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Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox provided by VIP Holbox Experience

Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox

Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
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About
Can you imagine swimming with a 14-meter-long animal? Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, come every year to visit Holbox. They are totally harmless, so you will be able to swim by their side in an amazing and life changing experience. During the boat trip, you may see turtles, giant manta rays, dolphins, flamingos and/or many other species.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
You will meet with your guide and group at the local restaurant Luuma (one block away from the tour operator's office) in Isla Holbox at 6:30 am. There, you will have a small briefing and get all the necessary equipment. You will also enjoy a light breakfast to have a great start. Then, you will walk to the pier, where the boat is waiting to start the journey to find the whale sharks. The trip will take you between one and two hours and you may find different species on the way (if you see a giant manta and its behavior permits it, you can also swim with this harmless creature). Once in the area, you will swim by the whale shark in groups of two plus the guide, for safety reasons and to ensure you get the best experience. On the way back, you will stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the "cuevones" reef and maybe see sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopuses, and different reef fish. During the journey, we will prepare the freshest ceviche you'll ever have. Finally, you will go to Santa Paula, where you can stretch your legs, have a pleasant swim and enjoy the ceviche. From this point, you have a 45-minute journey back to Holbox.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
You will meet with your guide and group at the local restaurant Luuma (one block away from the tour operator's office) in Isla Holbox at 6:30 am. There, you will have a small briefing and get all the necessary equipment. You will also enjoy a light breakfast to have a great start. Then, you will walk to the pier, where the boat is waiting to start the journey to find the whale sharks. The trip will take you between one and two hours and you may find different species on the way (if you see a giant manta and its behavior permits it, you can also swim with this harmless creature). Once in the area, you will swim by the whale shark in groups of two plus the guide, for safety reasons and to ensure you get the best experience. On the way back, you will stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the "cuevones" reef and maybe see sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopuses, and different reef fish. During the journey, we will prepare the freshest ceviche you'll ever have. Finally, you will go to Santa Paula, where you can stretch your legs, have a pleasant swim and enjoy the ceviche. From this point, you have a 45-minute journey back to Holbox.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17342P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Boat with GPS.
Cool water and sodas.
Snorkeling equipment.
Bilingual guide.
Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yoghurt and sweet buns.
Our famous ceviche.
Guacamole and mango for those who do not eat fish.
In case you do not eat the included food, you can take fruits from the breakfast table to the tour.
Exclusions
Gratuities
Flask / bottle (we provide cold water in a large recipient)
Taxi to / from meeting point
Duration
7h
Departure details
LUUMA, Av. Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
Muelle Tiburón Ballena, Isla Holbox 32, 77508 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children under 6 years old are not allowed.
Season starts officialy May 15, but the arrival of whale sharks to the area vary each year.
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
Boat with GPS.
Cool water and sodas.
Snorkeling equipment.
Bilingual guide.
Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yoghurt and sweet buns.
Our famous ceviche.
Guacamole and mango for those who do not eat fish.
In case you do not eat the included food, you can take fruits from the breakfast table to the tour.
Exclusions
Gratuities
Flask / bottle (we provide cold water in a large recipient)
Taxi to / from meeting point
Departure details
LUUMA, Av. Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
Muelle Tiburón Ballena, Isla Holbox 32, 77508 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Duration
7h
Return details
Muelle Tiburón Ballena, Isla Holbox 32, 77508 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children under 6 years old are not allowed.
Season starts officialy May 15, but the arrival of whale sharks to the area vary each year.
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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4.5
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,099 contributions
Wish we had left the whale sharks alone
Jun 2021
I really don’t know what to write here. They were communicative, the staff was lovely, and the tour was generally as described, but maybe with a bit of reading between the lines. You do ride out to see the whale sharks - 2 ½ to 3 hours. The waters were ROUGH. Like bruises the next day rough. Take the dramamine. Two people on our tour were green from start to finish - with the pill.

You do swim with whale sharks. If you’ve ever played ice hockey then it unfolds like a line change. Two people at a time and while the first two are in the water the next two get ready. Then you wait for the shout - a whistle would be appropriate for the vibe. You go swimming with the whale sharks twice. From the time you jump in the water to the time you swim back to the ladder on the boat is 90-120 seconds. Total time swimming with whale sharks is about 4 minutes, but not all of that is with the whale shark since it is actually swimming past you. Then you take the boat back. Water is better this time, but it’s still hours. You stop to get a couple of fish. They prep the ceviche (or guacamole) while you snorkel - 20 minutes. Boat goes back to shore, you eat, boat goes home.

If you have to swim with whale sharks, this is a more ethical company, but there is no way to swim with these sharks ethically - no matter what you do, you will be a nuisance. We wouldn't do it again and we wouldn't recommend others do it either.
Written August 14, 2021
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HF99
Raleigh, NC76 contributions
WOW!
Jul 2021
VIP Holbox is the way to go for tours in Holbox. The guides are very professional and very conscientious about making sure all of the eco guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of the environment of the whale sharks and the animals themselves.The guides and the boat captain worked well together to give us a great experience. Also, the fresh ceviche they served for lunch was the best I have ever had. It was such a great experience that we went twice. Once as a private group of four and once with the group tour. Each tour was 5 star!
Written July 28, 2021
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Thank you very much for your comment! We are very glad you enjoyed it that much!
Written August 11, 2021
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CSSS
Savannah, GA132 contributions
Highly recommend!
We met at Luuma in the morning, where there was fruit, croissants, and coffee for us. They did a brief talk about the sharks and how to swim with them, safety, etc. The ride was bumpy so prepare for that! You get to the area where the whale sharks are and you go by couple. They drop you right in front of the shark and you swim alongside it for a short amount of time, get back into the boat, and you get to go again after. We saw 2 different whale sharks. VIP Holbox’s operation is very professional and you can tell they respect the sharks! Willy, our guide, was great! Very knowledgeable and able to get everyone in the water up close with the whale sharks. We had a great time!!
Written July 23, 2021
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience :)
Written August 11, 2021
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Anne K
4 contributions
What an experience !
Jul 2021
What an impressive experience, snorkeling near such a big and gentle animals ! Never to forget ! The guides were great and taking care of the well-being of the whale sharks which is very fine. I also did the 3 islands tour which was very interesting and relaxing as well. Enjoyed all of it !
Written July 22, 2021
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We are very happy you enjoyed it! We know... it's a wonderful experience!
Written August 11, 2021
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DawnMCox
Lancaster, PA7 contributions
Fun adventure in Holbox
VIP Holbox is the way to go if you want to swim with whale sharks or do a bioluminescent kayak tour! Willi, Willi 2.0 and Gustavo are all organized, pleasant, knowledgeable, patient and fun. They also take great care for the whale sharks while still promoting tourism. We were two families with teens ages 13-18…we all had a once-in-a-lifetime blast with education! Highly recommend!
Written July 5, 2021
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We are very glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!
Written August 8, 2021
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Grant O
Lehi, UT11 contributions
Most amazing experience ever!
Jun 2021
Willi and his team are professional, organized, and really care about the well-being of the whale sharks. I was really impressed by the whole operation and we LOVED our day on the water. We saw more than 40 whale sharks, as well as a large manta ray. We got lots of great photos, enjoyed the ceviche on the beach, made some new friends, and will definitely be back with VIP Holbox Experience in the future!
Written June 22, 2021
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Thank you very much for your comment! We are glad you enjoyed the tour! And will be glad to have you back!
Written August 8, 2021
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Ele S
Nuremberg, Germany211 contributions
Amazing!
Definetly an activity to do at least once in a lifetime! We took the Tour at 03th June. The guide was Edier, the Captain was Cristian. Really helpful and joyful both of them! They explained in English and Spanish the safety rules (both for us and for the Whaleshark) and made the trip a really fun and exciting experience! We found the Whalesharks a bit more than a couple of hours sealing. Was it worthy? TOTALLY!!! We were able to jump and snorkel with this amazing animals twice. We did not have our camera, so Edier was really kind and snapped some pictures and video with his. Follow the instructions, and you will have the best view!

After the Whaleshark encounter, they drove us to Cabo Catoche (amazing place to snorkel). It is beautiful to see how the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean!
They prepared delicious Ceviche and Guacamole to eat in a small beach.

Be prepared for a day of adventure. It began with a nice light breakfast in one of the nicest restaurant/bar of the island, before 7am. And we were back way after 2pm.

We will come back! That is for sure!!!! Thank you for everything!
Written June 6, 2021
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We are very glad you had such a good time! See you next time then!
Written June 20, 2021
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Bobo
1 contribution
An amazing experience. Thank you Willy!
May 2021 • Friends
An extraordinary experience with a great guide, Willy. We had an appointment at 6.30 am in a café located in Holbox where we were able to enjoy a good breakfast (coffee, tea, croissants, fruit, granola, cottage cheese etc.) offered by the agency.

Willy explained to us very well the course of the day as well as the safety rules to respect. He also knew how to put us in confidence so that we can have a good time. He was kind enough to lend us his biodegradable sunscreen a few hours before swimming. He was also kind enough to film us with his go-pro and to transmit the videos to people who wanted them.

We were able to swim with several whale sharks. An incredible experience. We were also able to observe manta rays and do a little snorkeling a little further.

Refreshing drinks (water and coca cola) were available on board the boat throughout the day.

At noon we were able to taste a superb fish ceviche on a deserted beach.

I recommend 100% this experience with VIP Holbox and the guide Willy (from_holbox).
Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We are glad you had a good time!
Written June 20, 2021
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sabritree
New York City, NY9 contributions
Unforgettable
Swimming with whale sharks was a bucket list item for me and these folks did not disappoint. They balance concern for the whale sharks and wildlife with ensuring you have a good time. Krisna, our guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The ceviche was SO GOOD. I highly recommend you bring a go pro with you to take footage. Kris was so nice she sent us the footage taken on hers. The company is well run, very respectful of its customers, and we had a great time.
Written September 10, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad you a great time!
Written October 18, 2020
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Emily
2 contributions
Great Crew & Plenty of Whale Sharks!
Aug 2020 • Friends
Amazing experience! Willy (boat captain) and the crew were excellent. The journey out was long (about two hours) but well worth it, we saw about 15-20 whales. Swimming next to them was incredible! Then we went about another hour back towards Holbox where we snorkeled for 30 min and saw a giant mantaray, eels, and plenty of fish. Lastly, we went to a nature area where we got to go explore around and admire the flamingos while the crew prepared the most delicious ceviche! Highly recommend this company and tour, book it!
Written August 16, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad you had such a great time!
Written October 18, 2020
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Incredible Experience
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Perfect tour for the whole family.
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Excellent 3 Island Tour and better customer service!
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Overall very good !
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Whale sharks
Great whale shark experience Aug 2021, in June gave us call for a cancel offer for bad weather and no whale sharks.
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Great Experience
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Best Time ever!
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