Whale Shark

Tour Description

WHALE SHARK SEASON 2020: mid-May to mid-Sep!

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.


We are offering a very special OFFER:


  • No expiration date.
  • You can redeem it whenever you want (within each season).
  • You can use it for other tours.
  • It is transferable (it makes a wonderful gift!)
  • And it is REFUNDABLE


We meet in Luuma (one block away from our office) at 7. 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 7 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
  • Flask / bottle to refill
  • Boat with GPS.
  • Container with cold purified water
  • Polycarbonate glasses.
  • Sodas.
  • Snorkeling equipment.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yoghurt and sweet buns.
  • Ham and cheese sandwich.
  • 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

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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