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

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karina_marschall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Great day! Super friendly staff and the most exotic and private little island getaway. We saw turtles from the boat, we say rays, a flamingo flying over and a tiny reef shark. Just a tip - no sunscreen allowed on the island so bring a hat and cover up as much as possible.

Sebastian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

The trip is about from 9 AM to 5 PM. First we have been taken to a wonderful place for snorkeling, then we stayed half an hour at Isla Mujeres and finally 3 hours in Isla Contoy, which is wonderful. Take into account that snorkeling is from the boat. In isla Contoy there is a magnificent natural beach and also a guided small tour of the island, where you can see frigates from really close. Breakfast was normal fruit and a brioche, lunch was great buffet with roasted fish, rice, vegetables, nachos, pico de gallo, chicken and other options, free bar all the time, with water, juices, beer, tequila and pina colada.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Paradise Island, fantastic snorkelling, open bar and an amazing crew made this trip one of the most memorable! Highly recommend this tour to everyone, the beaches on Contoy are breathtaking and the wildlife is rich and diverse making it extra special.

Thank you, we will be back in the future :)

Jordan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Our Captain was Himal and our guide is Alexis E Castillo. In total there were about 25 of us in the tour with about half Spanish speakers and half English speakers. The crew was very friendly during the entire trip and seems like they enjoyed the tour themselves . Free flow alcohol the entire trip. Snorkeling was very fun and Isla Contoy was just amazing. We did stop by Isla Mujeres on our way back for about an hour, which to us was a bonus.

Breakfast was provided when we were waiting for the boat and we had a lunch buffet prepared by the crew on Isla Contoy. The buffet was delicious. My only suggestion would be to come up with a solution for the mosquito situation, as I believe we were not allowed to bring repellent to the island and there was indeed quite a lot of mosquito.

I would rate 5/5 with our experience with Alexis and the crew and would recommend family, young couple to join this tour!

Camille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Tour started with ~20 min snorkelling off Cancun, we saw lots of colourful fish. Isla Contoy is so beautiful, not many people there so it felt like paradise. Beautiful island. We had lunch and chilled on the beach before heading to Isla Mujeres for 1h and then back to Cancun.

Carolyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

We would highly recommend this tour!! Amazing tour guides, incredible lunch buffet on the beautiful Island of Contoy, snorkeling, white sandy beaches - all made for a perfect day in 'Paradise'!! We would definitely do this tour again!!

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

EXCELLENT.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

What a beautiful island. The boat ride was enjoyable and the stop for snorkeling was fabulous. We saw lots of coral, fish and sea life. The island was quiet and the tour to the other side was interesting. Lunch was delicious! The crew were attentive to everyone's needs and we had a wonderful relaxing afternoon on the beach and enjoying the shallow water. The departure location was easily reached from our hotel in the hotel zone via the local bus. I've already recommended this to friends returning later this month and I'll probably book this again on my next trip to Cancun.

Katherine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Awesome and great fun! A good mix of education about the island and wildlife and fun on the boat. The food was quite good! There was some confusion as to where we were supposed to meet the tour, but the staff called the owner who personally picked us up and delivered us to the dock. Excellence all around!

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Excellent day trip. Really enjoyed the island. The snorkeling was okay but not great, however the island part of the trip more than made up for it. The tour guide and the crew were wonderful. Very hospitable and knowledgeable. What a great day!

Victor H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The tur guide was exceptional and even though we were the only people to speak English he kept us well informed by repeating first in Spanish then in English. The food was great and the snorkeling was a highlight! Dr, Victor and Beverlee Hawkins, Carmichael, CA

mclellan91

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

I recommend this Isla Contoy tour to healthy/active adults and mature/older children interested in nature and wildlife. I'd love to do it again. Isla Contoy hosts a huge breeding population of Magnificant Frigatebirds juveniles were mostly grown by late October. From the observation tower I also saw a Roseate Spoonbill and a crocodile while using 10x50 binoculars and 30x optical-zoom camera. A scope and higher zoom lens would've been very useful. Isla Contoy is literally crawling with hermit crabs and many iguanas. Visiting the mangroves requires serious protection from massive swarms of mosquitos, but it's a good opportunity to see more wildlife.

This is not a casual or luxury tour expect camping conditions throughout. The snorkeling segment requires decent swimming skills. The island tour includes a fast, challenging walk up a sandy/rocky path. Isla Contoy has no fresh water of any kind. Tour groups bring their own cooking/drinking water. The latrines are only accessible by steep wooden stairs.

Listen carefully and move quickly to keep up with your guide. There isn't much time to dawdle or examine details. As a wildlife enthusiast, the time limits were the most difficult aspect for me. I would like to return to see more.

It's essential to confirm your tour 24 hours ahead. Stormy weather postponed my Saturday tour to Tuesday. We couldn't visit Ixlache reef because of rough water instead we stopped closer to Isla Mujeres. Autumn weather often includes afternoon rain I regretted not bringing my poncho. The boat is mostly open, so only bring items that can either get wet or are carefully protected from water damage. Bring your own towels.

Vegetarians and those with special dietary needs must bring their own food. Breakfast was boxed juice, a container of coffee and a bowl of pastries. Drinks offered later were bottle water, juice, soda, rum and tequila. Lunch was communal with other tour groups. Hermit crabs and iguanas provided our dining entertainment.

marc m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Had a great time, the boat staff was great, laid back with snorkeling and beer on the way back, what's not to love.

Patricia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This is an awesome tour. Everyone on the boat from the boat captain to his assistants were very nice. The crew took really good care of everyone. The food was delicious. Make sure to take a good repellent as their a lot of mosquitoes. Beach is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this tour.

AMY P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The local tour guides were extremely pleasant and helpful. Very relaxing tour, definitely recommended!

M S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Awesome trip this is an all day adventure ... The boat ride is about an hour before we got to the snorkeling spot not a lot fish to see but it was a lot fun after about an hour we headed over to go contoy island this place is a national
Park beautiful beach and a grand a relaxation spot great times!

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