A once in a lifetime experience swimming with whale sharks in Cancun!
Is swimming with whale sharks on your bucket list? Well, if you head to Cancun, or the Mayan Riviera between June and September, you’ll be able to check this one off your list!
What you can expect to see
Every year, from mid-May until mid-September, we get hundreds of extra visitors to the area, ranging in size from 25 to 40 feet (8 to 12 meters). The average weight for a whale shark is 20,000 pounds (970 kilos) – think of that the next time you complain about your weight!
These gentle giants are agreeable to swimming alongside swimmers and snorkelers. The whales swim slowly and you will be able to observe them up close.
Every summer, the whale sharks migrate to the islands off of Cancun. Although considered a part of the shark family, these giants are gentle and docile. In 2011 the largest aggregation of whale sharks ever recorded was reported from the Yucatan coast of Mexico, in which more than 400 animals gathered in one place to feed on plankton, macro algae and small fish. Whale sharks have about 3000 tiny teeth that are of little use – they are filter feeders who strain their food through their large gills.
This tour runs daily from June until mid-September.
Exact pick-up times are confirmed upon booking but, depending on where your hotel is located in the Riviera Maya, expect to be picked up between 6am-7am. The return time will depend on the how the day goes (you can't control nature) and where your hotel is located. You can expect to be back anywhere between 4:30pm-7:30 pm.
HINTS AND TIPS
Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Please only use biodegradable sunscreen. Bring a hat and long-sleeved shirt to protect from the sun while on board. Have a light breakfast or bring a snack with you. If you tend to get seasick, take your medication 1 hour prior to boarding the boat.
Participants must be able to swim, have a minimum level of physical fitness and must not have heart or lung problems.
*NOTE: As of August 18, 2016, the Mexican federal environmental protection agency has stipulated that as of said date, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed during the tour. Furthermore, the maximum number of swims shall be limited to a maximum of three per person.
Kids prices are not available for the Whale Shark Swim. Children younger than 6 years old are not recommended on this tour. Keep in mind that the guide takes only a few people at a time to swim, so there is a lot of waiting on board the boat which may not be easy for smaller children and the travel time to the marina may be 1-2 hours depending on the location of your hotel.
This tour is not accessible for people with limited mobility.
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