CARMELO'S TOURS

Carmelo's Tours

$2,785

MXN / Person

Sea sailing

Certification

Whale Shark Diving

Certification

First Aid

Certification

Our tours are not just about swimming among the whale sharks, we are committed to educating you about these amazing creatures

Between 6 and 8 hours

Tiburon Ballena Pier at 6:30 am

The tour ends at the main whale shark pier

The meeting point

We meet at Whale Shark Pier. We have a short briefing and give you the necessary equipment. Our boat and captain will be waiting to start our journey.

Swim Time

The trip will take us between one and two hours and we may find different species on our way (if we see a giant manta and its behaviour permits it, we can also swim with this harmless creature). Once in the area, we will swim by the whale shark in groups of two plus the guide, for safety reasons, to respect these gentle giants, and to ensure you get the best experience.
Snorkeling
On our way back, we will stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the “cuevones” reef and maybe see sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopuses, and different reef fish.
Laid back beach & ceviche
Finally, we will go to Santa Paula, where we can stretch our legs, have a pleasant swim and enjoy the freshest ceviche made by our team. From this point, we have a 45-minute journey back to Holbox.

This tour is not suitable for children under 6 years old or recommended for pregnant women, the elderly, or people with spinal problems, as we cannot control the pressure produced by sea waves. Please consult your doctor ahead of booking should you be susceptible to injury or have an existing condition.

Transportation

 

-From May 15th to June 10th

Weather conditions: Acceptable
Whale shark watching: Occasional

-From June 11th to June 30th

Weather conditions: Very good
Whale shark watching: Frequent

-From July 1st to August 31st

Weather conditions: Excellent
Whale shark watching: Very Frequent

-From September 1st to September 17th

Weather conditions: Not so good
Whale shark watching: Frequent

We are permitted to get nice and close to the whale sharks due to special permission from the Department of ___ allowing us to interact with them. By approaching them as close as 30m on our boat, you will be able to enter the water with our experienced water guides and enjoy them as they swim close by while keeping a safe distance of 3m. We will do all that we can to maximise your chances of an epic swim with a whale shark.

All of our crew have participated in the Department of ___Whale Shark Training Program so they are very qualified and experienced in how to swim with Whale Sharks. The crew will explain to you how to best swim with your Whale Shark to increase our chances of a perfect experience.


Seasickness is always a risk when spending a day on the water. Ways that you can avoid illness from affecting your day are:

Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your tour

Get a good night's sleep

Eat a small non-greasy breakfast prior to arriving

Purchase yourself some sea sickness medication from a pharmacy and take it as per the instructions

Once onboard, sip water and keep your eyes on the horizon as much as possible

Sit out in the breeze, don’t confine yourself inside

Try not to think about it, sometimes your own mindset is the best preventative

We offer water and assistance on board to anyone who may feel unwell.

We recommend consulting your pharmacist for motion sickness tablets in the event you may get sick as we are unable to refund tours due to seasickness.

-From May 15th to June 10th: 85%

-From June 11th to June 30th: 95%

-From July 1st to August 31st: 95%

-From September 1st to September 17th: 85%

More than 7 days from the date of booking

No penalty. 100% refund.

Less than 7 days from the date of booking

Penalty: deposit $500 mxn per person.
$3000 mxn for private tour 6 people.
$4000 mxn for private tour 8 people.
Refund of the rest.

Day before the booking, before 3 pm

Penalty: 20% of the cost of the tour. Refund of 80% of the value of the tour.

Day before the booking, after 3 pm and no-show

Penalty: 100% of the rate. No refund.

Alexandre
France - Verified booking
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Truly magnificent!! Supervision at the top of the top. Perfectly French speaking guide!! The guides know how to reassure us and help us to make us live the best of times. We were able to see around thirty whale sharks! Swimming with them is truly and extraordinary experience! We recommend it with our eyes closed!!
Jurg
Switzerland - Verified booking
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Amazing! The whole was great. The whale sharks were beautiful and amazing to swim with. The boat trip was good. Food delicious. Swimming also lovely.
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