Private Whale Shark Tour in Cancun

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure in Cancun? Look no further! Our Cancun Private Whale Shark Tour offers a unique experience for advanced swimmers (swim with no life vest) and families (certified staff and top boats). Swim face-to-face with the whale shark, the largest fish on Earth, in crystal-clear water. Plus, an amazing beach stop with a delicious tropical meal. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your family!

Avoid crowds and discover Mexico’s hidden beauties with our safe and reliable trips; join thousands of pleased customers and book your whale shark excursion today!

*All photos are from Captain Whale Shark

May 17th - Sep 15th

07:00, 08:00 or 09:00 am
7 hours approx

Small Groups

Max. 10 passengers

Book with a 20% deposit

Pay the rest at the tour's check-in


Optional hotel transportation

Why book with Captain Whale Shark?

  • Avoid crowds and tourist traps. Small groups and early departure.
  • Highly-trained staff and safety standards
  • Swim with NO life vest (optional for advanced swimmers). Neoprene Wetsuit is mandatory if you swim with no life vest. Bring yours or rent it for $15.

🕗 Daily tours departing at 07:00 or 8:00 am.
📍 Meeting point: Marina Mar Azul, Captain Whale Shark Cancun, Puerto Juarez

*If you book transportation we’ll meet you at your hotel lobby (All hotels in Cancun Downtown, Hotel Zone, Costa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres)

*Free Private Parking.

Pickup at your hotel lobby (optional). We’ll pick you up at your hotel lobby 30 to 60 minutes before the tour starts, depending on your hotels location. The driver will get off the van and call you by your name.

Safety Brief and coffee Check-in while enjoying some coffee, juice, and pastries. Safety briefing and neoprene wetsuit fitting.

Boarding time and boat ride to the Whale Sharks Area (30 to 60 miles North East Cancun).

*Our boats are equipped with double engine to make the ride faster, less bumpy and more comfortable, excellent for families.

*Stay alert, we have big chances to see dolphins, mantas, and sea turtles.

Time to snorkel with the whale shark! We’ll take turns: 2 people at a time, always with a guide in the water, with no time limit.

* Bring your camera!

Tropical Power lunch with fresh ceviche. Delicious power lunch to recover energy on the way back. There’s veggie and vegan options (please note in the comments)

Time to go back. We are back in the marina. Bathrooms and freshwater showers are available.

If you booked transportation, we’ll drop you off right at the exact point we picked you up.

A super whale shark experidnce
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This trip was the highlight of our family reunion. We had two private boats for 8 adults and 8 children. Both boats and captains were excellent! Lots of shade and fast boats for the 30 mile ride out to see these beautiful fish. The captains and crew put us right on many whale sharks and we all had 4-5 snorkels. The beach visit was also great and lunch with fresh ceviche was excellent. I highly recommend this company. The videos they took were also excellent.
Lise P
Lifetime Experience!
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This was an amazing lifetime experience! If you have this opportunity go with Captain Whaleshark! Our group of 8 friends arrived early with a light breakfast on the dock during orientation. After they reassured me I would not be eaten by the whale shark (I don’t look like plankton) we headed straight out to the whale sharks (about a 45 minute ride). I see why they leave early since when we got to the sharks there were only a few boats and by the time we left there were over 20 boats. Groups of 2 people get to go at a time in the deep ocean along with the guide. Incredible experience! Then we got to see more sharks on our way to lunch. Lunch is served in the boat which docks just off the beautiful beach on Isla Mujeres. An amazing experience with knowledgeable and helpful people!
Swimming with Whale Sharks - Amazing
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This was the highlight of an overall amazing trip. We got closer than I thought we would to the whale sharks and loved seeing the manta rays as well. There were 10 passengers total on the boat and it never felt crowded or chaotic. Both my kids (11 and 14) enjoyed their three swims as well and always felt safe. It was over an hour to get out to the location so if you are prone to seasickness, take dramamine first. Also apply lots of sunscreen before leaving. We opted to not use the life preservers but just the wet suits and it was great. We purchased the photos and videos of our swims which were a great momento but others on the boat had a go-pro which also worked great. Stopping at the beach for lunch was a great way to cool off and relax at the end of the day.
Christelle F
Chance of a lifetime
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Incredible experience for me, my husband, and sixteen year old. We were fortunate to only have seven people on the boat so were able to have four turns each with the whale sharks. Captain Noe and his son were friendly, professional, and kept us safe. The stop at Isla Mujeres is a nice lunch break with a swim in crystal clear water while the captain prepares ceviche for lunch. Only hiccup was a last minute pick up change which turned into a 40 minute delay, but we were able to contact the company through the WhatsApp to get an update of when to expect the boat at the pier. They have a 4k video purchase option which captures every moment in the water, and completely worth it. They air dropped the videos to our iPhones while on the boat so we left with our high quality videos. Highly recommend.
Great Trip
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This was a great trip and an amazing experience. Captain Whale Shark had great communication, a nice boat, and a fantastic crew!
Debbie M
Best Adventurous swim + snorkel activity!!!
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Amazing captain, so friendly and fun and knowledgeable. Excellent videography offer so beautiful 🤩 and great lunch was served of fresh ceviche… such a bucket list thing to do!!!! We absolutely loved it all.
Tia R
Great Experience
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We had such and amazing adventure with Captain Pablo and Fernando! They got us to the whale sharks before most of the other boats and Pablo did a great job with dropping us in the perfect spot. Fernando and Pinoche took amazing video for us. After a wonderful experience with the whale sharks they made us delicious ceviche right on the boat and we spent an hour playing in the water at Isla Mujeres. I highly recommend Captain Whale Shark. Ask for Captain Pablo!
Justin Rieger
Can't go wrong
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I’m a seasoned traveler and was impressed with this operation from start to finish. Professional, responsive, and educated guides.
Captin Whale Shark is the best!!!
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This was the best experience of our lives!!! My girlfriend and I absolutely loved this tour. We got to see so many whale sharks and we swam so close to them!! They captured great footage of my girlfriend and I swimming with the whale sharks. Our guides were so amazing and made the whole experience very enjoyable and so fun! We would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone! I would totally do this again!!!

Bring sunglasses, bathing suite,hat, towel, an extra change of clothes, and of course your camera!

Use of sunscreen is forbidden. It is very harmful to the whale sharks and it can cause them to leave the area and compromise your experience. Wear a long-sleeve rash-guard, shirt or sun protective clothing.

Bring extra cash for personal expenses such as souvenirs, pictures and tips.

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour.
  • Free reschedule up to 24 hours before the tour subject to availability.
  • Cancellations under 24 hours before the tour will be considered “no show” and no refund will be granted.

Cancun Private Whale Shark Tour price

Book before April 15th with a special price 10% OFF for the 2024 season!

  • Boat (up to 10 pax) $1,789 $1,590 USD

    The price is for the whole private boat, equipment, food & refreshments for up to 10 passengers.

* Save your spot with a 10% deposit and pay the rest at the tour’s check-in.

Frequently asked questions about our Private Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

You can snorkel with whale sharks in Cancun from May to September, being July the best month to swim with the whale sharks.

We receive juvenile whale sharks that go up to 60 feet long!

It all depends on the boats, the crew, safety measures, and the tour provider you choose as you the activity is performed in open water. So, if you decide not to choose Captain Whale Shark, just be sure you choose a certified tour provider.

You should never touch a whale shark. You will be close enough to touch them, but if you do, probably the whale shark will swim to the bottom of the sea to never see it again, ruining the activity for the rest.

We can’t guarantee the presence of the whale sharks as they are in the wild, and water visibility and weather can interfere, however, we follow measures to ensure a top-notch experience as you can see in our reviews across the internet.