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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Cancún: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Boat Tour with Snorkelling

4. 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 back to the boat and journey to Isla Mujeres, the bigger of the two islands. Walk around the Playa Norte and stop by some of the local souvenir stores to bring something nice back home. Finish the day cruising back as the sun begins to set, and then relax on the transfer back to your hotel.

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From Cancun: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Tour

5. 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.

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Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

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

7. 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 99 reviews

Simply a must! After initial skepticism when boarding the boat and leading into a Black Diamond shop on Isla Mujeres, all expectations were exceeded at the latest afterwards and it was a day that will be remembered for the rest of your life. The island of Contoy was gorgeous and there were hardly any tourists on the island. Lunch was very good and finally something local after the rest in Cancun was influenced by American standards. On the drive to the island a turtle could be seen and on the island next to the beach, which could also be a wallpaper on Google, many wild animals such as crabs and lizards were right around us at lunch. On the way back, the guides offered some animation in addition to free beer. Recommended to everyone and at least as much a must on the trip as Chichen Itza.

I do not recommend it from Bahia Principe or similar in km, it is 2 hours to Cancun, then a boat to Isla Mujeres to be only one hour, then 1.5 to Contoy to be 2 hours including food and another 3.5 or 4 hours back to the hotel. It's a beating for spending so little time in Contoy, I think that from Cancun it would be much better. In addition, the driver of the minibus ran a lot on very complicated roads, full of potholes, junctions and cars. Although the island of Contoy is beautiful and the guides are super professional and attentive.

Everything was excellent. I can recommend. The team was very attentive and the tour was professionally organized. The stop over in Isla Mujeres was maybe a little unnecessary, we had very little time (1 hour) and there was no program to follow. Many people didn't know where to go or what to do.

Contoy is amazing! A little paradise. The staff of the boat & the guide Ulisses are really great & happy to make you feel welcomed & at home! Ulisses is a very funny guy :)

That tour is a must! Staff are absolutely fantastic. Pepe, who was our guide, was very nice, friendly and commited to provide a good experience. I recommend.