Whale Shark Snorkeling Trips

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The world famous “Cancun Whale Shark Adventure Tour” is THE best way to experience the majestic Whale Sharks! Tens of thousands of happy customers to date.

Whale shark season opens May 22nd, 2018
Shared Tours Max 10 per boat

Book online to save $25 per person – apply online booking discount at check-out

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Whale Shark Snorkeling Trip

Tour Description

All Tours include Light Breakfast, Morning Coffee, Safety Briefing, Orientation, Complete Professional Grade Snorkel Equipment (or you can bring your own), Water, Soft Drinks, Gourmet Sandwiches (No white bread like everybody else!) A Full 2 – 2/12 hrs total time with the Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins & Turtles

AFTER, the main event there is another snorkeling stop where our crews Prepare the BEST Fish Ceviche you’ve ever had (For those of you who’ve never tried CEVICHE it’s a FRESH FISH salad where Fresh Filets are MARINATED in Fresh LIME juice & Spices. It’s then mixed with freshly chopped Tomatoes, Onions, & Cilantro and Eaten will fresh Tortilla chips!)

On a public whale shark tour you’ll be grouped with other tourists from around the world to a maximum of 10 per boat.

Tour Only Standard Online Booking Price
Adults $180 p/p $155 p/p
Kids 5-11 $160 p/p $135 p/p

Book online to save $25 per person – apply online booking discount at check-out

Standard Pricing

Tour Only
• $180 per Adult
• $160 per Child (5-11 years old)
It is HIGHLY recommended to add round-trip transportation to your reservation

Book online to save $25 per person

Hotel Transfers

Zone 1 Transfer:
• Cancun Hotel or Centro
• +$25.00 per Person

Zone 2 Transfer:
• Riviera Maya (Cancun – Tulum)
• +$39.00 per Person

Optional Wetsuit Rental
• $15.00 per Person
OR Bring Yours FREE

Pricing and Reservations

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Tour Only (with Online Booking Discount)

$155 per Adult
Standard Rate: $180 per Adult
$135 per Child (5-11 years old)
Standard Rate: $160 per Child
+$15 Option Wetsuit Rental
OR bring yours FREE!

It is HIGHLY recommended to add round-trip transportation to your reservation

Hotel Transfers

Zone 1
Cancun Hotel or Centro
+$25.00
per Person
Zone 2
Riviera Maya
(Cancun – Tulum)
+$39.00
per Person
Marine Park Bracelet

Price does NOT include $10 Mandatory Mexican government bracelet fee per person to enter whale shark protected areas. (Collected at dock) All participants must have the special marine park bracelet on while on the tour. Thank you for your help & cooperation. These funds will be used here in Mexico for whale shark research & conservation.

What to Bring

What to Bring:

• Towel
• Swimsuit
• Comfortable shoes/sandals
• Sunglasses
• Cap
• Biodegradable Sunblock
• Insect Spray
• Cameras
• $10 in cash per person for National Marine Park Entrance Fee Bracelets
• Cash/Credit card for Tips, souvenirs, etc.
• Dramamine, Patches, Ear Buttons, and Ginger etc to PREVENT seasickness.
• Camera
• Other items: Hat, Tennis or Deck Shoes, Long Sleeve Shirt, Other shorts to change into, wetsuit or shorties (available to rent), snorkeling gear (we provide if you do not have)

Tours and Transfer Times

Public Tours:
• 8:00-8:30 AM

Return Time:
• Early to Mid Afternoon

Transportation Pickups
• Approximately 5:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Depending on pickup location, specific pickup and departure time will be coordinated the day before your trip

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy

Time Prior to Reservation

• 72 hrs or more: 100% Refund
• 72 to 48 hrs: 50% Refund
• 24hrs or less: NO REFUND

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VIP Private Whale Shark Adventure Tour

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Trip Description

Max 10 per boat

VIP BOATS go out before Public boats

Round Trip “PRIVATE” Transport From Your Hotel/Condo

Our Best Boats & Crews of the day
Extended SWIM TIME with the Whale Sharks & Manta Rays

FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE ON ALL VIP DEPARTURES

FRESH FILET OF FISH CEVICHE & ICE COLD BEERS

Private VIP Upgraded Whale Shark Adventure

Professional Grade NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CERTIFIED Snorkel Gear Provided or Bring your own

VIP DIPLOMA Certifying you Swam with a Whale Shark

BEST CREWS: Read About ELMER & RAOUL…….JUNIOR & NESTOR……..ALEX & IRVIN………. SERGIO & NEMO

BEST BOATS

OUR ALL NEW SUPER VIP PRIVATE TOURS USING OUR NEWEST & FASTEST BOATS WITH TWIN High HP YAMAHA MOTORS

TWIN 500-600HP YAMAHA MOTORS

VIP BOATS go out before Public boats  630-700AM

THIS ENSURES “MUCH HIGHER” QUALITY SWIM TIME BEFORE OTHER TOUR OPERATORS PUBLIC BOATS SHOW-UP & IT TURNS INTO DISNEYLAND @ SEA!!!!!!

“NEW” For the Ladies……..Bathrooms onboard!

Reservations
Additional Information

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE NEW NATIONAL PARK BRACELET FEES: THE MEXICAN CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES HAVE ANNOUNCED A NEW  “NATIONAL MARINE PARK ENTRANCE FEE OF $10.00 PER PERSON EFFECTIVE MAY 15 2016. PAID IN CASH AT THE DOCK

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THE SPECIAL MARINE  PARK BRACELET ON WHILE ON THE TOUR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP & COOPERATION. THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED HERE IN MEXICO FOR WHALE SHARK RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

ON A PUBLIC WHALE SHARK TOUR YOU’LL BE GROUPED WITH OTHER TOURISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO A MAXIMUM OF 10 PER BOAT.

  

Cancellation Policy

Time Prior to Reservation

72 hrs or more:
100% Refund
72 to 48hrs:
50% Refund
24hrs or less:
NO REFUND

VIP Whale Shark Tours Include R/T Transportation

CancunPlaya del CarmenTulum

Pricing w/ Transfers From Cancun Hotel Zone

Passengers Price
2 $1,500
3-5 $1,600
6-10 $1,700

Pricing w/ Transfers From Airport South to Playa D/C

Passengers Price
2 $1,600
3-5 $1,700
6-10 $1,800

Pricing w/ Transfers From Akumal Pt Aventuras Tulum

Passengers Price
2 $1,700
3-5 $1,800
6-10 $1,900
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Online Pricing for Private VIP Trips

Includes round trip transportation

Couples

From Cancun Hotel Zone

$1500 USD

From Airport South to Playa D/C

$1600 USD

Akumal Pt Aventuras Tulum

$1700 USD

3-5 Passengers

From Cancun Hotel Zone

$1600 USD

From Airport South to Playa D/C

$1700 USD

Akumal Pt Aventuras Tulum

$1800 USD

6-10 Passengers

From Cancun Hotel Zone:

$1700 USD

From Airport South to Playa D/C

$1800 USD

Akumal Pt Aventuras Tulum

$1900 USD

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Whale Shark Snorkeling Trips

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How large are the whale sharks?

The most well-known whale sharks found in the Mexican Caribbean range from 20-40 feet, it is the largest fish in the ocean!

2. Are whale sharks unsafe?

Whale sharks are extremely friendly fish, and are not destructive to people. They are usually curious when people are swimming near them when they Mexican Caribbean once per year.

3. Are whale sharks risky to people?

No, it is completely safe to swim with whale sharks in Mexico. They are extremely calm fish; they move slowly through the ocean. They just eat tiny fish, which can found in the surface of the sea.

4. Am I hurting the earth by swimming with whale sharks?

No, you are not. Swimming with whale sharks with Cancun Whale Shark Tours is done in an extremely accommodating way. We follow strict regulations when swimming with them, with a no touching or diving strategy. People in the water will look like other animals of the ocean to the Whale Sharks, and as long as you give them their space, we would all be able to appreciate each other!

5. Will I be able to touch the whale sharks?

Although whale sharks do not harm humans, we would prefer not to bother the animals as they calmly swim in the seas. No one is permitted to touch, harm or impede the fish.

6. Will I be able to dive with the whale sharks?

Diving with whale sharks is not allowed. Swimming and snorkeling is permitted.

7. Do I have to wear a life jacket during the swim with the whale sharks?

Indeed, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you above water, everyone will be required to wear an life jacket for security and precautionary measures.

8. Can I bring my own wetsuit?

Yes! Any gear can be brought, as long as it doesn’t take up other individuals’ space on the boats and is not for diving. The thickness of the wetsuit ought to be at least 3mm.

9. Are there precautions that I can take to avoid sea sickness? Do you provide medicine for this?

We do not offer protection or therapeutic treatment before or during the tour. If you fear that you might get seasick or want to take action to prevent it, we recommend consulting your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine with you. Typically doctors advise taking one pill 30 minutes before getting on the boats.

10. What happens in the event that we don’t see whale sharks in the visit?

We cannot control nature and therefore Cancun Whale Shark Tours does NOT ensure 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 little food, there are not many whale sharks. The Whale Shark Tour in Cancun runs from mid-May to Mid-September, but we strongly recommend the tours from mid-June to August for the highest chances of seeing whale sharks.

11. How might I help to research and preserve the whale sharks?

In 2014 Whale Shark Daddy founded the Whale Shark Conservation Society, a  Non-Profit organization dedicated to Whale Shark Conservation & Preservation for Future generations. If you want to further research and learn more about protecting this extraordinary creature, please contact Cancun Whale Shark Tours for more information.

12. Why book with Cancun Whale Shark Tours? SAME AS “WHY CANCUN WHALE SHARK TOURS?” PAGE

We offer the BEST whale shark experience Cancun and Riviera Maya
This tour WILL BE the HIGHLIGHT of your Cancun/Riviera Maya Vacation…….GUARANTEED. Come & see this “SOON” to be Endangered Species before its too late!

• Over 14 years of experience
A Pioneer in Whale Shark Tours, Roddrigo the “Whale Shark Daddy” started on ISLA HOLBOX in 2004 when Holbox was the only place you could do a Whale Shark Tour.

Meet the Whale Shark Daddy
Started on ISLA HOLBOX in 2004 when Holbox was the only place you could do a Whale Shark Tour. It was a LONG day for people coming from Cancun to do a Day trip. In 2010 the Mexican government began issuing permits to go directly from Cancun making it MUCH easier to do a Day trip. Whale Shark Daddy takes great pride as the Whale Shark tour business has developed and is proud to be the #1 leader in providing high quality Whale Shark tours to Adventure seekers from all over the world. In 2014 Whale Shark Daddy founded the Whale Shark Conservation Society, a  Non-Profit organization dedicated to Whale Shark Conservation & Preservation for Future generations. Cancun Whale Shark tours treats the Whale Sharks as  VERY SPECIAL friends and follows all Conservation principles  to Preserve and Care For these AMAZING Animals. COME JOIN the Best Whale Shark Tour in Cancun with the Whale Shark Daddy !!!

• #1 leader in quality
Whale Shark Daddy takes great pride as the Whale Shark tour business has developed and is proud to be the #1 leader in providing high quality Whale Shark tours to Adventure seekers from all over the world.

• Safety is Our Reputation
This “once In A Lifetime” Trip should not be entrusted to Amateur Trip Operators/Packagers. Put your TRUST in us….. We’ve done this since it ALL began in 2004 on Holbox Island.Family-friendly and safe for all ages. Kids from 5 to 88 years young! Last year we had an 88 yr “young” grandmother swim with us and the whale sharks – twice!You can learn more here: https://cancunwhalesharktours.com/about-us/safety-regulations/

• American Owned and Operated
We are the Only 100%  American OWNED & OPERATED Whale Shark Tour Company in Cancun.

• Hundreds of Thousands of Happy Customers
In 2015, we hosted more than 35,000 whale shark tour participants who enjoyed this amazing experience with Roddrigo, the “Whale Shark Daddy”.

Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150807-d1898165-Reviews-Cancun_Whale_Shark_Tours-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

• Best Prices
Our prices are the best compared to the other tour companies who charge more & provide inferior service and experience.

• Professional Transportation
We offer our “WHALE SHARK EXPRESS” operated by professional transportation Services that are licensed, bonded & insured. Real PROFESSIONAL Transfer services. We’ve used them for 10 years and they have an impeccable Safety Record & ON-TIME Scheduling.

• Up-to-date Marina Facilities
New greatly expanded facility at Punta Sam marine terminal on the north shore of Cancun close to all major resorts this brand new 10,000 sq. ft. facility features vastly expanded reception & check-in, much larger modern bathrooms for guys & gals, 6 great shower stalls for those wishing to “rinse off” after a whale shark experience, “air conditioned” salas plus a new greatly expanded private pier of our fleet of boats.

• Our Tourism Philosophy

a. Whenever you decide to visit Cancun Mexico, learn as much as possible about our country, it would  be good to have a general knowledge about the religion and culture, the local rules and values.
b. Learn some Spanish, and don’t be afraid to use it – some sentences or even some words will help to break the ice and build a good atmosphere around you.
c. Support locally owned Cancun businesses, hotels, restaurants and other services. Eat local food and drink local brands and brews. Shop from local traditional artisans and for locally made products, helping keep traditional crafts alive and favour local products over imported items.
d. Choose the activities that will allow you to meet local people and get to know the culture.
e. Make the right choice: Do not to eat in restaurants, shop in stores or visit local shows, markets that promote cruelty or exploitation of endangered species.
f. Always ask first before photographing or videoing people. Will be very much appreciated if you send them back copies of photos to help make it a two-way exchange.
g. Leave only good footprints, take care of the environment as you would in your own home.
h. Request to be served with alternatives to plastic and when shopping say ‘No’ to plastic bags.
i. After returning home would be of great help if you think how you can support programs and organizations that are working to protect the welfare, culture and environment of where you’ve been lucky to visit.
j. PLEASE only use “Biodegradable SUN BLOCK. It’s for the Whale Sharks protection. Most commercial Sunscreens  are Synthetic Chemicals, NOT Natural to the Whale Sharks eating habits.