Duration: 7 hours approximately
Category: Nature and Adventure
Departs: Daily (May 15 to September 15)
Language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
*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.
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**).
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.
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!
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.
Arrival back at Marina la Amada. Our comfortable van will take you back to your hotel.
Arrival time in Cancun (3pm Playa del Carmen, 4pm Tulum). This is an expectation, times can vary a little bit.
What we recommend bringing to the 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Diving with whale sharks in the area where EcoColors does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.
Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, everybody will be asked to wear a life jacket for safety and precautions.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions of this region of the Maya area is to live with the local fauna and visitor practically face to face. And among all those tours and activities highlights the Whale Shark for the magnificence of the species and the connection that can be felt during swimming with these marine beings. There are several places here in the Riviera Maya where you can go to swim, but our Tour will take you to Isla Contoy, also known as Isla de los Pájaros, where you can practice snorkeling and appreciate the largest fish in Los 7 mares. Undoubtedly a highly educational tour and the guides with which we tell the information about the species, its food that is for example the main cause of your visit to the Caribbean mares for the high amount of plankton found in this area. After swimming, we will take you to Isla Mujeres to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and enjoy its beautiful turquoise waters along with snacks to replenish your strength. Coming to Cancun is much more than just enjoying Sun, Beach and Sand, but also to live life experiences, dare to live this whale shark swim tour, a high impact ecotourism adventure.
Whale Shark from Cancun:
Discount Price: 165.00 USD ($ 3,135 MXN)
Whale Shark from Riviera Maya:
Discount Price: 175 ($3,310.75 MXN)
Discount Price 143.65 ($ 2,729.35 MXN)
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