Dreaming of a desert island in the Caribbean? Wanting to get away from the golf carts and hustle and bustle of Isla Mujeres for a day?… Well, why not discover the gorgeous white sands and crystal clear waters of the uninhabited and magical Mexican island of Isla Contoy? The National Park and beautiful island of Isla Contoy will take your breath away with its gorgeous, natural setting, wildlife and magnificently pristine beaches. If you’re a nature lover this day trip will be the highlight of your visit to Isla Mujeres.
Located 30km north of Isla Mujeres, this nature lover’s paradise is home to over 150 different species of birds, it is an important nesting site for seabirds here in Mexico’s Caribbean. The surrounding, crystal clear waters of the island are also home to an abundance of beautiful underwater life.
Just south of Isla Contoy is Ixlache Reef, located at the beginning of the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the second largest coral reef in the world. Due to efforts to preserve this stunningly natural area and the island, the National Park of Isla Contoy only allows a total of 200 people to visit per day, which means that you will need to book this trip in advance.
On the morning of your trip you will meet your certified guide and crew, as well as others on your boat (unless you’re taking a private group trip). You will then enjoy a relaxing and gorgeous boat ride… be sure to keep your eyes open for dolphins and turtles that can be seen sometimes on this route. On the way to Isla Contoy, if the weather permits it, you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the stunning Ixlache Reef, where you may be able to see beautiful coral and brightly colored fish such as parrotfish and angelfish, and possibly even some turtles.
When you arrive at the island you will have some time before lunch to go on a guided tour, and walk around the museum, and after lunch to explore the incomparable beaches, spot birds and swim in the shallow, clear waters. The lunch is enjoyed on the beach, with wonderful surroundings, and includes chicken, fish, and sides such as pasta, rice and salad.
Once your time on Isla Contoy is over, you will enjoy another relaxing boat ride back, with incredible memories of your day in paradise.
ISLA CONTOY ISLAND TOUR - 8HRS
Make your trip to Isla Mujeres even more magical and memorable with an incredible day trip to Isla Contoy. Take a boat trip to this National Park, snorkel, explore, enjoy lunch and indulge in this beautiful island and its stunning beaches, with a knowledgeable and bi-lingual guide and crew.
SEASON: All year around
CAPACITY: Limit of 200 people on the island a day.
DURATION: Approx 8 hours
SERVICE: Everyday 9 AM
FOOD: Appetizers and Lunch
BEVERAGES: Water, Sodas and Beers
LOCATION: Isla Contoy, Mexico
SNORKEL - Private (up to 6 people)
A private tour option is available for you and your friends or family, there is a maximum capacity of 12 people for a private snorkel trip!
The cost of a private trip is $350 USD for 1 – 6 people. After 6 people there is an extra cost per person, which is an additional $60 USD per person.
SEASON: All Year
CAPACITY: 6 Guest (6+ pay extra)
DURATION: Approx 4 hours
SERVICE: Everyday 7:00AM
FOOD: Tikin-Xic Style Fish Available
BEVERAGES: Waters & Soda
LOCATION: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
MEET UP: DC Explorer Office
INFO SNORKEL TOUR
What is included
Mask and Snorkel
The bilingual and knowledgeable guide and crew are there to take you to Contoy, snorkel with you, and take you on a guided tour on Isla Contoy, as well as prepare your lunch.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING?
Wear your bathing suit
Bring a towel
A long sleeved shirt or a rashguard for the areas where sunscreen is not allowed
- Frequently Asked Questions -
Q. How long is the ride from Isla Mujeres to the first snorkel spot?
A. The first snorkel spot is close to the place where we leaving from we can be there in 10 minutes. The furthest snorkel spot is a maximum 40 minutes ride with the boat. It all depends on the water conditions.
Q. Do we have space to leave our bag on the boat?
A. There is storage on the boat to leave your luggage. We do recommend only taking whatever you going to need for the trip.
Q. What is there to see on this snorkel trip?
A. There are lots of colorful fish, you will see the statues in the underwater museum and if you are lucky you can see Turtles, StingRays, Lobsters, Octopus and other underwater life.
Q. How much of an experienced swimmer you need to be in order to take this snorkel trip?
A. You don't need to be an experienced swimmer. You will have to wear a lifejacket (mandatory) and the guide always has a bouy where you can hang on and he or she can take you around. The snorkel spots are very easy and beautiful.