Reserve Your 2017
Whale Shark Adventure Tour with Aqua Adventures today!
$125.00 usd Per Person, plus $10 for optional wetsuit (
avoids having to swim with life jacket)
The 2017 WHALE SHARK season is up and running.
Early July, full moon, 80 to 100 animals offshore. We've had
frequent Manta Ray sightings!
Click our facebook link to see photos of our latest tours!
Whale Shark season runs from May 17 to September 17th. Ask us about our predictions for best dates for viewing.
At Aqua Adventures we book your Isla Mujeres or Cancun Whale Shark Adventures with some
of best boats on the island.
Our skippers are experienced local experts. Our boats are safe fast twin engine
craft with marine toilets on board.
will my Whale Shark Tour be like?
By regulation, your whale shark boat will
never have more than 10 swimmers.
Two snorkelers will enter the water with a guide at a time to
swim alongside these gentle giants.
The other 4 pairs on the boat will enter the water in rotation,
usually giving all the swimmers on the boat the chance to swim with 3
to 4 or more whale sharks.
You are required to wear a
lifejacket ( provided ) or shorty wetsuit ( available for $10 rental fee
). We hope that you will total 10 to 20 minutes of swim time, but
that varies depending on number of animals. New regulations
for 2017 may prevent swimmers from entering the water if there are less
than 6 animals. Water entries are limited to 2. Also, the 30th of each month is designated a "no
tour" day by the permitting authority.
Our Whale Shark tours leave from a dock 2
short blocks from our shop. You will meet at 7:50am at our shop
and be escorted to the dock by one of our staff.
The Whale Shark Pod is usually 14 to 25
miles offshore, milling around at the surface feeding. You may have a 45 to 90 minute ride
to reach the Whale Sharks.
After several hours in the whale shark
area, your boat will return to the island for some shallow
water snorkeling and sandwich or ceviche and
cold non-alcoholic beverages.
You will be back on Isla Mujeres
between 1 and 3 pm. You can take
photos during your swim, no flash and no touching the Whale Sharks per
park service rules.
The surface conditions range from smooth
to bumpy. If you are prone to
motion sickness, appropriate medication is recommended.
You will be wearing a lifejacket or
wetsuit (wetsuit, $10 extra charge, easier to swim with
the whale sharks ).
If there ever is a problem or question we
are here to help, and we are here for any follow-up that is
necessary. Our dive shop is open from 9am until 7pm on Avenida Juarez during the Whale Shark season to book
your tours. We accept cash US dollars, Pesos, credit cards and
PayPal. When you book with us you will receive a short whale shark
briefing on rules.
hire a private boat for my family or group?
us for a reservation and group pricing!
guaranteed to swim with Whale Sharks?
We are happy to report that almost everyone who
participated in a Whale Shark Adventure in 2016 swam with one or more
animals. There were 2 or 3 days with no
sighting. Several of our clients
signed up for a second tour in the same week!
Aqua Adventures understands that you are
investing a portion of your vacation budget for this tour and the
objective is to see the Whale Sharks. Please understand that not
every tour is the same. Surface conditions and number of Whale Sharks
in the pod will vary.
This tour is an adventure and we cannot
control the ocean or the creatures within it. We try our absolute best
to provide an incredible memorable experience for everyone.
$125.00 usd Per Person
Our Whale Shark Adventure Tours include:
Tour Time Approximately 7:45am to 1:00 to
Large Comfortable boat
Experienced Captain and Crew
Light Lunch, Refreshments and Bottled Water
Snorkel Equipment and life jacket
Snorkeling on return from Whale Shark tour
Hotel dock pick-up available for private boats.
Our Whale Shark tours leave from one of
several docks downtown in the vicinity of the Dive Shop.
The whale shark is up to 14 meters or 46 feet in length and
weigh up to 15 tons. The average size is about 7.5 meters or 25
feet long. They are not Whales, they are Sharks. They are the
largest fish in the world with Females being larger than males, as with
most sharks. Their mouth can be up to 1.4 meters or 4 feet wide,
but their teeth are not like most sharks as they are filter feeders
like Whales and their approximately 3000 very tiny teeth are used for
filtering not biting. The Whale Shark can process over 6000
liters or 1500 gallons of water each hour to consume a diet of
plankton, krill, small fish, and squid. They spend most of their
time near the surface. They are known to be solitary creatures,
as they are rarely seen in groups and are estimated to live up to 100 -
150 years. Whale sharks are harmless to people! They are
docile majestic creatures who are pretty indifferent to having swimmers
around them. Whale sharks live in warm water near the
equator. The Mexican Caribbean is one of the few places in the
world where they are close enough to shore to make boat trips out to
see them possible.
Answers to the most
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, the Whale Shark
is a protected species.
Yes, they are Sharks
but are filter feeders and eat plankton like Whales.
No, you are not
allowed to touch the Whale Sharks, you may view only.
do not recommend the tour for pregnant women or young children. If
you wish to take along children under 12, we recommend you book a
Please be on time for your tour. We cannot delay the boat
departure for late comers. If you miss the boat for any reason,
you are responsible for paying the full price for your seat.
Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to your
departure time. You are responsible for the full price of your
seat if you miss the tours without notifiying us prior to the 48 hour
There is NO Diving allowed
with the Whale Sharks, only Snorkeling.
In this area of
Mexico, you are only allowed to swim with the Whale Sharks if you are
on a permitted boat with specially licensed captain and guide.
There is strict enforcement and policing for this and penalties for
those who ignore this regulation.
The 10 person permit
for the Whale Shark tour is the maximum permit (As per Mexican
government regulations, this includes a photographer/videographer,
group tour guides, people who do not want to swim with the sharks,
The area where the
Whale Sharks are located is 1 to 1.5 hours away from Isla Mujeres but is approximately 60 square miles so the
time to locate them can vary. There are areas where they are
known to feed more than others. Part of the Adventure is finding
them in their natural environment.
The probability of
seeing the Whale Sharks is excellent! We have only had a couple
tours in the 5 years of doing them who did not see the Whale Sharks and
that was a few days after a hurricane r bad weather.
Yes, you must wear a
life vest (or a wetsuit for good swimmers) when snorkeling or swimming
with the Whale Sharks.
You should be able to
get in the water with the Whale Sharks maximum 2 times per 2017
park service rules.
The amount of time you
get to spend with them depends on how long they stay at a depth where
you can see them and how well you are able to keep up with them.
You are allowed to
swim with the Whale Sharks 2 at a time with the guide.
You do not have to
swim with them, but Yes, your fee is the same as others as you are
taking a spot on the boat.
In case of port closure by the Isla Mujeres and Cancun Harbor
masters due to inclement weather, you will be entitled to a full refund
or reschedule of your tour.
For more information
or to make a reservation contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.