(TE42) Holbox and whale shark

Tour and private guide

16 to 18 hours

All entrances

Private transportation

Pick up and drop off hotel

Tour brief description

Tour for two to 15 persons from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Riviera Maya.

In early morning we’ll go out. Our destiny: Holbox island. First we’ll arrive to Chiquila port, Quintana Roo and will cross during 30 minutes the Yalahau lagoon on ferry to arrive to Holbox. There, we’ll do a ride on boat for 6 hours long in open sea between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean until arrive to the whale sharks area.

Swimming in open sea next to this peaceful and big fish is worth it. It’s an indescribable experience. Later, on the same boat, we’ll go to a zone where we can see fishes, turtles, stingrays, cat sharks, and with a little piece of luck, dolphins jumping out of the water. It will be like visiting an aquarium.

Next we’ll go back to Holbox, where we’ll do a trip into the center of the city to see its famous street art spaces and we’ll go to a beach club to eat, rest and enjoy the calm waves of the sea.

In every moment our certified guide will explain you the place stories, curious details and the development and importance of visited sites.

The unit price decreases according to the size of the group.

Departure Time

3:00 a.m.

  • Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
  • Snorkel with whale shark.
  • Driver.
  • Private land guide.
  • Shared guide on boat.
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Box lunch.
  • Ground transportation in Holbox
  • Beach club in Holbox.
  • Bottled water and snacks in transportation.
  • Souvenir.
  • Face mask and sanitizing gel.
No Included
  • Tips.
  • Lifejacket rent (obligatory).
  • Lockers rent.

Spanish, English.

Additional information
  • Before the tour start you must show your ID to the guide.
  • Because the fauna is wild, we can’t guarantee the sightings, however, there is a 90% of effectiveness.
  • Boat transportation is shared.
  • Use comfortable shoes.
  • Use flip flops for aquatic activities.
  • Use swimwear and towel and bring a change of dry clothes.
  • Use sunglasses.
  • Use sun block and hat.
  • You must have the physical condition to walk up to 180 minutes. (with breaks).
  • Spanish and English languages don’t have an extra cost.
  • We don’t do surprise stops in any store to force you to buy handicrafts.
  • We strictly respect the itinerary.
  • We don’t sell you anything aboard or in the tour.
  • All aquatic experiences are shared with other tourists.
  • If on the day of the tour the maritime authorities decree a ban on navigation due to bad weather at sea, the experience will be canceled for the safety of all visitors and the date will be rescheduled.
  • Confirmation will be received by email at the time of booking.
  • Infants under 2 years of age are free of charge, but must travel in the arms or on the legs of their parents. (please inform us in the notes).
  • Babies (over two years old) and young children must have their own seats.
  • A infant car seat available per tour, (please request it).
  • The unit price decreases according to the size of the group.

(TE42) Holbox and whale shark


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Price information chart

Pax Per person
02 $765.89 USD minivan
03 $702.69 USD minivan
04 $689.67 USD minivan
05 $667.00 USD minivan
06 $654.35 USD minivan
07 $653.82 USD minivan
08 $644.13 USD minivan
09 $644.85 USD minivan
10 $645.43 USD minivan
11 $640.50 USD large van
12 $635.14 USD large van
13 $636.34 USD large van
14 $632.05 USD large van
15 $628.33 USD large van

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Whale shark swimming

An unforgettable experience in which is necessary to set sail very early from Holbox and even earlier from Cancún. The ride on boat is long, 6 hours long approximately. In some moments, the sea will make us do sudden jumps. Nevertheless, when the captain allows us, we can eat a morning snack to be ready to swim close to this peaceful and big shark.

From 1:30 and 2:30 hours after leaving Holbox the reward will have been worth everything. We can’t promise the shark will be waiting for us and posing for our cameras, but we’ll do our best to see them closely. This beautiful creature is big and go away fast, that’s why the minutes in contact with it are very valuable.

We’ll receive all necessary equipment: lifejacket, snorkel, goggles and fins to see the whale shark. However, do not forget, that we will be in front of a savage animal and if we want to see it closer we must swim.

Very important: the whale shark is an animal cared by Mexican authorities, that’s why if there are many boats around a sole shark we must find another one or limit us to see it from our boat. The good news is in 99% of cases we all can swim around it. Neither BTUVI.com, nor anybody can guarantee you swimming next to the whale shark.

Way back we’ll stop on Cape Catoche, where we can swim with every color marine fauna, and with a little piece of luck, even marine turtles. A perfect ending!

Holbox island

We’ll return to Holbox island, that in Mayan means “black hole”, although is a paradise full of beaches and colors, its meaning doesn’t reflect anything about the extraordinary beauty of this place.

There, in golf cars, will make a ride along the town main streets. We will know the beaches and landscapes of Punta Cocos, Faro Viejo, the letter, the Holbox dock, the hammocks and its very famous street art, finishing in a lovely beach club. Over there we will enjoy the sea, have meal and rest to finally come back to your hotel.

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