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Balandra Bay Whale Shark Experience: Snorkel with Gentle Giants

Discover the ocean’s “gentle giants” on this full-day whale shark experience from La Paz. Observe these endangered whale sharks up close from a fully shaded outboard skiff. If you’re feeling adventurous, jump in and snorkel alongside the world’s biggest fish for an unforgettable encounter! In the afternoon, grab lunch and explore the coast of Balandra Bay with your bilingual, naturalist guide.

USD $560.00

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1USD $560.00
2USD $280.00
3USD $188.00
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Snorkel alongside Endangered Whale Sharks on this Thrilling Balandra Bay Whale Shark Experience

Discover the ocean’s “gentle giants” up close on this Balandra Bay whale shark experience. Despite their intimidating size, whale sharks are friendly and curious filter feeders, who consume a diet of krill, plankton, and fish eggs.

On this full-day tour, set out by boat into Balandra Bay with a crew, captain, and bilingual, naturalist guide. Observe the whale sharks up close, and learn about their migration, eating, and life cycle from your passionate guide. Then, hop in! Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants, for an unforgettable encounter with nature’s gentle giants, and the largest fish on earth.

In the afternoon, visit the protected shoreline of Balandra Bay. Explore mangrove forests, hike along rugged seaside trails, and enjoy a tasty lunch with an unbeatable view.


  • Discover massive whale sharks — the world’s largest fish, and famous gentle giants
  • Take a boat tour along the coast for spectacular views of Balandra Bay
  • Enjoy a guided snorkel in Balanda Bay’s protected waters, famous for abundant wildlife and rich biodiversity
  • Explore mangrove forests and scenic trails along the shore

Tour Information

Duration: 5-7 hours. During peak visitation, trip may last longer.

Start/End Location: La Paz pier (local hotel pick-up available upon request at an additional cost)

Availability: October – April (migration season)

Miscellaneous: Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling portion of trip (optional).

Physical Level: Light to medium including boat travel and snorkeling (optional)


Meet early in the morning for a short boat trip to the marine shark observation zone, where whale sharks gather to feed. Along the way, your bilingual, naturalist guide will introduce you to whale shark ecology, snorkeling regulations, and Balanda Bay’s rich biodiversity.

Upon arrival to the observation zone, you’ll have the opportunity to observe these gentle giants up close! If you’re feeling adventurous, jump in and snorkel alongside the world’s biggest fish for an unforgettable encounter!

Your tour continues onward to the shores of Balandra Bay for a seaside hike and lunch, before returning to La Paz. During peak whale shark season, boat activity increases in the area. Your itinerary may change in order to get the best look at the whale sharks.

What’s Included

  • Marine transportation to whale shark observation zone
  • Clean towels
  • Lunch, snacks, soft drinks, water, beer (18+)
  • Snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits)
  • Whale shark conservation fee and park entrance fee
  • Taxes and insurance
  • Balandra Bay Whale Shark Experience with a bilingual, naturalist guide

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Ground transportation to La Paz marina (available at additional cost)
  • Services not listed in above itinerary

Important Notes

  • Trip typically departs at 8:15 from the tourist pier in downtown La Paz. Departures from RED marina and Costa Baja marina are also available. Inquire for alternative departure times and hotel pick-ups.
  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide and a licensed captain.
  • Boats are outboard skiffs with full shade, seat cushions, and dry storage space.
  • Whale sharks are an endangered species and passengers will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Passengers not complying with regulations (e.g. touching or grabbing whale sharks) may be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.


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