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From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

1. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a light breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. After breakfast and check-in, board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Then, try snorkeling with your guide before boarding the ship and heading to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity on the island in the safety of its shallow waters. Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. Next, enjoy a lunch of Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, and salad, accompanied by your favorite drink with access to an open bar. Finally, enjoy free time on the beach before boarding the boat and heading to Isla Mujeres. Visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping, then head back to Cancun.

From Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip & Lunch

2. From Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip & Lunch

Rio Lagartos is a small fishing village in a Nature Reserve; one of the natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula. Here we can enjoy a boat tour through its water canals surrounded by mangroves, where you can observe a variety of species of birds such as pink flamingos, herons, eagles, seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants. During the tour, we pass under the bridge of Las Coloradas in bike (Depends on avalablity) to get to the salt deposits where we see different bodies of water involved in this process, some of which an eye-catching pink. Following, we will rejoice in the Mayan Bath, covering the body in nutrient-rich clay. Next, we’ll be heading to an unspoiled beach to remove the clay in the crystal water, where we will enjoy ourselves with the tasty local fish-and-shellfish-based food.

COLORADAS & RÍO LAGARTOS TOUR (From Cancun and Riviera Maya)

3. COLORADAS & RÍO LAGARTOS TOUR (From Cancun and Riviera Maya)

Discover the enchanting beauty of the "Only Lagoon with Pink Waters in Mexico" at Las Coloradas. Immerse yourself in a world of stunning pink tones and feel the astonishing essence of the mother nature in this exceptional location in Yucatan. Experience a thrilling boat tour through the Lagoon at Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, observing graceful flamingos in their natural habitat. Indulge in a rejuvenating Maya bath and take a refreshing swim at the pristine beach of Rio Lagartos. Get up close with crocodiles at the Crocodile Farm, touch them, feed them, and explore their habitat. Satisfy your taste buds with a delectable à la carte meal featuring options like fried or grilled fish, ceviche, and seafood soup. Roundtrip transportation and a box lunch are included for your convenience.

From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

4. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

5. Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Cruise to Holbox Island on this day trip with hotel pickup from select Riviera Maya locations. Uncover the rich biodiversity of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve on a boat tour with a local fisherman. Visit Isla Pasion and search for local wildlife, and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation or meeting point in Riviera Maya. Take in the views on the transfer in an air-conditioned van. Arrive at the port of Chiquila and board a private boat with a local fisherman.  Navigate through the Yum Balam Nature Reserve where over 300 different species of birds live freely. Look for whitehead eagles, cormorants, flamingos, and ducks as you cross a lagoon to Isla Pasion. Head to the main harbor on Holbox island and enjoy a mini tour. Fill up with some mouth-watering local fare at a restaurant. Sip on a soft drink or water with your meal. Have some free time to explore the fishing village or chill out at the beach before returning to your accommodation. 

From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Holbox Boat Tour with Lunch

6. From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Holbox Boat Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup from select hotels in Cancun and Puerto Morelos, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches. Discover through a boat tour its paradisiacal and quiet beaches, surrounded by amazing natural views and extensive sandbanks. Free time to walk the picturesque streets of the island, its murals or enjoy its beaches. Choose and enjoy a select menu accompanied by a delicious water of the day. Refresh yourself in the crystal clear waters of Laguna Yalahau. Visit Passion Island, enjoy free time on the sand bars at Secret Beach. Reach Holbox Island for more free time and lunch in a restaurant, then stop by Yalahau Lagoon.

Cancún: Morning or Sunset Kayak Adventure in Nichupte Lagoon

7. Cancún: Morning or Sunset Kayak Adventure in Nichupte Lagoon

Allow us to guide you by the experts and the best kayaker guides in Cancún. The adventure begins on board our Kayaks where we paddle exploring the Nichupte Lagoon, immerse yourself into this amazing and different tropical environment called Mangroves. This adventure guides you slowly through the enchanting Mangroves, where you can see and learn about the biodiversity that live there, it’s perfect for solo travelers, families and couples. You can also book a private tour for a more personal and a complete connection with nature and your guide, we want to offer you the best experience just for you. We love to share this passion with all our visitors, check out our IG page to discover more from us Conexión Nativa Cancún.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

8. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

Enjoy the beauty of nature as you explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on this 10-hour excursion. Start with a ride on a small boat in the Campechen Lagoon. See mangroves, endemic birds and other area wildlife. After arriving in Punta Allen, enjoy a refreshment break and then board the boat again and head to the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles, starfish, cormorants, herons, pelicans and osprey in their natural habitat. Get ready for an amazing snorkeling experience that ends near the crystal-clear waters of La Piscina. Head back to Punta Allen for lunch and prepare for the return boat trip.

From Cancun: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Day Tour

9. From Cancun: Contoy and Isla Mujeres Day Tour

Take a guided tour of Mexico's Caribbean coast with a day tour to Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Tour two scenic islands and go snorkeling on the Mayan Riviera. Get picked up from your hotel in Cancun and start your tour with a visit to Isla Contoy. Enjoy the lush scenery in this national park that's known as a haven for migratory and native birds. Discover the diverse flora and fauna and dreamlike pristine beaches. Sail out just a few kilometers off Isla Contoy for some snorkeling (if the weather permits). Swim at the tip of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Next, head to Isla Mujeres, known for its craft market and amazing beaches. Have some time to explore the island before returning to Cancun.

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

10. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round-trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air-conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you travel south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided lagoon tour. You'll visit different cenotes, swim in the crystalline waters, and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate museum, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

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4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

This was the absolute best tour if you are interested in birds at all. My husband’s hobby is bird photography and this was probably his favorite part of our honeymoon. The driver, Axel, and the guide, Lope, were professional and very friendly! We ended up seeing 52 different bird species in the morning and were provided a delicious homemade breakfast. If we were back in the Cancún area I am sure we would do the tour again!

Traumhaft schöne Insel, die auf jeden Fall eine Ausflug lohnt. Abholung pünktlich, vom Hafen direkt mit dem eigenen Boot zu den beeindruckenden Stränden mit vielen Vögeln und Fischen zum Bestaunen. Kleines Mittagessen und dann noch genug Zeit am Strand bevor es schon wieder zurück zum Hotel ging. Danke Jonathan für die tolle Führung unserer kleinen Gruppe.

It was a lovely day! The guide was very kind and he knew a lot about the area. Good price range and we had a lovely lunch which was included in the price! We highly recommend this to everyone that want to get to isla holbox

The tour was excellent - Isla Contoy is not to be missed. A tropical paradise! So many animals, beautiful beach and clear waters. Not touristy at all as its a national park. Loved it!

Caring guide, 2 free water, excellent arrangement!