Whale Shark

Tour Description

Season 2021 has started! Swim with the whale sharks before September 17th.

Can you imagine swimming with a 14-meter-long animal? Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, come every year to visit Holbox. It’s totally harmless, so you will be able to swim by its side in an amazing experience. During the boat trip, we may see turtles, giant manta rays, dolphins and/or many other species.


Book in advance! Demand is very high this year and we only work with our float and staff to guarantee the highest standards.


Please, contact us the day before.

In general, we’ll meet at 6:30 in Luuma, but we might ask you to come sooner or later, according to the groups we created, weather conditions, etc.

We meet in Luuma (one block away from our office) at 6:30. We have a small briefing, give you the necessary equipment, and offer you a light breakfast to have a great start. Then, we walk to the pier, where our boat is waiting to start our journey to find the whale sharks. The trip will take us between one and two hours and we may find different species on our way (if we see a giant manta and its behavior permits it, we can also swim with this harmless creature). Once in the area, we 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 our way back, we 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 our journey, we will get some catch of the day from a fisherman and prepare the freshest ceviche. Finally, we will go to Santa Paula, where we can stretch our legs, have a pleasant swim and enjoy our ceviche. From this point, we have a 45-minute journey back to Holbox.

Please, contact us the day before.

In general, we’ll meet at 6:30 in Luuma, but we might ask you to come sooner or later, according to the groups we created, weather conditions, etc.

  • Swimming suit.
  • Hat/Cup.
  • Towel.
  • Biodegradable sunprotection
  • Face/Surgical mask.
  • Sanitizer (We will provide on the boat, but suggest clients to take their own).
  • Recommended: Snorkelling equipment. In case you do not have one, you can buy one with us. (We provide a sanitized one)
  • Flask / bottle to refill. In case you do not have one, you will be able to buy one with us. (we provide polycarbonate glasses) PET / Plastic bottles are not allowed
  • Boat with GPS.
  • Container with cold purified water
  • Sodas.
  • Snorkeling equipment (we sanitize them, but we also encourage you bring your own).
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yoghurt and sweet buns. (ACCORDING TO AVAILABILITY DUE TO COVID PROTOCOL)
  • 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.

Taxi to/from departure point
Flusk / Bottle to refill (recommended)

Season starts May 15 and finishes September 17. However, we strongly recommend you book your tour between the months of June and August. This is because the possibilities of finding whale sharks are higher in these months. If in doubt, contact us. We will provide all the necessary information so you can take an informed decision.

Children under 6 years old are not allowed. This trip is not recommended for pregnant women, the elderly and/or people with back problems, because of the type of movement the boat might have. In such cases, we will ask for a medical certificate to allow participation.


From May 15th to June 10th

From June 11th to June 30th From July 1st to August 31st From September 1st to September 17th
Weather conditions Acceptable Very good Excellent Poor
Whale Shark Sightings Occasional Frequent Very Frequent Frequent


Moment of cancellation

More than 7 days before your tour

Less than 7 days before your tour

Previous day of the tour, before 3 pm

Previous day of the tour, after 3 pm and no-show


Type of refund / cancellation fee

No penalties.


100% refund.

Cancellation fee: deposit (1)


100% refund of the remaining amount

Cancellation fee: 20% of the tour fee

80% refund of the tour fee



Cancellation fee: 100% of the tour fee.


No refund.


However, in case we find a paying client to take your seat, we’ll keep your deposit but provide a partial refund.


(1) Deposits are $500 MXN per person for shared tours, $3000 MXN 1-6 pax private boat and $4000 MXN for 1-8 pax private boat

Read our entire reservation and cancellation policy here.


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