March 27, 2023

Visitors to Cancun can swim with whale sharks just off the coast 

Whale sharks migrate to Cancun between May and September – ideal time for sighting them off the coast or swimming alongside them on a special tour.
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, growing up to 60 feet in length, though these gentle giants pose no threat to people. Every year, whale sharks migrate to Cancun between May and September, making it the perfect place for a sighting – and even more.

Visitors to Cancun have the opportunity to swim with these creatures through several tour operators that specialize in whale shark tours and other marine activities. Since whale sharks are playful, friendly and vegetarian, swimming alongside them is a once-in-a-lifetime – and truly exhilarating – opportunity.

Solo Buceo is one of the area’s companies that run whale shark tours. Swimmers don snorkel masks and life jackets and swim freely with the magnificent whale sharks. No touching rules are strictly enforced, but swimming side-by-side is a thrilling adventure in and of itself. Be sure to bring an underwater camera – you’ll want to remember the experience.

The tour from Solo Buceo lasts about three hours and costs $120-$160 per person. Drinks and sandwiches are included.

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