Playa del Carmen

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

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Combo Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres

From USD 141.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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
  • Round trip transportation from Cancun and Playa del Carmen Hotels
  • $20 USD paid directly at the dock to maintain and preserve the National Park of the island
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation from Tulum Area ($50 per person. Minimum 2.Meeting point San Francisco de Asis Store)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:30 am

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult to make the snorkel activity and a disclaimer must be signed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 160 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Fantastic experience! The guides were super helpful, knowledgeable and kept the drinks flowing. They made the entire experience very fun 😁Would highly recommend and already want to come back!


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Paradise trip!
Jack_T, June 2023
Most amazing trip to the islands. The staff were unbelievable who made this trip and coming back from Contoy with drinks and music was the best experience! Staff really make this trip. Would recommend to anyone
Response from Host, June 2023
We would like to thank you for choosing our company as your host on your recent tour in our destination. It was a pleasure having you and we appreciate that you have taken the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor
The best excursion experience!
Kyle_L, June 2023
Fantastic experience! The guides were super helpful, knowledgeable and kept the drinks flowing. They made the entire experience very fun 😁Would highly recommend and already want to come back!
Response from Host, June 2023
Thank you for your comments we are glad to see you enjoy the experience. We truly hope you can allow us to host you again in the future so we can offer you the remarkable experience you deserve.
The trip was great both...
Fabiola_L, May 2022
The trip was great both isla contoy and isla mujeres are beautiful places to go and have a wonderful time
Beautiful islands
Olga_F, Feb 2022
Beautiful trip. The crew did great job. Snorkeling unfortunately wasn’t productive at all. I would love to have more information about islands during the trip and I would not call breakfast, breakfast (more like a fast snack). I enjoyed my time!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thank you olga for taking the time to leave us a review, we will use your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time.
Natalie_H, Nov 2021
The staff is very nice. Isla Mujeres is beautiful but we didn’t get a chance to stay there very long. The day that we went to Isla controy it was windy so the water did not look as clear or calm there was a lot of mosquitoes on the island so it’s very good to bring repellent. The shuttle was a little late to pick us up after the tour and me and my family got a lot of mosquito bites in the parking lot. It’s a very good idea to bring repellent and a towel on the story. Wearing a hat is good but make sure it does not fly off of your head on the boat.
Amazing amazing amazing excursion
Zhuldyz_A, Apr 2021
The trip to Isla Contoy was a great experience. I really don't understand the negative comments. The crew was amazing (especially the guide Moiseus), the program was well organized. We were provided by thé refreshing drinks (sorts, beer, cocktails) all day long. The breakfast and lunch were delicious : especially the lunch on Isla Contoy. We took a fish and were not disappointed. Isla Contoy is magical place, it is absolutely worth to go there. Also, i would like to tell you that the Covid mesures are very well respected. That was one of my best excursions si far
Lots of boat time - not the one in the picture
Catherine_D, Jan 2021
You spend a LOT of time on the boat getting to and from Isla Contoy - which would be great if you were on the lovely catamaran in the photo advertising this trip. But you aren’t. You are on a big, ugly, uncomfortable tourist boat (which is technically a catamaran) with hard plastic seats. Isla Contoy is beautiful, but for us not worth the long, uncomfortable ride. Lunch here was nice but nothing to write home about. Isla Mujeres is a TOTAL tourist trap now - if that’s your thing, you’ll love it, but it’s not our thing. We did have an amazing snack and drink on the beach though (on us, not included) once we worked out that “meandering the town” was really just fending off vendors selling the usual tourist crap. The Contoy Adventures team were awesome - THEY get five stars. Personable, entertaining, kept our margaritas full! Glad we did it. Wouldn’t do it again.
So disappointed
JohnKevin_M, 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 $
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.
Not a great experience
Atul_W, 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.
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.
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.
Amazing tour
Anna_S, 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%
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you for your Kind coments , We are really glad you and your mom enjoyed this amazing tour.
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.
Isla contoy was amazing! Quiet...
Judite_R, Mar 2018
Isla contoy was amazing! Quiet, beautiful water to swim in.
Just perfect. Hightly reccomend it...
Marisa M, Mar 2018
Just perfect. Hightly reccomend it. Amazing waters.
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!
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!
Very friendly staff on boat they...
adriennealuzzo33, Dec 2017
Very friendly staff on boat they were a lot of fun and kept the trip lively. Isla Contoy was beautiful and the tour guide was terrific his knowledge of the island and it's history was solid. Lunch was excellent and at one point we were the only people on the island. I did not enjoy Isla Mujeres very much it was a bit squalid and everyone wanted to pull you into their stores which for the most part were filled with junk that could have been made in China.
Beautiful reef to snorkel on. Very fun...
Jeffery M, Sept 2017
Beautiful reef to snorkel on. Very fun and engaging crew who kept things lively.
We enjoyed Isla Contoy, but shall...
Laura W, Aug 2017
We enjoyed Isla Contoy, but shall never attend a tour with this provider ever again. We bought extras, including the souvenir photos that the tour provider charged an extortionate amount of money for 10 photos for 50 USD! and subsequently found out that another guest on the tour was charged significantly less, as they had haggled in Spanish. At the end of the tour, we were hassled twice by one of the members of the tour providers that we didn't tip enough, even though we had tipped 5 dollars each. I was told twice that I should have provided the 'green colour', i.e. at least 10 Euro, even though my partner and I had each already generously tipped AND bought their souvenir photos. Whether he was joking or not, it was extremely bad taste and offensive.

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