On this 9-hour tour, enjoy two of the most beautiful and best-known islands off the Yucatan Coast: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Contoy is a protected natural reserve that provides shelter and nesting areas for maritime birds; you'll have a chance to snorkel its clear-blue waters before exploring the island on foot and enjoying a traditional Yucatan lunch. Isla Mujeres is a former fishing village that enchants visitors with its natural beauty and view of the Cancun skyline over the calm waters of the Caribbean. Bottled water, soft drinks, lunch, and snorkel equipment are all included.
Start your day at Punta Sam in Cancun at 7am. Board a comfortable speedboat to get to Isla Contoy in just 40 minutes (USD $10 roundtrip). Before reaching the island, make a stop for an optional 40-minute snorkeling session at the tip of the second largest reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.After snorkeling, disembark on Isla Contoy (USD $5 nature reserve fee). The pier is next to one of the island's finest beaches, featuring a natural pool with crystal-clear waters. Take a little time to walk around the small island or visit the museum. See an internal lagoon where bird species nest, follow a set of trails that leads to the other side of the island, and finally climb the island's lookout tower, where you can appreciate magnificent views in all directions.At mid-day, dig in to a delicious lunch of "Tikin Xic" fish (a traditional jackfish recipe from Yucatan), along with grilled chicken, guacamole, salad, bread, and seasonal fruits. Water and sodas are available on the boat at all times, and after snorkeling, so is beer. After lunch, enjoy 90 minutes of free time on the beach. Work on your tan, take a dip, or play with the friendly mantas.Depart from the pier toward Isla Mujeres, the "Island of Women," so named by the Spanish because of the many goddess images they found here upon arriving in the 16th century. Stroll the charming streets of this picturesque island, pick up a few souvenirs, and then board the boat back to Cancun, arriving back at Punta Sam around 4pm. Bottled water, soft drinks, lunch, and snorkel equipment are all included.