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Travel to Isla Contoy and Ixlache Reef aboard a comfortable boat on this full-day trip from Cancun. Snorkel on the reef amongst tropical fish, vibrant coral and sea turtles. Stop at Isla Contoy, a wildlife refuge and national park that protects 150 species of birds and several types of sea turtles. Take a tour of the island with a certified guide, then visit a nesting site and lounge on the pristine island's beach. Enjoy breakfast and an open bar aboard the boat, as well as a lunch buffet on the island.


  • Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef, followed by a guided tour and free time on Contoy Island, from Cancun
  • Begin your day with a continental breakfast on the boat ride to Ixlache Reef
  • Witness marine life wonders at Ixlache Reef, including coral, a variety of fish, spiny lobster and queen conch
  • Enjoy a domestic open bar on the boat, which includes rum, tequila, vodka, beer, juice and water
  • Learn from a certified expert guide about Isla Contoy, a wildlife refuge for birds, sea turtles and other species
  • Choose one of several walking trails or lounge on the white-sand beaches of Isla Contoy
  • Feast on a buffet lunch with beer and soft drinks on the island
  • Snorkeling gear and safety briefing included

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What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy the ride to Isla Contoy aboard a comfortable vessel!

Arrive at the Scuba Cancun Marina on Kukulcan Avenue at 8:30am to catch your 9am boat. Enjoy breakfast onboard while being transported to Ixlache Reef. During this 90-minute ride, munch a pastry or sip some coffee while the tropical breeze and sun warm your skin. 
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef system in the world, is blessed with clear, shallow water (about 9 feet or 3 meters deep) and abundant wildlife. After a safety briefing from your guide, don the provided snorkel equipment and jump in. Be sure to apply your biodegradable sunscreen, which protects the reefs and your skin. Most hotels in the area sell this type of sunscreen. Look for sea turtles, schools of tropical fish, vibrant living coral and conchs scuttling along the ocean floor. 
After an hour of snorkeling time, climb back on the boat and head for Isla Contoy (Contoy Island.) Only 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, this tiny island is boasts 150 species of birds like the majestic frigate, the double-crested cormorant and the brown pelican. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles and loggerhead turtles use the beaches on the island as nesting grounds to hatch their young. Because the island is protected, it only allows a certain number of visitors per day, and only from specific tour companies. 
Take a 45-minute tour of the island with a certified guide, learning about conservation efforts and the island's unique biodiversity. After the tour, visit the island's lighthouse, the nature museum or the nesting lagoon. Relax on the beach before a buffet lunch is served, including beer and soft drinks. 
Finish your full-day island adventure when you arrive back at Scuba Cancun Marina around 5pm.

Customer Reviews

Frank D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Weather was less than desirable for snorkeling but the crew made the best of it and when getting to the Island they had a meal for us that was excellent...what a surprise! Very friendly!

Lynda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Crew on the boat was excellent personable and interested in needs of their guests. Delivered everything they promised. Went snorkeling, visited Isla Contoy with its amazing wildlife and they cooked an excellent lunch.

Juan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

amazing island , great crew, delicious buffet and arelaxing time.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful experience so many fish and so many colors a must for the avid snorkeler!

Kat W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Beautiful Place...glad we went!

mario h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is flat-out the best excursion I have ever had in Cancun. The guides were extremely nice and knowledgeable. They kept the boat ride entertaining and fun. The reef where you snorkel is out of this world. Beautiful plants and marine life everywhere. Saw all kinds of fish, some turtles and a sting ray. It was amazing. After 20 minutes or so you head to the Island where the drinks and food start flowing. The island is beautiful. Due to the low number of people allowed on it, its not hard to find a little piece of the island to call your own. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and am planning to do it again when I go back to Cancun.

Miguel Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful atmosphere the crew was welcoming, energetic, informative and had your needs in their best interest. It was an awesome tour and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Heather P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour itself was amazing. My only recommendation is to check the conditions before you book the tour. It rained a lot for the 3 weeks prior to our visit so Isla Contoy was infested with mosquitos. Evem with 4 different types of repellent, we were still covered with bites and it ruined it for us.

Jane C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was some of the best snorkeling we have had in the Caribbean. We saw a turtle resting in thereef, a nerf shark, some porpoises playing, and some beautiful purple fan coral. We were rained out several days, but we got to go on a beautiful day later. The food at the island was terrific, with some of the best Amberjack fish I have ever tasted.

chelsea f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


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