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Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

1. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

Experience the adventure of swimming and snorkeling with the whale shark - the biggest fish in the world! This exciting adventure leaves from Cancun daily during the whale shark season (from May to September) and is limited to 10 people per boat, ensuring an intimate experience. It is guided by naturalists or marine biologists. During the tour, you will travel to the seas surrounding Contoy Island and Holbox, where you will have the opportunity to observe and snorkel with whale sharks. Look out for dolphins, mantas, sea turtles, birds, and many other species that play around the Yucatan coast. 7 AM - Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (06:00 in Playa del Carmen, 05:00 in Tulum). 7:30 AM - Informative briefing at Puerto Juarez (Marina La Amada). Our certified guides will provide you with all the fascinating information needed to become an expert in whale sharks and the area's ecosystems. 8 AM - Depart from Marina La Amada towards the whale shark reserve in the waters surrounding Isla Contoy. Once located, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world. 12:30 PM - Lunch on the boat just off the coast of Isla Mujeres. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in the clear turquoise waters. 1:30 PM - Arrival at the marina's pier and transfer back to your hotel. 2 PM - Arrival at your hotel in Cancun (15:00 in Playa del Carmen, 14:00 in Tulum).

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Cancún & Tulum: Private Swim with Whale Sharks Excursion

2. Cancún & Tulum: Private Swim with Whale Sharks Excursion

Enjoy a light breakfast before you prepare for a private boat safari. On your way to the protected whale shark area, look out for dolphins, sea turtles and enormous manta rays. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, and you can easily spot them this time of year because they are hungry. Their primary meal, plankton, can be found near the surface. After an hour or two, be rewarded with the first views of the whale sharks. Observe them from the boat and jump into the water to swim with them up close, if you are feeling brave. With your fins and mask, snorkel alongside the whale shark for a real rush of adrenaline. After the whale shark activity, get your gear and snorkel at the coral reef to see some tropical fish. Enjoy a delicious Caribbean-style lunch while lounging in the water at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

The experience was something amazing. Worth every cent. The animals are majestic and to see them in their natural habitat was epic. I went about a week ago and still talk about it to anyone that will listen. Will definitely go again. Tour guides were great. TAKE THE SEA SICKNESS PILL. We had some guests get sea sick and messed up their experience. Thank you Jose for the info. Very knowledgeable guides.

A highly recommended experience, the sensations that this immersion generates is incomparable to others, it is a dream of any diver to be able to meet these majestic creatures. The attention of the excellent instructors, they have been waiting for us all the time. I will definitely be back.

This was possibly a once in lifetime activity for us. It was absolutely thrilling to jump from boat and swim along with a whale sharks! They are truly wondrous!

We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

Great experience. We were even able to swim with a manta ray and dolphins!