Snorkeling in the Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) is an amazing tour you cannot miss while visiting Cancun. MUSA stands for ‘Underwater Museum of art’ in Spanish.
Over 470 underwater statues in Cancun, you won’t believe your eyes
The coral reef sites in Cancun have received a huge influx of visitors over the years and this has taken it’s toll on the natural areas and ecosystems.
The Cancun underwater museum is a unique way to draw people away from the reefs and create an artificial one where coral can grow and marine life can breed.
The museum in Cancun now consists of 475 submerged sculptures and there are plans for more!
Our Snorkel in the Museum tour offers a unique snorkel excursion to visit the underwater statues located beside Manchones reef area. Manchones is located between the coast of Cancun and Isla Mujeres and is now home to 455 of the statues.
During our 2 hour underwater museum snorkeling tour you will also see the schools of fish, turtles, rays and other sea life that inhabit the area. The museum provides the essential shelter and food they need in order to thrive, grow and of course breed.
Some of the sculptures that can be seen during the excursion are the 450 life sized statues collectively called the Silent Evolution.
Most of these models were locals from Puerto Morelos, a nearby fishing village to the south of Cancun. A 5 year old boy sat for over an hour whilst he was covered with marine cement, other statues were made from a pregnant lady, a nun, a local fisherman as well as a model and a famous British TV presenter. Others statues to be seen here are Man on Fire, Dream Collector, Bacab, Anthropocene and The Banker.
Today these eerie statues are covered with algae and polyps of Coral, the plan worked and Cancun is now home to the biggest artificial reef in the world.
Life jacket (mandatory)
Brand new snorkel tube
$10 usd marine park/ dock fee – A portion of your fee is destined to conservation of MUSA
Not permitted during pregnancy
Participants must know how to swim
Minimum age: 5 years
Children under 18 years should be accompanied by an adult