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Whale Shark Snorkeling Adventure

Price: Starting at $12,712 MXN ($620 USD)

Price per group, up to 4 guests 

$2,173 MXN ($106 USD) additional guest

Max: 10 guests

Trip type: Private

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Available: October to April*

Departure: 10:00 am from Muelle Fiscal

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

*Actual season depends on whale shark conservation regulations

Trip overview

Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. We meet early in the morning for a half hour boat ride to the observation zone where the whale sharks come to feed (enquire for specific departure times). 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 them up close. The trip returns in time for lunch. During peak holidays when boat activity increases, we will explore the surrounding area by boat as we wait for our turn to see these incredible creatures. 


*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  (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

  • Light snacks 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 bring?

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Waterproof and biodegradable sunscreen

  • Swimwear

  • Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection

  • Water bottle

  • Sandals for water 

  • 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 and snorkeling.

  • 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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