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

1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla 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. The tour begins 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 continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 9:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will 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. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. This activity will last around 45 minutes. After snorkeling, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at 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 the 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. At lunchtime enjoy Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, salad, accompanied with your favorite drink. Once lunch is over, have more free time on the beach. Board the boat and head to Isla Mujeres, where there will be free time to visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping. After Isla Mujeres, head back to Cancun, arriving at the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal around 6:00 PM.

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Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

2. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancún , and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of an incredible day in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the Yalahau Cenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pick up from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, 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.    

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

4. 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.

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Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

5. Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

This magical place with an ambiance of fiesta, music and tradition, captures the imagination of all who set foot in it because it maintains the charm and memories of Mexico’s golden age. This new attraction makes an encounter with Mexico’s rich past possible. Expect a grand experience, a delightful tasting dinner, vibrant music, ancient legends, and the best Mexican party. This is a place where past and present mingle among the celebrations, friends, romance, nature and flavors that make this country unique. Decorated with motifs from the 32 States of Mexico, the famous trajineras, once used for the transportation of flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in floating gardens, have now become a means of transportation and a cause of joy for all those who come to Xoximilco looking for a unique moment they can only experience in Cancun. Come and enjoy this old tradition in its updated version filled with the charm of those magical moments we hold dear to our hearts.

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Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

6. Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

After pick-up from your hotel, arrive in Tulum for a quick briefing. Travel for about 25 kilometers before you board the boat in Paso Lagartos to start the 3-hour marine safari. On the way to Paso Lagartos, make a stop at the Boca Paila Bridge where the lagoon and Caribbean Sea meet to admire local species of crocodiles. During your marine safari, observe wild dolphins, sea turtles and different species of birds and manatees. You can even go snorkeling if the sea conditions are good. After snorkeling, head to a natural pool, Punta Allen, to swim and relax. Afterwards, enjoy lunch followed by some free time to explore the area. End with a transfer back to your hotel.

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Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

7. Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

Journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula opposite Holbox Island just 15 minutes across the sea. Board a boat and get beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. Look for wildlife in the protected area, including whales. Head for Yalahau Island to swim in the crystal clear waters and get in touch with nature. You will reach the port of Holbox in time for lunch. Then, take a tour of the island to capture stunning photos of all the landmarks you will see along the way. End with a visit to Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach where the rays of the sun turn the water a stunning turquoise blue.

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Puerto Morelos: Snorkel Trip with Lunch

8. Puerto Morelos: Snorkel Trip with Lunch

Located just a 15 minute drive from Cancun, Puerto Morelos is a paradise for snorkelers, with the second largest barrier reef in the world located right off the beach. The reef is home to many different species of fish and colorful corals waiting to be explored. We pick you up from your hotel in the Cancun and Riviera May areas, and drive you to the reef location. Then, you’ll have 80 minutes to explore the underwater world around you with our snorkeling gear. After snorkeling, you can take some time to wander the charming town of Puerto Morelos or just relax on the beach. You can also enjoy lunch at Boquinete, one of Puerto Morelos’ top rated restaurants, located right by the beach.

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From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

9. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

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Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

10. Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

Enjoy a sailboat ride in front of the Tulum ruins before dipping into the water to snorkel and explore the reef to see corals and fishes in their natural habitat. Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities to remember your experience. The experience starts at the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, where your crew for the day will be waiting for you. After meeting the staff, seeing the boat, and getting a short safety introduction briefing, set off on your sailing adventure. Once on the water, immediately start taking in views of the clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. During the tour, the captain will show you the famous ruins of the Castle in Tulum. See the ruins from a rare up-close perspective on the water. Learn about ancient Mayan people who used this important city as a port. Stop near the reed and grab your snorkel equipment to start the snorkel activity. Marvel at the flora and fauna of Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling. After your sailing adventure, get taken back to the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, after which you are free to stay at the beach club to purchase drinks and food and explore at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Simply a must! After initial skepticism when boarding the boat and leading into a Black Diamond shop on Isla Mujeres, all expectations were exceeded at the latest afterwards and it was a day that will be remembered for the rest of your life. The island of Contoy was gorgeous and there were hardly any tourists on the island. Lunch was very good and finally something local after the rest in Cancun was influenced by American standards. On the drive to the island a turtle could be seen and on the island next to the beach, which could also be a wallpaper on Google, many wild animals such as crabs and lizards were right around us at lunch. On the way back, the guides offered some animation in addition to free beer. Recommended to everyone and at least as much a must on the trip as Chichen Itza.

I do not recommend it from Bahia Principe or similar in km, it is 2 hours to Cancun, then a boat to Isla Mujeres to be only one hour, then 1.5 to Contoy to be 2 hours including food and another 3.5 or 4 hours back to the hotel. It's a beating for spending so little time in Contoy, I think that from Cancun it would be much better. In addition, the driver of the minibus ran a lot on very complicated roads, full of potholes, junctions and cars. Although the island of Contoy is beautiful and the guides are super professional and attentive.

Everything was excellent. I can recommend. The team was very attentive and the tour was professionally organized. The stop over in Isla Mujeres was maybe a little unnecessary, we had very little time (1 hour) and there was no program to follow. Many people didn't know where to go or what to do.

The private snorkeling and sailing experience was amazing, everything is perfectly explained about safety and the tour, then amazing views from the corals and the ocean life and Mayan temple in Tulum.

Contoy is amazing! A little paradise. The staff of the boat & the guide Ulisses are really great & happy to make you feel welcomed & at home! Ulisses is a very funny guy :)