Trip departs at 8:45 from the tourist pier in downtown La Paz. Departures from RED marina and Costa Baja marina available. Enquire for special departure times and hotel pick-ups.
Trip typically lasts 5-6 hours. During peak visitation, trip may last longer.
All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification and a licensed captain.
Boats are outboard skiffs with full shade, seat cushions, and dry storage space.
Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling portion of trip.
Whale shark season runs October – April.
Whale sharks are an endangered species and passengers will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Passengers not complying with regulations (eg. touching or grabbing whale sharks) may be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.
Upon receipt of payment, RED will request specific passenger information and will provide departure specific information and packing list.
Please contact us with any questions.
- Marine transportation to whale shark observation zone and Balandra Bay.
- Lunch and drinks (including beer).
- Snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits).
- Whale shark conservation fee.
- Park entrance fee for Balandra Bay.
- Taxes and insurance.
- Bilingual naturalist guide.
Services not included in trip description.
Ground transportation (additional).
Promoting sustainable tourism
RED’s nonprofit arm works with SEMARNAT and local service providers to train captains, guides and hoteliers on regulations and responsible practices for whale shark tourism.
Traveling Roots – Raising awareness with local youth
We can’t appreciate what we haven’t experienced. RED provides scholarships to underserved local youth to visit RED’s sea turtle research camp and learn about the importance of protecting our natural treasures
What our clients say
The most amazing day!
We would definitely do this again and highly recommend Red Travel Mexico. Overall, a once in a lifetime experience!
What a cheerful, energetic, committed group!”
Red managed to exceed our high expectations. Red will let you experience all this part of Mexico has to offer through the eyes of local specialists