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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
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • 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
What to expect
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
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Call the number below and use the product code: 24907P2
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 Puerto Xtabay, 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.
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
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 Puerto Xtabay, 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
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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scubasteve424
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts16 contributions
If you are traveling to Cancun to swim with whale sharks, this is the tour operator to use. DC Explorer was quick to respond to e-mail and everything was just like they said it would be. We were picked up at our hotel (Hard Rock) and driven to the ferry terminal. There we were welcomed and given a nice breakfast while we waited for DC Explorer to pick us up. They arrived right on time and took us to their dock at Isla Mujeres to pick up a few more guests. There were two crew members on the boat, Luiz and Cpt. Willie. These two were very personable and funny but serious when it came to safety and what do do when we got to the whale sharks. We headed out to find the whale sharks and it didn’t seem like a long time before they found them. Luiz made sure everyone was comfortable and let us know what to expect. We took turns in groups of two getting in the water with Luiz and he would guide us right to the whale sharks. Captain Willie always put us in the perfect drop spot to see these magnificent creatures. They had drinks and sandwiches for us and after we swam with the sharks we headed to a beautiful beach on Isla Mujeres and Willie made us fresh Ceviche along with nachos and drinks. You couldn’t ask for a better day! There are many tour operators in and around Cancun but we struck gold with this one. They also offer pictures and videos of the day so you will never forget it. Save your time looking for another operator and book with DC Explorer now. You won’t regret it.
Written 21 July 2021
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FoodieTraveller
Emerson, NJ372 contributions
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
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Diana B
2 contributions
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
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Desi
4 contributions
Couples
August 25 2021

I've just arrived at the hotel. We did the tour but unfortunately we were not completely satisfied.

When buying the excursions, The web said that for each group it includes 2-3 runs each. In our case, 2 occurred. However, in the first run we could not find the shark. The captain gave the order to shoot us when he saw a shark in the distance. Naturally, within the time that we took with the guide to reach the distance where the animal was found, it had already left. When the guide realized it, he mentioned that he would talk to the captain to authorize a third shot since there was no success. This request was denied.

On our second attempt we did get to see him briefly.

We are aware that the Shark will not be still waiting for us, but we find it unfair that if it could not be observed in one of the runs, the most correct has been to authorize a third, as recommended by the guide.

We understand that for workers it is one more day of work, but for us tourists it’s a unique and one-time experience. In our case, not even the guide was able to get us a photo, we never had the moment. The runs according to the videos I recorded when entering the water do not last more than 3min 30 seconds and the web said is 5 min per group.

I urge you to communicate with your staff, these situations must be not happen. The captain at all times had a hostile behavior even with his guide. In this work field, there must be a little sympathy and empathy.

I hope that this constructive criticism can add up and prevent other tourists from having the same results as me.
Written 26 August 2021
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Hannah Yoder
Indianapolis, IN10 contributions
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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Rhonda S
Helena, AL32 contributions
We booked through Dan Palka (VIP Riviera Maya) and were taken out by DC Explorers. We chose Mexico because we wanted to take our boys on this tour. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I can’t describe how amazing it was to be swimming beside then quickly behind these beautiful animals. We all loved it and are already talking about how we can do it again. Our guides were Luis and Captain Willy. They were fantastic!! It is about 1 hour boat ride from marinara to whale shark feeding grounds. The tour is a max of 10 people and you go into the water in pairs with your guide. We got one full round in before the area got crowded. Captain Willy then moved us to another area where we saw so many more whale sharks. After the whale shark swim we anchored off Isla Mujeres and Captain Willy made us ceviche. It was so delicious! Warning if you are prone to sea sickness, this is not the trip for you. Our family isn't but some on our boat did. It allowed us to get more trips in with the sharks but those guys were feeling really bad.
Written 8 August 2021
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TimmyWayne
2 contributions
This excursion was on our bucket list and DC Explorers did NOT disappoint! Sergio and Captain Javier were great!!!! Sergio took extra care to help make sure our youngest child could keep up with swimming along with the whale sharks. Our family had the most amazing time swimming with the giant whale sharks. We even saw a manta ray, sea turtles and dolphins.

DC Explorers was quick to respond via email or by texting on What’s App with all of our questions.

The boat ride out to the whale sharks was rough, so take something for motion sickness before you go…but the rough ride was totally worth it!!!! The sand bar they stopped at in Isla Mujeres (after whale sharks) was so beautiful. The food provided by DC Explorers was good too. We would definitely recommend this tour company!!!!
Written 5 August 2021
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TravFam
Victorville, CA34 contributions
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
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George V
Newport News, VA5 contributions
Family
DcExplorer did a fantastic job! Captain Javier and Tony did an excellent job keeping us informed on what was going on and why. Once we got to the spot Javier did a great job of positioning the boat just right so that we would hop into the water right in front of the whale sharks as they were "bottling" and all we had to do was turn with the whale and swim along side them while Tony followed along with the video camera. It's always fantastic to swim with these Gentle Giants and Dcexplorer serves up a super awesome experience!! Highly recommend Dcexplorer!!
Written 20 July 2020
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AlexDiazCoral
Thank you very much for your review, we are at your service!!
Written 26 July 2020
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Laurie-Ann P
2 contributions
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
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By: DC Explorer Isla Mujeres
Beach_lover-X143
Beach_lover-X143
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Great experience l
Great experience! Fernando & Mosco knew exactly what they were doing and we got to swim with the shark whales. The
Notageek625
Notageek625
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Swimming with Whale sharks from Isla Mujeres
This tour was a life highlight for my husband! We were hoping to swim with A whale shark but Captain Willy found s
padiprokyle
padiprokyle
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Whalesharks for her birthday
Took my wife swimming with whale sharks as part of her birthday trip and it did not disappoint. Sergio was our guid
mkctome
mkctome
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THIS is the one!!
This was my second year swimming with the whale sharks. DC Explorers was by far the better tour. The guide was Serg
CostaRicaGuest
CostaRicaGuest
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The best company for whale sharks, manta raya and swordfish. Located in Isla Mujeres, pickup and return Cancun also.
If you want te best experience, including pickup and meals and an afternoon in Isla Mujeres, call Alex. Family owne
ericar263
ericar263
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Unforgettable experience
Such a perfect trip! All four of us got to swim with the whale sharks 3 times each !! Our boat was one of the firs
michelleandreao
michelleandreao
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Bad experience
I do not recommend this company. They are scammers. I tried to ask them for a fair price for the photos since it
885nishap
885nishap
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Very good company
First time staying on isla mujeres with our 3 young kids. Such a great company to work with. They arranged pick u
Ed S
Ed S
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Enjoyable, if disappointing, day on the water
I see the bad reviews are from people who just don't get it. I paid for the OPPORTUNITY to swim with a whale shark
Javiopa
Javiopa
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Don't recommend
I do not recommend this company. Neither does this activity since it is crazy how all the boats try to jump on the
tbear814
tbear814
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Airport "Fast Pass" to/from Isla is a breeze!
Booked round trip airport transfers to/from Isla. Airport pick up and transfer was flawless as so much easier than
Gls4571
Gls4571
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Best snorkeling excursion EVER
I booked this snorkeling trip online, but called and spoke to Alex a few times beforehand. He was so nice and help
divelovers
divelovers
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15 whale sharks day 1, 12 whale sharks day 2
Swimming with whale sharks has been on my wife's bucket list for over 15 years and these guys made it happen! This
Penni E
Penni E
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Excellent Swim with Whake Sharks
We had a great experience swimming with the whale sharks in early July. Alejandro was great to deal with when book
Tonya M
Tonya M
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YOU MUST DO THIS!!!
Swimming with the whale sharks is a super cool experience! They are such gentle giants!! Luis and Captain Willie
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