Whale shark tour in Cancun, a 100% Nature Encounter

Swim with Whale Sharks Cancun Tour, whale shark cancun tour, whale shark holbox tour

Whale Shark Cancun Tour



Tour Information

Duration:  7 hours approximately
Category: Nature and Adventure
Departs: Daily (May 26 to September 15)
Language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

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

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.

Tour Includes

  • 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

  • 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

We Recommend Bringing

  • 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 Restrictions

  • The tour is not recommended for pregnant women and people with heart or back problems.
  • It is prohibided to use sunscreen in order to protect the animal and the sea from pollution.
  • It is reommended to take some medication to avoid seasickness on board
  • It is not recommended to come with kids under five years old.*
    • *If you wish to include children please let us know when making your reservation.


Tour FAQs

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.

Whale Sharks Cancun

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:
Normal Price 195 USD.
Discount Price: 165.00 USD

Child Price: 136, 50 USA (5-7 years)

whale sharks cancun

Whale Shark from Riviera Maya:
Normal Price 205 USD
Discount Price: 175

Child Price: 143, 50 USA (5-7 years)

whale sharks cancun

No transportation:
Normal Price 169 USD
Discount Price 144 USD

whale sharks cancun

product image
Author Rating
Aggregate Rating
4.5 based on 26 votes
Brand Name
EcoColors Tours
Tour Name
Whale Shark Cancun Tour
USD 165
Product Availability
Available in Stock


  • David Barlow says:

    tengo una agencia en Tulum y tengo clientes Que quiero hacer el tour de los whale sharks. me puede Mandame un numero telefonica para que yo puedo hablar con un representante..
    David Barlow
    Caribe Cruiser Snorkeling

  • Kenneth says:

    Hello! Do you have an opening for tomorrow 5/15 or Sunday 5/17? Please reply back as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!

  • Anastasia says:

    Good afternoon,
    When is the closest date for whale shark? Is there any chance to do the tour before 24 May?
    Waiting for your response, thanks in advance.

  • Brenda Lopez says:

    Estamos en Cancún hasta el martes 26 de mayo, nos gustaría salir al tour del tiburón ballena lo antes posible, favor de mandarme la información para reservar.

    • Buenos dias las ultimas noticias es que los premisos se liberan hasta el 25 de Mayo, desafortunadamente esto esta fuera de nuestras manos ya que los permisos los libera la SECTUR y es la fecha que hos han notificado para operar tiburón ballena, porfavor contactanos al los numeros

      Toll Free USA / Canada 1-866-351-3797 Mexico Local +52 (998)8849580

      correo electronico o por este medio el dia 24 para que podamos confirmate si es posible el operr el tour la fecha del 25 de Mayo.


  • Brenda Lopez says:

    hola se podrá ir mañana o el martes? ya vieron los tiburones?

  • Luana says:


    Is the season of whale sharks already open?


    • Hey Luana! Yes we are happy to tell you that the whale shark season has started! If you need any information about the tour or anything else please let us know and we will be happy to help you! Have a great day:)

  • Bobby says:

    Do you have any openings for tomorrow? 3 people

  • Brenda vega says:

    What is the price to rent wetsuit? Thanks!

  • Tim says:

    I want to book a whale shark tour for July 29th. Our hotel is in Cozumel. The itinerary states a 6AM pick-up in Playa del Carmen, but the tour bookings show Cancun and Riviera Maya as selections. We’ve never been to this area before and will appreciate the absolute simpliest logistics. Please tell me if I should book the Cancun or Riviera Maya tour and if you can also provide additional information regarding getting from Cozumel to the appropriate pick-up location (and back), I’d greatly appreciate it.

    • Hello Tim! I invit you to choose from the Riviera Maya. You will have to take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa at 6:00am and we will pick you up at 6:45am at Señor Frogs in Playa Del Carmen, which is very close to the ferry arrival. We will provide you with more information once your reservation made. Thank you for you interest! Have a good day.

  • Jodi says:

    What is the price in US dollars

  • silvina says:

    Hi i would like to know the price from playa del carmen for the whale shark snorkel.

  • fraser says:

    what is the cost for 3 adults and a 5 year old in august for the whale shark trip

    • Hello! First of all the cost depends on where your hotel is. If you are in a hotel in Cancun, it will be 195$ for the adults and 136,50$ for the kid (total of 721,5$). But if you are in hotel in the Riviera Maya (Playa Del Carmen, Tulum etc) the cost will be 205$ for adults and 143,5 for children.
      Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you soon so that you can live this amazing experience with us!
      Best regards,
      EcoColors team

  • Nívea says:

    Hi, in the option “No transportation”, whats the meeting point in cancun?
    And its possible leave me in isla mujeres instead return to cancun?
    people who ave difficulty swimming can do?

    • Good morning! Without transportation the meeting point is at the marina V&V at 7:30am (you can download the map). We can leave you in isla mujeres (playa norte) without any problem. Are you staying there in isla mujeres? Because we can also pick you up at playa norte in the morning around 8:30.
      As for people who have difficulty swimming, they can do the tour of course, the guide will be with them all the time and they will be using life saving jacket.
      If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us again. Hope to see you soon so you can swim with these wonderful gentle creatures!
      Best regards
      EcoColors team

  • Isabella says:


    we will be coming at the end of May and staying through June 3, 2016 in Playa del Carmen. My children who are 18 & 15 are interested, but my husband and I don’t swim. Is is possible for them to swim/snorkel while my husband and I stay in the boat? Is there is pricing for those who do not want to get in the water but attend the trip? Thanks!

  • Alfred Zeller says:

    Dear Eco Team,

    We stay in Playa Del Carmen fron the 5.14 – 5.22.2016.
    We are Ines (48), Freddy (58) and Gina (12).
    We like to perform a Whale Shark Tour with you.
    From the 5.18. – 5.20 we have a rental car.
    So we are able to visit you at this time.
    It would be very friendly if you can sent us a mail if it is posible to a Tour with you.
    E-Mail Adress:
    Thank you in Advanced

  • Lindsay says:


    I was wondering if you have a money back guarantee in the event the tour does not see any whale sharks?


  • TOM REID says:

    hi we are in the area in august 3r d 2016 and wanted to know what happens if the weather is bad on th e day of the trip ? do you get a refund or can you reschedule.


  • Gabriella Miller says:

    I made a booking yesterday but did not receive booking confirmation please email to confirm my booking.

  • Raj says:

    Is the tour worth it for people with no swimming skills?

  • […] tiburones ballena son animales altamente móviles, capaces de nadar a miles de millas. A pesar de que se describe a […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *