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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

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Submerge yourself in the shimmering Sea of Cortez on a full-day eco tour from Los Cabos. Admire dramatic desert landscapes as you venture to the luscious enclave of La Paz, and then sail out to sea to greet the world’s largest fish, whale sharks. Swim and splash near the natural habitat of these incredible creatures, and then feast upon traditional Mexican tacos on a beautiful beachfront boardwalk. Visit the iconic Hotel California, and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this spectacular seasonal tour (available November to March only).
  • Full-day snorkeling eco-tour, with sightseeing near La Paz
  • Learn from your expert guide about marine life in the area
  • Enjoy lunch on La Paz’s boardwalk, the ‘Malecón’
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Towels and wetsuits
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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7:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Please click on the Contact Tour operator button, which is where we will send you your pickup time and location within 24 hours of booking your tour. You can also contact us through this chat. Please look for a white Cabo Adventures van at the pickup location
Depart from your Los Cabos hotel in a plush, air-conditioned minivan and sit back during the scenic journey to La Paz; admire the undulating dunes and picturesque plains of the Baja California Sur desert. 

Arrive at La Paz, and put on your professional wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Sail over the shimmering surface of the Sea of Cortez until you reach the natural habitat of the whale sharks. It won’t be hard to spot the enormous animals, whose size compares directly to a yellow school bus; however, don’t fear the 40-foot (12-meter) stature as whale sharks are considered the sea’s most gentle giants.

Submerge yourself in the warm water with a supervised guide, and then marvel at the whale shark’s agile elegance in spite of their size. Follow the direction of your guide as you swim the waters near the natural habitat. Climb back on board for a refreshing rest and observe the water for manta rays, dolphins, and even humpback whales.

Next, venture to the stylish Malecon, a blissful beachfront boardwalk, to pleasure your palate with crunchy tacos, refreshing soft drinks, and tangy tequila. Revitalized, stroll and enjoy the bespoke boutiques of the beach before you return to your minivan for the relaxing journey back to Los Cabos.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant women and participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cabo Adventures
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.

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What is the policy on sanitization during La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos?
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 La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos.
What is the social distancing policy during La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos?
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 La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos.

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This is Definitely NOT the Camel Tour!
, Mar 2022
Found it: We had a great day with Michelle, Joe, Jorge, Alfredo and Cabo Adventures! Swimming with the whale sharks was so exhilarating but it certainly helped to have Joe point you in the right direction so you didn't miss the amazing opportunity to be up close and personal with your friendly whale shark. At one point I was face to face with Digit! Couldn't have asked for more! Michelle was so knowledgeable about the area, animals, and world travels, we scored! This team knows what they're doing and they do everything in their power to make sure you have a wonderful experience. I know Michelle also recommended the Camel Tour, but take it from me - do not miss this one!
Factual Overview
, Dec 2019
Day starts with a 2+ hour drive from Cabo area to La Paz. You're given a bagged breakfast with a sandwich, small juice box and granola bar. My bag was missing the granola bar. It is not a marine biologist who tells you about the whale sharks, it's a local tour guide. You arrive at the La Paz marina and wait around for hours until it's your boat's turn to go. The tour guide walks you up and down a small boardwalk with some statutes and then takes you to a small beach. During this whole time you are wearing a wet suit they gave you that is dirty and makes you sweat to the point of taking it off and being stuck in just your bathing suit. You are told to leave all valuables at the tour stop when you first get to La Paz so at this point you have no money, phone, etc. There are 20+ boats waiting to go. The boat is small and you spend 3 hours sitting on a carbon fibre bench that gives you a sore back the next day from bouncing on all the waves. There are 10 people per small boat and they only let 3-4 people go in the water at once. Our boat had 3 groups and only the first group got to go in the water twice. Our tour guide kept avoiding the whale sharks that were there, saying that he wanted us to find our "own" shark. We never did. Lunch is dried out chicken tacos or fish tacos. My fish taco had a piece of metal BBQ brush string in it. You get 3 small tacos and no sides. BRING DRY CLOTHES TO CHANGE INTO if you decide to risk this tour. It was 12 hours from the time we left our hotel and returned. 7am-7pm. We spent approx. 5 minutes in the water with 1 small whale shark during that time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Experience!
, Nov 2019
The guys at Cabo Adventures love what they do and they know how to do it! They did a great job getting us into position to swim alongside the whale sharks. The sharks are huge and amazing. This is a must do!
1 traveler found this review helpful
whale shark snorkel
, May 2019
This experience was definitely a once in a lifetime event! My husband and I and everyone on our boat got 3 dives into the water with the whale shark and the whole thing was photographed. To make it even more spectacular, upon leaving the bay we were surrounded by over 100 dolphins. Our guide Alex was so knowledgeable and friendly. He really made it worthwhile.
La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos
, Apr 2019
This was a great trip and experience. Guides and experience was great. Alex our guide was fun and provided us with a great experience. Only draw back was the process of getting the trip start from Cabo. Nearly an hour and half was spend waiting to get going. Activity was a great most do experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nothing like the photos. I love an...
Julie B
, Nov 2017
Nothing like the photos. I love an adventure and understand that weather and animals don't always cooperate but this was not anything like I expected. Water was murky, very difficult to see. You are expected to swim after the sharks-good luck. Guide lied about photos when I asked if I was in any of them. I was not in any underwater photos and the last photo i paid 50 on flashdrive included one of the guide Aaron and his buddy giving the finger to anyone.
A must do tour!! We departed from...
, Apr 2017
A must do tour!! We departed from Cabo in a large group and then once in La Paz, we divided into smaller groups, allowing 6-8 people per small boat captain. Each of the boats swam with multiple whale sharks --- up so close you could have touched them. Such docile giants --- a once in a life time experience!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
This all day trip was all we had...
Patricia Z
, Mar 2017
This all day trip was all we had hoped for! Breakfast sandwiches were very nice. We were fortunate to volunteer to be on the boat with Aaron little brother which was only six of us. Aaron was extremely helpful and made sure everyone had a good view of the whale sharks, even my friend who was slow and tentative getting in the water. Four of us were able to get in and swim at least five different times, including with a 30-32 foot whale shark. Lunch was fish tacos and I went back for seconds.
This was a great tour. The guides...
Tiah W
, Feb 2017
This was a great tour. The guides were very organized and super friendly. They took us right to the Whale Sharks and we had a number of close interactions that were just amazing. The lunch was very good and we had lots of fun stopping at the Hotel California. My only negative is that there are a number of jellyfish swarms where I got badly stung and I had a really bad allergic reaction. It has been a week since the tour and I still look like I am covered in chickenpox. To be safe, you would want to wear a full wetsuit and make sure that there is some vinegar on hand to rinse you off if you get stung!
This tour was awesome! Eric was...
, Feb 2017
This tour was awesome! Eric was super knowledge and friendly as our guide! Would recommend this to anyone visiting los cabos :)
Our trip from Los Cabos to La Paz to...
Mary T
, Dec 2016
Our trip from Los Cabos to La Paz to swim with the whale sharks was excellent! There were only 3 whale sharks to be seen during our tour, but they allowed us to swim with and observe them lazily swimming through the clear sea water. This trip was on my bucket list and I am so very glad I got to do it! Leo was our tour guide on the two hour ride from Cabo to La Paz, and Mario was our guide on the boat with the whale sharks. He was very patient and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this tour!!!
The excursion was amazing and...
Mark D
, Nov 2016
The excursion was amazing and exceeded our expectations. The new Mercedes Van and the food on the trip to La Paz were excellent. We loved our guide Alex, he was very knowledgeable and very engaging. We spotted many whale sharks and were able to have several up close encounters both in the water and in the boat. The lunch afterwards was great, especially the fish tacos. The excursion was well worth the money, we highly recommend it.
this was an awesome adventure. staff...
Robin P
, Apr 2016
this was an awesome adventure. staff was great a lifetime experience. our guide Yann was AWESOME ask for him. he was super friendly informative great attitude and the girls wont mind looking at him. he was helping people taking pictures checking on people making video, like a one armed wallpaper hanger. We saw a whale, 15 plus whale sharks and a mother baby dolphin. doesnt get much better than that. bring a change of clothes
WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I've swum with...
, Apr 2016
WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I've swum with whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez!! A lifelong dream was fulfilled on this tour. Our guide, Oliver, was a lot of fun and this day was very enjoyable from start to finish - including a really nice lunch. Still can't believe we've done it and I would DEFINITELY recommend this trip. Thanks, Oliver!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We picked up our snorkeling...
, Jan 2016
We picked up our snorkeling equipment in Cabo early that morning. We meet our tour guide, Raz. He was ensured everyone had a great time during the entire trip.We then proceeded to Lapaz. The views of the mountains, Pacific Ocean, Sea of Cortez were amazing along the way. After arriving in Lapaz, Raz gathered our group and suited up for our adventure. After a short boat ride, we spotted a whale shark. Everyone dove into the water to have an amazing up close view of the Sharks. After many sightings we returned to Lapaz, where we enjoyed a great lunch which included fish tacos. After lunch, we enjoyed our short shopping spree and proceeded to Todos Santos. In Todos Santos we visited the famous Hotel California and Tequila Sunise bar. Such a lovely place.. The tequila sunrise's were like no other! After a short shopping spree , we were on the road to Cabo singing Eagles songs.. A great time with an superb group!
This was one of thee most fun...
Angela E
, Dec 2015
This was one of thee most fun activities that I have ever done!! Whale sharks were everywhere. Oliver was a great guide. The trip to La Paz from Cabo was easy. Food was great. I would highly recommend this trip!!!
It was great! One of those once in a...
Marit H
, Apr 2015
It was great! One of those once in a lifetime experiences I will never forget. The event team was fantastic and we had a lot of fun on the boat and outside. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Incredible, once in a lifetime...
, Feb 2015
Incredible, once in a lifetime experience. Very professional and informative. Yann was amazing.
Fantastic tour - one of the best ones...
, Nov 2014
Fantastic tour - one of the best ones I've taken! It was a small-group of about 12 people with a few guides. Pick up from our hotel was on time and smooth and we were then taken to the dolphin center in the marina in Los Cabos to meet our guide. After a briefing with Danny, we drove about 1.45-2 hours to La Paz during which we received a light breakfast and more info about what we would be doing that day. Upon arrival we got locker keys, dry bags, snorkels, fins and towels and boarded the boat to take us out on the water. It took some searching for the whale sharks since it's early on in the season and there are fewer around, but we were able to see 4 of them and swim alongside them (no touching!) They are amazing and it was a great day on the water. Afterwards we had a small buffet lunch with specially-brewed tequila and beer. On the way back, because we had some extra time, we stopped briefly in Todos Santos to see THE Hotel California, before heading back to Cabo and being dropped off. A photographer/guide joins too, so if you want to purchase photos from him at the end, you have the option to. I would absolutely recommend this tour!

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