Tours and Tickets

Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox provided by VIP Holbox Experience

Reserve Now & Pay Later

Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox

Save
Share
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this experience is taking.Read more
View all photos (48)
This product is unavailable to book via Tripadvisor. Contact the supplier for availability.
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Read more
Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
+
You'll start at
LUUMA
Av Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
See address & details
  • 1
    Yum Balam Reserve
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    You will meet with your guide and group at the local restaurant Luuma (one block away from the tour operator's office) in Isla Holbox at 7am. There, you will have a small briefing and get all the necessary equipment. You will also enjoy a light breakfast to have a great start. Then, you will walk to the pier, where the boat is waiting to start the journey to find the whale sharks. The trip will take you between one and two hours and you may find different species on the way (if you see a giant manta and its behavior permits it, you can also swim with this harmless creature). Once in the area, you will swim by the whale shark in groups of two plus the guide, for safety reasons and to ensure you get the best experience. On the way back, you will stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the "cuevones" reef and maybe see sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopuses, and different reef fish. During the journey, you will get some catch of the day from a fisherman and prepare the freshest ceviche. Finally, you will go to Santa Paula, where you can stretch your legs, have a pleasant swim and enjoy the ceviche. From this point, you have a 45-minute journey back to Holbox.
    Read more
You'll end at
Muelle Tiburon Ballena
Isla Holbox 32, 77508 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
LUUMA, Av Damero, Centro, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico
Duration
7h
Return Details
Muelle Tiburon Ballena, Isla Holbox 32, 77508 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Inclusions
  • Boat with GPS.
  • Cool water and sodas.
  • Snorkeling equipment.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Light breakfast in Luuma: coffee, tea, fruits, yoghurt and sweet buns.
  • Ham and cheese sandwich.
  • Our famous ceviche.
  • Guacamole and mango for those who do not eat fish.
  • In case you do not eat the included food, you can take fruits from the breakfast table to the tour.
  • Entry/Admission - Yum Balam Reserve
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Flask / bottle (we provide cold water in a large recipient)
  • Taxi to / from meeting point
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 6 years old are not allowed.
  • Season starts officialy May 15, but the arrival of whale sharks to the area vary each year.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
59Reviews
16Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 44
  • 6
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
More
Popular mentions
Rodrigo O wrote a review Jul. 2020
3 contributions
When looking for activities and tours in Holbox, don't look elsewhere! VIP Holbox's service is excellent and the entire experience was impeccable. Our family of 5 went on the Whale Shark Tour and had one of the best experiences ever. This is our 2nd Whale Shark tour, last year
Read more
Date of experience: July 2020
Helpful
Share
Geri J wrote a review Sep. 2019
Lynnwood, Washington37 contributions7 helpful votes
+1
I was super worried and had some anxiety about jumping in the ocean with the whale sharks. Our guide Eddie was amazing-he was right there waiting for me when I jumped in and helped me have the most incredible experience-the man is amazing!!! Our entire experience was absolutely
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from amoholbox, SMM at Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
Responded 17 Nov. 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad you had such a great time!
Read more
Kim J wrote a review Aug. 2019
Sydney, Australia29 contributions10 helpful votes
My friend I went with this was her wish list to tick, I was just going along for the fun of it. So with that I had no expectations of this kind of trip. I was honestly happy to splash with a turtle. I felt that the guide we had was knowledgeable, and experienced. I have been a
Read more
Date of experience: July 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from amoholbox, SMM at Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
Responded 31 Aug. 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad we helped to create one of your favorite days in your years on this planet!!.
Read more
Natalia G wrote a review Aug. 2019
2 contributions
My sister and I visited Holbox last week and had already booked this tour weeks in advance. The island is truly a paradise and the tour topped it off. Our guide was Gustavo from VIP Holbox, and we couldn’t have gotten a better guide for this magical experience. He is so
Read more
Date of experience: August 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from amoholbox, SMM at Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
Responded 31 Aug. 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad you had such a great time!
Read more
chellef_1405 wrote a review Aug. 2019
Basingstoke5 contributions1 helpful vote
The whale shark tour was the highlight of our trip to Holbox. Eddy was very informative and his passion for the whale shark shone through. We were lucky to swim with a whale shark, two at a time with Eddy as our guide. He was there to make sure we carried out his instructions
Read more
Date of experience: July 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from amoholbox, SMM at Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
Responded 6 Aug. 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor’s community! We're glad you enjoyed it!
Read more
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: VIP Holbox Experience
2fromMexico
00
Bioluminescence in Holbox
Alex was the best tour guide, he took good care of us. He made sure we enjoyed and got the most out of our tour. Th
Read more
Dean K
00
Whale Shark Tour and Transfers
Just wanted to say how satisfied we were with Willi and everyone with VIP Holbox Whale Shard Tours and Transfers.
Read more
Banita03
00
Whale Shark!!
If you have doubts about this your being too demanding, scary, etc...the VIP staff are just the right agency for yo
Read more
mhsbaseball
00
Amazing and Totally Covid Safe
SAFE! Exceptional service. Excellent adventure. Swam with tons of whale sharks and a manta ray! Stopped for a
Read more
sarahirl7
00
Amazing tour! Would 100% recommend!
Gustavo was a fantastic guide who offered so much detailed local knowledge. It was just 3 of us on his tour and we
Read more
kkfido
00
Great trip, great guide!
This trip was awesome. Plenty of time to take in the sites. Our guide was fantastic and knew so much about the area
Read more
O7240TXkatec
00
bio luminescence tour
We went with Willy and it was great!!! he is a local and very well educated about the sea and the stars
Read more
emre9689
00
Awesome trip
We went on the trip with Willy in a little group of 3 cayaks. It was very nice he told us a lot of background infor
Read more
KimberlyaStephens
00
Great tour with a great experience company
This was our second adventure experience using VIP Holbox and it did not disappoint. Last year we did the late nigh
Read more
281callel
00
Best tours on Holbox!
We did both the classic three island and the kayaking tour (and this was our first time in a kayake) with VIP. It w
Read more
Rottn01
00
Highly recommend!!
Excellent tour provided by our tour guide Lalo. He was an avid birdwatcher and a from a local family. He was able
Read more
Pioneer29430442734
00
VIP Holbox is wonderful! Three Points tour is a great time!
We recently visited Holbox and booked the Classic Three Points Tour through VIP Holbox. We had a wonderful time dur
Read more
Dsuchoski
00
Tranquil kayaking upriver inland
I went with my wife, our 11-year-old daughter, and a family friend. We shared two double kayaks. Alex was our gui
Read more
chrisbalazs416
00
Nice day trip
We did the 3 Island Tour on our 2nd day in Holbox. We were picked up from our Hotel and brought to the beach, hopp
Read more
rogersscot
00
Great experience, wonderful guides
We took both the guided kayaking trip and a private 3 island boat tour. We had two different guides. Both experienc
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:0061 (87) 2285 255