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Take off for an unforgatable day, and dive with whale sharks. Easily recognized by its unique pattern, the whale shark frequents open seas and warm, tropical oceans.

Are you ready for this day of adventure ?
The Riviera Maya hosts the world’s largest migration of whale sharks, and is one of the few places in the world where you can share the water with the planet’s largest fish, the whale shark.

Experience a unique and magical moment with them.

Whalesharks informations :

  • Lifespan : Its lifespan is estimated to be between 100 and 150 years.
  • Interesting fact :These majestic creatures are generally solitary, but can sometimes be seen in groups when they gather to feed in plankton-rich areas. Whale sharks have a thick, mottled skin that helps them camouflage in their marine environment.
  • Protection : To protect these vulnerable species, it’s important to respect the rules of proximity when observing and swimming with whale sharks. It is essential not to touch them or disturb their natural behavior.
  • Location in the Cancun area : June to September.
  • Speed : you’d think with their size they’d be super fast, but they only travel 5 km/h (3 mph), but they can go thousands of kilometers without stopping!
  • Reproduction : They reach adulthood (and therefore breeding age) at around 30 years of age. They can give birth to over 300 individuals of around 50 cm!
  • Size : Despite their impressive size (up to 20m), these animals feed mainly on plankton and microscopic fish that thrive in this environment.


To fully enjoy experience, you will need:

  • Sun protection (cap, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt, and windbreaker). But no sunscreen to preserve marine biodiversity!
  • There is water, soft drinks, and a small sandwich on board. Feel free to bring additional food if you wish.
  • Let us know if you need equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit).
  • Tips will be appreciated by the boat crew.
  • Hotel pickup available, contact us for more details.

A day with the Whalesharks in the Maya Riviera

  • 5:45 AM: Meeting at the diving center. One-hour drive to Punta Sam port in Cancun.
  • 7:00 AM: Detailed briefing. Before boarding the boat, we will provide a comprehensive briefing about the day, how to behave around the animals, and important safety points.
  • 7:15 AM: Boarding the boat. At 7:15 AM, we will board the boat and head towards the whale shark area. It takes about an hour to reach the interesting zone.
  • 8:00 AM onwards: Underwater encounters. After locating the whale sharks, we will have three dives in groups of a maximum of two people with the guide.
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Ceviche at Isla Mujeres and return to Playa del Carmen. Around 2:30 PM, we will head to a beach in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy some ceviche and dive into the crystal-clear waters of the island!

Contact us to join the adventure !

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