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

Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour
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Tour snapshot
Stress-free excursion to Isla Contoy from Cancun 
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Isla Contoy is hailed as one of Mexico's most diverse natural biospheres. Travel to the island on a stress-free boat excursion from Cancun. Your guide knows the best places to snorkel on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, increasing your chance of observing wildlife such as sea turtles, living coral, and tropical fish. Plus, breakfast, lunch, an open bar, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included for a seamless experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • A great experience for nature enthusiasts
  • Traveling with a guide means access to the best snorkel spots
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A great experience for nature enthusiasts
  • Traveling with a guide means access to the best snorkel spots
  • 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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Call the number below and use the product code: 3206CONTOY
Important information
Inclusions
  • Continental breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Domestic open bar
  • Use of snorkel gear
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Dock fee / park admission (US$15 per person)
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Continental breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Domestic open bar
  • Use of snorkel gear
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Dock fee / park admission (US$15 per person)
Departure details
  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    La Amada
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Centro de Isla Mujeres
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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tinalaage3
Sunburg, MN4 contributions
Apr 2018
Jorge Arias & Ramon (chocolate) were out of this world. Besides the breathtaking views & activity, they really made it an amazing experience!
Written April 29, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gmomma35
New Braunfels, TX10 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
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 birds rather uneventful, but the snorkeling was great, the history is interesting (knowledgeable guides), the island/beach is beautiful and what a grand lunch we had! I'm considering taking this tour again when I go back to Cancun in Nov.as it is a very relaxing, fun tour. I'm glad to see it is still getting good reviews.
Written July 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

llee32018
Pittsford, NY35 contributions
Sep 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 about this and did not bring money to enjoy the shopping) for an hour and then to the snorkeling - off the boat - not at the beach. We stayed on board and enjoyed a few drinks but I really had wanted to snorkel. The Isla Contoy was a beautiful, untouched, unspoiled island. They grilled fish for our lunch and we had plenty of time to enjoy the georgeous beach. The few other boats left and we were the only group on the island at that location so had the entire place to ourselves. Wonderful place to go and water was very shallow so children could play safely if desired. Would do it again - this time knowing what to expect. The crew were very friendly and made great effort in explaining in all languages. Great time.
Written October 10, 2018
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Arlaharris
Riverdale, UT66 contributions
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 for some shopping. Had a great day!
Written May 10, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gretavollmer
Cancun, Mexico7 contributions
Aug 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 an "eco" tour only in the sense that they adhere to the established guidelines for Isla Contoy, which is a protected area (and quite beautiful, indeed!) The snorkeling was very poor; no fish in sight and the reef is clearly in distress. On the boat, non-stop drinking, tequila shots, "dancing", silly games...to be fair, many people seemed to be having a good time. The crew was hard-working and pleasant; however, I found the "dance for the tourists" segments degrading (for them). Overall, not what I expected, nor what I had hoped for.
Written August 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Don Maxwell
1 contribution
Jan 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 only thing that I could say was good about this trip...
Written March 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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