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, a beautiful island. There, you’ll be able to join the captain on the boat for a freshly prepared lunch complete with ceviche, guacamole, fruit, sandwiches, and drinks!
We can’t imagine a better way to spend an entire day enjoying the natural wonders of the Riviera Maya.
- Duration: 8/9 hours
- Physicality: Medium
- Age: 8+
- Snorkeling: Advanced swimming skills required. Not for beginner snorkelers.
- This 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 or wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins is mandatory.
- Alcohol is not permitted on the boats.
Here are more details about the whale sharks regulation.
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