- 8 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Contoy is a magical island, especially for ecotourism lovers. This protected island combines a magnificent boat cruise through the beautiful turquoise Mexican Caribbean sea and discovering this island, whose only inhabitants are thousands of different birds and animal species, in a habitat full of mangroves and a beautiful beach.
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Round Trip transportation from hotel or meeting point
- Boat Round-trip to Contoy
- Breakfast - Continental breakfast
- Lunch & drinks
- Snorkel Tour (weather permitting)
- Ecology tax (5 USD)
- Dock fee (5 USD)
Cancun's Dock or hotel pick up
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
You will sail for about an hour through the wonderful waters of the Caribbean until you reach the reef at Isla Contoy, carefully protected by Semarnat, responsible for protecting and safeguarding the wonders of Contoy. Once you finish the journey, you will arrive to Isla Contoy where marine biologists will teach and delight you with a magnificent explanation about the fauna and flora that inhabit this place, known also as Bird Island.
Enjoy a delicious grilled fish for lunch, part of that morning’s catch freshly brought to you by fishermen from the nearest island. As you explore the island and swim in its pristine waters, you’ll feel what it would be like to spend time on a deserted island paradise, far from land and where you are a part of nature.
Manta rays will swim right up to you along the beach in the hopes of getting fed. Contoy Island is a wonderful place for bird watchers as well–bring your binoculars! On the way back you will go to Isla Mujeres to enjoy a little island shopping in their picturesque “downtown” area.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- The following are recommended:
- To wear a hat
- Bring and use Biodegradable sunblock
- Wear a swimsuit
- Bring a towel
- Bring a water-resistant camera
- Bring cash for tips, Semarnat fee, and dock fee.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We thought from the description and title that we combine two things we like to do. From the description one would expect more than 15 minutes to see nesting Frigate Birds. We were also told that access to most of the island was restricted and that there was an age limit for snorkeling. So the whole trip was a complete waste of time. If you go for snorkeling and are under 60 this might be a great tour. But don't expect any bird watching.
We started the day being picked up in an air-conditioned van and delivered to the port. There was a small selection of free breakfast items there, such as fruit, croissants, and juice. Be aware that you will have to pay 10 cash per person or the equivalent in pesos at the port that is not included in your tour package price. After we boarded the boat and got under way, the crew did introductions and we all signed a log so that we could visit Isla Contoy. They did announcements in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. We were given snorkeling instructions as we cruised out to the reef. Only strong swimmers were allowed to swim out to the reef because it is quite a distance and the currents are strong. However, for the rest of us we were able to swim and snorkel around the boat and see plenty of fish. Everyone was required to wear a life jacket around their waist. Back on the boat, we took the boat trip to Isla Contoy which I believe was about 45 minutes. The crew offered us lots of alcoholic beverages as well as water and soda. If you like to drink, there was a lot of alcohol available throughout the trip. Isla Contoy was unbelievably gorgeous and they limit the number of people allowed on the island. There were only about 50 of us there. We had about an hour and a half to swim or explore the island before lunch. I brought my own mask and snorkel with me and saw several barracuda and a sting ray. The water was so clear you could also see the fish from shore or on the pier. Lunch was fantastic and included fish, chicken, and yummy sides. It was one of our favorite meals on vacation. After lunch, you could either take a guided tour or return to the beach to swim. There were also plenty of palm trees if you preferred a nap in the shade. The guide, Alexis, was very knowledgeable about the island and the wildlife there. He was able to answer all of our questions and kept the tour interesting. I think we were on the island for about 4 hours. We chose to change into regular clothes before we left. There is no water on the island, but the crew washed our feet off as we got back on the boat. We then took another 45 minute boat ride to the island of Isla Mujeres. I wasn't too excited about that, but if you are looking for a safe place to shop other given the travel warnings, then this is your opportunity. We spent an hour there, which gave us time to walk around a bit and get some ice cream. The boat trip back to Cancun was a great time as the crew dressed in costumes and danced to music the whole way. They were amazing and we decided to tip them 10 from each of us because they worked so hard. I would definitely recommend this tour!
The crew of the ship was a hoot and just great with there talent and attention. The nature guides were also quite good. The snorkeling bit was much too chaotic and rushed for me and I chose not to participate. Contoy Island was beautiful in all ways. The contrast of Isla Mujeres was stark to say the least.
The guides and boat crew were fantastic. They were very entertaining while being efficient with drinks and lunch was excellent. Lots of excellent info given with ample time to lay back on the beautiful private beach and have a siesta after lunch. Beautiful island to observe the wildlife. Saw many birds, lizards, hermit crabs and a beautiful snake. Definitely recommend this to any nature lover. Then visited beautiful but busy Isla Mujeres with time to shop and have a cafe latte.