MUSA: Cancun Underwater Museum MAGIC
The crystal clear waters, year-round tropical climate and the spectacular Mesoamerican Reef make Cancun and the Riviera Maya the most famous destinations in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling. With millions of visitors each year, it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure the conservation of the reefs for years to come. One of the most interesting initiatives in sustainable tourism in Mexico is the Cancun Underwater Museum, also known by its acronym MUSA.
MUSA: The Art of Conservation
MUSA Cancun Underwater Museum was launched in 2009 with the aim of creating an alternative destination for divers and snorkel enthusiasts and thus give a break to the natural reefs. The British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor began his creations using fishermen and local residents as models (yes, each sculpture is a “real” person!). The sculptures of the Cancun Underwater Museum are made of a neutral cement ph 6-8 that is textured specifically to facilitate the formation of new coral polyps. The sculptures are carefully placed underwater in the natural reefs and are built with corners and hidden curves so that marine life will make them home.
Currently, the Cancun Underwater Museum houses more than 500 sculptures, each doing its part to attract new corals and marine life. There are rapidly growing algae and coral polyps that are inviting for all kinds of marine creatures! Art evolves naturally, once the sculptures are in the water they become part of the marine landscape and develop new colors, textures and shapes as they unite with the new environment and become living art. The sustainability plan was a great success and Cancun now houses the largest artificial reef in the world.
Buceo y snorkel en el Museo Subacuático de Cancún
MUSA is divided into three main areas: Manchones, Nizuc and Punta Sam. The Manchones reef lies between Cancun and Isla Mujeres and is home to most of the sculptures submerged at 8 meters deep. This part is best visited with a guided tour, or as part of a diving class in Cancun. The Nizuc and Punta Sam attractions are located in shallower waters (4 meters or less) and are the perfect place to snorkel and immerse yourself in this magical world, often included in the Jungle Tour Cancun.
Be sure to add the Cancun Underwater Museum to your list of things to do in Cancun, it offers extraordinary and unique water adventures! You will appreciate the magical fusion of human artistic expression with the creative capacity of nature, a combination that does our planet a lot of good