Go on an adventure with this luxury Private Whale Shark Tour. During the whale shark season (May to September)** there´s a daily opportunity to participate in this great adventure! We will depart from Cancun to the water surroundings of Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox, exactly where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. This is where the whale sharks feed themselves with plankton. You will have the remarkable opportunity to snorkel and swim with this friendly giant, in a beautiful area with a bustling sea life.


Category: Nature
Region: Quintana Roo
Duration: 1 day – Approximately 7 hours
Date: The Private Whale Shark Tour departures daily from mid-May to mid-September
Language: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese

Tour restrictions

  • The tour is not recommended for pregnant women and people with heart or back problems.
  • It is prohibided to use sunscreen in order to protect the animal and the sea from pollution.
  • It is reommended to take some medication to avoid seasickness on board
  • It is not recommended to come with kids under five years old.*
  • *If you wish to include children please let us know when making your reservation.


  • 1-2 Pax $ 1,490.00 USD
  • 3-4 Pax $ 1,590.00 USD
  • 5-6 Pax $ 1,690.00 USD
  • 7-8 Pax $ 1,790.00 USD
  • 9-10 Pax $ 1,890.00 USD

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07:00 am
The adventure starts with an exclusive pick up at your hotel by a comfortable van.

07:30 am
We will have an informative briefing at Marina. Our certified guides will provide you with interesting information about the whale sharks and the areas´ ecosystems.

08:00 am
We depart with your private boat from the Marina to the whale shark reserve in the waters of Isla Contoy. Once we find whale sharks, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world.

12:30 pm
Lunchtime. Enjoy the view on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world on the beach of Isla Mujeres, where you can swim in the turquoise waters.

01:30 pm
We arrive at Marina’s pier, where our comfortable vans will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.

02:00 pm
Expected arrival back at your hotel in Cancun (3:00 pm Playa del Carmen and 4:00 pm Tulum).

IMPORTANT: *One day before your tour we will send you by email your pick up time exact and we will send you a Healthy Test that we need you to respond it and send to us, preferably before the tour to be fast in the time in your pick up.
This Healthy Test is because of the New Normal.

Thank you very much for your understanding.


  • Private land and boat transportation
  • Lunch
  • Sodas and water on board
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Professional guides
  • Dock fees


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

We recommend to bring

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Long sleeve cotton shirt
  • Comfortable, fresh clothes and shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Hygienic personal stuff
  • Camera
  • Extra money

1. How big is the whale shark?

The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, it is 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 when humans are swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year.

3. Are whale sharks dangerous to humans?

No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks in Cancun. 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 as long as you give them their space, we can all enjoy each other’s company!

5. Can I touch the whale sharks in the whale shark Cancun tour?

Although whale sharks are not harmful to humans, we do not want to irritate the creatures as they peacefully swim in the oceans. Therefore nobody is allowed to harm, touch or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us.

6. Can I dive with whale sharks during the tour?

Diving with whale sharks in the area where EcoColors does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.

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

Yes, you do, the life jacket is a mandatory by Mexican law for safety and precautions.

8. Can I bring my own wetsuit to the whale sharks tour?

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.

9. Is there any way that I can prevent getting seasick? And do you provide medication for it?

We do not sell any preventative or medicinal treatment before or during the tour. We do advise though that if you fear that you may be seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. 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, which is known to reduce the nausea of sea motion.

10. What happens if we do not see whale sharks in the tour?

As mentioned in the information, 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 foods (plankton) there simply are no/not many whale sharks. We offer the Whale Shark Tour in Cancun 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 info@ecotravelmexico.com

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 9 reviews
November 14, 2017

The Whale Shark tour is a lifetime experience! I recommend it to everyone!

November 14, 2017

The Whale Shark tour is absolutely amazing!

November 14, 2017

Thank you EcoColors for an unique experience with the Whale Shark tour

November 14, 2017

I can truly say that I enjoyed every minute of this tour! The guide was really nice and he did inform us very well. The whole experience was really amazing. We could see the whaleshark very good and had some nice food.

November 15, 2017

Keep doing what you do! Awesome

November 16, 2017

No improvements needed, our tour guide Hugo was great!

November 16, 2017

Amazing to swim with one of the biggest fish in the world! And especially in their natural habitat! Thank you so much EcoColors for the great service

November 29, 2017

Mi experiencia fue maravillosa!!! Jamás había nadado con un tiburón ballena!!, en verdad que me gusto todo, el trato de los guías y el capitán excelente!!

November 30, 2017

Definetely a once in a lifetime experience. My best wildlife experience.

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