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Whale Shark and Espiritu Santo
Island Adventure

Price: From 19,448 MXN 

Price per group, up to 4 passengers

2,716 MXN  additional passenger

Maximum: 10 passengers

Trip type: Private

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Available:October to April*

Exit: 7:00 a.m., Fiscal Dock

(Departures available from Todos Santos and Los Cabos, ask for details)

*The season depends on the conservation regulations of the species.

Trip overview

We meet early in the morning for the short boat ride to the observation zone where the whale sharks come to feed . Along the way, your bilingual naturalist guide will brief you on whale shark ecology as well as regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. If you are feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and, accompanied by your guide, get in the water to see the whale sharks up close. The trip continues on to Espíritu Santo Island. As you navigate alongside the island, your guide will brief you on its natural history. Your captain will seek out a secluded beach for a tasty lunch before continuing on to the sea lion colony, where you can jump in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish. You’ll have time to explore more of the island before heading back to La Paz in time for dinner.


*Access to the whale shark observation zone is strictly regulated by the Natural Protected Areas National Commission, which only allows a certain number of boats with previous reservation  (of two weeks minimum) at specific times. In certain instances authorities may restrict access to the observation zone in order to manage the impact on this endangered species; in those rare instances RED Travel will provide alternatives to ensure a pleasant marine experience.


  • Marine transportation

  • Bilingual naturalist guide

  • Lucnh and drinks (including 2 beers per person)

  • Towels

  • Snorkeling gear (including wetsuit) 

  • Park entrance fee

  • Taxes and insurance

Not included

  • Gratuities

  • Services not described

Available at additional cost

  • Ground transportation

  • Private photographer

  • GoPro underwater camera

  • Whale shark researcher on board

What to brig?

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Waterproof and biodegradable sunscreen

  • Swimwear

  • Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection

  • Water bottle

  • Pants and shorts

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and water friendly sandals

  • A windbreaker or warm layer

Trip details

  • Marine transportation: Outboard watercraft with full shade, cushions, dry storage, marine toilet and swim ladder.

  • Physical level: Medium including boat travel, hiking and snorkeling (both optional).

  • Minimum age: 5

  • Whale sharks are an endangered species and guests will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Guests not complying with regulations (e.g. touching or grabbing whale sharks) will be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.

  • Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in the snorkeling portion of the trip. 

  • All trips are staffed by bilingual naturalist guides with certifications and a licensed captain.

  • Upon payment, RED Travel México will request specific guests information and will provide departure specific information.


  • On itinerary: We will make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described above, but we may modify the itinerary due to wind, weather, and other factors. The safety and enjoyment of our travelers are our top priorities. Please see our terms and conditions for more information. We do not guarantee wildlife sightings, interaction or behavior. All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife.

  • On trip insurance: All of our experiences are covered by  an Emergency Medical Expenses insurance. In order to obtain coverage, each guest MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER BEFORE DEPARTURE. 

  • Climate and weather: La Paz is situated on the Gulf of California on the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. It is separated from the Pacific by a desert environment with low mountains in between. We get large temperature swings, typically in the late fall and spring, up to 104 degrees fahrenheit (40 degrees celsius). This can be true even during winter. Outside of summer, we recommend packing for HOT and COLD weather. Most importantly, be prepared for a sun that’s stronger than you may be used to due to our latitude. Remember, a sunburn takes just a couple hours to develop, but it can ruin the rest of your trip. Stay shaded and stay hydrated. 

  • Luggage: For day trips, you’ll want to bring a small bag or backpack for your water bottle and personal items. Our boats have a dry storage space.

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