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Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

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Cruise on a comfortable vessel north of Cancun. On our way to Isla Contoy you will be able to admire Isla Mujeres which on the  way, the boat will stop here for an hour visit. The be prepared to soak up the beauty of Ixlache Reef and Isla Contoy. At Ixlache Reef, snorkel near coral, sea turtles, and fish of every color. Then join the privileged few allowed to visit Isla Contoy, a national park and wildlife refuge to various turtles and more than 150 species of birds. A certified guide takes you on a tour of the island, after which you have plenty of time to wander on a trail, visit a nesting lagoon or lounge on the beach. A continental breakfast and domestic open bar on the boat, along with a buffet lunch on the island, ensure you’ll have the energy to enjoy the day.
  • Stress-free excursion to Isla Contoy from Cancun 
  • A great experience for nature enthusiasts
  • Traveling with a guide means access to the best snorkel spots
  • Increase chances of observing rare wildlife on a guided tour 
  • Breakfast, lunch, an open bar, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included
What to Expect
Your tour begins with hotel pickup in the early morning, in order to arrive at the Scuba Cancun Marina in time for the 9:30am boat. On arrival, you’ll board your vessel and set sail on the Caribbean Sea. During the cruise, you’ll enjoy pastries and coffee. On arrival at one of the world’s largest coral reefs—second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—you’ll plunge into the transparent waters and observe multiple species of turtle and tropical fish alongside your guide. Back on the boat, you’ll head to Isla Contoy and take a guided tour of the island, visiting the lighthouse and a nesting lagoon while learning about the refuge’s natural biodiversity. During the return journey, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch and an open bar before you’re dropped back off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We do pick up from most of the hotels in Cancun and Riviera, if your hotel is not listed you can verify with our support team about meeting points near from your hotel.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
  • Breakfast - Continental breakfast
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Domestic open bar
  • Local guide
  • Use of snorkel gear
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Dock fee / park admission (US$12 per person)
  • Child life jackets not provided
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring biodegradable sunscreen. You can purchase it at your hotel shop, the Marina or the shop at Isla Cotoy
  • Note: If you choose the 'Tour with Transport' option, please specify your hotel upon booking
  • Child life jackets not provided
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 29 August 2019

From the description, I had expected a small boat tour of environmentally sensitive areas, with a knowledgeable guide or naturalist. What we got was a large boat (60 people or more), incessantly loud pop music, and an odd "summer camp/frat boy party" atmosphere. This is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank gretavollmer
Reviewed 13 July 2019

Note that I actually took this tour in May 2013 but TA doesn't allow a date that far back. This tour is not for folks that want to shop - there is none on this island. But this tour company is excellent. We found the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Gmomma35
Reviewed 29 March 2019

But the snorkeling was poor, with just a few corals and fish. Isla Contoy only had a few lizards, hernit crabs and frigate birds. But they made sure that you drank too much soyou didn't notice. The beach at Contoy was pretty...but that is the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MaxGar1990
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We had signed up because we were told you could snorkel off the beach( due to leg injury cant climb in and out of boat) but when we got to the trip we first went to Isla Muejuers (which was fine but was not told...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank llee32018
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Such a beautiful beach. We felt like we had the place all to ourselves. Snorkeling on the way there was amazing. Saw large barracuda , tons of large fish and purple coral. Lunch and drinks were great. Stopped at Isla Mujeres on the way back...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Arlaharris
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