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Whale Shark


Welcome to Isla Mujeres, the ultimate destination for an awe-inspiring adventure - swimming with whale sharks!

Prepare to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in love with these magnificent creatures.

Isla Mujeres is renowned for being one of the best places in the world to encounter whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean. Our expert guides will take you on an unforgettable journey as you dive into crystal-clear waters and come face-to-face with these majestic creatures.

As you swim alongside these incredible animals, you'll be mesmerized by their size and grace. Witnessing their massive bodies glide effortlessly through the water is a humbling experience that will stay with you forever.

Your safety and the safety of the animals are our top priorities. Our experienced guides are well-versed in interacting with whale sharks and will provide you with all the necessary information and guidelines to ensure a responsible and respectful encounter. We strictly adhere to sustainable tourism practices, ensuring the well-being of these magnificent creatures and their natural habitat.

No prior snorkeling experience is required, making this adventure suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whether you're an experienced snorkeler or a first-timer, our guides will assist you, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident in the water.

Capture these incredible moments with your family and friends, as our professional photographers will be on hand to document your encounter with the whale sharks. You'll have the opportunity to take home stunning photographs and videos, allowing you to relive this extraordinary experience for years to come. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to swim with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres. Book your adventure today and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Per person

USD 150.-

Available until mid-Sept

(weather dependent)

Whale Shark following swimmer


Private Tour


USD 1100.-

Available until mid-Sept

(weather dependent)

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Tour Rules

About the Whale Shark Tour

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE Swim with Whale Sharks, the Ocean's largest fish, in the pristine, crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean near Cancun, Mexico. Whale sharks are harmless, gentle fish which enjoy their interaction with the people who swim with them. Our fully licensed, expert divers will guide you as you swim with these magnificent whale sharks that feed on plankton, algae and krill. All swimmers will get to swim with the whale sharks or you may just observe and take photos from the boat. You can either use your own equipment or ours. We bring fresh fruit, soft drinks and water aboard. On the way back to Isla Mujeres we stop at one of the reefs near the isla where you will be treated to Fresh Ceviche and time to Snorkel before returning to shore. Open boat tours, maximum 10 guests.​ Whale Shark Tours leave at 8 am from the Gas Dock 100 yds to the left of the Ferry dock in Downtown Isla Mujeres. PRIVATE TOURS Climb aboard your own private launch, the Ceviche 2, for the experience of a lifetime. Your group will swim with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, and enjoy the pristine beauty of the Caribbean Ocean. Private Tours are perfect for Professional Photographers and Videographers to insure you have the time to get the ideal shot. Private tours include fresh fruit, soft drinks, and water. On the return trip we stop at one of the reefs near the Isla where you will be served Fresh Ceviche and have time to snorkel before returning to shore.

Frequently asked questions.

Q When does the Whale Shark Season start and end on Isla Mujeres? A Whale shark tour season starts in mid May and runs through mid September. Please do not be misled by tours offering to guide you out of season! Q What is the cost for Ceviche Tours’ Swimming with the Whale Sharks excursions? A The cost for tours that allow guests to swim with whale sharks is set by the Mexican governing body at $125 USD minimum. Q Are Private Tours available? A Private Tours provide the best experience to ensure that you have the most time to spend swimming or photographing the whale sharks. Private tours start at $1,100 USD and allow for a maximum of 10 guests. Private tours are a must for professional photographers and videographers. This will provide sufficient time spent in the water with the whale sharks to help you get that perfect shot. Q Can I touch the whale sharks? A Touching the whale sharks is not permitted as they are endangered species. Ceviche Tours is unique in that our eco tours are designed to protect the whale sharks while offering our guests the experience of a lifetime. Please see the Rules section on our Whale Shark Preservation page. Q How many whale sharks can I expect to see on a tour? A Tours last year averaged 5-50 whale shark encounters for each excursion Q Do you ever not encounter whale sharks on a tour? A The waters surrounding Isla Mujeres and Contoy Island boast one of the densest populations of migrating whale sharks in the world. Last year Ceviche Tours encountered whale sharks 99 percent of the time. This season should be no different! Q Are whale sharks dangerous? A No. Whale sharks are filter feeders, are very slow moving and extremely docile. They pose no real threat to humans. See our Whale Shark Preservation page for more information on whale sharks. Q How can I make a reservation to swim with whale sharks? A Reserving your whale shark excursion is easy. Register online on our Tours Registration page or click on the Contact Us tab for special requests. Reservation and cancellation policies can be found in the Whale Shark Reservations section of Q How can I book a large group tour? A Our boats can accommodate a maximum of ten guests each. Groups will be arranged accordingly. If your party is more than ten people, you must reserve well in advance so our guides can plan appropriately. Also, please be sure to arrive extra early the day of your tour. Q What if my tour dates are already taken? A We have a network of other reputable guides on Isla Mujeres that we trust that we can refer you to. Q Where do we meet the boat for the tour A Ceviche Tours meets all our guests at the Gas Dock 100 meters to the left of the Ferry dock on Isla Mujeres. If you need transportation from Cancun, that can be arranged in advance for an additional charge. Additional questions? Contact us anytime by email at

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"Swimming with the whale sharks was life-changing for the boys who want to make our trip an annual expedition to Isla Mujeres. This whale shark conservation film promotes responsible ecotourism and choosing products that are shark-free. It was created by Christian, Derek, and Landon Petrisko on behalf of the WIld Over Wildlife Club for the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit."


"Isla Mujeres is home to the largest concentration of whale sharks - the largest fish in the world. Take a swim with the 50-foot-long creatures."

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