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.

Here are the rules of the whale shark experience:

  • During the tour, you must wear the life vest at all times.
  • You must keep at a 6.5 ft distance from the sharks. You should not touch them under any circumstances.
  • No swimming under the sharks.
  • No jumping into the water. All immersions must be done smoothly.
  • Flash photography is not allowed.
  • Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed, but it has to be applied at least 30 minutes before immersing.
  • Respecting the instructions of the captain and tour guides is mandatory.

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 4pm the day before.

Contact us for a quote or book your whaleshark tour now

Two options available for this tour
1

Shared Tour

Price
 
$2,600 pesos
136 USD
Per Person
Itinerary
  • Pickup from your hotel
  • 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
  • Will we be able to fish?
    Not included in shared tour
  • Is the SEMARNAT permit/bracelet included?
    YES, other operators will make you pay an additional $50 pesos por persone
2

Private Tour

Price
 
$19,100pesos
992 USD
Up to 5 people
Extra persons
$2,460pesos
Itinerary
  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Whale Shark search and swim
  • +Fishing with reels or poles
  • 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
  • Will we be able to fish?
    YES, fishing is included, your choice of a hand real or a fishing pole
  • Is the SEMARNAT permit/bracelet included?
    YES, other operators will make you pay an additional $50 pesos por persone