Whale Shark Tour
Swim with whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet and one of its gentlest giants. No long boat rides are required as the whale sharks like to feed in the Bay of La Paz, just a few minutes off shore. Engaging with these wondrous beings is a truly incredible life experience. Available from October to April.
Departure Time: 7:00 AM / 07:00 Hours
Return Time: 1:30 PM / 13:30 Hours
– Round trip transportation / Todos Santos, Pescadero, Cerritos & Elías Calles area. An extra $ 50 USD per person is charged from the Los Cabos area.
– Bilingual Naturalist Guide who is a certified Wilderness First Responder, NOM-9 graduate and Leave No Trace certified.
– Boat / Captain / Snorkeling gear.
– Drinks on boat.
– Permits for whale shark tourism and fully insured and licensed boats / vehicles.
– 1 person: $300 USD per person.
– 2 or 3 people: $150 USD per person.
– 4 or 5 people: $140 USD per person.
– 6 to 10 people: $135 USD per person.
The Tour is subject to availability. Private tours please contact us.
– Minimum age: 8.
– If you don’t know how to swim or snorkel, you can still experience the whale sharks from the boat..
– Life jackets (PFDs), wetsuits and snorkeling gear provided.
– Guests with respiratory problems, limited mobility, neck or back problems are not allowed to make the tour due to the federal safety regulations.
– If your trip is cancelled due to weather we will either rebook you for another day or refund your money.
What to bring
– Reef-friendly sunblock
– Beach towel
– Dry clothes for return drive
All of our staff counts with first aid certification and every boat with the correspondant safety equipment and liability insurance.
– Cancellations will not be charged if they are 48 hours before the date of service.
– Cancellation 24 hours before the date of service, will be charged 50% of the total.
– In case of not canceling with an anticipation of 24 hours before the time of service, will be charged in full.
– Cancellation due to bad weather: 100% refund.
Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Bay of La Paz
Well – is it a whale or is it a shark? Hint: whales are mammals, sharks are fish and the whale shark gets its moniker from being the largest fish on the planet. That is, at up to 59 feet and 15 tons it is definitely a whale of a shark! And while your mother probably told you to stay away from sharks, these gentle giants are only interested in plankton – all human flesh is safe! In fact, even though they have thousands of teeth in hundreds of rows in their enormous mouths (imagine armed shark mouths 4 to 5 feet wide), they can neither bite nor chew. That’s right, they are happy to forego all human body parts in favor of plankton, krill and small fish.
Reaching such huge proportions requires an immense amount of energy, which the whale shark gets by consuming huge volumes of plankton-rich water, then straining it out through its gills. To get the food it needs it is not unusual for a whale shark to filter 400,000 gallons of water an hour. To conserve this hard-won strength – and continue eating – whale sharks tend to do a lot of hanging about in the water, or, if moving, doing so at a very slow pace. This lollygagging is what makes it possible for non-bait types like humans to jump in and swim alongside them for a bit. Of course, when they want to put on the speed they certainly can so when a whale shark tires of your company all you will see is a swishing tail receding into the distance.
Swimming with whale sharks in the Bay of La Paz is a tightly regulated program designed to both protect the sharks and to enhance the human experience of enjoying these magnificent beings in their home environment.
All tours are weather-dependent. Should there be a weather event such as wind that prevents your tour from operating, we will contact you to make alternate arrangements.