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Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun

Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun

By Trip To Mexico
Swim and snorkel in an area with the largest fish in the world — the whale shark — on this seasonal tour. Head out toward Isla Mujeres, Contoy, and Holbox by boat, where these gentle giants feed on plankton from May to September. You have the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Cancun.
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 8-90
Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Spanish

  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private boat
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Mujeres
What's not included
  • 10 P/P Deck and National Park fees
  • Gratuities
  • Photos and videos, upon request prior to tour (available for purchase)
  • Wetsuit

  • Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
    hotels in Cancun
Pickup details
  • all hotels
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9483P138

    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not recommended for children aged 9 and under
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • From May to September
    • The size of boat 30 feets
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    How much is Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun?
    Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun price starts from $733.34. Discover and book Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun on Tripadvisor
    What is the Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun cancellation policy?
    Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun?
    Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun is hosted by Trip To Mexico. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Trip To Mexico on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 7h. Discover and book Private Tour Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9483P138

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