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

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

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.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

2. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

3. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

Learn about dolphins and have the opportunity to shake hands with a dolphin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful dolphins. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks. Start with a short briefing on your dolphin encounter program. Jump in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. Get a peck on the cheek from a dolphin and hear it sing for you.  Participate in a number of safe and fun activities that are especially designed for kids big and small. Let the staff teach you and your family what they know about these tender sea creatures. Work up an appetite and have some lunch. 

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

4. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

Learn about dolphins and catch a ride on a dolphin's fin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful manatees. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks.  Start with a short briefing on your dolphin program. Hop in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. See a dolphin dance and hear it sing for you. Hold onto the dolphin's fin as the it swims backwards.  Work up an appetite and have some lunch. Head over to see the manatees and hear about these gentle sea cows. Get access to the Puerto Aventuras marina where you can use the shower facilities to clean up and the locker facilities to store items.  

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

5. From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

Swim with the mighty whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on this guided boat trip. Be surrounded by these massive creatures, learn about their behavior, and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim. Start with pickup from your hotel and then hop on a small powerboat from Cancun. The conservation and protection of the area is of top concern so the number of visitors is limited every day and you can only swim with whale sharks with a certified captain and expert guides. Your guide will teach you how to swim with whale sharks in Cancun with instructions that ensure you maximize your experience while causing no harm to the delicate ecosystem. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Learn why the whale sharks are called “dominos”, what is “bottling” and why these gentle giants are only interested in eating microscopic meals. Thankfully. Your whale shark adventure from Playa del Carmen or Cancun includes a lunch of the freshest local ingredients to refuel after your huge adventure.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim Adventure

6. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim Adventure

Encounter a one-on-one interaction with a dolphin during a calming and unforgettable experience in the shallow waters of Puerto Aventuras. During this program, you will immerse in the marine mammal's world and be amazed by their intelligence and charming personalities. Enjoy playing with dolphins on activities like the hand target, learn how to dance in the water like them, and get a tender kiss from the sweet marine animals. Feel the action when they push you along the way on a boogie board at high speed and give you a ride back to the platform on their belly. Let the dolphins be your guide while you are on the kayaks or play with them to see who runs fastest. This is the only location where you can find this great activity.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Royal Swim & Kayaking with Buffet

7. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Royal Swim & Kayaking with Buffet

Paddle through the water as dolphins swim and play around you with this attraction in Puerto Aventuras. Get the chance to interact with dolphins, sea lions and manatees. Eat a delectable meal and sip on two drinks. Have the opportunity to get up close to two magnificent dolphins as you kayak through the water. Let the dolphin kiss you and pet their soft skin. Hop in the water and gently hold onto their dorsal fin as they swim. Meet manatees and learn about these huge, docile, and gentile marine mammals. Immerse yourself in marine animal experiences as you interact with majestic sea lions. Appreciate the size of these playful animals. Work up an appetite while seeing the animals and stop for a hearty buffet lunch. Quench you thirst with two drinks.

Puerto Aventuras: Amazing Dolphin Encounter with Lunch

8. Puerto Aventuras: Amazing Dolphin Encounter with Lunch

Discover Dolphins in a completely unique and natural environment. Choose from different packages and encounter, swim, or adventure with a real live dolphin. Enjoy white sand beaches and turquoise waters while getting close to one of nature's magical creatures. Get a kiss, grab a handshake, or be the hand target for one of the many amazing tricks the dolphin's love to do. Bond with your family while doing something completely new, designed for all ages. Reach out and touch nature. Explore the entire marina at your discretion and participate in a many extra activities. Enjoy an extensive buffet lunch and continue the fun afterward.

Riviera Maya: Tarzan Snorkeling Adventure Tour

9. Riviera Maya: Tarzan Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Begin the experience at Puerto Aventuras Marina and be welcomed by the crew before getting ready to set sail. Drink welcoming beverages made by the crew while the captain gives a short briefing and recommends a destination depending on weather conditions and the group's preferences. Choose a destination from a curated selection of secluded destinations and points of interest that span along the Riviera Maya coast, a couple of miles north or south of Puerto Aventuras (the home port). Travel to colourful places and enjoy crystal clear waters, snorkelling reefs and secluded beaches or coves. Experience the wildlife of the area which can include sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and other marvellous creatures depending on the day. Enjoy courtesy drinks, snacks and food onboard. Anchor at Puerto Aventuras breakwater spot to relax before heading back into port.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Me and my wife had the best experience swimming with whale sharks yesterday, there is no words to describe what it feels like to be so close to them. It’s a trip we will never forget, the guide was brilliant, he knew exactly when we should be in the water to get the best angles for the photos and views for us. We loved every minute of it

The. MOST amazing experience I’ve ever had. Swimming alongside a whale shark blows your mind, they are so beautiful and so big. It was a very bumpy long ride out so be prepared, sea sickness tablets are a must but it’s definitely worth the discomfort. Highly recommend, guides were great & very professional

Wonderful experience Thanks to Gilberto our captain who was able to make us spend a beautiful day, thanks to him we saw and swam with whale sharks we did two dives and then we moved to playa Norte to have a snack and relax in the clear waters of mujeres island

It was an incredibly beautiful day!! The animals are so amazing and both the Captain and JJ in the water did a great job!!

Magical moment and perfect organization! I recommend this activity