Swimming with Whale Sharks

La Paz

Snorkel Alongside the World’s Largest Fish!

Swim and snorkel with the largest fish in the world! Huge (30 feet long!) and benign, whale sharks are true gentle giants. They’re filter feeders, not hunters, so swimming and snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico is safe with Cabo Expeditions to guide you. From the quiet seaside town of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez, we’ll take you to a magical encounter. You’ll never forget this La Paz attraction that stands out among things to do in and around Cabo.

An awesome, close-up encounter awaits you with your Cabo Expeditions tour guide. As the whale-sized fish glides slowly through the water in search of plankton, you’ll be at their side. Swimming gently and slowly near the surface, these docile creatures allow you to approach them without risk.

You can’t miss a visit to the iconic mushroom of Balandra Beach when in La Paz. You’ll have around an hour to enjoy the serenity of this peaceful town while your toes are buried in the warm sand and the refreshing water laps around your feet. Afterwards, head to the marina to check in for your main activity.

You’ll close out the day’s adventure with a quick stop in the small, beautiful city of Todos Santos, known for its excellent surfing and quaint streets with wonderful, unique shops. (Note: Lunch will be served after your whale shark activity and you will be back in Los Cabos around 8:30 pm. Please take these into consideration when making dinner plans for the day of your tour.)

The whale sharks of La Paz, Mexico attract researchers, as well as snorkelers. Take a good photo of a whale shark, and send it to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks, an international scientific database!

Looking for other things to do? Check out our Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure!

Availability

DEPARTURES

TOUR DURATION: Approximately 12 hours including transfers

TIME DAYS SEASON
10:00 a.m. Monday-Sunday October through April
Estimated departure time from Los Cabos is 9:30 am; however, pick-ups may start as early as 8:30 am.

Tour Details

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Ages 8 years and up

GROUP SIZE

We require a minimum of 4 individuals to run the trip and we can accommodate up to 10 persons at a time.

DEPARTURE LOCATION

You will be picked up directly from your hotel by your guide and a chauffeur in our air-conditioned van.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Round-trip ground transportation from your Los Cabos hotel in our air-conditioned chauffeur-driven van
  • A certified guide
  • Approximately 2.5 hours in the whale shark observation area
  • Visit to Balandra Beach, approximately 1 hour
  • Quick stop in Todos Santos, approximately 20 minutes
  • All snorkel gear (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins, snorkel vest)
  • Light snack
  • Buffet lunch (to be served after the main activity, around 4:45 pm)
  • Soft drinks and bottled water while in transit
WHAT’S EXCLUDED
  • Gratuities

Requirements & Restrictions

  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not allowed for guests who are pregnant or those with heart, back and/or neck problems.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the tour.
  • Depending on weather and wind conditions, the boat ride can be bumpy and visibility may be affected.

What to Bring

  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes.
  • An extra change of clothes is suggested along with sun protection, a towel, bio-degradable sunscreen, and a waterproof camera.
  • We recommend that you have a solid breakfast before your tour and, if you like, bring an extra snack in case you need an energy boost during the day.
  • Don´t forget to bring any medications or personal items you might need for the day.

DID YOU KNOW?

The largest confirmed whale shark sighted was over 40 feet long, and weighed an estimated 36 metric tons!