Tulum Whale Shark Tour with hotel transportation

Swim in pristine waters with the world’s largest fish, guided by the most knowledgeable and experienced crew. Captain Whale Shark is thrilled to offer the best and most highly rated whale shark snorkeling tour from Tulum.

May 17th - Sep 15th

Monday & Thursday - 08:00 am
7 hours approx + transportation

Small Groups

Max. 10 passengers

Free Cancellation

24 hours before the tour.


From-to your hotel lobby on a comfortable A/C van.

Why book with Captain Whale Shark Tulum?

Certified crew, boats and equipment

We are committed to make this experience unique and stress-free.

5.0/5.0 rating on Trip advisor

We are proudly the highest rated whale shark tour.

No life vest for advanced swimmers!

Neoprene Wetsuit is mandatory if you swim with no life vest. Bring yours or rent it for $15 USD.

From your hotel lobby or convenient meeting point if AirBnb

Comfy A/C Van that will take you to our marina in Cancun.

Hotel pickup

We will confirm the exact pickup time depending on your hotel's location.

Meeting point and brief

We meet a the marina, where you will meet your captain while you have some coffee, juice and pastries.

Boat ride to the swimming area

Whale sharks are located 30 to 60 miles North East from the Cancun. On average 45 minute ride.

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

Time to snorkel with the whale shark!

You will have the option to swim with the whale sharks twice, if you so like (perhaps three or four times if the conditions are ideal and the captain deems it safe). You'll be in the water with a partner and a guide at all time. Stay alert, we have also big chances to see dolphins, mantas and sea turtles.

* You can bring your own camera, however the guide will also take photos and videos that you can purchase if you like them after the tour.

A relaxing break with a power lunch

We'll stop at beautiful calm spot to have a quick lunch with shrimp ceviche, sandwiches and softdrinks to recover energy for the way back.

*Vegeterian and vegan substitutes available, please comment at the checkout.

We are back in the marina

We have bathrooms and showers, to change while you take a look at the photos and videos.
Hop into the van for the ride back to the hotel.

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!!!
Felix B
Just do it
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Incredible experience & worth the money 100% we did 3 dives with the whale sharks and enjoyed all of them a lot. The Guides did their best to make it happen to everyones satisfaction. Factors like the amount of sharks you can find on a certain day surely influence the experience, but from May to August it is basically guaranteed to see some. Beyond that the crew was really nice and also had a more pleasurable behaviour on and in the water compared to other groups we met, where people got rushed in and out of the water and there was a lot of clamoring&pushing going on. We had such a great time and are thankful for the experience!

Bring sunglasses, a bathing suite, a long-sleeve shirt or sun protective clothing, hat a towel, an extra change of clothes, and of course your camera! Bring extra cash, just in case.

* Please do not wear sunscreen, it is very harmful to the whale sharks and it can cause them to leave the area and compromise your experience.

  • 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.

Tulum Whale Shark Tour Prices

Book before April 15th with $20 OFF for the 2024 season!

  • Travelers $249 $229 USD

* Prices in USD. Say no to inflated exchange rates.

Frequently asked questions about our Tulum Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour

You can snorkel with whale sharks in Playa del Carmen 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.