• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Travel to Isla Contoy and Ixlache Reef aboard a comfortable boat on this full-day trip from Cancun. Snorkel on the reef amongst tropical fish, vibrant coral and sea turtles. Stop at Isla Contoy, a wildlife refuge and national park that protects 150 species of birds and several types of sea turtles. Take a tour of the island with a certified guide, then visit a nesting site and lounge on the pristine island's beach. Enjoy breakfast and an open bar aboard the boat, as well as a lunch buffet on the island.


  • Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef, followed by a guided tour and free time on Contoy Island, from Cancun
  • Begin your day with a continental breakfast on the boat ride to Ixlache Reef
  • Witness marine life wonders at Ixlache Reef, including coral, a variety of fish, spiny lobster and queen conch
  • Enjoy a domestic open bar on the boat, which includes rum, tequila, vodka, beer, juice and water
  • Learn from a certified expert guide about Isla Contoy, a wildlife refuge for birds, sea turtles and other species
  • Choose one of several walking trails or lounge on the white-sand beaches of Isla Contoy
  • Feast on a buffet lunch with beer and soft drinks on the island
  • Snorkeling gear and safety briefing included

What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy the ride to Isla Contoy aboard a comfortable vessel!

Arrive at the Scuba Cancun Marina on Kukulcan Avenue at 8:30am to catch your 9am boat. Enjoy breakfast onboard while being transported to Ixlache Reef. During this 90-minute ride, munch a pastry or sip some coffee while the tropical breeze and sun warm your skin. 

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef system in the world, is blessed with clear, shallow water (about 9 feet or 3 meters deep) and abundant wildlife. After a safety briefing from your guide, don the provided snorkel equipment and jump in. Be sure to apply your biodegradable sunscreen, which protects the reefs and your skin. Most hotels in the area sell this type of sunscreen. Look for sea turtles, schools of tropical fish, vibrant living coral and conchs scuttling along the ocean floor. 

After an hour of snorkeling time, climb back on the boat and head for Isla Contoy (Contoy Island.) Only 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, this tiny island is boasts 150 species of birds like the majestic frigate, the double-crested cormorant and the brown pelican. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles and loggerhead turtles use the beaches on the island as nesting grounds to hatch their young. Because the island is protected, it only allows a certain number of visitors per day, and only from specific tour companies. 

Take a 45-minute tour of the island with a certified guide, learning about conservation efforts and the island's unique biodiversity. After the tour, visit the island's lighthouse, the nature museum or the nesting lagoon. Relax on the beach before a buffet lunch is served, including beer and soft drinks. 

Finish your full-day island adventure when you arrive back at Scuba Cancun Marina around 5pm.

Customer Reviews

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The trip to Isla Contoy was great. The crew gave very informative presentations on the geographic, historic and ecological features on Isla Contoy and on the trip to and from the island. Isla Contoy was amazingly clean and beautiful, and the crew cooked a wonderful lunch on the boat and carted away all the waste there is no littering or fresh sweet water on the island. The snorkeling stop was quite brief, but the hour or so on Isla Mujeres was just enough for two tasty mojitos at an ocean side bar. Overall an amazing way to spend the day.

john m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

it was 5 star loved all the crew they were amazing I unfortunately got sea sick I forgot that I got sea sick 2 years ago. The lunch was great fresh fish again could not eat sea sick the birds were in their glory no humans to bother them because everyone has to leave the island by 4 pm this island is a sanctuary for the birds .. loved loved it


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great day! Super friendly staff and the most exotic and private little island getaway. We saw turtles from the boat, we say rays, a flamingo flying over and a tiny reef shark. Just a tip - no sunscreen allowed on the island so bring a hat and cover up as much as possible.

Sebastian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The trip is about from 9 AM to 5 PM. First we have been taken to a wonderful place for snorkeling, then we stayed half an hour at Isla Mujeres and finally 3 hours in Isla Contoy, which is wonderful. Take into account that snorkeling is from the boat. In isla Contoy there is a magnificent natural beach and also a guided small tour of the island, where you can see frigates from really close. Breakfast was normal fruit and a brioche, lunch was great buffet with roasted fish, rice, vegetables, nachos, pico de gallo, chicken and other options, free bar all the time, with water, juices, beer, tequila and pina colada.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Paradise Island, fantastic snorkelling, open bar and an amazing crew made this trip one of the most memorable! Highly recommend this tour to everyone, the beaches on Contoy are breathtaking and the wildlife is rich and diverse making it extra special.

Thank you, we will be back in the future :)

Jordan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our Captain was Himal and our guide is Alexis E Castillo. In total there were about 25 of us in the tour with about half Spanish speakers and half English speakers. The crew was very friendly during the entire trip and seems like they enjoyed the tour themselves . Free flow alcohol the entire trip. Snorkeling was very fun and Isla Contoy was just amazing. We did stop by Isla Mujeres on our way back for about an hour, which to us was a bonus.

Breakfast was provided when we were waiting for the boat and we had a lunch buffet prepared by the crew on Isla Contoy. The buffet was delicious. My only suggestion would be to come up with a solution for the mosquito situation, as I believe we were not allowed to bring repellent to the island and there was indeed quite a lot of mosquito.

I would rate 5/5 with our experience with Alexis and the crew and would recommend family, young couple to join this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Tour started with ~20 min snorkelling off Cancun, we saw lots of colourful fish. Isla Contoy is so beautiful, not many people there so it felt like paradise. Beautiful island. We had lunch and chilled on the beach before heading to Isla Mujeres for 1h and then back to Cancun.

Carolyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We would highly recommend this tour!! Amazing tour guides, incredible lunch buffet on the beautiful Island of Contoy, snorkeling, white sandy beaches - all made for a perfect day in 'Paradise'!! We would definitely do this tour again!!

Frank D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Weather was less than desirable for snorkeling but the crew made the best of it and when getting to the Island they had a meal for us that was excellent...what a surprise! Very friendly!

Lynda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Crew on the boat was excellent personable and interested in needs of their guests. Delivered everything they promised. Went snorkeling, visited Isla Contoy with its amazing wildlife and they cooked an excellent lunch.

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