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Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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Cancun, Mexico
Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Overview

Swim and snorkel nearby whale sharks on this seasonal tour from Cancun (May to September). Travel to whale shark feeding grounds and slip into the water alongside the world's largest fish (and knowledgable guides). This small-group tour is limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure minimal disturbance to the animals.
  • Swim and snorkel with whale sharks off Isla Contoy
  • Learn about the biology and behavior of the world's biggest fish
  • All-inclusive: equipment, breakfast, lunch, and transportation
  • Small-group tour of 10 people or fewer
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Light breakfast
Lunch (shrimp ceviche and chicken sandwich)
Snorkel equipment
Life jackets
Government fees
Alcoholic beverages
Personal expenses
Wetsuit
Gratuities
  • Smart Cancun by Oasis , Avenida Tulum Esquina Brisa, Cancun 77500 Mexico
  • Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen , Avenida Constituyentes 1, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico
  • 6:30 AM

    Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

    Pick up starts at 6am, depending your hotel location the time may change, we will contact you by email ton confirm the exact pick up time and location. We do pick up major hotels in Cancun and Riviera Maya, if you hotel in not deserved by our route we will set the closest pick up point.
    Your day nearby the whale sharks begins with 7am pickup at your Riviera Maya or Cancun hotel. Transfer to Marina La Amada, where you'll have a light breakfast of juice, coffee, sweet rolls and fruit while listening to a safety briefing and orientation. Learn about whale sharks—their biology and behavior—as well as the ecosystem in which they live and breed.

    Board a boat for 8am departure to the whale shark reserve near Isla Contoy. Once you've spotted some animals, don the provided snorkel equipment and slip into the water with your guide in small groups to unobtrusively observe. 

    After your experience swimming and snorkeling nearby the whale sharks, climb back onto the boat and refuel with lunch. Travel to Isla Mujeres, where you can swim in the azure waters and explore the beach. Head back to the marina and transfer back to your hotel at around 2:30pm.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • It is recommended that you bring a T-shirt with long sleeves, towels, biodegradable sunscreen, swimsuit, and comfortable shoes
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Wisest Travel
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya.

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    It was the most expensive...
    Sherry_S
    , Jun 2022
    It was the most expensive and boring 8 hour boat ride I've ever experienced. While the tourists were searching high and low the crew (except the captain) were sleeping or on their phone! Very little interaction and most didn't speak English so we couldn't get them to understand that we needed our snorkel gear out of our bags!!! There were NO whale sharks so after 5 hours, WHAT'S THE BACKUP PLAN????? And then we had to wait for them to call the van to come pick us up when it was over. Totally ridiculous!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Sherry_S, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. The whale sharks are wild animals, we have no poder on them, at the beginning of the season is always more difficult to see them however on those cases we can re program it or full refund you. For that you have to contact our customer service team who will assist you. See you soon in Cancun,
    star-5
    Trip is a must!!!! It was incredible...
    Zoe L
    , May 2016
    Trip is a must!!!! It was incredible to see the Whale Sharks so up close. Our tour guide was amazing he was so enthusiastic about his job which made the experience even better!!!! Can't rate it enough it was just such a good experience and brilliant day out! If anyone who is thinking of doing the trip do you will love it.

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