Swimming with Giants
Snorkeling with Whale Sharks near Cancun

Imagine being immersed in the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by the gentle giants of the ocean – the magnificent whale sharks. Snorkeling with these majestic creatures in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula is an unparalleled adventure that should be on every adventure seeker’s bucket list. This unique and exhilarating experience offers a front-row seat to witness nature in the wild while exploring the crystal-clear waters of the Riviera Maya.

Encountering the Gentle Giants

Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, are a sight to see. Despite their impressive size, these creatures are docile filter feeders, gliding through the water with a grace that will surprise you. Measuring up to 40 feet in length, their presence in the warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean creates a spectacle that leaves snorkelers in awe.

The Perfect Destination

Cancun and Isla Mujeres, nestled within the vibrant beauty of the Riviera Maya, serve as the ultimate launching points for this incredible adventure. With easy access from various locations along the coast, adventure seekers staying in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventura or Tulum can embark on a journey to witness these magnificent creatures up close.

The Experience of a Lifetime

The journey begins as you set sail from Cancun, cruising across the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in search of the gentle giants. Once the majestic shadows of the whale sharks appear, the excitement is palpable. Snorkeling alongside these magnificent creatures allows you to witness their serene movements and admire their spotted patterns. The feeling of being in their presence is humbling and unforgettable.

Responsible Ecotourism

It’s important to note that interacting with whale sharks is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Operators in the area adhere to strict guidelines to ensure the well-being of these creatures and their natural habitat. Approaching them with respect, maintaining a safe distance, and refraining from touching or disturbing them are essential to preserve the delicate balance of their ecosystem.

A Must for Adventure Seekers

For those seeking a truly exceptional and unique adventure, snorkeling with whale sharks is an unparalleled experience. The thrill of swimming alongside these gentle giants, witnessing their magnificence in their natural habitat, and capturing breathtaking underwater photographs is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Practical Tips for the Adventure

  • Be Prepared: Ensure you’re equipped with proper snorkeling gear, including a well-fitting mask, snorkel, and fins. Ask your guide about the best way to use the gear if you have any doubt.
  • Protect the Environment: Use a rashguard to protect yourself from the sun without spreading sunscreen in the water.
  • Respect the Wildlife: Maintain a respectful distance from the whale sharks and follow the instructions provided by your guides.
  • Capture Memories: Bring an underwater camera or waterproof smartphone case to capture the beauty of this remarkable experience.


Snorkeling with whale sharks is an adventure that will amaze anyone who seeks an extraordinary connection with nature. The thrill of encountering these gentle giants in their natural habitat, the shimmering waters of the Caribbean as your backdrop, and the sense of immensity that envelops you – this is an experience that truly defines a vacation in the Riviera Maya. So, dive into this adventure, let the wonder of the underwater world captivate you, and create memories that will forever enrich your soul.


How to start your Whale Shark Adventure?

  1. Join Pro Dive International’s Whale Shark Safari from Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya or Cozumel, between June and mid September.
  2. Contact us for guidance and assistance.


*CUSTOMER SERVICE GUARANTEE* – in the unlikely event that during a whale shark tour reserved through us, you will not encounter any whale shark, we invite you to repeat the tour at no additional cost and go again. This “Customer Service Guarantee” makes it very unlikely that you will not be successful encountering a whale shark. Learn more…