Mexico: Riviera Maya swimming with whale sharks adventure

Explore Mexico’s Riviera Maya, visiting ancient underground rivers, exploring beach paradises and snorkeling with some of the most breathtaking sea life on the planet.

Family Friendly
4 Days, 3 Nights
Matador Trips
Per Person
This trip includes everything but your flights and beachside beers! Leave the details to Matador Trips and join us on a full-service overland and boating adventure. All accommodation, transfers, activities, and guided tours included.
Dates & Guides
June 9th-12th, 2023
Flexible booking, 100% refund guarantee.


What you'll do

Cenotes: an entrance to the underworld?

Believed by Mayans to be gateways to Xibalba, the underworld, otherworldly cenotes are uniquely awe-inspiring both under and above the water. We will explore unknown and uncrowded cenotes and focus on unique photographic methods for these unique magical underwater rivers.

Swim with whale sharks

Enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with gentle and majestic whale sharks on our private excursion led by experienced and dedicated guides. The largest fish in the world, they can measure up to 20 meters long and if we are lucky we may see hundreds of whale sharks on our marine adventure.

Photo Education

Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your personal travel photography to another level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about underwater and nature photography.

A professional video of your epic adventure

Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.

The ultimate adventure with like-minded travelers

We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.

Support local communities through sustainable travel

We aim to travel as consciously as possible. This trip supports environmental conservation and local businesses.

Trip Details

What’s my itinerary?

Day 1: Cancun/Playa del Carmen


Matador Network will have 2 shuttle times for pickup from the Cancun (CUN) International Airport to bring you the 1 hour trip to Playa del Carmen. In Playa del Carmen you can check into your hotel at your leisure, and take a stroll down 5th avenue full of cafes, bars, and shopping.

We will gather for a fun happy hour on 5th avenue.


Day 2: Playa del Carmen + Cenote Tour

After breakfast we will depart for a private tour of two breathtaking cenotes, underwater sinkholes or rivers that were worshipped by the ancient Mayans while pour expert guides give us insight into the ancient world. Here we can swim, relax, hike deep into the caves, and explore various methods of photography.

After free time in the afternoon, we will gather for a group dinner and tequila tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner, and tequila tasting.


Day 3: Playa del Carmen + Isla Mujeres

We depart early in the morning for Isla de Mujeres for one of the highlights of our trip, swimming with whale sharks. On the way to the island our guides will educate the group about whale shark behavior, conservation, and the ecosystem on Isla Mujeres.


Once we land on the island we will board a private boat and spend the day snorkeling and swimming with whale sharks while enjoying fresh fruits and a healthy lunch.


Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks.


Day 4: Isla Mujeres

Wake up and depart Isla Mujeres at your leisure, or stay on a bit longer- ask us about recommended activities and lodging.


Meals included: Breakfast.

What’s included?
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 welcome dinner + tequila tasting
  • All land transportation
  • Private cenote visits and tour
  • Boat transportation to Isla Mujeres
  • Whale shark snorkeling tour with private boat and guides
  • Photography training.
  • A videographer will join us to document the trip, and you can take home a video of the trip in the end.
What’s not included?
  • Your flights to and from Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Perfect weather
How many people will be on the tour?
  • The tour can accommodate up to 14 guests.
What’s the sleeping situation?
  • Accommodation is provided in 3-4 star hotels and is based on 2-people per room.  For an additional fee private rooms can be arranged or Matador Trips is happy to arrange same-sex solo travelers a shared room.
Who is the trip for?
  • We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. This trip is also suitable for families! Don’t hesitate to reach out for any special needs, requests, or accommodations.
Why is this trip so special?
  • Our small groups will have the unique opportunity to explore underwater in some of the most clear and pristine waters in Mexico. Our expert guides have spent years leading respectful and breathtaking whale shark tours. Our private excursion cannot be beat!
When does the trip depart and return?
  • We will pick you up from Cancun airport (CUN) on August 11th, 2022
  • Depart at your leisure from Isla Mujeres after a final group breakfast on August 14th, 2022
How do I get there?
  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN) is easily reached from most places in the world. For assistance with flights just let us know, we are happy to help!

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