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New to Cozumel, this tour lets you swim and snorkel with the world's largest fish in the open ocean in only 9 hours! Board a fast boat and head for Isla Contoy, where hundreds of these massive creatures, up to 60 feet (12m) in length, gather every summer to breed and feed on the summer plankton bloom. This is one of nature's most incredible experiences - you will likely get to snorkel right there with them! Nowhere else in the Caribbean can you have an experience like this - only in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Whale Sharks Express Tour Highlights

Swim and Snorkel in close quarters with whale sharks - maybe not just one, but many!  This is an incredible experience, you'll remember it forever!

Bonus! After the whale sharks, we'll go snorkeling on beautiful Ixlache Reef or at Isla Mujeres!

Cruise Passengers: Sorry, this tour meets too early and lasts too long for most cruise ship schedules.

When:  Daily at 7:00 AM, except the 30th of each month.  Exact pick-up time will depend on the location of your hotel, an estimated time will be included in your confirmation. This tour is seasonal and runs from May 25 to September 17 only.  The rest of the year, see our Sailfish Adventure.

Where: Meet at Senor Frog's, right in front of the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen.  You will need to take the 6:00 AM passenger ferry over from Cozumel on your own to meet this tour. See Ferry Information

How Long: 9 Hours Approximately.


  • Air-conditioned Ground Transportation
  • Coffee, Tea, Water and Cookies
  • Safety and Introductory Briefing
  • Boat Tour to Snorkel with Whale Sharks
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Snorkeling on a Coral Reef
  • Ceviche, Sodas and Water for a Snack
  • Bilingual Tour Guides
  • Marine Park Permit Fees
  • Box Lunch
  • Refreshments

Kids: Ages 5 and up. Kids 5-7 years old are half price.


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If you have the time and the money this summer, this is an opportunity you won't find anywhere else in the world.  Look at the photos - can you imagine?

Don't Forget:


  • The whale sharks can be seen from up close, but not touched. All trips are reconfirmed a day in advance to assure good weather for viewing the whale sharks. Please travel as light as possible as there is limited room in the boat. Sightings and swimming are not guaranteed, as nature is nature, but most times you are able to swim with the sharks, particularly mid-season.

  • If you are not comfortable swimming in open ocean water, this tour may not be for you. If you need help into the water, write this request in the special instructions when booking.

New Goverment Regulations:

  • Only biodegradable sunblock may be used.

  • Swimming is permitted only if 5 or more sharks are in the area. If fewer, guests will observe from the boat.

  • Each guest may swim a maximum of 2 times for 10 minutes maximum each time.

  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on board.

  • These rules are in place to protect the whale sharks and ensure their well being.  Please be respectful.

See Also:  Whale Sharks Holbox