Swimming with Whale Sharks

La Paz

Snorkel alongside the world’s largest fish!

Swim and snorkel with the largest fish in the world! Huge and benign, whale sharks are true gentle giants. They’re filter feeders, not hunters, so swimming and snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico is safe with Cabo Expeditions to guide you. From the quiet seaside town of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez, we’ll take you to a magical encounter. You’ll never forget this La Paz attraction that stands out among things to do in and around Cabo.

Swim alongside whale sharks, the largest fish in the world! Some 30 feet long, these giants look imposing. Yet swimming and snorkeling with whale sharks is safe, because the great fish are gentle filter feeders.

An awesome, close-up encounter awaits you with your Cabo Expeditions tour guide. As the whale-sized fish glides slowly through the water in search of plankton, you’ll be at their side. Swimming gently and slowly near the surface, these docile creatures allow you to approach them without risk.

The waters of the Sea of Cortez can be so dense with tiny red shrimp-like krill that the first Spanish settler named it the “Vermilion Sea.” This rich sea soup draws the great plankton feeders, whales as well as whale sharks, to Mexico.

The whale sharks of La Paz, Mexico attract researchers, as well as snorkelers, to study this benign behemoth. If you take a good photo of a whale shark, you can send it to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks, an international scientific database.

Looking for other things to do? Try Whale Watching Cabo >


TOUR DURATION: Approximately 12 hours including transfers

7:00 a.m. Monday-Sunday October through May
Estimated departure time from Los Cabos is 7:00 am; however, pick-ups may start as early as 5:30 am.

Ages 8 years and up


We require a minimum of 4 individuals to run the trip and we can accommodate up to 10 persons at a time.


You will be picked up directly from your hotel by your guide and a chauffeur in our air-conditioned van.

  • Round-trip ground transportation from your Los Cabos hotel in our air-conditioned chauffeur-driven van
  • A certified guide
  • All snorkel gear (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins, snorkel vest)
  • Lunch
  • Soft drinks and bottled water while in transit
  • Gratuities
  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not allowed for guests who are pregnant or those with heart, back and/or neck problems.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the tour.
  • Depending on weather and wind conditions, the boat ride can be bumpy and visibility may be affected.
  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes.
  • An extra change of clothes is suggested along with sun protection, a towel, bio-degradable sunscreen, and a waterproof camera.
  • Don´t forget to bring any medications or personal items you might need for the day.

The largest confirmed whale shark sighted was over 40 feet long, and weighed an estimated 36 metric tons!