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Whale Shark Adventure
Start: Cancun / Finish: Cancun
Category: Mini Adventure
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off in Cancun or Meeting Point Pick-Up & Drop-Off in Playa del Carmen (depending on package)

English Speaking Guide

Boat Ride

Box Lunch (Veggie Option) + Water + Snacks

All Activities as per itinerary

Government Fees for entrance to Whale Shark Reserve

Snorkelling Equipment & Life Jacket
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Dock Fee (USD 5)

Personal Expenses

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Travel Insurance

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Are you seeking a new adventure? This day tour takes you off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula to go swimming with the largest shark in the world; the whale shark!

Highlights:

  • Get the chance to swim with the world’s largest shark
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride in calm turquoise waters
  • See other marine species during the boat ride
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Note: *Available from June 1st through September 15th only*


Overview:

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with the giant (but gentle and vegetarian) whale sharks off the coast of Isla Contoy. You will be taken out in search of these huge surface-skimming creatures and be given the opportunity to swim several times alongside them. If you are lucky, you might see dolphins, giant manta rays, and other marine species while you enjoy a scenic boat ride in the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.  



Day Tour Details:

Depending on package: Hotel Pick-Up in Cancun Zona Hotelera between 7:15 am and 7:45 am for an informative briefing at Puerto Juarez near Hacienda del Mar Hotel (KM 4.8), or in Playa del Carmen in front of Coco Bongo at 6:45 am. Enjoy a cup of coffee, juice, fruit and granola bar as you listen to interesting information from your certified guide on the whale sharks and their important role in the ecosystem.

Take a quick boat ride with a 8:00 am departure from Puerto Juarez and cruise to the Whale Shark Reserve in the waters surrounding Isla Contoy. The island is at only 30 kilometers from Isla Mujeres where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea, a surprisingly well populated area with marine biodiversity. This is an excellent chance for you to see playful dolphins, giant manta rays, birds and tons of tropical fish. It’s an experience you cannot miss!

Hop in your boat for anxiously await your turn to swim with these beautiful creatures and make sure you’re ready to keep up with their powerful strokes. Due to the sensitive habitat and eco-system where the Whale Sharks live and feed, there are strict rules and regulations that must be followed at all times in order to protect the animals.

Enter the water slowly and quietly from your boat (do not jump or splash loudly). Wear a life jacket at all times while in the water. Swimmers must maintain a minimum 2-meter distance and boats must stay a minimum of 10-meters from all marine life. Use biodegradable sunblock and oils to prevent contaminating the water. Never touch or attempt to feed the whale sharks. Flash photography is not permitted.  Do not throw trash into the water.  No recreational scuba diving is allowed.  Do not touch, mistreat or take any coral with you as a souvenir.  Fishing for and feeding marine animals is strictly prohibited. 

Rest up in the boat and have a box lunch on board as you float in the waters nearby Isla Mujeres. Make your way back to Puerto Juarez by approximately 1:30 pm where you will hop in a van and be dropped off in the comfort of your hotel to reminisce about this exciting experience with your friends.  

 

Additional Information:

* Please bring: Towels, biodegradable sunscreen, swimming suit, comfortable shoes, impermeable jacket, hat and sunglasses.

About the whale shark: It is the largest shark in the world, reaching up to 20 meters (60 ft) and living up to 100 years. It is the most peaceful creature alive, gracefully skimming the warm surface waters of the sea off the coast of Isla Contoy for plankton, their main food source. Whale sharks reproduce for the first time at the age of 30 with the capacity to carry up to 300 fertilized eggs inside the uterus. An adult whale shark has little to fear in the ocean other than fishing nets, harpoons and boat strikes. Natural predators include the orca as well as large sharks like the great white and tiger sharks. This highly migratory shark sticks mainly to the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean. By the late 1990’s the world’s whale shark populations declined so much they were listed as an endangered species.  
   DETAILS
Departure Times
Everyday
06:45 07:15

Duration
9 hrs.

Departure Point
Depending on package: Hotel Pick-up in Cancun Zona Hotelera around 7:15 am or Pick-up in Playa del Carmen in front of Coco Bongo at 6:45 am.

Arrival Point
Same as departure point.

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at go@bambaexperience.com to confirm your departure information at least 2 days prior to your first day of travel.

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WHALE SHARK ADVENTURE (PICKUP & DROP-OFF IN CANCUN)
You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Cancun Zona Hotelera between 7:15 am and 7:45 am.
Price per person: $219 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
WHALE SHARK ADVENTURE (PICKUP & DROP-OFF IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN)
You will be picked up and dropped off in Playa del Carmen, in front of Coco Bongo at 6:45 am.
Price per person: $234 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1

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