Contoy Island a Paradise to be!


Contoy Island, is what all want to see about paradise.

If you are a nature lover and you are visiting the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, this is just the place to enjoy a nice day in an Island where only 200 people per day are allowed to be on it.

Paradise is calling and this is the closest of a virgin Island that you can get.

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Contoy Island beach


I have traveled for a long, long time, from Argentina all the way to Rusia, Alaska and all the Caribbean Islands. I also worked on cruiseships, which allowed me to know places around the world, take private tours and all, but honestly one of my bucket list places to go was this, Contoy Island.

On this excursion, Ocean Tours Mexico will take you to two of the most beautiful and best-known islands in the Yucatan Peninsula:

Contoy and Isla Mujeres.

Contoy Island is a National Park and a protected natural reserve since it is a very important shelter and nesting area for maritime birds.

It’s a beautiful Caribbean island north of Cancun with spectacular beaches. Because of it’s natural reserve status, the only building on the island is a small museum dedicated to the beauty of it’s flora and fauna. For it’s fantastic biodiversity Contoy Island is a magnificent spotting place for pelicans, storks, sparrows, cormorants, and many other bird species.


The Crew of Contoy Tour

The trip is made in a large and comfortable speedboat, it just take 40 minutes into this wonderful island of the Mexican Caribbean.

Before reaching the island, they will make a stop at the reef just south of it for an optional 40-minute snorkeling session at the tip of the largest second coral reef barrier in the world, the “Mesoamerican Reef Barrier“. Lots of fish, stingrays are there and it´s a place that only who has permission from the Mexican government can go. So your adventure to an exotic place will start here.

Contoy fish

Snorkeling in the Second Largest Reef in the World

After snorkeling, the island is just 10 minutes away. While you enjoy the breath-taking view, you will disembark on the pier next to one of the beaches where a small tranquil bay is formed, resembling a natural pool with crystal-clear waters!

The guides will lead a 30-minute walk around the island to visit the museum (optional). An internal lagoon where many bird species nest, a set of trails that lead to the other side of the island. Finally the tower, where you can appreciate the magnificent view of the entire island.

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Clearest Water in the Caribbean

After all that, people can taste the local food prepared for locals of Isla mujeres. Normally is our local crew or even your capitan, so you will go for a nice lunch. They prepare a delicious “Tikin Xic” fish (a traditional recipe from Yucatan), grilled chicken, guacamole, salad, bread, and seasonal fruits.

The most nicest thing is that the fish and the chicken are spicy but never hot.  They prepare a salsa that will totally satisfy the hot salsa lovers.

Water and sodas are available on the boats at all times, and after snorkeling, so is beer.

After lunch, we will rest on the beaches of the island for 90 minutes.

You will get a chance to get a nice tan, swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and see mantas.

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Relax in Clear Waters

You will then leave towards “Isla Mujeres”, a delightful island with tons of history. For one hour, you can walk (and maybe shop), around the small streets in the central part of the island.

We take the boat back to the Punta Sam pier in Cancun around 4 PM.


Come and enjoy an awesome and peaceful day in Contoy.

Its certainly something to show off when you get back home after your vacation.



Turtles and Cenotes tour in the Riviera Maya by Ocean Tours

Turtles and Cenotes tour in the Riviera Maya by Ocean Tours, is the most friendly tours you ever being while Traveling to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, snorkeling in a nice bay full of turtles and then getting into the jungle to visit Cenotes is just amazing!

Sometimes can be a little hard to please everyone, due most of the excursions like ATVs, or even cenotes, are a little hard for people of all ages.

Ocean Tours Mexico is a company which has being for a long time in the market, in fact has great reviews in tripadvisor and its well known around the area. They do all kind of cool activities, but for families I think this is one of the best.

If you are looking for something to do with your family look no further, this is the greatest adventure for all!

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Let me describe you what is all this tour about.


Swimming with sea turtles

After they pick you up at your hotel, the guide and driver will introduce themselves, they have basically most of the languages, like English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, among others.

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The whole tour start by  by taking you to the Akumal bay with full snorkeling gear to go into the water, and you will swim out from the beach in search of the beautiful turtles.

You will remain in the water for approximately one hour. Every day we get the chance to see around 3 different species of sea turtles.

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I the Underwater world you´ll get a great chance to swim with eagle rays

This is the time to enjoy the warm waters of Akumal Bay while snorkeling around the bay in search of many interesting fish and corals. We often see eagle rays, grouper and more colorful fish.

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2 different cenotes (underground rivers)

The next adventure is situated into the subtropical rainforest. Where you´ll explore the unforgettable world of underground rivers and “cenotes”; Taking an easy, guided walk through huge caverns and observe natural history dating back millions of years.

Swiming in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique limestone pools and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn.

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Very safe trips and excellent service

Ocean tours professional guides will make sure you feel safe and ensure and that you´ll have the most fascinating experience. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will make your swim with turtles & cenotes experience unforgettable, they will make you feel safe, secure and adapt to your level.


About gettinga picture gallery to remember this unique day?

During the tour day, pictures will be taken of you while you’re snorkeling experience the photographers are super experienced, think about them as your personal paparazzi, at the end of the day you can buy an USB with these unforgettable moments in this Turtles & Cenotes tour in the Riviera Maya by Ocean Tours

Photographers on this tour are professional and honestly the pictures are amazing, it´s totally worth to get them for a really economic price, if you think about it in some other tours, a single picture cost between $40 to $120 dollars, here you´ll get all the pictures of all your day for only $40, and even if you do not want them, photographer staff always make fun to take pictures and enjoy the day!

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The equipment that you get to do the activities is high quality equipment

This means, Full snorkeling gear will be provide,  and you can use for free the wet suit at our cenotes. The gear is disinfected and washed carefully every day. (I´m a witness of this)


Snack at the Cenote

After the cenote snorkeling activity, they will take you to have a buffet snack that includes: Fruits, pastries, cereal bar and refreshments, if you think about it it´s sort of like a half day tour.

The only thing that I recommend is to have something to eat for breakfast before you go to the tour.

Even if you did not have anything, after each activity, they normally provide something to eat,  so you can re charge energy and keep the good vibes with the Turtles & Cenotes tour in the Riviera Maya by Ocean Tours


They even offer if requested some vegetarian food. It´s important to let Ocean Tours know about it, prior of your tour.


One of the things that I like the most about this company is that they only manage Small groups – Exclusions:

Groups between 10 to 12 passengers maximum, which helps them to provide a customized experience and quality. Staff is super friendly and they can provide the best service and help.


Extra things to bring or get while you take this tour.

$10 USD for conservation of marine fauna Payable in cash only at the pickup service.

Gratuities (optional)

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Logo T-shirt (available to purchase)


Book your tour now!


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* The order of Activities may change according to the weather conditions.

This is important to know due that Ocean Tours, will normally re-schedule if the weather would be really bad.