WHALE SHARK TOUR
- Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Isla Mujeres, Q.Roo
- Product code: PBKPPP
WHALE SHARK TOUR
an experience you will never forget!
Please make sure to reserve your space since the numbers available are limited!
The Whale Shark tour leaves daily in the early mornings and is, of course, reliant upon the weather.
Scuba diving with whale sharks is prohibited by the Mexican government. All tours are snorkeling only!
Here is some general information about the tour and the booking procedures:
Snorkel equipment and life jacket
2 immersions with the whale sharks if the number of sighted whale sharks is enough, otherwise is just sightseeing (see “Rules for whale shark tours”)
Water and soft drinks
a final stop to relax at Playa Norte with some freshly prepared ceviche for lunch
You are going to head north of Isla Mujeres to the Caribbean Sea area. The travel time to the Whale Shark area is around 1 hour, but remember you are going to be on a safari, we never know where they are, we need to search for them while we are on the way! Always keep your eyes wide open!
Once on the boat, you will receive a life vest, mask, snorkel, and fins. The life vest is mandatory while the boat is moving and during the water activities.
As soon as they are found, the group needs to get ready. Two people and one guide are going to jump into the water to swim with the whale shark. It is absolutely not allowed to touch a whale shark! When you touch a whale shark you disturb his natural protection and transmit bacteria from the land to a sea animal. They don’t have any defenses against our bacteria and can get very sick of it.
You can be in the water from 20 seconds to 5 min approx, but that depends on you! By rule, we have 2 jumps for each couple, so it is important to pay attention to all the information so you can enjoy your jumps as much as possible.
After all the couples finish their rounds, the boat comes back to Isla Mujeres. There is an optional stop for snorkeling at the reef and then lunch at Playa Norte.
Rules for whale shark tours
Please be aware that we are going to visit a Natural Protected area.
This area has rules that we need to follow.
Touching the whale sharks is absolutely forbidden.
Jumps are made by couples (2 people) + 1 guide.
There is a maximum of 2 jumps per couple.
Please keep the distance from the whale shark. 2 meters from the front area, \ 5 meters from the tail. They swim moving the tail from one side to the other and if they accidentally hit us it is really hard.
NO sunscreen is allowed on the area. They are filter feeders and these products are made of oils. When we go in the water they get washed away, staying on the surface where they come to feed themselves. If you would like to apply some (only Biodegradable ones) on your face and hands which are usually the most unprotected areas you can do it before entering the boat. The rest of your body please cover it with t-shirts, towels, pareos, huts, etc.
You are only allowed in the water when the number of whale sharks sighted is more than 5.
If you see at least 1 shark, this is considered a successful sighting. This rule is from the Mexican government for all tour operators and for the protection of the animals.
You are not allowed to bring any alcohol on the boat.
You will have to be using a life vest while in the water. There are no exceptions.
Please try to avoid using any sunscreen! We recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt as protection against the sun or,
if necessary, then only biodegradable sunscreen, and this only before entering the boat.
Once you have entered the boat the use of sunscreen is prohibited.
This is a rule of the government for the protection and health of the animals.
There are no tours on the 30th of every month.
The tour costs per person 150 USD (if leaving from Isla Mujeres).
If you wish a pick up from Cancun we charge an extra fee of $ 25 USD.
All bookings must be reserved in advance since the spaces are limited.
We will require a deposit of $ 50 USD (+6% Fee) per person, the rest can be paid on the day of the excursion.
Please note also our cancellation policies:
In case of a refund or cancellation, the transaction fees are not refundable.
You are able to cancel until 1 day before the tour. You will receive a full refund (minus eventual transaction fees)
Cancellation on the same day is NOT possible. You will not receive a refund.