Water activity

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

4.6 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Contoy Adventures

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Activity provider: Contoy Adventures
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 167.52 per person

Experience the exciting opportunity to swim beside the ocean’s gentle giants in the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world. Enjoy a unique opportunity only available during the summer.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 5 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup optional
Pickup is from your accommodation, hotel, or Airbnb located in the south of Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, or Kantenah.
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world
  • Snorkel beside the earth's biggest fish
  • Discover amazing sea life in its natural habitat
  • Relax on Playa Norte beach after the swim
Full description
Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 2 to 3 dives per person with the whale sharks
  • Playa Norte beach visit after the dives
  • Pastries and coffee
  • Water and soft drinks
  • Mandatory Federal Dock and National Park fee ($15 USD per person)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  •  This tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

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Swimming with the whale sharks was a unique and wonderful experience! The guides did everything in their power to ensure that we were able to take the most beautiful pictures of the animals up close. At the end they drove to a point which was not far away, which was shared over the radio, where we could swim with 5 manta rays. Breathtaking! The guides did a really great job and instructed us very well. If you are seasick, the return trip can be uncomfortable but it is an amazing experience, which also seasick people should not miss;)

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July 16, 2021

this is the most beautiful experience i have ever done in my like swiming in the blue water with a whale shark its unbelievable you should definitely go for it because there is no other experience is as exiting and unique as this the staff is really really friendly and they did a geat job to take you thru the journey

August 18, 2020

Very good from the timely pick up in front of your hotel, the kind and helpful guide, swimming with whale sharks is magical.

August 30, 2021

Product ID: 342021