Contoy Island
Isla Contoy is an area declared a Natural Reserve and National Fauna Refuge since 1961. It is located north of Isla Mujeres and is an islet uninhabited by humans and is home to the largest number of birds. That is why it is also known as the Island of Birds.

Its shape is elongated and it has an extension of 8 kilometers in length and 800 meters in its widest part. It is located on a reef mass so we can find a large number of marine species and especially crustaceans, because in addition to bird migration, it also welcomes hundreds of lobsters that seek refuge on the welcoming shores of Isla Contoy.

The wonderful waters of turquoise tones in Islas Contoy
The wonderful waters of turquoise tones in Islas Contoy
Some reptiles also walk freely, looking for sunlight like the brown iguana that can measure up to a meter in length.

It is a true paradise that brings together different species that coexist in harmony. If you want to live the tranquility, peace and nature up close and bathe in the crystal clear waters of its beaches, it is possible by hiring a tour that will take you there.

Things to do in Isla Contoy
In addition to immersing yourself in its warm and turquoise Caribbean waters, you can enjoy snorkeling in the Ixlaché reef, which belongs to the second largest barrier reef in the world, and live with a wide variety of marine species: corals, manta rays, multicolored fish, crustaceans and even sea turtles from diving partners.

The Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is one of the three species of Sharks that feed through a water filtration mechanism, along with the Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and the Boquiancho shark (Mega Mouth Shark), which holds a wide variety of plankton and nekton, including small crustaceans like krill, crab and algae, small fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel and occasionally larger prey like small tuna and squid.

Whale Sharks are endangered species protected by the Mexican bill NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2001 which is based on global Wildlife preservation regulations. Mexican Government is highly concerned with preservation efforts and has created the National Comission for for the Protection of Nature Reserves (CONAMP) which enforces the regulation of Whale Shark encounters