2 Ratings
Duration 10 hours
Difficulty medium
Max. participants 10
Language English, Spanish, German, Italian, French



Only between June 1st and September 17th

Experience the ocean giants while swimming and snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico. Every year between June and September, hundreds of whale sharks and manta rays swim to the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The water in the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula is rich in plankton, from which whale sharks and manta rays feed. Snorkeling with the whale sharks of the Riviera Maya is a unique experience that you will never forget! Dolphins and turtles often accompany us on the way to the whale shark point.

  • Snorkeling with whale sharks: Two participants swim with a guide close to the whale shark. Experience the largest fish in the ocean soooo close!

  • Stop to snorkel in front of Isla Mujeres: A nice reef in front of Isla Mujeres invites for a snorkel stop. Discover the colorlful corals of the Caribbean!

  • Playa Norte: This world-famous beach on Isla Mujeres is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. We enjoy a typical snack and a cold beer in waist-high water before we head back to the mainland.

This excursion includes pickup and drop-off from hotels in the Riviera Maya.


Our snorkeling tour with whale sharks includes

  • Transportation (cost $ 10 included)
  • Port fees and taxes ($ 13 cost included)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Pick up from the hotel or an agreed meeting point
  • Small breakfast upon arrival at the port
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Guide in the water
  • Snack and beer at Playa Norte

Excluded features

  • Wetsuit (shortie) rental when you get cold in the watery: $ 15
  • Photos: Sold separately
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs


Snorkeling and Swimming with Whale Sharks – Snorkeling in front of Isla Mujeres - Playa Norte

This Excursion to the Whale Sharks is one of the best Riviera Maya Tours. From your hotel lobby or meeting point we take you straight to the harbor in Cancun, where the boat already waits for us. Discover the giants of the oceans - the whale sharks – and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

First we have a light breakfast. If you want, you can rent a wetsuit for a fee.

Snorkeling and Swimming with Whale Sharks

It takes about 1.5 hours by boat to get to the whale shark point. There are no more than 12 people in the boat with the guide and the captain. On the way we are often accompanied by turtles, dolphins and manta rays, there is abundant sea life here. As soon as we find the whale sharks, two participants are allowed in the water at the same time with a guide. Everyone can swim or snorkel with the whale sharks at least twice. We often see mantas that are very close to the whale sharks.

Snorkeling the reef of Isla Mujeres

After this stunning experience we continue to Isla Mujeres, the beautiful women's islands. If you want, you can snorkel on the reef. Immerse yourself in the underwater world of the Caribbean, experience colorful corals and tropical fish.

Snack at the Playa Norte

The famous Playa Norte, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is located near the reef. The water has the amazing turquoise colours of the Caribbean. We enjoy a typical snack and a cold beer in waist-high water. After an extended picnic break, we go back to the harbor. Photos of the tour can be purchased there (price to be agreed with the photographer). From there we drive back to the hotel.

Meeting place

As agreed.

What should I bring?

  • Light clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear and things to change
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection: On the Yucatan peninsula biodegradable sun protection is recommended to protect the corals and water quality. Please use sunscreen BEFORE starting the tour, as soon as you enter the boat, it is no longer allowed to apply sunscreen. Otherwise just put on a rash or a T-shirt in the water.
  • Camera / underwater camera
  • Money for souvenirs / photos
  • Final payment in cash
  • Tips

More Information

For a reservation, we charge the whole price.

Cancellation policy

  • For a reservation, we charge a deposit of $ 36 per person. We keep this as an administration fee for "no-show" guests.

We will refund the deposit in the following situations:

  • Cancellation of the vacatioon (information at least two weeks before the tourdate)

If you can not go on the tour for any reason, please let us know immediately. We will try to allocate the spaces to someone else and try to refund the deposit

When booking, we need a phone number so that we can contact you in case of changes.

More information about whale sharks

Learn interesting fact about whale sharks in our articleWhale sharks of the Riviera Maya: Snorkeling with whale sharks

Why Leon Tours?

  • Small or private groups 
    Our tours are either private or small group excursions.

  • Certified tour guides 
    Our tour guides have the required SECTUR (Secretary of tourism in Mexico) certifications

  • Quality Service and Support
    Enjoy our excellent customer service. We have local knowledge and love to give you recommendations

  • Locally owned family business
    If you book through Leon Tours,  you will support local businesses. We use local guides wherever possible

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  • Small refundable deposit
    We charge only a small deposit to secure your reservation

  • Mexico Experts
    We strive to give you the best service and bring you to the most beautiful places.


Amazing by Dany Z.

I always wanted to see the biggest fish of the ocean. The whole day was a dream, we saw whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. It was absolutely worth it!

100% recommended by Deeno

We had a blast, this tour was so exciting. 100% recommended!!