As I was planning my trip to Mexico, I looked up some of the things to do in Cancun. There is really a lot to do here. But what REALLY stood out for me was the Underwater Museum Cancun. I searched for all the information I could about this wonderful artificial reef created out of hundreds of sculptures. That became the focus on my trip! I simply HAD to dive into the MUSA, Cancun – Museo Subaquatico de Arte.
This spectacular museum came into being in quite an extraordinary way. It was conceptualized in 2008 with the intention of creating an artificial reef in the Caribbean to protect endangered marine life. This unusual idea was born out of the coming together of three men from three varied backgrounds – The director of the National Park, the President of the Cancun Nautical Association and British underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The result is MUSA Cancun!
The Underwater Sculptures
The MUSA has two galleries – The Manchones and the Punta Nizuc. Our tour with Aquaworld took us to see the Manchones exhibition. This was a 35 minute dive and gave me just enough time to immerse myself in this stunning underwater art… And this is what I saw:
Would I recommend a dive at the Underwater Museum Cancun?
Absolutely! If marine life, eco-conservation and art are your thing, this is unmissable. Do not expect to see a lot of fish though, especially if you’re an avid diver. However, I promise that it is a thrilling experience.
You have probably gathered by now that this project was created to save and preserve marine life. Joining this tour is not just an appreciation of art, but an appreciation of a huge attempt to preserve the environment. This is a trip like no other, an experience you won’t get anywhere else in the world. What I have covered here is just one of the two galleries in the Underwater Museum.
If you’re interested in the Cancun underwater museum tours, check out Aquaworld’s official website for more details.Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets from Aquaworld to be part of this tour. However my recommendation has not been influenced in anyway by the company.
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