Tours - Swim the gentle giant

Requin baleine

The whale shark is the largest of the fish species, at about 35 feet long and weighing around 10 tons. This shark is nonaggressive toward humans. Every summer (from mid-June to September) they migrate to the areas around Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres. There they will feed upon tons of plankton. It is a truly unique experience to observe the whale sharks while swimming and snorkeling along with them in a safe environment.
We will meet the whale sharks at an observation area located about one and a half hours off the coast of Isla Mujeres. Hundreds of whale sharks migrate to this area every year. We guarantee that we will see whale sharks during the months of July and August.
We will enjoy an exceptional day with the gentle creatures in safe environment while respecting the rules of the Marine Park. We will not bother or scare the magnificent fish. We will just enjoy their beauty. It is a truly amazing experience.

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  • 7:00am departure from Puerto Morelos.
  • Catch the boat from the north end of Cancan to the observation area.
  • Once we reach the area, and after being instructed on how to swim with the whale sharks, we will get our snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and floating device) and slide into the water.
  • Only two simmers (plus our snorkel-guide) are allowed in the water at a time. You will stay in the water for about 10 minutes, and then another couple will go in, with a minimum of 4 swims per person.
  • On the boat ride back to Isla Mujeres sandwiches and soft drinks will be served.
  • We will then stop at a coral reef off of Isla Mujeres, for a relaxing snorkel. While there our crew will prepare a delicious Ceviche, to be served when we’ll get back on board again.
  • We will then return to Cancun where our van will drive us back to Puerto Morelos, arriving at about 2:30pm.

Included: transportation to and from the pier, boat ride, all licenses and insurances for operation, admission fee to the Marine Park, snorkel gear, snacks, soft drinks and ceviche on board, tour-leader from Ecab Explorer all day.

Not Included: tips for the driver and crew.

Don’t forget to bring: Bio-degradable suntan lotion, hat and towel. Please wear your bathing suite. Also notice that a life-jacket will be mandatory during swimming, until you wear a dive skin (complete or shorty).


Season 2014 rates

Cost per person
Scheduled Departure*
Private tour: Any day of week
Children (under 12)
2 persons
4 persons
6 persons

* Departure on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between June 1st and September 15th.
Private departure apply only on transfer to and from the pier. Boat ride will be shared with other participants (10 people per boat maximum). We can organize a fully private departure (transfer + boat), ask us for more information.