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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.

Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

3. 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.

From Cancun: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Day Tour

4. 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.

From Riviera Maya: Day Tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres

5. 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.

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 Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Trip

7. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Trip

For all nature lovers and those who enjoy the beauty and quietness of an uninhabited Island; Contoy Island, been a natural protected area since 1961 and, due it’s biodiversity, a National Park since 1998. We have pick ups in every hotel in the Cancun area and also all along the Riviera Maya passing through Playa del Carmen and up to Bahia Principe hotel. As you arrived to our all new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry terminal for a fast check; coffee and Bread included. At 09:45 am after check in, we will board the boat and head into Isla Mujeres to visit downtown for one hour approx. Then we will navigate to Isla Contoy, before reaching the island we will snorkel at Ixlache reef which is located right infront of Contoy Island and it’s a part of Contoy’s National Park, or Meco reef, depends of weather conditions. Snorkeling gear is included, and the use of a Life vest is mandatory, you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. This activity will take 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, we will head to Isla Contoy. In the event of bad weather, we will do the snorkel activity right in the Island inlet or at el meco reef for security reasons. Once we disembark in Contoy, you will be able to enjoy it’s white sand beaches and the virgin and crystal clear waters where we can find from colorful fish to rays and birds flying. You can also do some sightseeing by foot, visit the museum and observatory on your own or with our specialized certified guides and know about flora and fauna species of the Island, or you can go to the birds lagoon, or you can choose to relax in the beautiful beach if you prefer not to go. Here we will have a Delicious lunch, sorrrounded by the beautiful nature that characterizes this amazing Island of the Mexican Caribbean. On the way back we will have entertainment on board by our staff.

Cancun: Contoy Island with Lunch and Open Bar

8. Cancun: Contoy Island with Lunch and Open Bar

Isla Contoy is a hidden gem. A well kept secret so close to the bustle of Cancun. It is a rare find in the Gulf of Mexico. Explore its incredible Marine Museum, hike the secluded nature trails through the mangroves, and observe the flora and fauna on Isla Contoy. This full-day tour also includes a stop at Isla Mujeres. This tour is perfect for nature lovers, relax on a virgin beach and discover the wonders of flora and fauna that inhabit it, this island is only inhabited by biologists and scientists who take care of it and only 200 people a day are allowed to visit.

Full Day Nature Expedition to Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres

9. Full Day Nature Expedition to Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres

Board our comfortable boats on an incredible voyage to the Caribbean islands of Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Your first stop is a guided snorkel tour of the beautiful Islache Reef where marine life abounds and visibility is almost endless. Next stop is the protected nature reserve Contoy Island which boasts an incredible array of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming and just relaxing Caribbean-style. From Contoy journey on to the famous Isla Mujeres where you will be allowed time to wander through its quaint streets, shop for handicrafts or just share a drink with the locals at any of the small bars on the island. This is a trip that has limited capacity as Contoy Island only allows a limited number of daily visitors. So book quickly if you want to enjoy this unique opportunity.

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

10. 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

4.5 / 5

based on 197 reviews

We had a great time. US Mujeres was very crowded but sitting on North beach made up for it. Isla Contoy was the highlight of the trip. We could have skipped Isla Mujeres and spent all our time there. Beautiful beach. The crew were excellent. They took care of everybody and had us all singing on the way home. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

Well organised trip to the island of Contoy. Trip leaders were extremely attentive and executed the trip with excellent precision. Lunch was fantastic and drinks were available all day. 100% would do again and recommend. It has been a highlight of the holiday.

The tour was excellent - Isla Contoy is not to be missed. A tropical paradise! So many animals, beautiful beach and clear waters. Not touristy at all as its a national park. Loved it!

It was a lovely day that we spent in both island. The crew was really nice and fun. We had so much fun, I raccomend this tour

Amazing staff. Great value value for money. Isla Contoy is absolutely beautiful!