Whale Shark Encounter

  • Port

    Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


The Sea of Cortes is quite famous for its amazing array of sea life and is often dubbed 'the world's natural aquarium'.

One of the most impressive ocean creatures found here is the incredible whale shark, which is not a whale and barely qualifies as a shark, as it has a wonderfully docile nature. These immense creatures visit the warm waters off the coast of La Paz every winter, coming to feed and make the most of the abundant buffet of sea life in the bay.

As you set out on tour today, a short drive from the main pier brings you to the heart of La Paz's malecon (boardwalk). Listen as your experienced guide gives you a short briefing and sets you up with snorkel gear.

Hop onto a boat at the dock and set off on the bay in search of these impressive marine animals. As the whale sharks float gently on the ocean's surface, you'll hop into the water to swim and snorkel among them. Experience the true awe of having them glide past and around you.

The expert staff will be alongside you always to ensure the best opportunity to see these amazing gentle giants of the sea.


Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, cash, coral-safe sunscreen and a hat. Wildlife sightings (including whale sharks) are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 8 years. Fairly energetic swimming is required; previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Pregnant women and/or guests with respiratory conditions, mobility limitations, neck or back conditions are not allowed to participate. Due to limited spaces, observer options are not available. Snorkeling time can depend on sea conditions. New regulations, set by Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, protect the whale sharks by limiting the number of participants that can be in the water at any one time. Each boat accommodates 10 guests, divided into two groups of five. Time in the water will be limited to a maximum of one hour per group. While one group is in the water, the other group will remain on the boat. A refreshing snack is served to each group relaxing on the boat and guests not currently in the water can watch the whale sharks from the boat.