Whale Shark Cancun Scientific Tour




Tour Information

Whale Shark Cancun Scientific Tour

Duration: 7 days
Category: Adventure and Nature
Departs: August
Language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese (only on Mondays)
Restrictions: Pregnant women and children under 5 years
*If you wish to include children please let us know when making your reservation.


During the whale shark Season (May – September**), the whale sharks feed themselves with plankton in the water surroundings of Isla Mujeres. You have the opportunity to snorkel with these gentle giants.


The past ten years, Cancun became the best place to spot Whale Sharks. In a one hour boat ride from Cancun you are able to spot big groups of Whale Sharks. Snorkel with this biggest fish in the world is a once in a lifetime experience.


We offer a one day Whale Shark Tour as well, but if you want to spend more time with these incredible fish than this trip is made for you. You have the chance to make a perfect picture from (and with) the Whale Sharks. You can even analyze if you´re the first one who spotted a particular Whale Shark. If you are, you are able to give this Whale Shark a name. In this 7 day tour you will learn a lot about the Whale Shark, their behavior and their environment. Thereby, you will also encounter other species living in this area, like: Mobulas, Golden Cownose Rays, Manta Rays and even Dolphins.


During this tour you will leave to the water surroundings where the Whale Sharks live, for 4 days in a row. Really, this tour is so much more than a wildlife experience. This tour is a real once in a lifetime experience, which you will remember yourself for decades.


** 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

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in the best place to spot whale sharks: Cancun! Transfer to your hotel.


Day 2 – Day 5: Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Enjoy your four days encountering Whale Sharks. Boat trip to the water surroundings where the whale sharks feed themselves with plankton. During the whale shark trips you will be guided by whale shark researcher (Rafael de la Parra). Learn all the ins and outs of the whale sharks and their environment. Besides the whale sharks you might see dolphins, manta rays, marine turtles and sailfishes.


Day 6: Free day

At day six you have a free day. There is a lot to see and do in Cancun and surroundings. Our tips: visit Chichen Itza or Tulum! More in a relax mood? Cancun has beautiful beaches.


Day 7: Departure

End of the Whale Shark Tour. Transfer to Cancun airport.


Tour Includes

  • Land transportation
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Snorkel equipment (May bring your own)
  • Professional bilingual guide

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses (Souvenirs)
  • Wetsuit (May bring your own)

We recommended to bring

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Hygienic personal stuff
  • Your camera

Why Book With Us?

  1. EcoColors Tours already has more than 19 years of experience running Whale Shark Adventure Tours
  2. We work with small groups to protect nature and to make sure that everyone gets enough time to snorkel with the whale sharks.
  3. All our guides are biologists and naturalists. They can provide you with all the needed information about the whale sharks and their natural habitat.


1. How big is the whale shark?

The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, 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 to humans 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 if we 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 clients are not allowed to harm, touch, irritate 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 in which EcoColors does the tour is not permitted; it is also a lot less practical to dive with the whale sharks as they move fast. Therefore ONLY snorkeling is allowed.


7. Do I need to wear a life jacket?

Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, every client 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. EcoColors Tours – Ecotourism in the Mayan World


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 prior or during the tour. We do advise though, that if you fear that you may get seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. Or 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 and mint, 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 already, 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


12. Why booking with Ecocolors tours?

We are the pioneers of the whale shark tour and have 14 years of experience operating this tour;Professional guides (marine biologists or naturalists);Small groups (Maximum of 10 people per boat) for personalized attention; Comfortable and fast transportation (vans and boats). The best safety for our customers (no accidents in 13 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.

Available dates

Whale Shark Cancun Scientific Tour


August: 5th -11th


August: 5th -11th


Private Tour $ 2,995.00 USD  per person based on double occupancy

Single supplement $ 395.00 USD


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