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Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz

Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz

A trip to Baja California in late autumn through spring offers a chance to swim with the world’s largest fish: whale sharks. These animals can grow to the size of a school bus, but, they are harmless to humans. Here’s what you need to know to plan an unforgettable, eco-friendly encounter with these gentle giants. ** When to Go** Whale sharks migrate through Baja California Sur and the Sea of Cortez from October to April, often congregating in the sheltered and nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of La Paz to feed on abundant plankton and krill. Most peninsula whale shark tours depart from La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, or San José del Cabo.   How to Go Organized tours ensure a safe and responsible way to swim with the whale sharks, plus the best chance of sightings thanks to expert crews and tracking systems. After catching a catamaran or other boat out to sea, you’ll wait for your captain’s signal to jump in once a whale shark is spotted nearby. Because the animals tend to feed in shallow waters, it’s possible for even novice snorkelers to experience the thrill of observing them beneath the surface. ** Things to Know**

  • Growing up to 40 feet (12 meters), whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean. However, these toothless vertebrates feed mainly on plankton and are not considered dangerous to swimmers.
  • To help with conservation, the Mexican government requires all those who enter whale shark territory to secure a permit, usually worn as a bracelet and provided by tour operators.
  • Most tours provide all the gear you need, including a snorkeling mask, fins, and a wet suit for your comfort. Though the water may be warm in October, it gets downright chilly during the winter months.
  • Tours range from a few hours to a full day, with some providers adding stops in the town of Todos Santos for lunch and a visit to the legendary Hotel California.
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Whale Shark snorkeling at La Paz guided by a local marine biologist

Whale Shark snorkeling at La Paz guided by a local marine biologist

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Swim with peaceful whale sharks on this snorkeling adventure from La Paz. Join a small group sail and strap on all the complimentary equipment you’ll need—wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins. Then, jump in the water with an experienced guide and enjoy multiple swims with these gentle giants. Enjoy complimentary snacks, soda, and water.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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 Whale Shark Swim Adventure in La Paz

Whale Shark Swim Adventure in La Paz

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Head out on the Sea of Cortez aboard a catamaran to swim near the natural habitat of whale sharks on this excursion from La Paz. With certified guides, slip into the water, wearing the provided snorkel equipment, to get a look at these huge creatures in the waters they call home.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

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Submerge yourself in the shimmering Sea of Cortez on a full-day eco tour from Los Cabos. Admire dramatic desert landscapes as you venture to the luscious enclave of La Paz, and then sail out to sea to greet the world’s largest fish, whale sharks. Swim and splash near the natural habitat of these incredible creatures, and then feast upon traditional Mexican tacos on a beautiful beachfront boardwalk. Visit the iconic Hotel California, and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this spectacular seasonal tour (available September to April only).
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$249.00
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Whale-Shark Snorkeling Excursion to La Paz

Whale-Shark Snorkeling Excursion to La Paz

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Take an exhilarating swim near the natural habitat of whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, during this 9-hour excursion from Cabo San Lucas. Join an educational adventure led by a team of marine biologists as you journey to La Paz, one of the few sites in the world where you can see these amazing underwater creatures in the wild. A guide, snorkel gear, lunch, and snacks are all included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$280.00
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