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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

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. 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 9:45 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. This activity will last around 45 minutes. After snorkeling, 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.  Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and the lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. At lunchtime enjoy Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, salad, accompanied with your favorite drink. Once lunch is over, have more free time on the beach. Board the boat and head to Isla Mujeres, where there will be free time to visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping. After Isla Mujeres, head back to Cancun, arriving at the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal around 6:00 PM.

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 some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

3. Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on a full-day tour to the islands of Contoy and Mujeres off the coast of Playa del Carmen. Benefit from early morning pick-up from your hotel before traveling by speedboat to the tiny island of Isla Contoy. Upon arrival, marvel at the coral formations and colorful fish during a 30-minute snorkeling activity. Then, embark on an ecological tour of the island and admire the natural beauty of the nature reserve up close. Next, choose from several optional activities, including a 30-minute hike or a visit to the local museum. Get stunning views from an amazing viewpoint or look for some of the 140 different bird species that live on the island.   Enjoy lunch on a beautiful sandy beach, and then make your way to North Beach on Isla Mujeres for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the sea.  

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 boat to the marina at Cancun.

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Entrance to Contoy Island is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

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What people are saying about Contoy Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 168 reviews

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars. Pick-up and drop-off directly at the hotel. Guides were super nice and humorous. Great atmosphere on the boat and especially the island of Contoy was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life! Definitely a recommendation

Trip to the top! Very nice guides and good atmosphere! Beware of sunburn, sunscreen prohibited on isla contoy. Only downside too little free time in islas mujeres. Test the massages on the awesome place!

The best boat experience ever! I had so much fun. The crew was very detailed and very caring. Jesus was the best. I totally suggest it.

Contoy Island is spectacular. A must in Mexico. The crew helped make the day round. Unforgetable experience.

I found the team and the tears very good, would go again