Interested in swimming with whale sharks in Cancun but don't know how the tour works? Here we will answer the most frequently asked questions.
Swimming with whale sharks is a life-changing experience! If you want to see these majestic fish up close, read on and learn the answers to what people ask before doing this activity.👇
WHEN DOES THE WHALE SHARK SEASON START IN CANCUN?
The whale shark swimming season in the Caribbean begins in May and ends in September, however, you can attend our tour from June to September, when most of the whale sharks have arrived in the Caribbean area.
IS IT SAFE TO SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS?
In general, it is safe to swim with whale sharks, as they feed mainly on plankton and are not a threat to humans. However, it is important to follow your guide's instructions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
WHAT IS THE WHALE SHARK TOUR IN CANCUN ABOUT?
The Whale Shark tour is a guided excursion that takes you to swim with the largest fish in the sea. Despite their size, they are docile, and it is safe to swim with them. This activity is unique because it is difficult to find these creatures.
HOW LONG DOES THE WHALE SHARK TOUR LAST?
Our tour lasts approximately 5.5 hours. We spent most of the time looking for the whale shark immersion point. We will also make a quick stop at a clear water spot near Isla Mujeres to swim in front of Playa Norte, one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico.
🚐 Don't forget to add the transfer time from your hotel to the dock.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE WHALE SHARK TOUR?
- Gratuities (optional)
- Dock tax
- Photography service
WHAT ELSE DOES THE WHALE SHARK TOUR INCLUDE?
During the tour, you can enjoy different amenities with additional costs such as:
- Transportation from your hotel to the departure pier
- Wetsuit rental
- Underwater camera rental
Note: Each tour agency handles packages with different inclusions and prices.
IS THE BOAT FOR THE WHALE SHARK TOUR BIG?
The whale shark tour does not operate on large boats but on motorboats. The boats have seats and a roof to protect you from the sun.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT ON A WHALE SHARK TOUR BOAT?
For safety reasons, the maximum capacity for the whale shark tour boats is 10 people plus one or two crew members.
CAN I RENT A PRIVATE BOAT TO VISIT THE WHALE SHARK?
Yes. You can rent one or several boats to go with your group. Contact us to quote the private version of the tour.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO swim with WHALE SHARKs?
The minimum age to swim with the whale shark is 10 years old. Children under 10 years old must stay in the boat under the supervision of an adult.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS TO SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARK?
To swim with the whale shark, you need to have at least basic swimming skills.
For safety reasons, pregnant women, people with heart, respiratory or mobility problems, and children under ten are not allowed to participate in the dives.
I AM A COMPANION, AND I DON'T WANT TO SWIM. CAN I PAY LESS?
Unfortunately, the cost remains the same for all guests, regardless of their participation in the swim. 😢
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE WHALE SHARK TOUR?
We recommend you to bring the following:
- Sunscreen: Use biodegradable sunscreen to avoid harming the sea.
- Rashguard: To avoid the use of chemicals that contaminate the sea, it is best to wear a long-sleeved swimsuit to protect you from the sun. Remember to arrive with your bathing suit already on because you will not be able to change on board.
- Shoes that can get wet.
- Waterproof bag to prevent your belongings from getting wet.
- Change of clothes
- Seasickness medication
- Waterproof camera
- Hat or cap and sunglasses
- Snacks and water
- Cash for tips (optional)
WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF ENCOUNTERING THE WHALE SHARK?
The probabilities are very high. The whale shark tour captains have years of experience and multiple tools to know the exact location of the sharks. At Isla Contoy Experience, we guarantee a whale shark encounter.
DOES THIS TOUR HARM THE WHALE SHARK?
No. This tour prioritizes the welfare of marine species through various actions such as:
- Prohibiting the use of non-biodegradable sunscreen.
- Having the participation of certified guides.
- Sensitizing the guests to live the experience without harming the flora and fauna.
- Follow all rules and permits imposed by the authorities.
- Constantly check boats to avoid spills or harmful leaks.
- Keep track of the number of participants.
May I TOUCH THE WHALE SHARK?
No, as we may disturb their natural behavior, harm them, or cause them to move away. We insist on respecting whale sharks and keeping a safe distance from them.
Can I take pictures while swimming with whale sharks in Cancun?
Capturing the unforgettable moment of swimming with whale sharks in Cancun is a must!
But before you pack your camera, remember that selfie sticks are not allowed as they can cause harm to the gentle giants. Instead, consider renting a GoPro Hero11 Black with a floating handle and adjustable wrist strap. At Isla Contoy Experience, we want you to have the best experience possible, and we're happy to help you capture those memories.
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