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Tiburón Ballena

Quintana Roo

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About Tiburón Ballena

Tiburón Ballena Biosphere Reserve.  This area was established to protect the aggregations of whale sharks that occur north of the Yucatan Peninsula, which are a world-class att...

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How to get there?

  • Most important locality

    Isla Mujeres at 40 Km
    Kantunilkín at 50 Km.

  • Airport

    Cancun International Airport, Quintana Roo

References and Transportation
  • Ways to get there

    Via the free highway to Cancún Kantunilkín to Chiquilá in 140 Km (2 hours); from the city of Mérida Yucatán via the free highway 180 to Canc...

  • Transportation facilities

    Public transportation. Collective transportation by van from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, private vehicles arriving at the port of Chiquilá....

  • Mobility within the protected area

    Visits to the Protected Area are by small boats (lancha), which can be hired on Holbox Island and Isla Mujeres.

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  • Schedules

    Every day from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Overnight stay at Holbox Island.

  • Entrance fee

    $108.66 MXN

  • Average weather in the area

    Hot. Cold in December and January.

Tiburón Ballena in Mexico

Activities and recommendations



  • The recommended months to visit are from April to September.
  • Light and comfortable clothing and a bathing suit are recommended.


Services within the PA

As it is a 100% marine area, there is no infrastructure, all services are located on the island of Holbox and Isla Mujeres.

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Lodging near the PA

Camping areas

Food service near the PA

Cheap restaurants
Fast food

Available services in the nearest locality to the PA

Bank ATMs
Market / Super Market
Transportation services

Nearest locality to the PA

Isla Mujeres at 40 Km
Kantunilkín at 50 Km.

Admission fee

Protected Area entrance fee

$108.66 MXN Entrance prices per person, per day, as collection of rights.

Senior citizens, pensioned and retired persons, disabled persons, and minors under 12 years of age will be exempt from the payment of fees, whose status will be accredited once they enter the Protected Area, if applicable, with the corresponding valid credential. A 50% discount will be applied to students and teachers with a valid credential, which must be presented upon entering the Protected Area.

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Interesting facts

It is in this area where you find the highest concentration of whale sharks in Mexico, therefore it is a strategic place for their protectio...

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Swimming and whale shark watching, visit to Cabo Catoche fishing refuge, snorkeling in Los Cuevones reef.

Representative species of PA

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa...

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You can see more representative species of Tiburón Ballena on the web site

Go to the Naturalista web site

Visitor regulations

Follow these indications to conserve the Protected Area

1. Do not introduce plastics
2. Do not introduce domestic animals and exotic fauna.
3. To contract services from authorized servi...

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  • PA office address

    Calle Palomino, No. 225, entre Av. Damero y Av. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Altos Edificio SEMARNAT, Isla de Holbox, Q. Roo

  • Phone

    +52 (984) 8752191

  • Email


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Gobierno de México
Medio Ambiente