Holbox Whale Shark Tour
Prices in Mexican Pesos MXN
$165 USD approximately
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Vacation Style ActivitiesAdventure, Snorkel
Activity Level 6 hours
About this Tour
This activity is the most fascinating in Holbox, every year from June to September hundreds of whale sharks come to the island in search of their favorite food, plankton. Despite their enormous size, these gentle and peaceful sharks do not pose any danger to humans and it is possible to swim by their side, observe and have the best experience of your life in their natural habitat.
They tell the ancient natives of the island that they saw them since they were little, but it was until the end of the 90s that they will offer recordings to the area that today is known as Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve.
Tours depart daily at 6:30 from the whale shark dock, just off the CONANP palapa, where we embark on an hour and a half boat ride to the point sighting. During the journey we will be able to observe other marine species such as dolphins, devil manta rays and turtles.
It is important to identify that we are talking about a threatened species, classified as vulnerable worldwide and in Mexico protected by NOM 059-SEMARNAT-2010 and there is a swimming regulation that must be followed to the letter in order to carry out the activity.
Once we find the whale shark, the guide will give them instructions on how to enter the water, each person will have the opportunity to swim with the whale shark, the swimming time is independent of each swimmer.
After swimming with the whale shark, we will snorkel in a beautiful reef, while the captain and guide prepare a delicious fish ceviche. Back on the island, we will enter the mangrove area where we will observe some species of seabirds and reptiles.
What to bring to the tour?
- Biodegradable sunscreen
Whale Shark Dock
Our tour includes
- Hotel pick-up
- Fish ceviche
This tour does not include
How long before my tour can I expect to be picked up?
We usually pick you up between 15 and 10 minutes before the tour departure, sometimes on Whale shark tours the pick up can be up to 30 minutes before departure.
The port was closed on the day our boat tour is programmed.
When the Harbor Master closes the port, small boats are not allowed to navigate for the safety of our visitors. Our staff will contact you to offer you an alternative solution.
Do tours include taxi pick up?
Yes, all tours include hotel pick-up, but only private tours and bioluminescence include the return fare.
When can I see the whale shark?
The season starts from June 1st to September 15th.
What are the rules for swimming with the whale shark?
You can download the whale shark regulations here. They can change or update without prior notice.
Is the Whale shark spotting guaranteed?
We offer a whale shark search and encounter adventure tour with these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Last season 97percent of our expeditions were successful. However, the sea is limitless and sudden changes in underwater ocean currents move plankton from the surface to the bottom, causing sighting not always possible. It is very odd for this to happen.
Will I get my money back if we don’t see the whale sharks?
There are no refunds if we fail to see the Whale Sharks. These sad days are when we go further and spend more time and fuel searching for the whale shark.