Tour Information

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

Duration:  7 hours approximately
Category: Nature and Adventure
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 was the first organization providing this Whale Shark Adventure tour. Nowadays, we have more than 18 years of experience running this tour.


During the whale shark season (May to September)** there´s a daily opportunity to participate in this great adventure! We will depart from Cancun to the water surroundings of Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox, exactly where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. This is where the whale sharks feed themselves with plankton. You will have the remarkable opportunity to snorkel and swim with this friendly giant, in a beautiful area with a bustling sea life.


The Whale Shark Adventure tour will be supervised by a professional and certificated guide. All our guides are naturalists and biologists. They will tell you a lot about the whale sharks and their environment. The boats which we will use for the tour have a limit of 10 people.


** Note: It is important to know that we cannot control 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. In this period there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.



Tour Itinerary

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

07:00 AM

Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (6:00 am Playa del Carmen and 5:00 am Tulum **If you stay in Tulum or surroundings, we will pick you up 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**).


07:30 AM

Arrival at Marina la Amada, which is also known as V & V. A light breakfast is served at the marina (coffee, juice, fruit and granola bars). In the meanwhile, the guide will give a briefing. The certified guide will tell about the whale sharks, the environment and the ecosystem.


08:00 AM

We will finally depart to the waters of Isla Contoy. In an hour, we will reach the whale shark reserve. When we spot the whale sharks, you will have the opportunity to snorkel with the hugest fish in the world!


12:30 PM

We almost reached Cancun, but we make a stop with our boat for the coast of Isla Mujeres. This island owns one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Condé Nast 2013). Cool down in this clear blue water. We will have lunch at the boat before we return to the marina.


01:30 PM

Arrival back at Marina la Amada. Our comfortable van will take you back to your hotel.


02:00 PM

Arrival time in Cancun (3pm Playa del Carmen, 4pm Tulum). This is an expectation, times can vary a little bit.

We Recommend Bringing

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

What we recommend bringing to the Whale Shark Cancun Tour:

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Long sleeve cotton shirt
  • Comfortable, fresh clothes and shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Wetsuit if you have
  • Impermeable jacket
  • Hygienic personal stuff
  • Camera

Tour Includes

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

  • Comfortable transportation
  • Professional guides
  • Snorkel equipment: Fins, mask, breathing tube and life jacket. (May bring your own)
  • Light breakfast
  • Lunch: Ceviche and Ham & Cheese sandwich (If you are vegetarian or allergic to something please let us know when making your reservation).
  • Beverages (Water and sodas)

Tour Excludes

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

  • Wetsuit, we just offer this as an alternative at the pier with an extra cost of $15 USD (May bring your own)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses (Souvenirs)
  • Tips

Tour FAQs

Whale Shark Cancun Tour

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. Are whale sharks dangerous to humans?

No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks in Cancun. 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 in the whale shark Cancun tour?

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 during the tour?

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 during the swim with whale sharks tour?

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 to the whale sharks tour?

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 in the tour?

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 in Cancun 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

12. Why booking the Swim with Whale Sharks tour in Cancun with Ecocolors tours?

  • We are the pioneers of the whale shark tour and have 14 years of experience operating this tour;
  • Our professional guides (marine biologists or naturalists);
  • Our small groups (Maximum of 10 people per boat) for personalized attention;
  • Our comfortable and fast transportation (vans and boats)
  • The best safety for our customers (no accidents in 14 years and the highest insurance coverage).

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.

Whale shark tourism in Mexico

Whale Shark tourism in Mexico

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 in the swim with whale sharks Cancun Tour. 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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You could enjoy one of the 7 new world wonders, Chichen Itza is one of the most important archeological areas of the peninsula of Yucatán. This former capital of the empire Maya, of a 300 hectare surface where we can admire the pyramid of KuKulcan of two cenotes what a real gold mine for this region was deprived of water in that time. The site of Chichen Itza also has an observatory, which faces the great pyramid and allowed the Mayas to study the movement of the stars a very precise knowledge of which they had.

pyramide Kukulcan chichen Itza


2/ Cenotes

Cenotes is abysses or wells, in karstic environment, totally where partially filled with a superficial coat of fresh water and sometimes with a lower coat of sea water if they inform with the ocean that we find essentially in North America and power plant, and more particularly in the peninsula of Yucatán.

Cenote Cancun


3/ Whale Shark

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Indeed you can swim with the whale sharks because they are divested of aggressiveness, this shark is perfectly harmless for the man.

Only member of Rhincodon and the only current sort of the family of Rhincodontidae. Which could exceptionally reach 20 meters long, for a mass of 34 tons, this shark is considered as the biggest fish living at present on Earth.



4/ Sian Ka’an

Discover the reserve biosphere of Sian Ka’an the year, one of the most important protected places of the peninsula of Yucatán, and who is registered since 1987 on the list of the world heritage. Learn more on the history Maya by visiting the temple Muyil.

The reserve Sian Ka’an the year includes swamps, mangrove swamps and a rain forest with a fauna and an incredible flora. The park of Sian Ka’an the year counts more than 500 000 hectares where we can find more than 300 species of birds.

Made a long walk in the forest until arrive in muyil, in a temple impressive Maya.

View Sian-Kaan


5/ Bird watching

Observe at the heart of the jungle Maya a very wide variety of birds. Birds migrant can be twice seen a year before flying away towards other regions. The peninsula of Yucatán with its 548 sorts of birds is an only zone and one of the most visited by the observers of birds! Approximately 80 various sorts of birds can be identified every day. You can find birds as the tinamou Canelle, the hocco Big, the black-throated hake, the yellow-headed buzzard, the buzzard échât, the decorated Eagle, the Carnifex Barré, the Red groan, the red-necked groan, the parrot of Yucatán, the nightjar of Yucatán, the Peak of Yucatán, the jay of Yucatán, Tétéma cock of wood, orange oriole and many of the others!

flamants ros Rio lagartos

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