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Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

1. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island. Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one of the world's nicest beaches, and enjoy its crystal clear waters as you try some more snorkeling. Make your last stop in Isla Mujeres downtown for 1 hour of free time to walk around. The colorful town is considered a "Pueblo Magico" because of its natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great hospitality. Head back and enjoy music, drinks, and dancing on the boat ride back to the Marina in Cancun. Return to the private facility at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal, and take a comfortable return transfer back to your hotel.

From Cancún: Isla Mujeres Sunset Catamaran Cruise

2. From Cancún: Isla Mujeres Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Get picked up in Cancun and enjoy a magnificent sunset at Isla Mujeres. Discover the charm of Isla Mujeres by embarking on a Caribbean sunset cruise.  Walk through downtown Isla Mujeres and admire its colorful streets. Learn all of its history and legends, then head to Playa Norte beach. Go for a quick swim before sunset in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Admire the amazing views of Cancun Bay and visit places like the church, the esplanade at City Hall, and the pier or “malecón,” located next to the Mexican Caribbean. Witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Mexican Caribbean. Take memories with you to last a lifetime.

Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

3. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

Swim with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy, on this cruise from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy up to three snorkel or swim immersions with sharks and even spot manta rays and dolphins. Finish with a visit to Playa Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres. Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

4. From Cancún: Half-Day Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

Expereince the ultimate adrenaline rush in the Mexican Caribbean on this whale shark snorkeling tour from Cancun. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Be picked up from hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya and transfer to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkeling site. Put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea before jumping into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish. Come face-to-face with adult specimens that can measure up to 13 meters in length. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours before heading to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Return to the marina where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Cancún: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Day Trip w/ Snorkel & Sunset

5. Cancún: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Day Trip w/ Snorkel & Sunset

Create unforgettable memories on a catamaran trip of a lifetime. Set sail from Cancún for the Isla Mujeres. Embark on a guided snorkeling tour of a reef surrounded by colorful marine life. Explore downtown Isla Mujeres at your own pace before returning to the boat to sail back to Cancún at sunset. Begin your experience by hopping aboard the catamaran. Set sail to your first stop, a reef, for a snorkel tour. Put on the provided equipment and follow your guide to the best spots. Marvel at the hidden treasures of the plentiful reef nestled in the crystal clear ocean, including fish and coral. Then, set sail once more for Isla Mujeres to enjoy Playa Norte, one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. Discover a picture-perfect beach with soft white sand lined with palm trees and the turquoise-blue Caribbean Sea. Next, stop at the traditional downtown area of Isla Mujeres. Use your 3 hours of free time to get to know the locals, explore the picturesque and friendly streets, rent a golf cart, sample some local food, or buy unique souvenirs to remember this magical slice of paradise. Then, board the catamaran for your return journey to Cancún. Dance on deck to the music played by your guides, sip drinks from the onboard bar, or relax and gaze at the sunset. Admire the twilight as you sail through the calm crystalline waters. You won't know what you love more: the different shades of orange in the sky or the beautiful turquoise of the sea.

Cancun: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Isla Mujeres

6. Cancun: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Isla Mujeres

Embark on a day of fun in the sun aboard a double-decker catamaran. Swim and snorkel in coastal reefs, slide down the waterslide and jump from the trampoline into beautiful, clear waters. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Meet the group near the Cancun hotel zone and let the adventure begin, learning some salsa moves on the way to Isla Mujeres. Choose the snorkeling or all-inclusive options and explore the Musa and El Meco Reef areas underwater, or just enjoy jumping and sliding off the boat in the sun.  After the snorkeling, the bar will open, serving a selection of national alcoholic beverages. The party continues while your crew prepares a full lunch of ceviche, beef and chicken fajitas, quesadillas, salad, rice, and guacamole.  Next, disembark on Isla Mujeres and explore the island on foot or by golf cart (all-inclusive option only). For those exploring on foot, make sure to check out the lively streets full of handicraft shops, bars, restaurants, and friendly locals. A trip to the beautiful North Beach is also a must. For those exploring by golf cart, travel up the rocky coast and check out Ixchel’s temple, the Mayan goddess for fertility. At the end of the day, return to the boat where the party continues with drinks, dancing, and music until just before sunset.

From Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Day Trip with Lunch

Discover the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean on this catamaran day trip from Cancun to the tropical island of Isla Mujeres. Discover facinating underwater sculptures are the MUSA Underwater Museum. Relax with a buffet lunch and drinks from an open bar at a beach club. Board a spacious catamaran at Playa Langosta in Cancun and embark on a cruise to Isla Mujeres. Stop to snorkel through a variety of sculptures at the MUSA Underwater Museum. Admire how art and nature combine in this unique space.  Soak up some sun on the way to Isla Mujeres. Spend 2-hours of free time exploring the colorful shops and cafes in Isla Mujeres. Capture some pictures of the vividly-colored buildings for social media. Head to the "Discovery Island" beach club. Sit back in a lounge chair under a beach umbrella with a drink from the open bar next to the club's swimming pool. Savor local flavors with access to variety of fresh foods at the clubs buffet lunch. Keep your belongings safe with access to lockers.

Cancun: Isla Mujeres Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar

8. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar

Enjoy an all-inclusive full-day snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres from Cancun & Riviera Maya. Snorkel around this magical island discovering spectacular beaches, incredible marine life, and hidden spots that you wouldn’t find on other tours. we have adapted to our new normality, following all hygiene protocols issued by the government and always thinking about our customer’s safety. This is not the usual everyday cattle car tour from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, this is the best all-inclusive and the only one with 2 different snorkeling points, first at El Meco Reef where the 3rd section of the Subaquatic Museum of arts is located and the 2nd spot at Playa Norte beach, considered one of the 20 best beaches in the world! Including Light breakfast, sterilized snorkeling gear, 45 minutes of snorkeling at El Meco reef, navigation from the south point of the island and through its channels, buffet lunch at our beach club, domestic open bar, 2nd snorkeling point at Playa Norte beach for 45 minutes and Isla Mujeres downtown visit.

Cancun: Whale Shark Snorkeling Experience

9. Cancun: Whale Shark Snorkeling Experience

Swim with the largest known species of fish on the planet: the famous whale shark. Embark on an adventure boat trip from Cancun to get up close and personal with these creatures. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned van at your hotel’s motor lobby and head to the marina for your check-in and briefing. As well as learning all the safety essentials, receive interesting information and facts about whale sharks' biology, their environment and their behavior. Next, embark on the 1-hour journey to see the sharks on a clean and modern boat. Relax as you head out to sea aboard a vessel that is roomy, clean, stable, and safe. Make use of dry storage onboard the 32 ft. boat. Spend some time with the whale sharks. Swim or snorkel in the water among these incredible creatures. On the return journey, enjoy a courtesy stop at Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, enjoying the crystal clear water and white beach sand.

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

10. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks & Playa Norte Beach

Hop on a boat and head for Contoy Island, home to the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. After a close encounter with these creatures, head for the beach to relax or snorkel. Start your adventure at the marina in Cancun with some coffee and bread. Receive a safety briefing from the crew and board your boat. Life vests and full snorkeling gear will be provided to ensure you have the safest and best experience. Enjoy the boat trip out to Contoy Island, then get ready to jump in and swim with the sharks. Savour the experience of swimming with these incredible creatures. There will be 2 to 3 immersions per person, always with 2 people and the guide in the water at any one time. After swimming with the sharks, enjoy a stop at Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres. Either relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Enjoy some soft drinks and snacks, before heading back by boat to the marina at Cancun.

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What people are saying about Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 342 reviews

We loved this tour.! The scenery was breathtaking and the staff really incredible. We felt very safe the entire time. It is a must do when you visit this area as Isla Mujeres is spectacular. The buffet was organized well and we had our own area of the restaurant. The food in the buffet was fine and the drinks were served quickly so that we had time to go to the lovely little beach area. Just a note that the Ice Bar is not included and it is $18 US to go in. Coming from Canada I did not care as we have enough ice and snow. The water was so beautiful! It really feels like you are in a dream. We enjoyed getting off the boat for an hour to see some of the island - yes it would be great to have more time but I can understand how hard it is to fit in all of the stops and activities. I have to really compliment the staff. It felt like they wanted you to have the best time that you could and they really deserve any tips you can give them.

This was a fun day with mixed ages (all over 18). Activities on board were fun and well orchestrated. Staff was very attentive. Getting up and down to top of boat is pretty much climbing a ladder so may not be for everyone. Music played throughout trip and included both American/Mexican songs. You spend a few hours on Isla Mujeres. Do your research and figure out what you want to do while there. We didn't have a plan and wished we had. Lots of dancing on ride back to Cancun. The swimming of the boat on the slide/diving boards was my favorite part. Bring dry clothes for the island.

The cruise and crew were both amazing. We really enjoyed the ride, music, sunset on the beach and the island of isla mujeres.!

The golf cart ride around the Isla Mujeres and the dance time on the cruise were so great!

Lots of fun. The staff were all great. So glad we did it!