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Whale Sharks in Mexico

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Blog Post - February 10, 2019

While we were visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico we decided we wanted to go swim with whale sharks.

We booked our excursion through Cabo Adventures.

Cabo Adventures picked us up from our hotel and took us to their headquarters in Cabo San Lucas. From there we got into one of their vans with our excursion group and traveled to La Paz, Mexico.

It's takes about 2 hours to get to La Paz.

Cabo Adventures Transport Van

We arrived in La Paz and went to the Cabo Adventures building and got our Wetsuits, fins and snorkel gear to swim with the Whale Sharks.

Cabo Adventures La Paz, Mexico

We headed over to the Marina de La Paz so we could get onto our small boat that would take us out into the Sea of Cortez.

Marina de La Paz

We broke up into groups and boarded our boats.

excursion boats

We headed out to the Sea of Cortez. The whale sharks are not in captivity, so our guide went to the front of the boat looking for whale sharks. It took about 30 minutes of looking to find one.

Sea of Cortez

We spotted our first whale shark and our boat driver took us right by it.

Whale Shark

We jumped into the water one by one in groups of 4 and got to swim with this whale shark. They our guide would look for another and we got to do this over and over.

Whale Shark
Whale Shark

It was so cool to see all the fish that would hang on for the ride with the whale shark.

Whale Shark with fish
Whale Shark
Whale Shark

When we were done, we headed back to the Marina. We had sooo much fun on this excursion!

Jordan and Julie

As part of the excursion, we went out to eat at a restaurant after. Then we headed back to Cabo San Lucas after an amazing day swimming with whale sharks.


Marina de La Paz, Mexico:

(Click on the map above to go to a Google Maps larger view.)


The price was $210 per person for the Whale Shark Encounter.

I filmed this myself, but we also bought the picture/video package so we could get the additional footage from our guide. That was $50 and given to us on a flash drive. 

Total Cost Breakdown:

2 people: $420

1 Picture Package: $50

Tip for Bus Driver: $5

Total Cost: $475

Note: At the time, Cabo Adventures was running a special. If we booked 2 excursions with them, we would get the third one for free. So although we payed $475 for this excursion, we ended up getting the snorkel excursion for free. ($178 value for 2 people)


These are the things that I recommend you bring:

  • Cash for the picture package, tip for the bus driver, and snacks at the gas station.
  • Swimwear
  • Your own Mask and snorkel (they will provide them, but I always prefer to have my own)
  • Your own fins/flippers (They will provide them, but I like a perfect fit so I always bring my own)
  • Biodegradable/Eco-friendly Sunscreen
  • Go Pro Hero 8 Black video camera
  • Go Pro 3-Way Grip to hold the camera out in front of you.

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