Sustainable Green Adventure
Isla Contoy in the Yucatan Peninsual is located at 27 miles north of Isla Mujeres in the Caribbean Sea.
Contoy is a protected area to preserve and protect the wildlife, flora and fauna and a bird sanctuary, Contoy means Isle of Birds,size is about 5 miles long and less than 1 mile wide, it is a tropical oasis consisting of unspoiled beaches, green wild vegetation and enormous biodiversity, Isla Contoy has no inhabitants.
Considered Mexico’s hidden secret, only certain number of people are allowed onto Contoy each day so it keeps it sustainability.
The shallow turquoise waters that surrounds the island are home to spectacular coral reefs and hundred of diferent tropical fishes so get your snorkel on and dip your head under.
Tours to contoy normally ofer a snorkeling activity at great barrier reef
Isla Contoy (Contoy Island) is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Less than 2 hours away by boat from Cancun is Isla Contoy in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Contoy Summer Nights are starting to draw in and there’s a chill in the air. Surely this is not the end of summer already? After fabulous six months of heat, sunny weather, we want to hold on to summer for so long as we tend to possibly can. Fortunately in Contoy Island we can stay off winter forever.
Contoy Island established sustainability trough eight projects in the sector of biodiversity, ecosystems and marine resources.
Contoy has made strong relationships with community leaders and federal authorities gaining full support with the Secretary of Education that helps to facilitate Contoy instructional program at schools.
“Isla Contoy”, is a natural jewel of the Mexican Caribbean and therefore the Program for the conservation of the whale shark along with the museum of marine life, birds and reptiles, was created for awareness in the community.
Contoy Island made an alliance with the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, USA to produce courses on tropical migratory birds to students in Isla Mujeres and Contoy.
The course of one hundred twenty hours was given September 2014 and twenty girls participated. They applied the theoretical-practical aspects concerning: Biology of the species, – basics of marine culture, – installation and management of farming units,- handling equipment and provide air and sea water – integrated management of the process of fattening,- cleaning and siphoning,-diet and food preparation, -data collection,- and biometry measurements.
There have also trained fourteen guides for National Park in marine and land ecosystems of this island and surrounding areas, and has been asked by the Secretary of Tourism to register the course with the national programs that are part of the certification of guides of the national park and alternative nature protected areas.
Contoy Island has continued building a sturdy relationship with the Underwater Archeology Sub Direction of the National Institute of Archeology and History of Mexico (INAH), and helped providing and coordinating logistics for the sphere work undertaken within the underwater museum project in Isla Contoy, the coaching of scuba guides in underwater archeology, and also the analysis on sunken shipwrecks in the marine area within the proximity of Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy.
The island is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s Most worthy ornithological nature reserves. Due to the prevailing currents, the protected waters teem with fish and, therefore so much, nearby reefs have shown very little sign of coral death. Ever since 1961 the island has had protected standing, and has more recently been designated a National Park.
The island is additionally used for ecotourism, and native operators run daily tours to the island, bringing visitors from Cancun Riviera Maya and Isla Mujeres.
The small boats dock in a little bay with a white sandy beach. Visitors are welcomed by the multilingual National Park guides and informed about Contoy’s sustainability, the different bird species and other animals to be encountered throughout the trip.
The visitor centre provides an outline of Isla Contoy National Park.
An exhibition is presented by the association Amigos de Isla Contoy, with support from the Lighthouse Foundation and the European Union, at Isla Contoy visitor centre.
Large-scale interpretation boards and informative models are used to portray the varied habitats and options of the National Park. Additionally, the visitor centre’s viewing tower offers an spectacular view and an ocean breeze to cool off.
Contoy implanted a gradual changeover of energy supply from diesel generators to the employment of solar and wind power. The provision of drinking water is met by treating rainwater and has been among the introduction of efficient waste water treatment facilities.
|Languages spoken||English, Spanish, French, Ferman, Italian, Russian|
|Area (km2)||210 km2|