in the turquoise waters.
We arrive at the marina’s pier, where our comfortable vans will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel.
Expected arrival back at your hotel in Cancun. (3:00 pm Playa del Carmen and 4:00 pm Tulum)
1. How big is the whale shark?
The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, it is the biggest fish in the sea!
2. Are whale sharks harmful?
Whale sharks are very passive fish, and are not at all harmful to humans, on the contrary they seem to become curious when humans are swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year.
3. Is it dangerous to swim with whale sharks?
No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks. They are very calm fish; they swim slowly through the sea. They only eat plankton, which can found in the surface of the ocean.
4. Am I harming the environment by swimming with whale sharks?
No, you are not. Swimming with whale sharks with EcoColors Tours is done in a very eco-friendly manner. We follow strict regulations when swimming with them, with a no touching and diving policy. To them, humans in the water will appear as other creatures of the sea and as long as you give them their space, we can all enjoy each other’s company!
5. Can I touch the whale sharks?
Although whale sharks are not harmful to humans, we do not want to irritate the creatures as they peacefully swim in the oceans. Therefore nobody is allowed to harm, touch or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us.
6. Can I dive with whale sharks?
Diving with whale sharks in the area where EcoColors does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.
7. Do I need to wear a life jacket?
Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, everybody will be asked to wear a life jacket for safety and precautions.
8. Can I bring my own wetsuit?
Of course! Any personal gear for the water can be brought, as long as it does not take up other people’s space on the boats and also as long as it is not diving gear. Is important for customers to know that the thickness of the wetsuit should be a minimum of 3mm.
9. Is there any way that I can prevent getting sea sick? And do you provide medication for it?
We do not sell any preventative or medicinal treatment before or during the tour. We do advise though that if you fear that you may be seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. Take one pill (advised by your doctor) 30 minutes before boarding the boats. We would also like to state that EcoColors Tours offers Ginger tea, which are known to reduce the nausea of sea motion.
10. What happens if we do not see whale sharks?
As mentioned in the information, we cannot control nature and therefore EcoColors Tours does NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, however when there is no/few food (plankton) there simply are no/not many whale sharks. We offer the Whale Shark Tour from mid-May to Mid-September, but we strongly recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.
11. How can I help with the researching and preservation of the whale shark?
If you would like to contribute to the research and protection of this incredible animal, there are various local NGOs in Cancun. For more information please contact EcoColors Tours at email@example.com
12. Why booking with Ecocolors tours?
If you have any further question or doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us at (998) 884 36 67 and we will gladly answer your question.
EcoColors enjoyed seen whale sharks for the first time 15 years ago (2001 )in Holbox island on a trip with some fishermen who claimed near cabo catoche whale sharks could be seen and yes it was a fantastic surprise as we found several whale sharks and could enjoy snorkeling with them peacefully. At the time there where no regulations or activity developed. Fortunately that same year WWF asked EcoColors to run a workshop inviting Government, fishermen and tourism stakeholders to set the rules and management plan on the activity to be developed. We got the different stakeholders together and rules plus management plan was set. One of the first needs was to establish training courses for tourism providers and taking advantage of the skills and experience of EcoColors training many local communities on environmental interpretation WWF,SEMARNAT AND CONANP asked EcoColors to develop and run training courses for local guides. EcoColors has run many training courses through the years some actually funded by several NGO´s such as WWF, The Travel Foundation, etc. Currently we are proud to mentioned we have been working with local NGO Ch’ooj Ajauil AC
And Rafael de la Parra on his conservation and research projects with whale sharks. To finalize EcoColors is a true believer of sustainable tourism and giving the chance to people to enjoy amazing experiences that promote environmental awareness and environmental education helping people to shift to a more sustainable way of living.
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