Swimming With Whale Sharks

In the warm, crystal-clear waters just minutes from La Paz lies one of the most intact ecosystems in the world. Get ready to be inspired! Near El Mogote's sand spit, the outer bay serves as a whale shark nursery and here you will be able to observe and swim with the biggest fish in the ocean! Whale sharks are filter-feeding carpet sharks that reach a length of 62 feet / 19 meters and may live even longer than humans.

This is a half-day journey to experience these gentle giants as they feed, hover and filter plankton for hours while enjoying a good cleaning by fish and remora along their ventral sides.

Your expert naturalist guide and professional boat captain both have received special training and are certified to manage responsible encounters that respect the habitat and feeding patterns of the animals.

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: La Paz or Cabo
End: La Paz or Cabo

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Expedition Type
Wildlife Viewing
Private or Pool Service

Age Range
10 years Old — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Easy — All Fitness Levels

October — April

Trip Duration
5 hours
10am departure from La Paz
10 hours
7am from Cabo


Naturalist Guide, Boat Captain

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Itinerary Details

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist specialized in whale sharks & natural history
  • Group Size: up to 4 persons
  • Boat ride to & from El Mogote Whale Shark Nursery
  • Snorkel with whale sharks or view from boat
  • Beachfront lunch following your whale encounter
  • Hotel transfers

Gear Provided

Expedition snorkel gear and wetsuit

Food & Drinks

  • Healthy snacks
  • Local fresh juices and waters

Other Cool Stuff

  • Underwater photo ops
  • Learn about ecology of whale sharks
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!
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What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear:
    ~ November — March: layers for sun, cold and wind
    ~ April — October: layers for sun, heat and wind
     see detailed packing list in Welcome Aboard
  • Camera
  • Energy to explore
  • Gratuities for BajaEx team at your discretion
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