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Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox

Highlights
  • Snorkel with whale sharks off Isla Holbox
  • Overseen by a guide who is an expert in whale shark behavior
  • See other animals like sea turtles, manta rays and octopi
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Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
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Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
From USD 150.00
Overview
Snorkel alongside docile whale sharks during this eco-adventure on Isla Holbox. With your local guides, board a boat and set off in search of these gentle giants, keeping a lookout for other species like giant manta rays and sea turtles as you cruise. Slip into the water in pairs with a knowledgeable guide and swim with the world's largest fish, which can grow up to 45 feet (14 meters) long. On the way back to shore, stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the 'cuevones' reef. Continue to Santa Paula to go swimming and enjoy freshly caught ceviche before returning to Holbox. Use of all equipment, breakfast and snacks are included.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (30)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2018
Don't Hesitate to go with VIP

Background... we had heard horror stories of 50 boats circling the whale sharks and "herding" them around. Not of this operator but in general. This was 100% NOT the case with these folks. The short version. Unparalleled professionalism, one of the most amazing days of...More

Thank 618DBH
amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you very much for your thorough explanation of the tour. Many people believe that any whale shark tour is the same because they pretty much have the same itinerary. However, we do have a staff that really care both, the animals and the clients....More

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Smooth Tour

I want to start off by saying that the Whale Shark tour superseded all my expectations and that VIP Holbox was very prefessional. Since we got to LUUMA Cafe we were given a warm welcome; breakfast (apples, granola which was the best I have ever...More

Thank 451felixo
amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience in such a detail! And we would love to have that pic! Share it in TripAdvisor or Facebook, please!!

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Great trip

Been on a couple of Whale Shark tours now, this was the best: excellent breakfast (some don't offer any), dramamine for motion sickness (recommended!) and biodegradable suncream. Stopped to pick up freshly caught fish for the ceviche lunch (which was very good) YMMV on how...More

Thank Matt W
amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience! I'm sure the community of TripAdvisor will appreciate your tips.

Reviewed 27 August 2018
An Inspiring Experience

My whale shark/snorkeling tour was an inspiring experience! Vicente and Christiano were terrific guides: they were knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. Most importantly they were attentive to the safety and needs of both the passengers and whale sharks. They knew many of us tourists had only...More

Thank Erica Angeline S
amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thank you very much for your comment! We are glad you had such a nice experience.

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Yes, you'll see sharks... but it is sleazy

They are getting 2 stars because yes, you see whale sharks. But it was horrific. We did the whale shark, snorkeling, and lagoon tour. When we all met up in the morning, we watched a video saying that we could only get in the water...More

5  Thank Snakeymama
amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Hi! We are pretty sure you left your review with the wrong agency. First, because we do not play videos in the morning. Second, because our guides would never have such behavior! Please, try to find the correct agency and leave the review.

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mzfabulouz77
4 August 2018|
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Response from Giuliana C | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you book in advance. I think they take credit card. they are the best company in the area.
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vleka2018
21 May 2018|
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Response from amoholbox | Property representative |
By regulations you swim two times. The trip will depend on how far whale shark are at the moment. The trip is 6 to 8 hours aprox. Boats will take up to 10 people, unless you hire a private boat.
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GarryVDay
15 May 2018|
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Response from amoholbox | Property representative |
It is not possible to know where whale sharks are before the season starts. But we always recommend to wait at least till June, so possibilities are higher
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