There’s a lot of magic in the depths of the ocean. Crazy-looking fish, colorful coral, … statues of beautiful women. You may have heard about the fascinating underwater sculptures in Cancun, Mexico. That’s right, Cancun isn’t all about resorts and tequila shots. If you’re looking for a unique activity in Mexico, you’ll want to check out Museo Subacuático de Arte, (also known as MUSA.)
With over 500 remarkable sculptures, MUSA is the largest underwater museum in the world. MUSA is more than just an exhibit of underwater sculptures, it’s a project with a purpose. The museum was opened with efforts to deter tourists away from nearby endangered coral reefs.
All the sculptures are made from specialized materials to encourage the production of coral and algae. Created above ground, the statues are then placed on a lift and lowered to the ocean floor. Over time, nature will work its magic and a new coral reef will form. Wildlife will feed and colonize off the sculptures, creating a fascinating ecosystem.
Most the statues were created by British sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor. Besides being a remarkably skilled artist, Jason is an ambitious marine conservationist. He is actively creating a unique solution to the issue of our deteriorating coral reefs.
There are a few ways to see the underwater sculptures in Cancun. One of the underwater exhibits lies eight meters deep and is only accessible by diving. You’ll want to make sure you’re equipped with the best scuba diving mask to see all the sculptures. You can also book a snorkel tour and view the Punta Nizuc exhibit, which lies about four meters deep. If you prefer to stay dry, the glass-bottom boat tour is also an option. You’ll be able to enjoy MUSA however you’re comfortable.
If you would like to learn about the amazing underwater sculptures in Cancun, visit the MUSA web at musamexico.org. I suggest booking your tours directly through MUSA.