Whale Shark Tour La Paz

Whale Shark

Swim with the Whale Sharks in La Paz

Snorkeling with whale sharks in La Paz, sea lions, and lunch on the beach.

Enjoying this graceful, gentle, biggest fish in the world known as the whale shark is one of the top and most unique experiences to be had in La Paz, only possible at very few other world locations. Swimming with these ocean giants and peacefully watching them as they eat immense placton quantities is at the very least, thrilling. 


During the months from November to April, the whale shark congregates in an area near La Paz that we call Mogote. It is a sandbar that creates the perfect environment for a lot of plankton to gather and the whale sharks feed on. During the seasonal months we will take you swimming with these giants of the ocean. The swimming with whale shark in la Paz is done snorkeling in shallow waters, which is ideal to be able to swim peacefully without losing sight of him.

This is a highly regulated activity, which means only a select amount of boats has the government-issued permit to enter the Whale Shark area. For this reason, some tours might be operated directly by us, while others might be through a trusted third party (with no extra cost).

Aventura - Whale Shark
Aventura - Whale Shark


Typically, we start our day at 8 am, but this can vary depending on the shift assigned, which is randomly selected on the same day. We'll depart from the Fiscal Dock on the Waterfront in La Paz, and once we enter the whale shark area, we'll search for it until we find it. Usually, we locate the whale shark fairly quickly, but sometimes it can take up to an hour. We'll swim with the whale shark several times, ensuring all our visitors fully enjoy the experience. The experience, from the moment we enter the whale shark area, lasts approximately 3 hours.

Duration: 3 hours.

Requirements: Know how to swim, as the whale shark is often swimming, and you have to swim along the sides of the shark to see it well.

Difficulty: Easy to medium, depending on the current and speed of the whale shark.

Minimum number of participants: 5 people.


  • Trained guide and captain.
  • Permits for the protected natural area.
  • Safety equipment on the boat, wetsuit, mask and fins, towels.
  • Water and snacks.

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Land transportation

You must bring

  • Environmentally friendly sunscreen.
  • Swimming suit, comfortable shoes and waterproof wind jacket.
  • Cap and sunglasses.


Price per person: MXN 2200

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Yaser Bana Rodriguez

100% recommended

An unforgettable experience! Swimming alongside the gentle giants in La Paz's clear waters was truly magical

Alejandra Canchola


The whale shark snorkeling tour exceeded all expectations - safe, respectful to wildlife, and absolutely breathtaking

Mariana González

A must-do

A must-do in La Paz! The guides were knowledgeable and ensured we had a safe and memorable experience

Aurora Varela Rodarte

Whale sharks in La Paz

Seeing whale sharks up close was a dream come true. The crew was fantastic, making the whole experience perfect.

Tomas Alonso

Perfect Family Adventure

Amazing is an understatement! We saw 3 sharks and jumped into the water to swim with them 6 times. We all loved it




If you're looking to extend your day even further after the thrilling encounter with the whale shark, we offer two additional options to complete your adventure in a unique way. Each extension is designed to enrich your experience to the fullest and provide you with a comprehensive view of the stunning marine life and natural beauties that La Paz has to offer.

Snorkeling with Sea Lions

We'll take you to enjoy one of La Paz's highlights – snorkeling with sea lions at the small colony of San Rafaelito. Much smaller than the rookery at Espiritu Santo Island, this colony serves as a passageway and resting place for these wonderful animals. Due to its proximity to the Whale Shark area, it allows for the combination of both experiences. You'll get to interact closely with these charming marine animals in a natural and protected environment.

Balandra Beach

For those seeking a more serene experience after swimming with the whale shark, our visit to Balandra Beach is the perfect choice. This beach, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and soft white sand, is a paradise for relaxation and disconnecting from the world. Here, you can immerse yourself in the warm waters, bask in the sun on the beach, or explore small rock formations and mangroves. In addition, we offer a local culinary experience with the freshest ingredients, perfect for enjoying while you delight in the panoramic sea view.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from the whale shark swimming experience in La Paz?
Expect an educational and exhilarating experience, swimming alongside the world's largest fish, accompanied by expert and attentive guides.