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Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Not quite 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but almost as thrilling, there are few activities in Cancun that will capture the imagination of Club Caribe members quite like Cancun’s underwater museum. MUSA – Museo Subacuático de Arte is one of the subaquatic highlights of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

Simply described, it is an underwater museum exhibiting sculptures from British artist, Jason deCaires Taylor who founded the non-profit organization in 2009, and Mexican artists Karen Salinas Martínez, Roberto Díaz Abraham, Rodrigo Quiñones Reyes and Salvador Quiroz Ennis. These talented artists have created artworks for exhibition underwater that, over time,  have formed an incredible manmade reef providing habitat for colorful marine life in and around Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Nowadays, MUSA is considered one of the top activities in Cancun – totally unique and unforgettable.

There are various “exhibition rooms” to explore at MUSA, with two main locations: Manchones Reef, an area just off the coast of Isla Mujeres, and Nizuc Reef, a newer set of exhibitions near Cancun’s hotel zone. The way to visit the museum close up is to book a diving or snorkeling tour with one of the tour guides approved by MUSA, which you can reserve through the tour agent at Villa del Palmar Cancun. You will then be led by a local guide to experience the art-reefs first hand. Night dives can also be organized.

However, not only can you enjoy these gallery spaces under the sea by taking diving and snorkeling tours, those Club Caribe members who don’t want to get wet can also delight in the subaquatic exhibitions aboard a glass bottom boat or by parasailing over the Museum sites.  

This museum is certainly one of the most incredible activities for all the family. If you are really impressed by what you see, the museum also accepts donations to help support future projects.