Learn about the best tours for seeing animals in Cancun. Swim with whale sharks and snorkel in a cenote to interact with Cancun wildlife while on vacation.
There is so much to see and do in sunny Cancun, it’s easy to fill up your vacation with exciting activities and adventures. If you have an animal lover in your family, you’ll want to make sure you plan to include one of these great Cancun wildlife tours from Cancun Adventures. There is nothing that can compare to getting in the water with a whale shark or snorkeling in an ancient Mayan cenote.
The marine animals in Cancun are abundant and colorful, and you won’t want to miss an opportunity to see them up close and interact with them in their natural habitat. These tours are designed to create unique opportunities for adventurers with an affinity for aquatic animals, where travelers as young as 8 years old can explore the water and learn more about the amazing creatures that live in our oceans. Learn more about our Cancun wildlife tours below.
Between mid-May and September every year, whale sharks are easily found in the warm waters of Cancun. When you join Cancun Adventures tour groups, you will have the opportunity to swim in the water alongside these gentle giants and other Cancun wildlife. After preparing with all your snorkeling equipment, our expert guides will give you instructions and tips to help you swim side by side with whale sharks in the ocean.
Although these huge creatures can reach 10 meters, or 35 feet, in length, they are very gentle and only eat tiny marine life like plankton. Since whale sharks are only in Cancun during the summer, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of a tour like the Whale Shark Snorkeling Experience. Our knowledgeable tour guides know how to keep you safe and where to find the sharks so you’ll have a greater chance of seeing and enjoying the experience of swimming with them. This tour is for swimmers age 8 and older and is not strenuous. Plan to spend a good portion of the day on this excursion.
The ancient Mayan cenotes found near Cancun are naturally formed sinkholes that are filled with seawater. Millions of years ago, after the Ice Age occurred, the ocean that used to cover the Yucatan Peninsula gradually receded, leaving behind magnificent cenotes and cave systems. Many of these caves are and are surrounded by rock formations, stalagmites, and stalactites. The cenotes on this tour are connected to these caves and caverns, where you will be able to snorkel and explore.
You will also get to visit the popular Yalku Lagoon in Riviera Maya, which is a turquoise and emerald aquatic paradise filled with abundant sea life and reefs. If you are hoping to see marine animals in Cancun, this is a great place to find a variety of tropical multicolored fish and unique underwater flora. This tour is for ages 8 and older, but it is recommended that participants be in good physical condition and know how to swim.
Don’t Forget Reef-Safe Sunscreen
An important item to note when participating in underwater activities in Cancun is that you must have a sunscreen that does not contain chemical ingredients. Certain components of traditional sunscreens have been known to cause coral bleaching and harm marine life living in our beautiful oceans.
Help us protect the Cancun wildlife and check your sunscreen before coming to make sure it is “chemical-free,” or “reef-safe,” or opt to avoid sunscreen altogether. If you choose not to wear sunscreen, please practice safe sun habits, like wearing a hat, covering up with clothing, and finding shade whenever possible. Drinking water is provided on our tours, so you can also make sure you are staying hydrated.
Book Your Cancun Wildlife Tours
Book your wildlife tours today with Cancun Adventures and see all your favorite animals in Cancun. Why hang out on the beach when you could be in the water where the action happens? Make your next vacation your best vacation with once-in-a-lifetime activities with local marine life right here in Cancun.