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Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Leave Cancun crowds behind for an all-day adventure tour to Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres aboard a high-speed catamaran. Discover an untouched paradise island that’s home to sandy white beaches, palm trees and an extraordinary population of migratory birds. Spend the day snorkeling along Isla Contoy’s thriving coral reef, where you’ll find bright tropical fish, swaying fans and sea stars, then go to shore at picturesque Isla Mujeres before returning to Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
  • Full-day catamaran trip to Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres
  • Have lunch on an uninhabited island
  • Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and drinks included
  • All equipment provided
Breakfast
Drinks (water, soft drinks and beers)
Life vest and snorkel equipment (snorkel tube is new)
Guided visit to the Island of Contoy
Shopping time in Isla Mujeres
$13 USD paid directly at the dock to maintain and preserve the National Park of the island
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Gratuities
Round trip hotel transfer Cancun $10 Playa del Carmen $15

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up service from all major hotels in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Riviera Maya

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Meet your guide at your Cancun or Playa del Carmen hotel, then head to the marina for a continental breakfast at the water’s edge. Board a high-speed catamaran for the trip up the coast to Isla Contoy—this is the perfect time to snap photos of Cancun from the water and to see the coast beyond the city.

You’ll find extraordinary biodiversity and wildlife on Isla Contoy, which has been a protected natural reserve since 1961, and a National Park since 1998. Find out why the tiny island — it’s just over 5 miles (8.5 km) in length — is considered the most important bird sanctuary on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Explore Contoy at your own pace, with free time to follow sandy trails across the tiny islet. Slip into the water to snorkel the bright coral reef, then relax over an outdoor buffet lunch with an open bar.

Pull up the anchor for a final stop at Isla Mujeres, a must-see stop on the Riviera Maya, then meet back at the catamaran for an early-evening return trip to Cancun/Playa del Carmen and your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 160 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cancun Vacation Experts

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 160 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The water was quite rough the day we went out, so some people were sick - if you tend to get sea sick, take gravol before you go on this." See review
  • "You don't get too much time there, so maximize it accordingly." See review

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So disappointed
kntmee
, Feb 2020
We were not told this was a high speed boat that would bounce and slam off the ocean waves. It has been a week and Im still in excruciating pain. Spoke with my back doctor and from all symptoms he is fearful I may need surgery (ruptured disc). Once arriving on the island we were told no snorkling (which was part of why we booked this overpriced trip). Also, while on this beautiful island, no sunblock. So we were there in the sun for many hours to burn. And no drinks on the beach. You must wait till lunch time and drink come or beer under the awning. We were given picnic benches but people moved our items and yelled/kicked us out of seats 2x and told us to sit elsewhere. So we then returned to the VERY over populated beach where 1/2 naked women flaunted around thinking it was their next playboy photoshoot opportunity. In a nutshell, we felt VERY disappointed and ripped off. We fell for the ad telling us it was an uninhabited peaceful tranquil island and we would be snorkeling off the 2nd largest reef in the world. None of that was true 😔 Wishing we would had taken pur usual catamaran trip and saved wasted $
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Needs work
Explorer06447415462
, Dec 2019
We had a big group. The shuttle was 45 minutes late picking us up from our hotel. They showed up with a van with 12 seats for our group of 13 people. Halfway to the port, they pulled over in a sketchy neighborhood and had us transfer to another van. At least the second one had 14 seats. Once we got to the dock, they wanted to rush us through the “breakfast” since we were late even though the only reason we were late was the delayed pick up. The breakfast was really just a light snack. We should’ve eaten at our resort. The snorkeling was ok. The Isla Contoy was beautiful and our tour guide, Alex, was fabulous. Lunch was good. Isla Mujeres was pretty much just tourist shopping. The trip back from the dock to our hotel took over an hour. Pretty sure they could’ve set it up with a pick up closer to our hotel since we were right near a pier with a water shuttle to Isla Mujeres. Overall I think they need some work on the communication and coordination.
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Not a great experience
funnysage
, Dec 2019
First of all I must say one thing, Alex and his team were very helpful and excellent. With whatever resources they had at their disposal, they performed very well. They handled the tour very well. The boat "Highlander" was super-fast. Ok this is where the good part ends. The pickup and drop-off service was good. However, due to the fact that we have to pick few more families on the way, there was no time to have so called “breakfast”. They are supposed to have a continental breakfast at the marina. The breakfast far from being continental. They are faking it. There were a few cookies, a bun cake and tea/coffee. All this was given to you. There are no fruits, bagels or donuts etc. Now comes the kicker, after this we have to do snorkeling, however this activity is like in the middle of the ocean. My kid who is a good swimmer could manage the currents and do something, but I’m not a swimmer I got completely overwhelmed with the concept of dropping the ocean and having to swim. Also from my daughter’s account she barely saw any fish. The concept of swimming in the ocean appealed to her more than seeing fish in the water. All this was done in a big hurry. After this we went to Isla Contoy. We landed on a jetty, and the beach where were placed is barely 500 meters long or so. That is only piece of land allowed by government for recreational use. There is not fresh water on the island. We cannot clean yourself. There are no beach chairs or anything. There is no shade, barely a few trees. Luckily for us weather was cloudy and windy so it helped. The food served is some salad, fish, chicken, some half prepared rice, couple of cookies (same ones served at the marina) as dessert and watermelon as fruit. The food gets prepared in an unhygienic place. Also there are crabs and iguanas to be worried about. But they do no harm humans. We spent quite a few hours on this beach. I got completely bored. After this we went to Isla Mujeres, this place has everything we need but guess what u have barely hour and half to go around. The irony of this whole tour is we spent max number of hours in a place without any facilities and very less time at a place where there are things to do. Bottom line is for close to $400/- it was not worth it. I will not recommend it. There is no point in spending time on Isla Contoy. There is nothing to do there except appreciate the fragile ecosystem.
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Didn’t meet my expectation
Kelsey J
, Dec 2019
This is a very long day. We left our hotel at 7:50 and did not return until the 7:45 at night. One hour transport there and at least an hour transport back. The crew onboard were very friendly. The instructions and tour was mainly in Spanish. So if your Spanish is not proficient I would not book. The first island stop was very pretty. The lunch served was ok. They fed you sams club dessert and I didn’t feel that it was very authentic food. The second island was very crowded and very busy. As for the snorkeling it is in deep water. The reef was pretty but we saw very little fish. The current is VERY strong and you must be a good swimmer to snorkel. Definitely not for children or adults who are not good swimmers. You must follow the guide through the reef and weren’t allowed to swim about on your own. The crew on the boat were excellent and very helpful. The experience did not meet what my expectation was for the day.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you very much for your feedback we will take measures to work on the points you mention need to be improved.
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star-5
Amazing tour
schneianna
, Dec 2019
Amazing island tour with such a great staff👍The food was also very good and tasty. My mom and I had a lot of fun. I recommend it for a 100%
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your Kind coments , We are really glad you and your mom enjoyed this amazing tour.
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The guys that do the tour are great...
Tiffany M
, Mar 2018
The guys that do the tour are great! They're really hospitable and make sure you always have a drink. The boat ride is pretty long at about 1-2 hours each way. The bird sanctuary was great, since we got to see some great wildlife up close. We saw hermit crabs by the lunch spot, an iguana about 2 feet away, the little jellyfish and the birds, of course. The lunch they cook is great! They have a buffet set up with fish and chicken. The beach on Isla Contoy is fantastic and pretty quiet since only 300 visitors are allowed each day. The guides split up for walking tours by your preferred language. That was great to get to walk around and learn more, especially after the long boat ride. The Isla Mujeres part was great too, since we were able to do some great shopping. We eventually found the Artisan District for better local crafts. You don't get too much time there, so maximize it accordingly. The boat itself is decent. It's not the nicest, but it's not terrible either. We liked the upstairs deck the most, which allowed the best 360 views. The crew does a great show at the end, which really deserves the tips they get. It's a better alternative than sleeping on the way back. They get people involved and dancing. I only wish it was a little nicer of a boat.
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Isla contoy was amazing! Quiet...
Judite K
, Mar 2018
Isla contoy was amazing! Quiet, beautiful water to swim in.
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Just perfect. Hightly reccomend it...
Marisa M
, Mar 2018
Just perfect. Hightly reccomend it. Amazing waters.
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Alexes, Joseph, Diego and Christian...
Patricia J
, Mar 2018
Alexes, Joseph, Diego and Christian did a wonderful, professional, yet fun snorkeling, island tour! Surf was high so we went to a more protective location. Visibility sos, a little shallow in one spot. Best fish lunch we had during our week stay in area!! Wish I remembered the spice Diego?!Thank u!
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The water was quite rough the day we...
Carola B
, Feb 2018
The water was quite rough the day we went out, so some people were sick - if you tend to get sea sick, take gravol before you go on this. Also, the snorkelling was not bad but we were rushed through the pre-defined route, and the people were running into each other because the some people were faster than others. A bit more space between groups and smaller groups maybe 5-6 would be better - less time on the beach and more time snorkelling! Also, becuase of the roughness of the water, it was quite cloudy -not the tours fault.... Then lunch was very good - especially the charcoal bbq'd chicken and fish. After the quite natural beauty of Contoy, the noisy commercialism of Isla Mujeres was a bit jarring - maybe even more so because it was carnival time and there was tons of loud music and people everywhere. I would have been happier to stay on Contoy for the whole day!
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