Swim with the largest fish in the world’s oceans, the whale shark!

Our tours leave daily from downtown La Paz – don’t miss the chance to snorkel with these gentle giants.

La Paz is one of the few places in the world where sightings of these majestic creatures are virtually guaranteed. Every summer the whale sharks return to feed on the large plankton blooms that occur in the shallow waters of the bay of La Paz. These blooms attract a large number of whale sharks and it is very common for us to swim with multiple individuals during the tour. Most of the whale sharks that visit La Paz are young adults and juveniles, reaching lengths of 10m/33ft, large but completely harmless the whale sharks are an amazing experience for all ages.

The whale shark tour is an expedition to “El Mogote”, a long, desert peninsula just minutes from downtown La Paz. This peninsula is approximately 11km/7miles long and each day the whale sharks return to a portion of this coastline to feed. Every tour is a little different in terms of whale shark interaction and travel time but we do our best to get you up close and personal, while still following the whale shark watching guidelines. This includes entering the water in small groups, ensuring the boat stays a minimum distance from the whale shark and a strict “no touching” policy. The tour includes education about the whale shark and local conservation efforts, your guide will also accompany you into the water and show you the best way to approach and view these magnificent animals. Most of the whale sharks that visit La Paz are young adults and juveniles, reaching lengths of 10m/33ft. Large but completely harmless the whale sharks are an amazing experience for all ages.

Half Day Whale Shark Tour

After an orientation and briefing on whale shark interaction and swimming guidelines your guide will transport you to El Mogote, just a short boat ride from the harbor. Once the boat reaches the whale shark area the search begins. As the boat slowly cruises along the coastline your guide will be searching for the tell-tale signs of whale shark activity and before you know it you will be swimming alongside the biggest fish in the sea! Your guide will also accompany you into the water and show you the best way to approach and view these magnificent animals.

Tour details
  • Morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • The tour is approximately three hours in duration and whale shark sightings are guaranteed.
  • The whale shark tour includes wet-suits, snorkeling equipment and refreshments.
  • Certified In-water guide (Spanish/English)
  • $70 per person. Contact us and book your trip today!

Full Day Whale Sharks & Island Tour

Swim with Whale Sharks & California sea lions

Join us for a full day adventure in La Paz. This experience includes two of the most exciting ocean activities in Mexico, swimming with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark and one of the most playful, the California sea lion. The full day tour includes swimming with the whale sharks, a visit the San Rafelito sea lion colony where you can swim and observe sea lions in their natural habitat and lunch in beautiful Balandra Bay, one of the the nicest beaches in La Paz.

After the whale shark portion of the tour (see above) you will head out to the San Rafaelito sea lion colony.  Here you will enter the water with your guide and experience one of the most fun things ever, swimming with sea lions.The San Rafaelito sea lion colony is also home to one of the largest patches of coral reef in the Sea of Cortez and many species of fish and marine birds to observe. The day concludes with a beach lunch served in Balandra Bay, just a short ride from the sea lion colony. On the way there is the chance to see sea turtles, mobula rays and humpback whales during the whale watching season. Once we reach Playa Balandra and enjoy a picnic lunch and some relaxation more snorkeling or a short hike is available.

Tour details

The whale shark & Island Tour is five hours in duration and includes

  • 9am Departure
  • Wet-suits and snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch (vegetarian/vegan options), juices, snacks and water.
  • In-water guide (Spanish/English)
  • $125 per person. Price includes taxes. Group rates are available. Contact us and book your trip today!