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Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun provided by DC Explorer Isla Mujeres

Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun

Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun
4.5
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from ₱9,555.66 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Dutch
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Dutch
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Start your day's eco-adventure with pickup from your Cancún or Playa del Carmen hotel. In a comfortable tour vehicle, head for Punta Sam, approximately 15 minutes away by car.  In Punta Sam, enjoy some coffee, fruit and pastries before boarding the boat. During the 50-minute journey to the whale sharks' feeding area, get an orientation on whale shark biology and behavior. Your guide will explain how the activity will work and what you can expect.  Once at your destination, spend approximately 3 hours taking turns swimming and snorkeling with the whale sharks. Don the provided snorkeling gear and slip into the water, two people at a time, and swim with these gentle giants under the supervision of your guide.  After your snorkeling session is over, climb back onto the boat and munch on some sandwiches and snacks on the way back to the mainland. Make a stop at Isla Mujeres, where you'll take a swim in the warm, shallow water and dig in to a fresh shrimp ceviche. Back on the mainland, get convenient drop-off at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 24907P2
Call +63 923-0990452
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees, and handling charges • Beverages • Snacks • Driver/guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Use of Snorkelling equipment • Breakfast
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Marina Las Jaibas, López Portillo 84, 84, 77525 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico Marina Las Jaibas is located next door north of All ritmo hotel
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
All taxes, fees, and handling charges • Beverages • Snacks • Driver/guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Use of Snorkelling equipment • Breakfast
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Marina Las Jaibas, López Portillo 84, 84, 77525 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico Marina Las Jaibas is located next door north of All ritmo hotel
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
May be operated by a multilingual guide
Not recommended for participants with back problems or for pregnant women
It is not permitted to touch the whale sharks, the coral or any other marine life
Important recommendations and bring with you: towel, change of clothes, swimming suit, sun shirt, sunglasses, sandals, and biodegradable sunblock.
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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Diana B
2 contributions
Friend recommended
May 2021 • Friends
We had such an amazing time with Luis and his uncle on the trip! We left early to beat most of the other boats (so initially didn't feel like we were crowding the animals) and able to do up to 3 dives with the whale sharks. As with most unique experiences, the sheer enjoyment takes a little bit of physical work.. this one definately takes some swimming strength (with fins).
DC Explorers are eco-responsible, took care to pay attention to the whale sharks behavior, and a family business. I would absolutely recommend this group if you want to see whale sharks. A friend recommended them to me which was such a gift.

As you can't use sunscreen when close to the sharks, bring a rash guard/swim top and non chemical means to protect yourself from the sun. The boat is relatively small, but they do have dry holding for a small bag.
Written 7 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kate D
2 contributions
Whale sharks!
Our captain and guide were outstanding!!! Great light breakfast to start the day and a wonderful lunch of ceviche and sandwiches to end it with a swim off Mia Reef!
Written 7 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Laurie-Ann P
2 contributions
Magnificent and BEST whale shark tour
Aug 2020
We went on the WHALE SHARK TOUR and it was the most magnificent experience ever! Our guide, Marco and his crew, went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a wonderful and safe time. I cant say enough about this tour, but it is a truly "once in a lifetime" experience to swim with whale sharks and manta rays.

When my daughter and I entered the water, I was overcome with emotions due to seeing these magnificent creatures in their own environment.

This company also promotes conservation and ecofriendly practices and wants people to en joy themselves in the animals environment...natural.

DO NOT even think of booking with any other company!!!!!
Written 2 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AALowndes
Emerson, NJ348 contributions
Brilliant experience !!
So overall we had a brilliant experience !

Even though our first boat had a mechanical issue so we swapped boats (these things happen) and the sea was VERY rough (Mother Nature after the hurricane !) the tour was brilliant ! Felipe and Tony were really friendly and looked after us, I was particularly impressed with how genuinely concerned Felipe was for my wife and 6 year old daughter, the sea was incredibly rough, everyone bar one guy with an iron stomach was ill but the guys took real care of the girls to make sure they had a great experience ! They didn’t rush us at all once we found the animals and they took their time to get us into the ideal location to jump in and get close (and when I say close I mean at arms length if not closer !!!)

Being in the open ocean with the whale sharks and giant manta rays was simply incredible there’s no other way to describe it....

I liaised through Dan P who was very quick to get back to me and easy to deal with, nice guy .

I’d certainly recommend these guys to get the best experience !
Written 30 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TravFam
Victorville, CA30 contributions
Great company, Great Tour
Had an amazing time on this excursion. Felipe was guide and Javi was our captain. They were extraordinary. Javi always moves our boat ahead an in front of the whale sharks so we didn’t have to swim to catch up but instead would be in front of them, letting them come to us. The other boats didn’t do that and you could see people trying to swim to catch up to the whale sharks and those suckers are fast. Javi would tel us the exact time to jump in the water to get the best experience. You get to go in twice and each time was a totally different experience. We can’t wait to bring our kids. Felipe got great pics and videos of myself and my husband. He does a great job and not Kerri f you tunnel in on one whale shark. He makes sure you don’t miss anything.

The continental breakfast was not good but the ceviche was the best I’ve ever had.

The water at Isla Mujueres is to die for. And the snorkeling was fun too.

A great experience with a great company.
Written 21 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

petercor1992
4 contributions
Best Whale Shark Experience Ever!
Aug 2020
I visited from the U.S just recently and had a fantastic time. The crew is very good at what they do and not only did they teach us about the whale sharks but they also made ABSOLUTE sure that we each had our own time to see them up close.

Highly recommend.
Written 15 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Daniela B
3 contributions
Shocking
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great experience 🤩👌🏻
It’s important to eat a light breakfast, well rested and be prepared for sun
Written 13 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

smile750gv
Bridgewater, NJ10 contributions
Bucket list activity best trip ever!
After doing lots of research, I chose DC Explorer for a swimming with whale sharks expedition. It did not disappoint! We were the FIRST boat to the destination where they were all feeding. Today there were at least 30 or 40 whale sharks all in one spot!! Everywhere you looked and swam there were at least 2 or 3 near us in addition to several manta rays (they were huge!). Filipe was our guide. He was so friendly and informative. Both he and our captain were top notch. My family of four were the only ones on the boat today - our own VIP tour!! We had a swimming stop in Isla Mujeres - the water is the most beautiful turquoise color. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DC Explorer for your whale shark tour - they are the BEST!!
Written 3 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
AlexDiazCoral
Thank you very much for your review, I will make sure the crew knows, keep having fun!
Written 4 August 2020
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Hannah Yoder
Indianapolis, IN10 contributions
AMAZING!
Everyone needs to do this! Definitely an experience I will never forget and would certainly do again. The price was great and our guides (Sergio and Papo) were so fun and knowledgeable. We were the first ones to find the whales too so it was cool to be the first ones in the water before the other boats got there. We were able to see hundreds of whale sharks, about 4 manta rays, and even got to see the whale sharks in the rare “bottling” position. We each had multiple turns to swim and the pictures/videos turned out great. We got them early the next morning! Right before we headed out they served breakfast and after swimming they took us right off the coast of Isla Mujeres to snorkel while they made us the BEST grouper ceviche right on the boat. If you get sea sick, take something beforehand. The boat moves around a lot while the boat is floating around the sharks!
Written 25 July 2020
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AlexDiazCoral
Thank you very much for your review, i will make sure the crew knows.
Written 26 July 2020
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Mike E
Paradise Valley, AZ54 contributions
Whale Shark Natural Encounter!
Jul 2020
All I can say is wow! This was the greatest wild life encounter I have ever had, my wife and I are avid divers and love to travel. This was the top our captain Willie and Oscar took us directly to the sharks. We jumped right in and the beautiful docile sharks were all around. Stayed for as long as we wanted and had the encounter of a life time.
Written 20 July 2020
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AlexDiazCoral
Thank you very much for your review, I will make sure the crew knows.
Written 26 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Once in a lifetime
My husband, best friend, and I travelled to Isla Mujeres to swim with whale sharks for my 50th birthday. This has b
katken232
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Once in a lifetime opportunity
We had the most amazing experience snorkeling with the whale sharks. We took our two girls (8 and 10) and they LOVE
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Whale Sharks, manta rays and sea turtles- oh my!
Sergio and the whole staff were outstanding and helped us check a really fun experience off our bucket list. They w
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Amazing Bucket List Experience!!
As a diver, I have long hoped to encounter a whale shark underwater. However finally decided to book a nearly guara
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Fastest boat to get out to the whale sharks
Luis was our guide for the whale shark tour. Absolutely outstanding experience. The boat is 32 feet long and fast
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Whale Shark tour
We had a family vacation to Cancun September 2020 for my husband's 50th birthday. We had a party of 11 go on the w
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Plans that got better
My husband and 10 yo daughter did this whale shark tour on 8/13/20 since our other person canceled and recommend us
aguaazulpm
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Fantastic trip!
Captain Estaban and guide Toto are amazing! It was a last-minute change. Because the tour that we had booked the bo
geoffexploringearth
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Whale Shark snorkel excursion.
Captain Gabriel and Guide Luis gave us a day trip we will never forget. On time pickup at our resort and light bre
Kelly_Vaughn2020
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Let DC Explorer handle all of your vacation needs!!! It is worth it!
DC Explorer is the best! It all starts with their excellent customer service! Timely responses, always on time, a
Kelly_Vaughn2020
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Excellent all around experiences!
DC Explorer is the best! It all starts with their excellent customer service! Timely responses, always on time, a
sandons2016
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Whale sharks and manta Rays
Our experience was great! Seamless and friendly guide helped us get the most of our experience. We were also able t
danielleh583
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Definitely recommend
Awesome experience! Service was impeccable from pickup to drop off, they made it very easy to sit back and relax a
MidwestMary9
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Book the Tour You Won’t Be Disappointed
Noah and Sergio were wonderful! They made our whale shark tour fantastic. I was nervous and they helped me to relax
Hefird
Hefird
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Amazing Time Swimming with Whale Sharks!
My husband and I had an amazing time swimming with the whale sharks! We started the morning with Javier and Tony ta
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