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Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya: Small-Group Eco Friendly

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    What to Expect
    Depart from your Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or Tulum hotel to begin your aquatic adventure with gentle marine giants. Board a comfortable vessel and set sail with your small group to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the only places in the world where you can share the water with whale sharks. 

    Observe the calm waters surrounding Isla Contoy, Holbox, and Isla Mujeres for whale sharks, then once you’ve spotted one, don your snorkeling gear and plunge into the iridescent water to snorkel alongside the fascinating fish. Glide resplendently beside the incredible creatures, watching them feast upon microscopic plankton while enjoying the tropical temperatures of the Yucatan’s water. 

    Return to the boat and relax as you cruise towards the silken sands of Isla Mujeres, to a blissful beach known as Playa Norte. Recline upon the white sands and swim in the glittering turquoise waters before feasting upon a delicious lunch of traditional Mexican dishes. Naturalists will delight in the abundance of bird and marine species on the island.

    Back on the boat, listen as your onboard biologist regales with fascinating facts about the local wildlife. Information on how to safely interact with marine life will also be provided to ensure your safety and security at all times. 

    The small number limit of 10 participants ensures an intimate and enjoyable experience on the Mexican Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure. 

    Note: The tour includes two jumps into the water with a possibility for more, time allowing.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    V&V Marina, Calle Vialidad Paseo Mujeres Manzana 1, Av Isla Mujeres, 77400 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Tour departs from major hotels around Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and from the Super Aki Supermarket in Tulum.
    Tour returns to original point of departure
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Bilingual biologist/naturalist guide
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Lunch
    • Water and soft drinks
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Continental breakfast
    • Entry/Admission - Cancun Transportations
    • Entry/Admission - V&V Marina
    • Entry/Admission - Playa Centro , Isla Mujeres
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Optional wet suit rental ($15USD per person)
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Environmental tax and dock use ($5usd in cash per person payable the day of your tour)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • This tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full.
    • It is not recommended for pregnant women and people with heart and back problems.
    • We only permit biodegradable sunscreen and it is better if you use it when you are in your Hotel before your trip because we care about your health and marine life.
    • We recommended to ask your doctor if you can take seasickness pills before your tour.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Environmental tax and dock use excludes ($5usd in cash per person payable the day of your tour)
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • You can bring your own bottle of water (glass or recyclable)
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 August 2019 via mobile

    I just finished the tour. It's terrible. yes, they picked up me at the right time. Yes, there are a lot of whales. But we are ten on a boat. They grouped us in five groups and every group had two jump-ins. Sounds not bad?...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank JinS271
    Ecocolors, Public Relations Manager at EcoColors Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2019

    Dear JinS271, Hello, first that all, thank you so much for choosing us, I think I called with you before your reservation, and we really sorry that you didn't enjoy the tour because in the time you swim the whale shark we try to show...More

    Reviewed 2 August 2019

    My family and I had an incredible time swimming with the whale sharks. I was skeptical that we would see any but we saw around 20! The crew was so great and hospitable. Lara was our guide and she was very passionate and knowledgeable about...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank 0ceantravels
    Ecocolors, Public Relations Manager at EcoColors Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2019

    Hello 0cean, That's amazing!!! Thank you so much for your review, we are so proud to know you had an excellent experience in our whale shark tour, Thank you so much, Best wishes!

    Reviewed 2 August 2019 via mobile

    Highly recommended, absolute amazing day that you will remember for life. Very well organised. Karen was our guide for the day and she was amazing, very informative and ensured everything went smoothly.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank matthewwR5859YO
    Ecocolors, Public Relations Manager at EcoColors Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2019

    Dear Matthew, We really appreciate your great words, we are glad to know you had an amazing experience with us!!! Hope to see you very soon, Regards!

    Reviewed 25 July 2019

    This tour was my favorite tour this trip. These animals are so amazing! Swimming with them was not scary at all. Diego and Julian did an amazing job as guide/captain and were able to position the boat where there were about 40 sharks—more than enough...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank Sara G
    Ecocolors, Public Relations Manager at EcoColors Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2019

    Hello Sara G! Thank you so much for recommending our amazing whale shark tour, we are happy to know you saw a lot of sharks, Hop to see you soon! Thanks

    Reviewed 23 July 2019 via mobile

    What a trip- saw so many whale sharks up close! I don’t think we spent more than 10 mins total in the water, but it was the best experience in a lifetime! The crew was very considerate to all our needs. The captain and sailor...More

    1  Thank arcs1889
    Ecocolors, Public Relations Manager at EcoColors Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2019

    Hello Arcs! We're happy to know you saw a lot of whale sharks, but we are happier to know this experience was the best of all your life! Thank you so much for choosing us, and we hope to see you very soon on other...More

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    salvinski95
    21 August 2019|
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    Response from 121Ralph121 | Reviewed this property |
    No ,May-september only.
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    27 July 2019|
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    Response from JinS271 | Reviewed this property |
    It's less than ten minutes. Awfully short. Depends on your crew’s ability. If they are not great you will see nothing in the water.
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    Quarail H
    20 June 2019|
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    Response from garymarilynjames |
    you can rent one there but we took our under water camera
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