Exclusive Private Excursion: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

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


Exclusive Excursion Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Only between June 1st and August 31st

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 whale sharks on the Riviera Maya is a unique experience that you will never forget. Dolphins and turtles often accompany us on the way while we take the boat towards Isla Contoi.

On the way back from snorkeling with whale sharks we stop in front of Playa Norte, the most beautiful beach of Isla Mujeres. We have a typical snack of cheviche and guacamole and maybe a beer in the waist-high water before heading back to the mainland.


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 with whale sharks - snorkeling Isla Mujeres - Playa Norte *

We pick you up from the agreed meeting point. From our meeting point and drive towards Cancun, where the boat is already waiting for us in the port. We have a small breakfast. If you want, you can rent a short wetsuit for a fee. To get to the whale sharks, it takes around 1.5 hours by boat. We are no more than 12 people in the boat with guide and captain. Often we are accompanied by turtles, dolphins and manta rays, the sea is rich in sea life here. As soon as we have found whale sharks, two are allowed into the water at a time with one guide. Everyone can swim or snorkel with the whale sharks at least twice. We often see manta rays that are very close to the whale sharks.

After this wonderful experience, we continue our tour to Isla Mujeres, the beautiful women's islands. If you want, you can snorkel on the reef. Near the reef is the famous Playa Norte, a beach in the typical turquoise colors of the Caribbean. In the waist-high water we enjoy a typical snack and a cool beer. After an extended break, we return to the port. Photos of the tour can be purchased there (price will be negotiated with the photographer). From there we go back towards Playa del Carmen.

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 a deposit of $ 36 per person. This can be done via our reservation page . The rest of the payment is due in cash bevore the tour starts. Please note that payment by credit card is not possible. ATMs are not available on the excurision.

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

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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!!