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  • Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 09:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide (one for every 10 people). This activity will last around 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Conto...

    Fantastic. Need more times in Isla Mujeres instead of In Isla Contoy. Hope this will changed for future travelers.

  • From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

    2. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

    Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have som...

    This day trip was simply AMAGING!!we started from tulum early in the morning and went to the harbor where we had a small lunch.Our driver Diego was really good.First,we visited isla mujeres where we had free time for a bit more that 1.5hours so we went for a swimm and to walk around the small shops.Afterwards we went to isla contoi where we stayed for about 3 hours.Isla Contoy is trully a paradise on earth!The boats come and go ,so every time a group arrives,another one leaves and there are only a few people on the island each time.The scenery is breathtaking and unique. We also had a 30mins guided tour of the island with our tour guide Carlos and he was so informative.Carlos was very enthusiastic about his job and you can tell he enjoys it!Our group of greeks had a really great time with him,we definitely recommend him!Finally,we got back to the harbor in the afternoon after we got through a summer storm during our way back,which was part of the fun!You shouldn't miss it!!

  • From Cancun: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Tour

    3. From Cancun: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Tour

    On this tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity be one of the 200 tourists allowed to visit Isla Contoy each day. Due to Mexican regulations enacted to protect this island, visitor numbers have been strictly limited. Set sail from Cancun and enjoy this special place that boasts white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and a great diversity of sea life including marine turtles, manta rays, and dolphins. You’ll have an unforgettable experience on this activity. Starting with an early morning pick-up, you'll travel to the marina in Cancun. Board your boat and set off for Isla Contoy. It usually takes around 45 minutes to reach the island, but the exact duration depends on weather conditions. Spend the day on the island and soak up its atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Stroll along the white sand beaches, go for a swim in crystal-clear water, or simply kick back and relax on the beach...

  • Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

    4. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

    Hop on a boat and head for Contoy Island, home to the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. After a close encounter with these creatures, head for the beach to relax or snorkel. Start your adventure at the marina in Cancun with some coffee and bread. Receive a safety briefing from the crew and board your boat. Life vests and full snorkeling gear will be provided to ensure you have the safest and best experience. Enjoy the boat trip out to Contoy Island, then get ready to jump in and swim with the sharks. Savour the experience of swimming with these incredible creatures. There will be 2 to 3 immersions per person, always with 2 people and the guide in the water at any one time. After swimming with the sharks, enjoy a stop at Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres. Either relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Enjoy some soft drinks and snacks, before heading back by boa...

  • Cancún: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Boat Tour with Snorkelling

    5. Cancún: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Boat Tour with Snorkelling

    Start this fun-filled tour with complimentary pickup from your hotel on a comfortable bus, and then head towards the marina to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast before embarking on your boat trip at the dock. Glide across the stunning crystal clear waters, then make a splash as you snorkel on the reef just off the coast of Contoy Island and marvel at the beautiful marine life that surrounds you. Then visit the island’s nature reserve and enjoy a guided tour of the sand dunes, salty water lagoons, mangroves, as well as an incredible natural infinity pool. The island is a true heaven on earth with an amazing variety of flora and fauna that will make you feel as though you are walking through paradise. Enjoy a stop for lunch, served on a traditional palapa, and taste some traditional delicacies including Tikin Xic or locally grilled chicken. After enjoying some leisure time, head ba...

  • Cancun/Playa del Carmen: 6-Hour Private Whale Shark Tour

    6. Cancun/Playa del Carmen: 6-Hour Private Whale Shark Tour

    Embark on a once in a lifetime adventure to swim with amazing whale sharks. Benefit from a private small group experience for you and your group of friends or family.  Start your tour with an early morning pickup from your accommodation. Then, navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Your boat will leave before the public boats to ensure an intimate setting with fewer people. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Be amazed by the whale sharks, also observing manta rays, dolphins, and turtles.  After the main event, you can choose to either relax at the beautiful beach in Isla Mujeres, where the Captain will prepare his famous fresh fish ceviche or keep snorkeling in a nearby reef exploring its colorful fish and diverse marine life. Return to Cancun where the transportation will take you back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Contoy Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 147 reviews

This day trip was simply AMAGING!!we started from tulum early in the morning and went to the harbor where we had a small lunch.Our driver Diego was really good.First,we visited isla mujeres where we had free time for a bit more that 1.5hours so we went for a swimm and to walk around the small shops.Afterwards we went to isla contoi where we stayed for about 3 hours.Isla Contoy is trully a paradise on earth!The boats come and go ,so every time a group arrives,another one leaves and there are only a few people on the island each time.The scenery is breathtaking and unique. We also had a 30mins guided tour of the island with our tour guide Carlos and he was so informative.Carlos was very enthusiastic about his job and you can tell he enjoys it!Our group of greeks had a really great time with him,we definitely recommend him!Finally,we got back to the harbor in the afternoon after we got through a summer storm during our way back,which was part of the fun!You shouldn't miss it!!

very enjoyable outing to Cantoy and Isla Mujeres. Pleasant trip in boat, idyllic visit to Cantoy, although being keen on birdwatching, I found the limited access to the interior a bit frustrating. Mujeres was a complete contrast, busy, vibrant and seemed a bit 'in your face" after Contoy. Guides excrllent attentive and full of joie de vivre. A great day out.

YOU CANT MISS THIS TOUR!! The most beautiful beaches and such a good tour guy and staff on the ship. Everything was amazing. Lunch was really good and free beer too :)))))

Very satisfied.The very good guide and the captain hawkeye !! He knew the right time to dive and be face to face with the Bravi whale shark

The staff was amazing and they do everything to make you enjoy.