Whale Shark tours
Isla Mujeres is not only home to some of the top beaches in the world, but it is also blessed to be one of the destinations with the highest whale shark migrations on the planet. In other places in the world you might have to search for days to spot just one whale shark, whereas in Isla Mujeres you are almost guaranteed to spot multiple whale sharks, ranging from a few to a hundred any given day during season (May-September). These gentle giants migrate near Isla Mujeres once a year where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet, following the plankton that they feed on, and if you’re lucky you’ll also get a chance to swim with the giant manta rays that often appear alongside them.
We will venture out to find the whale sharks at 8:00 am, and on our way to and from the whale shark site our bilingual guide will drag deep sea fishing lines, and even teach you how to catch a fish for the fresh ceviche we will prepare for you at the end of your tour. After everyone on the boat has swam their allotted amount of times with the whale sharks, we will head back to Isla Mujeres’ famous North Beach, rated as one of the top beaches in the world by Trip Advisor and #1 in Mexico, to take a relaxing swim and feast on our fresh catch of the day. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity if you plan on visiting Isla Mujeres between May and September. We promise you that it is an experience that you will never forget!
Our boats have comfortable seating, are fully shaded, and we also have one of the few boats available that has a restroom on board. We have an experienced team of professionals with vast skill sets, and offer a one of a kind experience unlike any other tours on the market.
- What’s Included:
- Booking Information:
7:45 AM – Meet at Marina (Taxi pickup at 7:30)
8:00 AM – Light breakfast, orientation and boat departure
(1-1.5 hours to arrive at Whale Shark Site)
12:00 PM – Return to Isla Mujeres
1:30 PM – Ceviche Lunch at Playa Norte
3:00 PM – Return to Marina
(Times may vary depending on group’s departure time, amount of time desired to swim with the Whale Sharks and at North Beach/Lighthouse; however, the boat will not return to the marina later than 3:00 PM)
The client can choose their start time anytime from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM if you book privately; however, we recommend a start time of 8:00 am for this activity.
To make sure that you have the best whale shark experience possible we make the following recommendations:
A 50% deposit is required to reserve your desired tour dates. Whale Shark tours fill up months before the season starts, and it is highly recommended that you reserve your spot as soon as possible. All deposits can be paid via paypal account and the remainder can be paid either via paypal or in cash the day of the tour.
Canceling 1 week or more before activity - 0% penalty (full deposit refund)
Between 1 week to 2 days before activity - 50% penalty (half of deposit refunded)
Canceling 48 hours or less before activity - 100% penalty (no deposit refund)
Weather policy: If activity is canceled due to port closure, Isla Spirit Adventures will work with clients to rebook activity if possible, if activity cannot be rebooked, deposit will be returned in full.