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  • Address: Isla Contoy, 77500, Mexico
This small island off of Mexico’s Caribbean coast has become one of the most important nature reserves in the region, particularly for marine birds such as the brown pelican and the double-crested cormorant. The tropical paradise, of which more than 70% is covered in mangrove forest, is home to white sand beaches and palms, as well as an extensive reef just off of its shores. Because the island is well protected, it is believed to have some of the best snorkeling and bird watching in the country.

At only five miles in length, Isla Contoy can make visitors feel like they have their own private tropical island. In addition to serving as a secluded getaway, the island is an important nesting ground for both local birds and sea turtles.

Trails wind throughout the island, offering views of the turquoise waters and beaches as well as many opportunities to see local wildlife. Guided tours take visitors through the wilderness and often include snorkeling on the beautiful Ixlache Reef.

Practical Info

Isla Contoy is about 30 miles north of Isla Mujeres, which is a short ferry ride from Cancun. Access is granted to a maximum of 200 daily visitors, so the area is best visited with a tour group to obtain the necessary permits.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Cruise on a comfortable vessel north of Cancun and soak up the beauty of Ixlache Reef and Isla Contoy. At Ixlache Reef, snorkel near coral, sea turtles, and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres Day Trip from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover an amazing natural reserve in the Mexican Caribbean where you will be able to see different birds and swim on a beautiful beach.

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Paradise Islands Tour: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Day Trips
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Paradise Islands Tour: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres

On this 9-hour tour, enjoy two of the most beautiful and best-known islands off the Yucatan Coast: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Contoy is a protected natural ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres Day Trip from Cancun, Cancun, Eco Tours
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Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres Day Trip from Cancun

Discover an amazing natural reserve in the Mexican Caribbean where you will be able to see different birds and swim on a beautiful beach.

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Day Trip to Isla Contoy with a Stop at Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Isla Contoy with a Stop at Isla Mujeres

Discover white sandy beaches and lush palm trees, relax and enjoy the nature of this beautiful island of the Caribbean. Home of more than a hundred ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Isla Contoy Private Day Tour, from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Isla Contoy Private Day Tour, from Cancun

Set out on a customized private day trip to Isla Contoy, a protected nature reserve home to more than 100 different species of birds. Depart Cancun in a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,249.00
Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Eco Friendly Snorkeling Tour, Cancun, Day Trips
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Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Eco Friendly Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 86 Reviews

Go for a snorkel with Mexico's gentle giants - whale sharks! Cruising the Gulf of Mexico with an expert guide, you'll snorkel with the biggest fish and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.00
Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, Cancun, ... 
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Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Spend the day exploring the Caribbean Sea by boat during this full-day adventure from Cancun. Aboard a high-speed catamaran, visit Isla Contoy–a tiny island ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Day Trip to Contoy Island, Snorkeling and Bird Watching Tour, Cancun, Day Cruises
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Day Trip to Contoy Island, Snorkeling and Bird Watching Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Contoy is a magical island, especially for ecotourism lovers. This protected island combines a magnificent boat cruise through the beautiful turquoise Mexican ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Paradise Islands Discovery Tour: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres with Snorkeling, Cancun, Sailing Trips
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Paradise Islands Discovery Tour: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres with Snorkeling

Board our comfortable boats on an incredible voyage to the Caribbean island of Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Your first stop is a guided reef snorkel tour where ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00

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