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Isla Contoy Conservation





About Isla Contoy National Park

Isla Contoy, barely touched by humankind, is located 32 km from Isla Mujeres and 50 km south of Cancun. It is one of Mexico's 67 protected National Parks and the most important bird sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean. In addition, its mangroves have been declared Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar List.

In the south of the island, between the limits of the warm waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, we can find Ixlaché reef. This reef is part of the largest barrier reef in Latin America and the second-largest in the world.

It is famous for being a practically intact ecosystem that protects birds, reptiles, fish, and marine fauna such as different kinds of endangered turtles.


National Park

Established in February 1998, the park rangers protect 230 hectares of land and 4900 hectares of its marine portion.



The island is home to 98 species of plants. The most important groups are mangroves, coastal dunes, lowland rainforest, and coconut palms.



Contoy protects 173 kinds of marine birds, 14 species of reptiles, about 250 species of fish, crustaceans, and endangered marine turtles.


Reef system

Located in the southern part of the island, "Ixlaché" reef is part of the second-largest barrier reef worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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Isla Contoy Tour Description

Get ready to visit two of the most beautiful islands in the Mexican Caribbean: Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy.

Start this trip departing from Cancun. Set sail aboard one of our boats to the central dock in Isla Mujeres, where you will have a free hour to explore the island.

Your next stop will be at Ixlaché reef. Learn from an expert guide about the wonders hidden beneath the blue waters of the Caribbean, from colorful marine fauna to flora that is essential for the well-being of the planet. Continue your adventure to Isla Contoy. Pay attention along the way as you may spot sea turtles, stingrays, and even dolphins.

Once you have reached the island, you'll enter the Isla Contoy National Park, and you'll be one of the lucky visitors, as the park only allows 200 people daily. Its only inhabitants are biologists and scientists who research to help preserve the species that live there. For this reason, only a limited number of visitors are allowed.

You'll visit the lagoon, watch seabirds, explore secret passages with our certified guides, or, if you prefer, relax on the beautiful virgin beach and swim in the turquoise waters.

Visiting this natural paradise is a once in a lifetime experience. Its exclusivity combines adventure and education to give you an unforgettable memory of your visit to Mexico.


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Prices per person $139.00 USD
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$109.00 USD
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  • Check in: 9:30 hrs.

  • Departure: 10:00 hrs.

  • Breakfast: 10:00 to 10:30 hrs / Bread and fruit are served on board on the way to Isla Mujeres.

  • Free time in Isla Mujeres: 10:30 to 11:30 hrs.

  • Navigation to the Ixlaché reef: 11:30 to 11:45 hrs.

  • Snorkeling in the Ixlaché reef: 11:45 to 12:45 hrs.

  • Navigation to Isla Contoy: 12:45 to 13:00 hrs.

  • Free time and ecological tour in Isla Contoy: 13:00 to 14:30 hrs.

  • Buffet lunch and free time on the beach: 14:30 to 16:30 hrs.

  • Return to Cancun: 16:30 to 17:00 hrs.

  • Water

  • Soft drink: Coca Cola Classic/Light, Sprite and mineral water

  • Beer: Sol or Superior

  • Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey

  • Juices: Orange, Pineapple, Cranberry

  • Pasta

  • Assorted dishes of Chicken / Meat / Fish

  • Salad

  • Dessert

  • Dressings (sauces, dressings, ketchup, mayonnaise)

  • Certified guide

  • Bread and fruit on board

  • Buffet lunch in Isla Contoy

  • All-day Open bar

  • Guided ecotour in Isla Contoy

  • Snorkeling gear (weather permitting)

  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Dock and reef tax of $15 USD per passenger over 5 years old.

  • Photographs

  • Souvenirs

  • Towels

  • Bring a bathing suit

  • Comfortable shoes for walking on the Island

  • Photo or video camera

  • Cap or hat

  • Towels

  • Cash for extras and tips

Isla Contoy tour inclusions


Certified guide

An expert guide will accompany you throughout the experience to guide you and answer any questions.


Fruit & bread aboard

Skipped breakfast? Don't worry! We will welcome you with Mexican sweet bread and a fruit plate.


Buffet in Contoy Island

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch serving lasagna, fish, chicken, rice, salad, and traditional Mexican flavored water.


Ecological guided tour

Take a quick guided tour through Isla Contoy's passages and learn all about its fauna and flora.


Snorkel equipment

You will enjoy about 45 minutes of snorkeling in the amazing Ixlaché reef.


Open bar

Rum, tequila, vodka, beer, whiskey, soft drinks and water.



The tour includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel or nearest meeting point


Free time

3 hours of free time in Isla Contoy and 1 hour in Isla Mujeres.

Isla Contoy tour exclusions


Dock & reef tax

A mandatory 15 USD federal tax must paid per person. Children under 5 do not pay.


Photo service

We recommend to bring your waterproof cameras to capture the most amazing scenery.



You will have the chance to do some shopping in your stop in Isla Mujeres.



This tour does not include towels. You may take your own if you wish.

Isla Contoy Photo Gallery

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05 - LORES - Isla Contoy - Fauna - Cangrejo ermitaño
14 - LoRes - Isla Contoy Tour - Snorkel Ixlaché Reef
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Águila pescadora
01 - LoRes - Fragatas - Fregata magnificens - Isla Contoy
12 - LORES - Pelícano Isla Contoy
20 - LORES - Isla Contoy - Laguna muelle
11 - LORES - Vista desde torre
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