Swim with Whale Sharks

(19 customer reviews)

PRIVATE BOAT TOUR: Swim with the biggest fish of the ocean! A once in a lifetime experience. Season is from June to September. We offer only private tours, we don’t group people together.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • Marine park bracelets
  • High quality snorkeling gear
  • Light breakfast & cool drinks in the van
  • Lunch and soft drinks on the boat

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Private Swim with Whale Sharks Tour

Each summer from June to mid-September, the Swim with Whale Sharks Tour should not be missed if you love the ocean, and snorkeling! As a unique, once in a life time experience, Mexico offers one of the biggest concentration of whale sharks in the world.

In case you don’t know much about this fascinating species, whale sharks are the largest known fish species in the world! You will become engulfed in the phrase, “You’re a small fish in a big ocean!” These majestic creatures generally live in tropical oceans, and are thought to live up to 70 years. While the thought of swimming with a shark whose average length is over 9 m (29.5 ft) may be terrifying, these gentle giants are actually harmless to humans. They primarily eat plankton.

Our tour is designed for experienced snorkelers, and begins by climbing aboard a boat to head into the water. Our guides will find the perfect spot to swim with whale sharks. All snorkeling equipment is included, even wetsuits. Once we’ve reached the right spot, your professional certified guide will let you jump into the water in pairs in order to swim with these fascinating creatures. It is a truly memorable experience that will last a lifetime. There’s no need to worry about anything since your highly trained guide will be there to ensure everyone’s safety.

If you’re lucky enough we might encounter manta rays in the area! Also, sometimes we can observe dolphins swim by the boat!

Then, we’ll direct the boat towards nearby Isla Mujeres, and stop at Playa Norte. There, you’ll have a freshly prepared lunch with ceviche, guacamole, fruit, sandwiches, and drinks, prepared by the crew!

We can’t imagine a better way to spend an entire day enjoying the natural wonders of the Riviera Maya.

General info

  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Physicality: Medium
  • Age: 8+
  • Snorkeling: Advanced swimming skills required. Not for beginner snorkelers.
  • Tour is not available for pregnant women or people with back problems, as the boat ride can be quite bumpy.

Absolute Adventure is committed to follow the Whale Sharks regulation from the Environment Agency of Mexico (SEMARNAT Acronym in Spanish), which is designed for a better protection of the species and for a healthy environment for the people involved in the activity.

Some of the key points are:

  • If less than 5 whale sharks are in the area, it is forbidden to swim with the whale sharks, but you could still see/watch them from the boat.
  • With more than 5 whale sharks, people can go to snorkel by pair with a certified guide. Just 2 people per guide are allowed in the water at the same time.
  • It’s strictly banned to touch or chase any whale sharks.
  • Distance allowed is 15 feet from the whale sharks.
  • Photos are permitted but flash is not allowed.
  • Only biodegradable sunblock is approved.
  • The use of a life jacket, snorkel, mask and fins is mandatory.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the boats.
  • Here are more details about the whale sharks regulation.
    Want to know more about Whale Sharks? Check out our blog article!

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • Marine park bracelets
  • High quality snorkeling gear (fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuits, mandatory life jackets)
  • Light breakfast in the van
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda)
  • Lunch on the boat

Price excludes

  • Tips for the crew and guide


Our tours are scheduled at the best hours to get the most of the Whale Sharks.

06:00am: Transportation from your hotel to Punta Sam
07:00am – 11:00am: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
11:00am – 01:30pm: Isla Mujeres beach time and lunch on the boat
01:30pm – 02:30pm: Transportation to your hotel

Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen.
Pick up time from your hotel will be send to you few days before your tour.

What to bring

  • Beach Towels
  • Swimsuit (We recommend wearing it in the morning and feel free to change after snorkeling activities)
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and we recommend wearing a rash-guard/UV-Shirt for water activities*
  • Camera/Underwater camera/Waterproof case for your phone
  • Cash (for tour payment, tips, souvenirs…)

* It is forbidden to apply sunblock before swimming or snorkeling activities to prevent water pollution and preserve the reefs, even if they are biodegradable products. Compliance with this rule is essential for the protection of the environment.
You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes…). While you are visiting or snorkeling you can leave the things you don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

19 reviews for Swim with Whale Sharks

  1. Billy

    Our guide was personable and knwoledgeable. the day way well planned and we enjoyed the day exactly as described on the website. Whale sharks were amazing, we had a fantastic day ! Great job Absolute Adventure

  2. Ann

    It was the best day of my holidays! Very well organized and we had a lot of fun with the crew.

  3. Kath

    Swimming with the whale sharks was just amazing. I can’t wait to do it again!

  4. Annie

    I spoke with Claire on the phone and online. She was so responsive and helpful. Whale Sharks tour with Absolute Adventure is a top notch tour with dedicated, knowledgeable and SAFE guides.

  5. Jenny

    It’s an amazing feeling to swim with the whale sharks. They’re such gentle giants and are cool and serene in the water. It’s a one of a kind experience worth doing.

  6. Elizabeth

    Super friendly. Awesome staff. Great captain. Loved every second of it. Highly recommend

  7. Lisa

    We had a brilliant time on the whale sharks tour with the amazing guide, Chris Everything about this trip was perfect. The boat was very comfy and the captain was superb-finding us our very own whale sharks away from the other boats! The equipment was excellent-the wet suits, snorkels, masks and flippers were all of very good quality, well organized and clean. There was a good selection of drinks and snacks on board.

  8. Wilfried

    Hi Chris, thanks a lot for the SNORKELING – with Whale Sharks private tour from today! It was a pleasure for my family and me. If you like a well organized tour to the whale sharks and be there before hundreds of people are around…. Book at Absolute adventure.

  9. Cynthia

    Both whale sharks tour and staff were excellent! We had a perfect day!

  10. Johana

    We are a family of seven and this was the highlight of our trip. We stayed five days in Cancun! Claire was right in top of working with us! Our guide Juan was amazing!! He was full of information, welcomed us with a smile, and we had so much fun with him!

  11. Rob

    It was amazing! We encountered many whale sharks we had the opportunity to swim for as much time as we wanted. Absolute Adventure was well organized and took us to less crowed places when necessary. Our boat captain also prepared us ceviche and guacamole!

  12. Lillian

    Wonderful experience! My group saw tons of whale Sharks! Thank you Juan for guiding us.

  13. Chris

    This was the best part of our trip to Playa del Carmen. Juan was our tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable about whale sharks and made the tour a blast. They provided everything you need for the trip including Snorkeling instructions I had not received before.

  14. Jeff

    If you want an experienced and knowledgable guide to the whale sharks book with Absolute Adventure. The crew respects the Whale Sharks and made us feel safe in the water. They also made sure we all used the biodegradeable sunscreen.

  15. Denise

    It was such a great snorkeling day with Whale Sharks! It was well organized and we had time to swim before all boats arrived! We all loved it! I highly recommend Absolute Adventure

  16. Helen

    We had a big group of 9. Our guide Juan was so considerate and accommodating for our group especially for our children ranging from 8 to 13 years old. Lunch was delicious.Thank you.

  17. Emma

    Claire was very helpful, answering all my questions before the tour. The tour was great, top notch organization. Guides were knowledgeable, friendly and made sure we were safe during the experience.

  18. Joe

    It’s one of those trip for the bucket list! Great new experience! I can’t wait to go back and do this again! Friendly people too.

  19. Ali

    It was amazing to be able to swim with these creatures. The whale sharks themselves were incredible. Hard to even explain how impressive they are. I would swim these on every trip here if I can. Totally worth it!

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