Everything You Need to Know About Whale Shark Season in Cancun

The warm Caribbean waters that surround Cancun attract visitors of all kinds. From tourists looking for the perfect beach vacation to marine life looking for a meal in our seas. This includes whale sharks, who return to our waters every summer to feast on our nutrient-rich waters. And travelers have a unique opportunity to swim with these gentle giants during whale shark season in Cancun. Visit us from May-September and embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure in Mexico!

A Few Facts About Whale Sharks in Mexico

First, you should know that they are not whales but filter-feeding sharks. They spend most of their time searching for plankton since they consume around 16 tons of these microscopic organisms daily. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, measuring almost 40 feet long and weighing approximately 40,000 pounds! Don’t let their size fool you; whale sharks are harmless to humans, making them perfect swimming partners.  

Whale Shark Tours

Cancun offers one of the best destinations for snorkeling with whale sharks worldwide! Several tour companies take advantage of whale shark season in Cancun by offering guided trips in the surrounding waters. Even if you don’t stay in Cancun, many tour operators pick you up from Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Akumal, and Cozumel. All tours include transportation, snorkel gear, life jackets, food, and beverages. Additionally, all guides provide instructions on snorkeling and how to swim with these gentle giants before departure. 

Your personal concierge at Riviera Maya Haciendas will help tailor the best whale shark watching experience for you! Your concierge will reach out via email to prepare your tour and everything you need before your arrival.

Luxury Cancun Villas with RMH

Plan your Mexico getaway around whale shark season in Cancun and swim with these gentle giants. We offer luxury villas in Cancun along with spacious haciendas in Puerto Aventuras. Discover your perfect home away from home when you choose Riviera Maya Haciendas to host your Mexico vacation.

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