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Contoy Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & 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. Begin 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 light breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. After breakfast and check-in, 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. Then, try snorkeling with your guide before boarding the ship and heading to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity on 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 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. Next, enjoy a lunch of Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, and salad, accompanied by your favorite drink with access to an open bar. Finally, enjoy free time on the beach before boarding the boat and heading to Isla Mujeres. Visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping, then head back to Cancun.

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.

From Cancun: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Day Tour

3. From Cancun: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Day Tour

Take a guided tour of Mexico's Caribbean coast with a day tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Tour two scenic islands and go snorkeling on the Mayan Riviera. Get picked up from your hotel in Cancun and start your tour with a visit to Isla Contoy. Enjoy the lush scenery in this national park that's known as a haven for migratory and native birds. Discover the diverse flora and fauna and dreamlike pristine beaches. Sail out just a few kilometers off Isla Contoy for some snorkeling (if the weather permits). Swim at the tip of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Next, head to Isla Mujeres, known for its craft market and amazing beaches. Have some time to explore the island before returning to Cancun.

Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

4. Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

Discover Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen or Cancun for a fantastic day of island life in the paradise of the Mexican Caribbean. Visit two gorgeous islands, each with their own unique vibe, snorkel the reef full of marine life, and enjoy maximum relaxation in this all-inclusive excursion for a day of fun in the sun. Set sail for adventure with an expert captain and crew dedicated to your safety and enjoyment of the journey. Navigate to the island of Isla Contoy, a deserted nature refuge of untouched beauty and home to hundreds of species of wildlife, a bird watcher’s dream come true. Along the way you’ll stop to do some snorkeling on the vibrant reef Embark on an Isla Contoy 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 with an open bar on the beautiful sandy beach. Relax under the palm trees and watch the birds fly by. Back on board your boat you will make your way to North Beach on Isla Mujeres for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the sea.

Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

5. Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

On this tour, you can either snorkel with white whales or view them from our boat. Measuring up to 46 feet (14 meters) and weighing up to 15 tons, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world. They are very docile creatures, eating only plankton and enjoy the interaction with the people who come to swim with them. Your tour starts in the morning between 06:00 AM to 07:00 AM. You will be picked-up from your hotel and take you to Punta Sam in Cancun. Here you will take a high-speed boat to the whale sharks. En route, you will be shown the abundant sea and bird life found at Isla Contoy. On a typical day, see a School of Wild Dolphins, Flocks of Flamingos, Stingrays, Ibis, Egrets, Pelicans and the rare "Chimay Birds.” In small groups, enter the water to swim among the whale sharks. You will be provided with full snorkel gear, masks, flippers and life vests.

From Cancun: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Tour

6. 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. On the way back to Cancun, enjoy a short visit to Isla Mujeres where you can take a walk in its downtown area. Included on your tour are a grilled lunch, round-trip transportation, and entrance fees.

From Riviera Maya: Day Tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres

7. From Riviera Maya: Day Tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres

Enjoy a day of visiting two stunning beach destinations departing from the Riviera Maya. These islands will make for great photo opportunities and a perfect Caribbean tan. First, you'll travel to Isla Contoy, a natural national park known to be a paradise and a sanctuary for migratory and native birds. Here, you’ll discover the diverse flora and fauna that calls this place home. Its dreamy beaches and the turquoise blue of the sea surround it, with a view to never forget. Afterward, you will head just a few kilometers off Isla Contoy, where you will snorkel at the tip of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Lastly, you'll visit Isla Mujeres, an amazing island renowned for the charm of its beautiful beaches and its crafts market.

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Contoy and Isla Mujeres island adventure, snorkel and fun

10. Contoy and Isla Mujeres island adventure, snorkel and fun

This tour offers you the opportunity to visit this beautiful and magical island, and enjoy a day in Isla Contoy, this is a protected Island that only welcomes a small number of people per day, walking in the white sand while having the most gorgeous views of the Caribe The first step of this incredible tour is the reef Ixhel which is our first point of snorkeling. After this, we’ll navigate to Contoy, where you'll enjoy a trip of exploration with our certified guide. You’ll have time to relax on the beach or to make a second snorkel on the shore. Later you will delight yourself with a delicious regional buffet meal. On our way back you will have the opportunity to visit Island Mujeres where you can walk and buy souvenirs. A tour filled with nature and adventure! Isla Contoy is truly a nature lovers' paradise, designated as a National Marine Park by the Mexican Conservation Authority in 1998, this virgin island located right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean is a hidden gem. A well-kept secret so very close to the hustle and bustle of Cancun. Our all-inclusive tour takes you to this unique island on a snorkeling and sightseeing expedition. Explore its lagoon, a must for all bird-watching lovers, and its secret passages with our certified guides, or just relax on its beautiful virgin beach, becoming one of the lucky 200 people allowed daily in this ecological reserve.

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What people are saying about Contoy Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Pretty well organized. Our driver picked us almost an hour late, no his fault. Other guests were late. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, but people were using sunscreen and insect repellent despite being told it was not allowed for ecological reasons. Though our experience was priceless, the habitat is more important than our experience. Perhaps this should not be open to tourism. The staff was great. Plenty of drinks in our way to the islands. The food was ok, nothing great. Contoy island is beautiful, isla mujeres is nice too. Amazing beach

Fantastic experience, isla contoy is a real paradise 40 minutes by boat from Cancun, the staff as well as kind and nice are extremely prepared and available for any need. Included in the price is transfer to and from the hotel, abundant breakfast, drinks throughout the day and lunch cooked directly on the island.

Incredible discovery that the island of Isla Contoy is paradise on earth. I recommend 100% Super organization, French guides, grilled fish meals, guacamole, etc. everything was perfect thank you

The excursion was interesting, can only recommend it. Only the snorkeling could be a bit longer.

Very well organized activities. It was really great!