Itinerary of the Observation and Swim Tour with the Whale Shark:

Pick up in hotels

05:00 am pick up at hotels in Tulum

06:00 am pick up at Playa del Carmen hotels

07:00 ampick up in Cancun hotels

Marine registration Flamingos 07: 30-07: 45

Navigation and observation activity and swimming with the whale shark 07:45 am -13: 00 pm (15.00)

Return to your hotel 14:00 (16.00)

The expedition includes:

Land transportation in comfortable vans type van, with air conditioning with pick up and drop off in the lobby of your hotel-dock-hotel.

Comfortable boat to go in search of the whale shark.

Continental breakfast

Lunch on board the boat

Equipment for snorquel.


Crew and experienced guides

Guides in different languages: Spanish, English, Russian, German, Japanese, Italian and French (upon request).


Live a unique experience in your life and swim with the largest fish in the world.

Description of the whale shark swimming and whale watching tour.

The whale shark swim and observation excursion is unique in the world, in the vicinity of Isla Contoy there are the largest concentrations of this species worldwide, which places this area as the world capital of the whale shark. Dive Encounters is a leading company in adventure tourism that has been doing this activity for 10 years, during the months of May to September.

The excursion leaves every day from the marina of the Flamingos marina in boats of 33 ft. Maximum size allowed in the area per regulation and can be on board 10 passengers, a guide, a translator and a Captain. The use of life jackets is mandatory and our guides are certified for the specific realization of this activity. We make pick-ups in all the hotels in Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Riviera Maya to take clients to the Flamingos dock, our starting point; before boarding, they are provided with a light breakfast (coffee, juice, and bread), life vests and snorkel equipment are delivered to the vessel: fins, visor and new tube, the crew is presented on the ground and the general instructions to carry out the activity, safely, and following the existing regulations for the protection of Whale Shark and our clients, as well as ensuring that our customers have a wonderful experience.

At the end of the explanation, we board the boats to leave at 07:45 a.m. to the area of ​​sighting of the whale shark, north of Isla Contoy, which we will arrive in approximately between 45 minutes or 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on the navigation conditions.

The Adventure begins at this moment since the search for sharks begins in an area of ​​260 thousand hectares of water, once finding them, the swim is carried out; 3 to 4 dives are made, 2 people entering the water and a guide.

After swimming with the whale shark, we dive in the reef of IxlaChe II, the Yunke or the Meco, to perform another activity, snorkel, this lasts approximately 45 min.

At the end of the snorquel activity, passengers can rinse with fresh water and enjoy a delicious lunch, which consists of:

Fish ceviche and ham and cheese sandwich, drinks are also provided: water, soft drinks, throughout the tour.

The return to the pier is approximately from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., depending on how fast the shark is, arriving to Lamarina can see the photos and videos of the excursion and from there the clients return to their respective hotels in our comfortable vans.

Availability: The whale shark tour is available every day, from May 15 to September 17.