Private Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy Tour

Private Paradise Islands Tour

From $1476

"Something for everyone!"

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Amazing tour! The two islands were very different, with Isla Contoy being a tranquil untouched paradise, ...

Sophie M

Private Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy Tour

Private Paradise Islands Tour

From $1476

"Something for everyone!"

-

Amazing tour! The two islands were very different, with Isla Contoy being a tranquil untouched paradise, ...

Sophie M

Beach Swimming
Beach Swimming
Bird Spotting
Bird Spotting
Family Friendly
Family Friendly
Fish Spotting
Fish Spotting
Relax Time
Relax Time
Speedboat Ride
Speedboat Ride

About this Tour:

Come on board our private tour for an unforgettable journey to the beautiful Caribbean Islands of Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Slip on your mask and fins and dive into the crystal-clear waters on a guided reef snorkeling tour, where you’ll be able to see a multitude of colorful coral and tropical fish.

On Contoy Island, explore the protected nature reserve with its diverse bird populations and ecosystems. Your guide will take you on a tour of the breathtaking coastal dunes, mangroves, and lagoons, giving you a unique glimpse into the beauty of this Caribbean gem. Relax on the white sandy beach and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared fresh for you.

Isla Mujeres, just 8 miles off the coast of Cancun, is a typical Caribbean Island with a charming small town, vibrant streets, and stunning beaches. Spend your time exploring Playa Norte, one of the best beaches in the world, do some shopping, or try some homemade ice cream.

During your tour, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Our team loves these paradise islands and we can’t wait to share them with you on this truly unforgettable experience.

Tour Time Table

* Times can vary depending the conditions.

  • 06:00 - 09:00 AM
    - Pick up from the Hotel Lobby in an air-conditioned van.
  • 9:00 AM
    - Arrival at our exclusive pier and coffee break.
  • 9:30 AM
    - Boat trip to Isla Contoy.
  • 10:00 AM
    - Guided snorkel tour.
  • 10:50 AM
    - Boat trip to Isla Contoy.
  • 11:20 PM
    - Arrival and guide tour (optional) to Isla Contoy.
  • 12:00 PM
    - Lunch and free time.
  • 02:15 PM
    - Departure for Isla Mujeres.
  • 03:00 PM
    - Arrival to Isla Mujeres and free time.
  • 4:30 PM
    - Departure for pier in Flamingos.
  • 5:00 PM
    - Departure to the hotels.
Cancel up to 24 hs before your tour for a full refund.

100% refund will apply in the following cases:

  • If the service is canceled by the supplier. For example in case of bad weather and rescheduling
    is not possible. Due to illness, presenting a doctor's report.
  • If the cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to the day of the tour.
  • If a date change is requested at least 24 hours prior to the date of the tour and a new date
    cannot be agreed upon.

50% refund will apply:

  • If the cancellation is made after 5pm (local time) the day before the tour.
  • If a date change is requested after 5pm (local time) on the day before the tour, and a new date
    cannot be agreed upon.

No refunds will apply:

  • If the client does not show on the date and time of the tour.

F.A.Qs:

What can I do preserving Contoy Island?

To preserve the island of Contoy we are enforcing the rules of the National Park which are: Don’t touch any wildlife. No animals, no sea creatures. As a wildlife sanctuary, humans are only visitors. No sunscreen or bug spray is permitted. This includes reef-safe or environmentally friendly brands. Zero chemicals are permitted in the National Park area, either on the beaches or in the water. Sunscreen is not permitted on day trips to Isla Contoy. Don’t hang anything from trees or bushes. This includes wet clothes. Living things need those plants for food or for their homes. Hanging things from them could damage the plants. No smoking anywhere in the National Park. Including on the boats while they are docked. Most guides will not permit smoking on board at all. Avoid the turtle nests. These are clearly marked with posts and caution tape. You cannot miss them. Stay far away if you see any. Sea turtles are endangered, and Mexico takes seriously its role in increasing sea turtle populations.

Why is Contoy Island protected?

Isla Contoy is a Natural Protected Area decreed National Park for its exceptional natural conditions; in addition to being one of the few Caribbean islands that keeps its ecosystems intact.

The water around Contoy is very rich in nutrients that serve as food to the plancton that makes up the diet of more than 234 species of fish that have been identified in the area, including the majestic Whale Sharks and Manta Rays that feed off its shores.

Are there any mammals on Contoy Island?

Due to the lack of fresh water on Isla Contoy, no mammals inhabit the island. The only exception is some types of bats that occasionally roost in the area of the field station and the southern tip of the island. 

Other fauna to be found: Four species of turtle find a safe haven for nesting on the beaches of the island, namely the loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, and the leatherback turtle. The reserve is also a sanctuary to approximately 152 tropical marine birds, like the frigate bird, brown pelican, and the double-crested cormorant.

Why is Contoy Island a must see?

Because the island is preserved from mass tourism, it is one of the more exclusive tour experiences in Riviera Maya offering the unique opportunity to experience an untouched Mexican Caribbean paradise. Basically if you want to see one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, then visiting Isla Contoy is right for you!

Great diversity of flora and fauna.

Contoy Island is home to 98 identified species of plants, 234 species of birds, 14 species of reptiles on both land and water (one of them endemic to the Island, known as Star Gecko – Aristelliger georgeensis), 17 species of hard coral, 14 species of soft coral, and 173 species of birds.

Can I see sea turtles on Contoy Island?

Just off the coast of Isla Contoy is the coral reef Ixlaché, part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world and where many sea turtles stay. Of the 7 species of Sea Turtles in the World, 3 of them have chosen the white sandy beaches of Contoy to nest and lay their eggs. These species are the Carey Turtle, the White Turtle, and the Caguama Turtle. Isla Contoy National Park is a sustainable protected area for the conservation of sea turtles and works as a reserve, refuge, reproduction, nesting, and nesting area for sea turtles. On our tours we often see turtles during the boat ride. Our team is specialized in finding them!

Can we snorkel at Isla Contoy?

South of Contoy Island is "Ixlaché", which is the name of the beginning of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier, the second largest on the Planet, with almost 1000 km in length along the Caribbean coasts. During our tour Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres we include a half hour snorkel stop, weather permitting.  

What can I do in one hour freetime in Isla Mujeres?

Here are some suggestions to make the most of your free time on the “Island of Women” during our tour: Visit the beach: Relax on one of the best beaches in the world; Year after year, Playa Norte continues to appear on the Travelers Choice Awards list of the 10 Best Beaches in the World. Walk the waterfront promenade Take a walk along the waterfront: Isla Mujeres has a beautiful waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the ocean and the mainland. You can take a leisurely walk along the promenade, stopping to take photos or to enjoy a cold drink at one of the many outdoor cafes. Go Shopping: Isla Mujeres has a variety of interesting shops and markets where you can find unique souvenirs, handmade crafts, and other local products. The island has a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, and many of the shops and markets reflect this vibe, offering a range of handmade and artisanal items that are not commonly found in more mainstream tourist areas. In addition to souvenirs, you can also find clothing, jewelry, and other items made by local artists and craftsmen. Shopping in Isla Mujeres is a fun and enjoyable experience and is a great way to support the local economy and take home a piece of the island's unique culture. Enjoy a delicious homemade Ice cream or coffee. If you are looking for handmade ice cream in Isla Mujeres, there are several specialized shops to choose from. You can find many Ice cream shops or parlors on the island. These shops offer a range of flavors using traditional, handmade techniques, including traditional favorites and more exotic options.No matter where you go, you're sure to find delicious, handmade ice cream or coffee in Isla Mujeres.

What does Isla Mujeres mean?

Isla Mujeres is a Spanish phrase that means "Island of Women." The island was named by the first Spanish explorers who visited the area, who found many statues of goddesses and other female figures on the island. The statues were believed to be ancient Mayan artifacts, and were thought to represent the goddess Ixchel, who was the Maya goddess of fertility, childbirth, and medicine. As a result, the island was named Isla Mujeres in honor of these statues. Today, the island is known for its rich cultural and natural history, and is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

Can I pay for a reservation in someone else’s name?

Yes. For your protection and security, we will request a copy of your identification and a copy of the credit card with which you made the payment. You can send this by email to info@oceantoursmexico.com or we will ask for it when you board our tour.

I think I made the payment, but I do not receive your confirmation. What should I do?

Usually, if confirmation does not arrive, first: Look first in your UNWANTED email folder (SPAM), if you do not find our confirmation in that folder, you probably have misplaced/misspelled your email. In this case, contact us and we will help you solve it.  

What if the trip I have my heart set on is sold out?

Sometimes, it happens that our tours are sold out. Especially during high seasons and holidays. Just because a tour is sold out doesn’t mean you are out of options for taking the trip of your dreams. If we can make it happen, we will. Please call our Customer Service at +52 984 206 1444. They will try to accommodate your request or let you know about newly added departure dates that might work with your schedule.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that plans change. That’s why, when you book with us, you have the flexibility to change your travels and re-book when it suits you. Change or cancel your travel plans up to 24 hours before departure, with no fees.  Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the departure date/time may not receive a refund.

Why should I book now?

We advise you to book our tours now as we have many requests! The number of participants in each excursion is limited. Discounts will only be available for early bookings.

Can I take a tour with a larger group than the website allows me to book at once?

All of our tours have their own limits when it comes to the number of people they can accommodate. If your group is larger than the allowed number on our website for a specific tour, please contact our customer service team to find a suitable option for your group. They will be able to help you arrange the perfect trip for your group, regardless of size.

 

Can I make a telephone reservation?

You can always phone us on any of the numbers given on our website to make a reservation; however, to guarantee your seats, you should pay 20% of the total cost of the reservation.

How can I pay?

We have various payment options:

You can pay for the service completely by Credit or debit card or

PayPal (This is very simple and only takes a minute).

You can also pay us only a 20% deposit to confirm your reservation. The balance due can be paid directly to our guide in cash (USD, MXN, EURO) or with a credit card. 

None of these forms of payment will increase the total price, excepting possible charges by your own bank.

How do I know you are a legitimate company?

We have been in the business for more than 16 years. Thousands of people have now taken our excursions.

You can read the thousands of verified traveler reviews on our website, and on other 3rd party sites, like TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook. You can also just call us anytime and speak to one of our friendly members of staff!

We also invite you to have a look at and engage with our Social Media pages:

https://twitter.com/OceanExcursionsMexic
https://www.facebook.com/OceanExcursions
https://www.instagram.com/oceanexcursionsmexico/

About Contoy Island
What can I do preserving Contoy Island?

To preserve the island of Contoy we are enforcing the rules of the National Park which are: Don’t touch any wildlife. No animals, no sea creatures. As a wildlife sanctuary, humans are only visitors. No sunscreen or bug spray is permitted. This includes reef-safe or environmentally friendly brands. Zero chemicals are permitted in the National Park area, either on the beaches or in the water. Sunscreen is not permitted on day trips to Isla Contoy. Don’t hang anything from trees or bushes. This includes wet clothes. Living things need those plants for food or for their homes. Hanging things from them could damage the plants. No smoking anywhere in the National Park. Including on the boats while they are docked. Most guides will not permit smoking on board at all. Avoid the turtle nests. These are clearly marked with posts and caution tape. You cannot miss them. Stay far away if you see any. Sea turtles are endangered, and Mexico takes seriously its role in increasing sea turtle populations.

Why is Contoy Island protected?

Isla Contoy is a Natural Protected Area decreed National Park for its exceptional natural conditions; in addition to being one of the few Caribbean islands that keeps its ecosystems intact.

The water around Contoy is very rich in nutrients that serve as food to the plancton that makes up the diet of more than 234 species of fish that have been identified in the area, including the majestic Whale Sharks and Manta Rays that feed off its shores.

Are there any mammals on Contoy Island?

Due to the lack of fresh water on Isla Contoy, no mammals inhabit the island. The only exception is some types of bats that occasionally roost in the area of the field station and the southern tip of the island. 

Other fauna to be found: Four species of turtle find a safe haven for nesting on the beaches of the island, namely the loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, and the leatherback turtle. The reserve is also a sanctuary to approximately 152 tropical marine birds, like the frigate bird, brown pelican, and the double-crested cormorant.

Why is Contoy Island a must see?

Because the island is preserved from mass tourism, it is one of the more exclusive tour experiences in Riviera Maya offering the unique opportunity to experience an untouched Mexican Caribbean paradise. Basically if you want to see one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, then visiting Isla Contoy is right for you!

Great diversity of flora and fauna.

Contoy Island is home to 98 identified species of plants, 234 species of birds, 14 species of reptiles on both land and water (one of them endemic to the Island, known as Star Gecko – Aristelliger georgeensis), 17 species of hard coral, 14 species of soft coral, and 173 species of birds.

Can I see sea turtles on Contoy Island?

Just off the coast of Isla Contoy is the coral reef Ixlaché, part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world and where many sea turtles stay. Of the 7 species of Sea Turtles in the World, 3 of them have chosen the white sandy beaches of Contoy to nest and lay their eggs. These species are the Carey Turtle, the White Turtle, and the Caguama Turtle. Isla Contoy National Park is a sustainable protected area for the conservation of sea turtles and works as a reserve, refuge, reproduction, nesting, and nesting area for sea turtles. On our tours we often see turtles during the boat ride. Our team is specialized in finding them!

Can we snorkel at Isla Contoy?

South of Contoy Island is "Ixlaché", which is the name of the beginning of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier, the second largest on the Planet, with almost 1000 km in length along the Caribbean coasts. During our tour Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres we include a half hour snorkel stop, weather permitting.  

About Isla Mujeres
What can I do in one hour freetime in Isla Mujeres?

Here are some suggestions to make the most of your free time on the “Island of Women” during our tour: Visit the beach: Relax on one of the best beaches in the world; Year after year, Playa Norte continues to appear on the Travelers Choice Awards list of the 10 Best Beaches in the World. Walk the waterfront promenade Take a walk along the waterfront: Isla Mujeres has a beautiful waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the ocean and the mainland. You can take a leisurely walk along the promenade, stopping to take photos or to enjoy a cold drink at one of the many outdoor cafes. Go Shopping: Isla Mujeres has a variety of interesting shops and markets where you can find unique souvenirs, handmade crafts, and other local products. The island has a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, and many of the shops and markets reflect this vibe, offering a range of handmade and artisanal items that are not commonly found in more mainstream tourist areas. In addition to souvenirs, you can also find clothing, jewelry, and other items made by local artists and craftsmen. Shopping in Isla Mujeres is a fun and enjoyable experience and is a great way to support the local economy and take home a piece of the island's unique culture. Enjoy a delicious homemade Ice cream or coffee. If you are looking for handmade ice cream in Isla Mujeres, there are several specialized shops to choose from. You can find many Ice cream shops or parlors on the island. These shops offer a range of flavors using traditional, handmade techniques, including traditional favorites and more exotic options.No matter where you go, you're sure to find delicious, handmade ice cream or coffee in Isla Mujeres.

What does Isla Mujeres mean?

Isla Mujeres is a Spanish phrase that means "Island of Women." The island was named by the first Spanish explorers who visited the area, who found many statues of goddesses and other female figures on the island. The statues were believed to be ancient Mayan artifacts, and were thought to represent the goddess Ixchel, who was the Maya goddess of fertility, childbirth, and medicine. As a result, the island was named Isla Mujeres in honor of these statues. Today, the island is known for its rich cultural and natural history, and is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

Reservations
Can I pay for a reservation in someone else’s name?

Yes. For your protection and security, we will request a copy of your identification and a copy of the credit card with which you made the payment. You can send this by email to info@oceantoursmexico.com or we will ask for it when you board our tour.

I think I made the payment, but I do not receive your confirmation. What should I do?

Usually, if confirmation does not arrive, first: Look first in your UNWANTED email folder (SPAM), if you do not find our confirmation in that folder, you probably have misplaced/misspelled your email. In this case, contact us and we will help you solve it.  

What if the trip I have my heart set on is sold out?

Sometimes, it happens that our tours are sold out. Especially during high seasons and holidays. Just because a tour is sold out doesn’t mean you are out of options for taking the trip of your dreams. If we can make it happen, we will. Please call our Customer Service at +52 984 206 1444. They will try to accommodate your request or let you know about newly added departure dates that might work with your schedule.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that plans change. That’s why, when you book with us, you have the flexibility to change your travels and re-book when it suits you. Change or cancel your travel plans up to 24 hours before departure, with no fees.  Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the departure date/time may not receive a refund.

Why should I book now?

We advise you to book our tours now as we have many requests! The number of participants in each excursion is limited. Discounts will only be available for early bookings.

Can I take a tour with a larger group than the website allows me to book at once?

All of our tours have their own limits when it comes to the number of people they can accommodate. If your group is larger than the allowed number on our website for a specific tour, please contact our customer service team to find a suitable option for your group. They will be able to help you arrange the perfect trip for your group, regardless of size.

 

Can I make a telephone reservation?

You can always phone us on any of the numbers given on our website to make a reservation; however, to guarantee your seats, you should pay 20% of the total cost of the reservation.

How can I pay?

We have various payment options:

You can pay for the service completely by Credit or debit card or

PayPal (This is very simple and only takes a minute).

You can also pay us only a 20% deposit to confirm your reservation. The balance due can be paid directly to our guide in cash (USD, MXN, EURO) or with a credit card. 

None of these forms of payment will increase the total price, excepting possible charges by your own bank.

How do I know you are a legitimate company?

We have been in the business for more than 16 years. Thousands of people have now taken our excursions.

You can read the thousands of verified traveler reviews on our website, and on other 3rd party sites, like TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook. You can also just call us anytime and speak to one of our friendly members of staff!

We also invite you to have a look at and engage with our Social Media pages:

https://twitter.com/OceanExcursionsMexic
https://www.facebook.com/OceanExcursions
https://www.instagram.com/oceanexcursionsmexico/

What to Bring:

  • Non-disposable bottle or thermo

    Bring your own non-disposable bottle or thermos to comply with environmental regulations and enjoy an eco-friendly visit.

  • 15 USD per person

    Collected by your guide at the start of the tour. Due in cash with USD, MXN or EUR

  • Change of clothes

    We recommend to bring an extra t-shirt

  • Extra Money for souvenirs and tips

    Credit card and cash payments

  • Hat or Cap

  • Sandals

  • Sunglasses

  • Swimsuit

  • Towel

  • Bottled Water, Soft Drinks and Beer

  • Certified Bilingual Guide

  • Lunch: Chicken or Fish and salad.

  • Round-Trip Transportation

    Round-Trip Transportation with AC

  • Snorkel and Safety Vest

    Floating Safety Vests are mandatory in all boat tours

Why With Us:

Important: Dock & Nature Reserve Fee ($15 USD per person) is not included in the price.

Best Snorkeling Gear

We provide only the highest quality snorkeling equipment, with a water-release valve in the snorkel that makes it much easier to expel any water that may enter. It also improves breathing, allowing you to jump in right away with the Whale Sharks, without being hindered by your equipment.

Get your Pictures with the Whale Sharks

We make sure our guides take their high-end GoPro camera in each boat, and you can purchase all pictures and HD videos taken with a GoPro camera during your tour. You also can take your own aquatic camera.

Our first concern is the total satisfaction of our clients!

Prescription Snorkeling Mask

If you wear glasses, we can provide you with a prescription snorkeling mask, at no extra cost, so you can properly see the Whale Sharks underwater. All you need to do is give us advance notice during the time of booking your tour with us!

Professional Guides

Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, safe, and most importantly, they love what they do! The whole team will make your tour an unforgettable experience.

Seasickness Prevention

We do everything possible to prevent seasickness from happening to our guests, which is why we offer three prevention methods FOR FREE, such as dramamine, ginger tea, and pressure point bracelets. Again, all prevention methods are free of any charge!

Small Groups whale shark

We only take small groups of clients with a maximum boat capacity of 10 people, so that we can create an environment that’s personalized & comfortable, giving you that “private tour feeling” without the “private tour price”.

Vegetarian Lunch

Upon request, we’re able to provide vegetarian options to our guests. You’ll be simply delighted! Featuring a delicious pasta salad with olive oil, fresh tomatoes and olives, served with guacamole, tortilla chips, and fruit. Our breakfast is also vegetarian.

We are the Tour Operator

Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. This is why we’re able to guarantee excellent and high-quality service. Most of the web pages you see are simply selling tours as a middle-man, providing little to no guarantee of quality, safety, or assurance. Here, you buy directly from the tour operator.

We Care

We take three crew members on each boat to ensure all your needs are taken care of and to also ensure that you have the best experience: captain, sailor/guide, bilingual guide/photographer.

We go the Extra Mile

On every tour, our captain and guide are experienced in locating and spotting Turtles, Sailfish, Dolphins, and Manta Rays to make your experience even more amazing!

Our Boats:

Boat Ballihoo
Boat Ballihoo
Boat Fantasea
Boat Fantasea
Boat Whale Shark Tour
Boat Whale Shark Tour
Our Own Boats
Our Own Boats
VIP Boat Fantasea
VIP Boat Fantasea

Our Guides:

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