Whale shark discovery tour

Every year from mid-May to September, the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark, descends upon the waters around Holbox Island, providing visitors and locals alike with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim alongside them in their natural habitat.

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As well as the impressive whale sharks, you may also be lucky enough to come across huge manta rays, turtles and a variety of other exotic marine life. This is a day-long tour with experienced guides, snorkelling equipment and a fresh fish ceviche lunch with drinks included. If you are vegetarian or vegan, please let us know in advance and we can provide you with fruit and guacamole as an alternative.

For your information, the tour includes:

A comfortable, well-maintained boat with GPS tracking devices.

  1. A light breakfast in Luuma before leaving (meet up at 6.30am)
  2. The whale shark search and swim
  3. A stop in Cabo Catoche for snorkelling
  4. A fresh ceviche prepared on the boat with tortilla chips and cold drinks.
  5. A stop in Santa Paula
  6. All equipment (disinfected after each use)
  7. 100% bilingual English/Spanish guides.

In the words of Gustavo, one of the guides on the island, “anything that I can say about this experience falls short in comparison to actually living it”. If you visit Holbox in the summer, don’t miss this expedition!

Please remember that whale sharks are wild animals and it is not guaranteed that you will find them.

*all tours must be reserved by 5pm the day before.

Contact us for a quote or book your whaleshark tour now

Two options available for this tour
1

Shared Tour

Price
 
$3,300 pesos
165 USD 
Dollar prices displayed are estimates. Final prices are those set in Mexican Pesos
Per Person
Itinerary
  • Whale Shark search and swim
  • Snorkel in Cabo Catoche
  • Bird and flamingo watching
  • Walk in the mangroves
  • Entry into Santa Paula
  • Drop Off in your hotel
Included in this tour
  • What drinks are included?
    Bottled water and soft drinks
  • What food is included?)
    Fish and shrimp ceviche
    (subject to catch of the day)

    Vegetarian/vegan option:
    Fruit and guacamole. Please select option when booking
  • Is the SEMARNAT permit/bracelet included?
    YES, other operators will make you pay an additional $50 pesos por persone
2

Private Tour

Price
 
$19,800pesos
990 USD 
Dollar prices displayed are estimates. Final prices are those set in Mexican Pesos
Up to 5 people
$26,400pesos
1320 USD 
Dollar prices displayed are estimates. Final prices are those set in Mexican Pesos
Up to 9 people
Itinerary
  • Whale Shark search and swim
  • Snorkel in Cabo Catoche
  • Bird and flamingo watching
  • Walk in the mangroves
  • Entry into Santa Paula
  • Drop Off in your hotel
Included in this tour
  • What drinks are included?
    Bottled water and soft drinks
  • What food is included?)
    Fish and shrimp ceviche
    (subject to catch of the day)

    Vegetarian/vegan option:
    Fruit and guacamole. Please select option when booking
  • Is the SEMARNAT permit/bracelet included?
    YES, other operators will make you pay an additional $50 pesos por persone