Whale Sharks & Sea Lions

La Paz is a unique destination, one of the few places in the world where it's possible to swim with whale sharks and sea lions in the same day.

Whale Shark swimming & Los Islotes sea lion colony tour

With a round-trip of over 100km this tour will transport you from the harbor of La Paz to the northernmost point of the Isla Espiritu biosphere reserve, Los Islotes. Before embarking to the islands you will first visit El Mogote, the sandy peninsula famous for it's whale sharks. Here you will swim with the largest fish on earth, reaching lengths of up to 12m/40ft. The whale sharks return to La Paz every year to feed on plankton blooms that occur in the shallow waters of the bay. These blooms attract a large number of whale sharks and it is very common for us to swim with multiple individuals during the tour. The tour includes education about the whale shark and local conservation efforts, your guide will also accompany you into the water and show you the best way to approach and view these magnificent animals. Most of the whale sharks that visit La Paz are young adults and juveniles, reaching lengths of 10m/33ft. Large but completely harmless the whale sharks are an amazing experience for all ages.

After the whale shark portion of the tour we will head out to Los Islotes, approximately a 1 1/2 hr boat ride. On the way there is the chance to see sea turtles, mobula and manta rays, large fish such as marlin and tuna and humpback whales during the whale watching season. Once we reach the sea lion colony of Los Islotes you will enter the water with your guide and experience one of the most fun things ever, swimming with sea lions. This particular colony is famous because of the large number of juvenile sea lions who have no reservations about interacting with humans. After our time with the sea lions we will begin our journey back to La Paz, stopping for a quick picnic lunch on one of the island's beautiful beaches. Late afternoon is also the best time to spot the jumping mobula rays, a local phenomenon here in La Paz.

The tour is eight hours in duration and includes

  • Wet-suits and snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch (vegetarian/vegan options), juices and water, snacks and fresh fruits.
  • In-water guide (Spanish/English)

  $110 per person. Price includes taxes. Group rates are available.