Join us for a LaPaz whale shark tour!
Extend your Baja stay with an exciting day snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico’s Bay of La Paz. Set off in a skiff and observe the whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, alongside dolphins and tropical fish on an incredible underwater excursion.
Once a whale shark is spotted, hop into the water like a paratrooper and take off on your swim alongside the ocean’s gentle giants. Watch their gaping mouths engulf mass amounts of plankton and anything else in their paths as they slowly glide along. The juvenile whale sharks in La Paz are a whopping 7-10 meters long with mouths that yawn open over 5 feet, yet they’re no Moby Dick with their mild disposition. It’s rare to experience something as awe-inspiring as swimming alongside these mammoth, polka-dotted creatures that course the Sea of Cortez.
A local whale shark guide accompanies you on your swim. Their knowledge and passion for whale sharks is obvious as they work to make your time swimming in La Paz educative, meaningful, and memorable.
LaPaz Whale Shark Tour
What to Expect:
Many people describe snorkeling with whale sharks as exhilirating and humbling, but most of all memorable. There are few places in the world where you can observe whale sharks in the wild, even less where you can actually get in the water and experience them up close and personal. Our whale shark tours are based out of LaPaz where these gentle giants flock to the plankton rich waters of the Bay of LaPaz. We depart our hotel at 7:45 am for a 5-7 hour excursion. A light breakfast and lunch are included in your outing as well as the full services of our talented intreprative guides. (If you want to see what it's really like, check out this video of snorkeling with whale sharks)
To share and guide you in this exhilirating experience you will be accompanied by our bilingual, professional, educated, fun, and experienced guides. Our guides are the best in the business and are committed to ensuring you have the time of your life on this incredilbe adventure. In addition they are trained in intreprative guiding and share educational information about whale sharks, LaPaz and other marine life in the Sea of Cortez.
What to Bring:
- Swim suit (It's efficient and convenient if you dress with your swim suit on or under your clothes)
- Clothing with sun protection. Rashguards work great to wear under your PFD if wet suits are not needed.
- Rash guard
Please note that $5 of your trip fee is donated to Whale Shark Mexico, a leading conservation and research organization focused on education and sustainable management of whale sharks.
New Restrictions per Mexico:
Please note, there are newly enacted changes by the Mexican government to the rules and regulations governing all whale shark tour operators in La Paz. Historically, there have been no restrictions on the number of vessels that can visit the whale shark grounds. As this type of excursion has grown in popularity in La Paz, the government has stepped in with a management plan that limits the access to the whale shark grounds to a specific amount of vessels at any time. While we applaud these conservation efforts, it is not without some headaches and hiccups as the government works out the best management strategy for tour operators to work within.
The new rules require all vessels to be equipped with a GPS tracking system and communicate with a monitoring authority via radio before entering the whale shark grounds. If at that time there were already the quota limit of vessels in the grounds, then a one in/one out waiting list begins. Once entering the whale shark grounds, vessels have 2 hours to remain in the area before they must leave.
We have adjusted our departure time to meet earlier in hopes we can be ahead of any waitlist, but lately, we are finding that this isn't always enough. Therefore we want you to be prepared for the possibility of a delay, and therefore an extension of the time it takes to accomplish our goal of introducing you to these magnificent animals. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes on your trip with us.
Please be prepared to meet in the Lobby of the 7 Crown Centro Hotel at 7:45am. The hotel has a small cafe that opens at 7am if you would like to grab a coffee or tea. Breakfast and further beverages will be served once aboard your boat.
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Oct 01, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020 |
*Price for SKA guests
*Our one day whale shark tours make an excellent addition to our LaPaz based kayaking adventures and pair perfectly before or after our Espiritu Santo or Isla San Jose tours. Just tell your Adventure Consultant you would like to snorkel with Whale Sharks as part of your tour and we'll get everything set up for you!
- $90 for those joining us before or after a Sea Kayak Adventures kayak or whale watching tour.
- $110 for those not joining a Sea Kayak Adventures kayak or whale watching tour.
- $5 of your trip fee is donated to Whale Shark Mexico, a leading conservation and research organization focused on education and sustainable management of whale sharks.
*Minimum of 4 guests required. For small groups of 2-3 people a small surcharge per person may be required to run this tour.
Whale Shark Tour Extension:
Add additional excursion to snorkel with sea lions at San Rafaelito and visit Balandra beach for $40/person. Please note that this is only available if everyone on the tour would like to add the extension.
- Professional bilingual guides
- Certified Captain
- Transportation to and from Marina
- All snorkeling equipment (Wetsuits provided if needed)
- Light breakfast and lunch
- Clean drinking water
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: Weather sometimes prevents us from being able to operate the whale shark trips as planned. We will try and find a substitute time in this case. If we make the decision on the morning of the trip that we cannot leave the harbor, a full refund will be granted. If we depart from the harbor and then discover that the waves are too big and/or the wind too strong for a positive trip experience, we will return to the harbor and provide a 70% refund of that portion of the trip fee allocated to the whale shark experience.