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Whale Shark Group Adventure from Isla Holbox provided by Holbox Whale Shark Tours

Whale Shark Group Adventure from Isla Holbox

Whale Shark Group Adventure from Isla Holbox
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Increase your chances of spotting whale sharks twofold on a snorkeling excursion from Isla Holbox. Ideal for nature and wildlife lovers, this underwater adventure reveals manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles in their natural habitat, and comes with all necessary equipment—such as snorkels and wetsuits. Plus, breakfast and lunch are included for a seamless experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Swim alongside the world's biggest fish on a whale shark excursion
The obvious choice for families and wildlife lovers
Follow a guide to snorkel spots that teem with marine life
Sample local Mexican dishes for lunch
What to expect
Meet your guide and group at Luuma (Holbox) at 7am. Receive a short briefing and all the necessary equipment and enjoy a light breakfast before you head off to the pier and board the boat. Head out into the Gulf of Mexico on a 1 to 2-hour ride to find the whale sharks. On the way, might watch giant manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles. Once you reach the whale shark area, enter the water two at a time with your guide to get to see these extraordinary giants. The whale shark is the biggest fish in the world at 45 feet long (14 meters). Your guide will show you how to observe and even swim with these wonderful creatures while respecting their habitat. On the way back, stop near Cabo Catoche, the northernmost point of the Yucatan Peninsula where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. Snorkel the “cuevones” reef and look for sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopi, and other reef fish. Finally, head back to Boca Santa Paula, where you can stretch our legs, have a pleasant swim, and enjoy the delicious ceviche.  A 45-minute journey brings you back to Isla Holbox.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 34907P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Boat with GPS • Cool drinking water container (please bring your flask) • Snorkeling equipment • Bilingual guide • Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yogurt and sweet buns • Our famous ceviche • Guacamole and mango for those who do not eat fish • In case you do not eat the included food, you can take fruits from the breakfast table to the tour • Soda/Pop
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
7h
Departure details
LUUMA, Av Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
Inclusions
Boat with GPS • Cool drinking water container (please bring your flask) • Snorkeling equipment • Bilingual guide • Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yogurt and sweet buns • Our famous ceviche • Guacamole and mango for those who do not eat fish • In case you do not eat the included food, you can take fruits from the breakfast table to the tour • Soda/Pop
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
LUUMA, Av Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
Duration
7h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Children under 6 are not allowed
Note: Whale shark season is from mid-May to mid-September, but whale sharks might come later to the area
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Not wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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ksudela
Dallas, TX21 contributions
There’s a Reason they are #1 on Trip Advisor
Sep 2020 • Friends
Wonderful crew and communications up to the point of departure. Really appreciated the time and attention paid by all, and the cleanliness of the crew and facilities. Also, very accommodating of our requests.
Written 14 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Montserrat P
3 contributions
Totally Worth It!
Aug 2020
Increible! Gracias Willi y Christian por la mejor experiencia! Super recomendable :D
PS el mejor ceviche lo encontraran en su lancha ;)

A dream come true! The team is professional, safety is a priority always and we were lucky to see more whale sharks than usual plus dolphins, huge rays, and many beautiful birds.

Thank you for a safe and fun experience despite COVID-19 and for taking the necessary prevention measures.
Written 7 September 2020
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Hélène C.
Miami, FL2 contributions
Unforgettable Shark Whales and Lagoon tour!
Aug 2020 • Couples
My trip with VIP Holbox Experience to go swim with the shark whales was absolutely wonderful. Willy, and his brother who captains the boat are Holbox natives and know everything about the island, its surroundings and amazing ecosystem. We were greated with a delicious breakfast on the beach at Club Mandarina before hopping on the boat.. ps: everybody wore masks, we were required to wear masks and were always greater with hand sanitizer and a big hidden smile:) We had to ride a long way to reach the spot where the shark whale were as they had moved away from the island. They however made everything possible to make the trip comfortable and check on guests. The swim with those colosal creatures was well worth it! What an experience! We then stopped at a spot to go snorkeling with tons of different fishes to follow and enjoy. There we were served delicious fresh ceviche that they prepared while we were swimming. We finally ended our tour in one of the most beautiful spot I had ever been: Santa Paula will remain on my mind forever! Such a beautiful lagoon, a wonder of nature, a magical place! Thank you VIP Holbox Experience!
Written 10 August 2020
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Dawn B
Thornton, Colorado6 contributions
Highlight of our trip!
Jul 2020
This tour was so much fun. We had a great time. We saw 30 plus whale sharks. We also went snorkeling at a second location that was amazing too. And then we walked around a deserted area with tons of pelicans and had seriously the best ceviche I've ever had. Christian was our captain and he was a blast. Gustav was our guide and we enjoyed him so much as well. Overall - an absolutely amazing experience.
Written 8 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Léo D
Saint-Chaffrey, France2 contributions
Worst experience ever. Stay safe and don’t pick them
The boat didn’t come back to pick us up. We were basically left alone on a sand beach with the sun coming down and mosquitos waking up. And the boat did not come back to pick us up.

We had to squeeze in another company s boat who rescued us.

The tour still did not want to give us back anything from the 1700 pesos (85 euros) we had paid.

Stay safe and don’t pick them
Written 9 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elizabeth C
1 contribution
Willy‘s tours is 100
Sep 2019 • Solo
Fantastic tour, great guides! Had a wonderful time, great value for the money.
Don’t forget to pack lots of Bio sunscreen and take your Dramamine (for real though)
Written 14 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carrie K
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Amazing adventure
Aug 2019 • Friends
To the trip was actually everything we could have hoped for except the pricing. we were concerned that trips to see the whale sharks would be sold out and if we didn't plan ahead we wouldn't get to go. Total misconception. In reality we paid an exorbitant cost online, when compared to getting to the island, finding a vendor and organizing it on the island. I'm not saying that this wasn't a great trip; we met early at a local restaurant, ate some croissants and fruit while hearing about what our day would entail, enjoyed the company of the people on our small boat and had an amazing experience all around... But I'm pretty sure it was the same exact trip we would have taken with any other local vendor for a lot less money!!
Written 31 August 2019
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JoefromAustria
Bregenz, Austria32 contributions
Unforgettable experience
Aug 2019
Its all about the whale sharks!
The boat trip getting there and also back, 2hours+ is a pain in the a...but the few minutes you are able to be with those fish in the water pay for everything. Its a once in a life experience, you are so close to this majestic fish. All the rest is more than average, Ceviche’s, flamingos, snorkeling....
Written 28 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kirsty-Amelia
Skipton, UK10 contributions
Great tour.. BUT - be aware of scammers!!
Jul 2019
This is a once in a lifetime experience, HOWEVER, we were scammed when initially booking this trip and lost around £150. Please be careful of anyone who goes by the name Victor Dorantes, he will most likely never visit Holbox again as he has upset a lot of the local's by pulling this scam on us (around 15 of us) but you can never be too careful. My advice would be to pay via PayPal for these trips and make sure you get recommendations from local hotels of who to book these trips through, unfortunately for us we trusted the wrong person who pretended to be working for one of the local shacks on the beach front. After the scam happened we decided not to let this fool spoil the trip for us and we booked again through a reputable person and went the following day - we were not disappointed! You are warned at the beginning of the trip that there is a possibility the Whale Sharks may not be around, this is a natural trip so they rely on the whale sharks being on the area without being forced by humans which is great to hear! Lucky for us, there were a lot of whale sharks out to play that day, you only go in the water in pairs so that the sharks aren’t intimidated and you are able to get a better chance to swim next to them. They are incredible creatures and to swim next to them in their natural habitat is like no other experience. We were then taken to a snorkelling spot where we saw all the colourful tropical fish, barracudas, sting rays, turtles and all of the beautiful coral. After snorkelling we were taken to a small island where lunch was cooked for us and drinks were served, we were served fresh seafood that was prepared on the boat while we were snorkelling. We were then shipped off to another island where the flamingos were residing, you can only get to a certain distance from the flamingo's so they weren’t scared off but it was still an amazing sight! After that we were taken back to Holbox. Overall a fantastic trip it was just a shame we got scammed when initially booking, but don’t let this put you off - the locals work so hard to provide a great service for these trips and shouldn’t be tarnished because of this one fool, just keep your wits about you when booking! If anyone has any questions on this please feel free to message :)
Written 13 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

miguelito
Province of Alicante, Spain61 contributions
Awesome experience!
We booked the trip with Carlos (guy with dreadlocks) who was justva lovely person that took care uf us. He was actually really excited for us that we had such a great time and never mentioned anything about money. If anyone wants to go swimming with whale sharks, I recommend you to book it with Carlos!
Written 11 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Q2976XTyvonnep
Q2976XTyvonnep
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Once in a lifetime experience.
The boat ride is very long 2 hours each way and it's bumpy (very bumpy) we took Dramamine but our bodies were so so
nina o
nina o
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Whale shark trip is abusive to animals
This experience was horrible. We were in the boat traveling to the shark site for 2 hours.. when we got there the
Joseph L
Joseph L
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Swimming with whale sharks = Totally worth the price of this tour
Things to know before going on this tour: 1. Buy organic sunscreen. Don't use regular sunscreen as it is not good
webber101
webber101
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This was the most depressing trip I have ever been on.
We traveled out to sea for quite a while, the captain constantly on radio with other tour guides. After a couple o
ssuga
ssuga
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Rushed but Excellent Once-In-A-Lifetime
All Whale Shark Tour operators charge the same price: 1,800 pesos or a little over $100 U.S. (no one on the island
shir1967
shir1967
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an amazing experience
we left early in the morning and saw a lot of dolphins on the way. the captain stopped so we could all enjoy the do
mch2409
mch2409
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To do
The tour is excellent. Swimming with the Tiburon is fantastic. The stops during the tour are great. Notto miss whe
helena t
helena t
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Willy's Tours
Even though we did not book the Whale Shark Tour with Willy's (which you absolutely should do it is a once in a lif
emily7duncan
emily7duncan
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Something special
The boat was organised well, safety is taken seriously and we felt ready. The Whale sharks are amazing creatures,
chlofo
chlofo
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Whale sharks are incredible, but try from Cancun
It was an amazing experience to swim with whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea and to see some of the other impressive
Etienne T
Etienne T
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Should be called "Harassing The Whale Sharks"
I did it, so I am as guilty as anyone else, but, after doing it, and seeing the way tour operators run the business
Charleymack2
Charleymack2
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Once in a lifetime experience - and wonderful ceviche as a bonus!!
More than just a whale shark tour! Although the whale sharks were incredible just by themselves! We got to swim w
Maria V
Maria V
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Great Tour!
We loved our Captain "Trino" and his ceviche was to die for. Also, he took us to see crocodiles 👍😃 I booked in pe
Sabrina B
Sabrina B
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Amazing trip and staff and experience!
JJ and Nestor were amazing crew members! helped guide us and find the whale sharks! They really looked out for us,
David F
David F
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breathtaking
I thought that there was going to be 3 whale sharks and 30 boats chasing it around. However, when we got to the fe
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