Whale Shark Snorkeling with Dive Paradise

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean

(Limited season from May – September)

Whale Shark Snorkel Tour Description (AM)

Ready to add a whale shark experience to your bucket list? Dive Paradise makes it easy…
At 5:45 a.m., you hop the ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen, on the mainland. Stroll up the pier 20 yards to Señor Frogs, where our guide welcomes you. Climb aboard the shuttle to Puerto Juarez.

You arrive at an attractive marina for coffee, juice and pastries and a briefing on the day’s activities. Then you board a comfortable ten-passenger boat and race into the blue waters of the Gulf.

The trip out to the feeding grounds may take an hour or two. The whale sharks often migrate several miles from one day to the next. But our experienced captains are adept at quickly locating the schools.
Bingo! Soon your boat’s floating among an entire school of whale sharks. Now begins your adventure. You’ll have at least two opportunities — and maybe three or four — to snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean. It’s a moment of wonder and privilege…

After your exhilarating close-up encounters, the captain heads to a reef — to give everybody a chance to snorkel and unwind. The crew prepares the world’s freshest ceviche for all to savor.

Back at the marina at Puerto Juarez, you freshen up with a shower, then jump back on the shuttle. You’ll arrive in Playa Del Carmen between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. It’s time to hop the next ferry to Cozumel.

Back in your hotel, you reflect on your experience with “the dominoes.” This is a memory you’ll cherish forever. You’ll replay the vivid images in your mind for the rest of your life. Over a lifetime, you’ll share the wonder of it all––time and time again––with family and friends.

Why choose Dive Paradise for your whale shark adventure? We focus on personalized service, and our trip is numero uno in terms of satisfaction, quality, safety and value.

Pricing and Reservations

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Activity Cost:
• $185

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• This activity starts and ends at Señor Frog’s Restaurant in Playa del Carmen.
• It runs from about 6:20 a.m. to between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m., depending on weather.

Duration
• Length of tour — approximately ten hours from Playa del Carmen.

Availability
• Daily, except when port is closed due to bad weather, and except on the 30th of each month (by law).

Meeting Point

Meeting Point:

• Señor Frog’s Restaurant in Playa del Carmen, about 30 yards from the ferry dock. Our guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.

What's Included

Activity Inclusions:

• Roundtrip transportation from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Juarez
• Luggage storage (in a dry place on the tour boat, or unsecured in the Puerto Juarez shop)
• Transportation to Cancun airport after the tour (with advance arrangements)
• Use of life vest and snorkeling equipment,
• Lunch (fish or shrimp ceviche, sandwich and fruit),
• Soft drinks and water

Additional Information

Additional Information:
• Adults and children – same price,
• Children welcome — minimum age is five years,
• Parents must assume responsibility for their children at all times,
• Biodegradable sunblock only,
• No alcoholic beverages — before and during the tour.

Gear

Gear:

If you’re a diver, you’re welcome to use your own mask, fins and snorkel instead of the equipment provided. You may prefer your own wetsuit or shortie (2mm minimum) to the government-required PFD (personal flotation device or water ski vest).

• Wetsuit and towel not included.
• Rental wetsuit: $13 USD

Self Care:

Self Care:

• Vegetarian options are sometimes available for lunch. Please request the day before.

• If you are prone to sea sickness, please bring your own medication. We suggest taking it before you board the boat. If you wait until you feel nauseous to take it, the medication will probably not provide relief.

• Plan on several hours of exposure to the “elements” — sun, rain, wave action, splashes, heat, cold. Mother Nature is sometimes unpredictable. A little preparation goes a long way.

• The sun is strong — remember to cover up. Bring a hat and sunblock. (Biodegradable lotion required by local law).

Ferry service to Playa Del Carmen

Not included:
• The roundtrip ferry between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen
• About $12 USD one way or $24 USD roundtrip.

Take the 5:45 a.m. ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen. Ferry service is provided by two separate companies, Ultramar and Barcos Caribe. It’s probably best not to buy a round trip in the morning. Why? You may decide to ride a different ferry in the afternoon. And tickets are not transferrable from one company to the other.

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

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Whale Shark Snorkeling with Dive Paradise

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Detailed Whale Shark Trip Itinerary

Dive Paradise makes it easy to add this bucket-list adventure to your Cozumel vacation

Dateline: Mexican Caribbean, near Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy.

Your snorkeling boat bobs serenely on the calm ocean. Excited, the captain of the lancha gestures toward an E E E-NORMOUS set of dominoes moving slowly through the blue-green water.
It’s Rhincodon typus, the gentle giant called the whale shark. One, two, three, four, five…. forget it––way too many to count!

Here you are, smack in the middle of the world’s most striking phenomenon of marine biology. Aquatic elephants on parade!
It’s like rush hour on the 405 Freeway in California. But it’s Isla Mujeres, not Los Angeles. And you’re surrounded by a traffic jam of peaceful whale sharks, not angry motorists.
What draws the whale sharks to these waters––along with the tuna, sailfish, turtles, cownose rays, dolphins, mantas and devil rays we may encounter?

For Rhincodon typus, it’s the allure of “all you can eat”––an enormous banquet of zooplankton and tiny crustaceans. The whale sharks gorge themselves, like sunburned vacationers bellying up to the massive buffet tables at all-inclusive resorts in Cancun.

You ease down the ladder of the lancha into the blue-green waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Through your dive mask, you notice the whale sharks glide by slo-o-ow-ly, with a calm curiosity that belies their mammoth proportions.
You blow a shout of joy through your snorkel when it dawns on you: you’re elbow-to-baleen with one of the biggest creatures ever to grace Planet Earth!

Typical day with the whale sharks

What’s a typical day for Dive Paradise guests who want to waltz in the water with Rhincodon typus?

Can you call it “average”––any day you share an ocean with one of the largest creatures on earth?

Probably not. But it’s likely your whale shark adventure will unfold something like this….

At 5:45 a.m., you hop the ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen, on the mainland. Stroll up the pier 20 yards to Señor Frogs. Our guide will be holding a sign with your name on it. Around 6:30, you climb aboard the shuttle for Puerto Juarez, just north of Cancun. (Your ride is a roomy van operated by a licensed and insured livery company.)
Arrive at a pretty marina for quick morning refreshments (coffee, juice and pastries) and a briefing on the day’s activities. Then it’s all aboard a comfortable ten-passenger boat…. a high-class lancha with dual engines for speed and safety.
The excitement mounts as you race into the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Destination: the feeding grounds, off Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy.

During one census, scientists tallied upwards of 400 whale sharks. So the captains are usually quick to find the dominoes. On most days, it’s a case of hide in plain sight.
Soon your boat’s floating amongst an entire school of Rhincodon typus. But it’s not just any school, it’s the largest gathering on the planet.

Is it an exaggeration to say “whale sharks, wall-to-wall?”

Now begins your whale shark adventure. You’ll have at least two opportunities — and maybe three or four — to snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean. It’s a moment of wonder and privilege, as you’re party to this unique assembly here in the Mexican Caribbean.

After the exhilarating close-up encounters, the captain heads back towards Puerto Juarez. On the way, the boat stops by a reef — to give everybody a chance to snorkel and unwind. The crew prepares the world’s freshest ceviche for all to savor, and they serve it with tasty sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks and Mexican Caribbean hospitality.
After lunch, the boat cruises back to the marina at Puerto Juarez. Freshen up with a quick shower, then jump back on the shuttle. You’ll arrive in Playa Del Carmen between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. (and maybe before, if weather conditions allow us to finish early).

At this point, it’s your choice: hop the next ferry back to Cozumel. Or take a later ferry so you have time to linger in Playa. Maybe go for a stroll, have a bite, or shop the boutiques on famous Fifth Avenue. (But don’t miss the last ferry.)
Back on Cozumel…. you reflect on what it was like to snorkel with “the dominoes.”

This is a memory you’ll cherish forever. You’ll replay the vivid images in your mind for the rest of your life. Over a lifetime, you’ll share the wonder of it all––time and time again––with family and friends.

Why choose Dive Paradise for your whale shark adventure? We focus on personalized service, and our trip is numero uno in terms of satisfaction, quality, safety and value.

Dive Paradise – it’s The Name You Know And Trust in Cozumel for over three decades.

Schedule & Sightings:

All times approximate. The schedule may vary with the weather, ocean conditions, and how long it takes to locate the whale sharks.

Whale sharks sightings are not guaranteed, but nearly always occur. These creatures are wide-ranging wild animals. They can travel many miles from one day to the next. No one can predict their movements and whereabouts. Our expert captains and guides have honed their skills at quickly finding the schools over many years of experience.
Remember: we are visiting the whale sharks in their world. This element of unpredictability makes a good sighting all the more precious!

After all, we’re dealing with Mother Nature. Do you know how to make Her laugh? Tell Her your plans!

Pricing and Reservations

Whale Shark Adventure Tour

Activity Cost:
• $185

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• This activity starts and ends at Señor Frog’s Restaurant in Playa del Carmen.
• It runs from about 6:20 a.m. to between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m., depending on weather.

Duration
• Length of tour — approximately ten hours from Playa del Carmen.

Availability
• Daily, except when port is closed due to bad weather, and except on the 30th of each month (by law).

Meeting Point

Meeting Point:

• Señor Frog’s Restaurant in Playa del Carmen, about 30 yards from the ferry dock. Our guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.

What's Included

Activity Inclusions:

• Roundtrip transportation from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Juarez
• Luggage storage (in a dry place on the tour boat, or unsecured in the Puerto Juarez shop)
• Transportation to Cancun airport after the tour (with advance arrangements)
• Use of life vest and snorkeling equipment,
• Lunch (fish or shrimp ceviche, sandwich and fruit),
• Soft drinks and water

Additional Information

Additional Information:
• Adults and children – same price,
• Children welcome — minimum age is five years,
• Parents must assume responsibility for their children at all times,
• Biodegradable sunblock only,
• No alcoholic beverages — before and during the tour.

Gear

Gear:

If you’re a diver, you’re welcome to use your own mask, fins and snorkel instead of the equipment provided. You may prefer your own wetsuit or shortie (2mm minimum) to the government-required PFD (personal flotation device or water ski vest).

• Wetsuit and towel not included.
• Rental wetsuit: $13 USD

Self Care:

Self Care:

• Vegetarian options are sometimes available for lunch. Please request the day before.

• If you are prone to sea sickness, please bring your own medication. We suggest taking it before you board the boat. If you wait until you feel nauseous to take it, the medication will probably not provide relief.

• Plan on several hours of exposure to the “elements” — sun, rain, wave action, splashes, heat, cold. Mother Nature is sometimes unpredictable. A little preparation goes a long way.

• The sun is strong — remember to cover up. Bring a hat and sunblock. (Biodegradable lotion required by local law).

Ferry service to Playa Del Carmen

Not included:
• The roundtrip ferry between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen
• About $12 USD one way or $24 USD roundtrip.

Take the 5:45 a.m. ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen. Ferry service is provided by two separate companies, Ultramar and Barcos Caribe. It’s probably best not to buy a round trip in the morning. Why? You may decide to ride a different ferry in the afternoon. And tickets are not transferrable from one company to the other.