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Cancun: Scuba Diving for Beginners, 2 Dives

1. Cancun: Scuba Diving for Beginners, 2 Dives

Take a scuba dive lesson for one day and have the opportunity to dive in popular spots in the crystal waters of Cancun without need for a scuba certification. Learn the basic of scuba diving in a pool, then explore the underwater world with two tank dives in the ocean. After filling out a short medical form, you will take theory lessons and pool practice to learn the basics of scuba diving, then you will do two tank ocean dives. The first dive tales place at MUSA Underwater Museum and the second dive at Manchones reef.

Cancun: Jungle Tour Adventure with Speedboat and Snorkeling

2. Cancun: Jungle Tour Adventure with Speedboat and Snorkeling

Explore the colorful marine life and clear blue waters of the Cancun jungle on this guided water adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping on a speedboat ride around Nichupte Lagoon, and slow the pace down with peaceful snorkeling over the underwater statues at the Punta Nizuc coral reef. Get fitted with a lifejacket and snorkeling equipment at the marina before learning how to operate the speedboat safely. Board your two-seater speedboat to explore the Nichupté Lagoon, which is rich in mangrove vegetation. Navigate through the mangrove jungle as your guide points out the most interesting fauna and flora to ensure that you discover all this unique area has to offer. After around 35 minutes, arrive at the Mayan Coral Reef at Punta Nizuc. See some of the Musa statues that form an underwater museum, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. After 30 minutes, return your speedboat to the marina.

Cancún: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour & Swim with Dolphins

3. Cancún: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour & Swim with Dolphins

Take a catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres, with a stop to snorkel at Cancún Underwater Museum en route. Explore the island, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and relax at the beach club. Get up close to dolphins. Play with them, hug them, and shake hands. Learn all about these intelligent creatures. Board the catamaran at Playa Langosta and head straight to Cancún Underwater Museum. Put on a snorkel and mask and take a dip to discover the creative sculptures on the seabed. Marvel at how nature has taken over, adding its own twist to these artworks. Spot fish and other marine life. Climb back aboard the catamaran to head to Isla Mujeres, one of three Magical Towns in Quintana Roo. Embark on a guided tour of the center of the island for an hour. Discover its natural wealth, Mayan vestiges, and Caribbean culture. Immerse yourself in the island's relaxed, romantic atmosphere. Next, have a short briefing before your swim with dolphins. Choose between 3 options, ranging from 40 to 60 minutes. Take part in different activities such as handshaking, hugging, and belly-riding. Feel the excitement of being foot pushed by dolphins. Learn about the species from the specialists. Finally, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and take advantage of the open bar at the Discovery Island beach club. Sunbathe on a lounge chair, take a dip in the swimming pools, and generally unwind after your fun-filled morning. Return to Cancún aboard the catamaran in a party atmosphere.

Cancun: Snorkeling Tour at MUSA The Underwater Museum

4. Cancun: Snorkeling Tour at MUSA The Underwater Museum

Board a boat that will take you to the middle of Isla Mujeres bay, located only 30 minutes away from Cancun. Once the boat has reached the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art, jump into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to go snorkeling. Admire more than 400 life-size human figures that are brought to life by coral, algae, and other marine life. The submerged sculptures were designed by Jason de Caires. Continue to the Manchones Reef, where you will have another chance to go snorkeling. You will be able to see various types of fish, as well as sea turtles, rays.

Cancun: Skip-the-Line Mayan Museum & San Miguelito Site

5. Cancun: Skip-the-Line Mayan Museum & San Miguelito Site

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Mayan Museum of Cancun and explore an exhibition space dedicated to the culture and history of the Mayan people. See one of the most historically significant archaeological collections of Mayan material culture in the entire world and visit the San Miguelito Archaeological Site with this attraction ticket. Enter the museum with your skip-the-line ticket to the Cancun Mayan Museum and get ready to enjoy an artistic and historical experience. Admire the museum's entrance, decorated with sculptures of Jan Hendrix that represent the surroundings of the region on a water surface. Explore the exhibition space, composed of three halls of eight meters high. Stop in different showrooms, whose walls feature coated glass, which allows a magnificent view of the forest of San Miguelito and the Nichupte lagoon. Learn more about the museum's collection and admire various historical artifacts along the way, as Cancun Mayan Museum houses one of the most significant archaeological collections of the Mayan culture in the world. Take advantage of the included access to the San Miguelito Archaeological Site. Explore the site's various features, and see structures that once held wooden houses and palms, where families lived during the last years before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the material culture of the Mayan people while learning about their history with this attraction ticket perfect for all ages.

Cancun: Paradise Snorkel at Reef and Underwater Museum

6. Cancun: Paradise Snorkel at Reef and Underwater Museum

Board a motorboat and enjoy a ride out to Punta Nizuc reef where a floating platform is waiting for you. From here, plunge into the crystal-clear waters and discover a reef full of corals to admire the stunning underwater world. The shallow waters provide a calm sheltered snorkel site so beginners can learn the basics of snorkeling. Enjoy hopping in and out of the water at your own pace. The platform makes it easy for kids and adults to access the water. Refresh yourself with a cold drink or beer available on the platform before diving back in to explore the MUSA, Cancun Underwater Art Museum. If the weather allows it, you can see 16 statues under the water including the ‘The Garden of Hope’, ‘Timebomb’, and ‘The Last Supper'.

Cancún: Underwater Museum & Reef for Certified Scuba Divers

7. Cancún: Underwater Museum & Reef for Certified Scuba Divers

When in Cancún, Mexico, discover Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). This site has both a collection of art and an artificial reef created to help natural reefs recover. Learn the background of this museum, which began as a small project back in 2009 with only three statues. First, head to Manchones Reef on a boat, where you will see an impressive gallery with hundreds of coral-covered statues standing 30 feet under the sea. Marvel at the over 470 life-sized sculptures on hand. On your second dive, witness the breathtaking colors of a natural coral reef which is also home to turtles and lots of colorful fish, before concluding your exploration of this unique Cancún setting combining art and marine life.

Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

8. Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

Participate in an introductory scuba diving tour, perfect for beginners who want to experience a unique outdoor activity. Start the course by getting comfortable and confident with some quick lessons in a practice pool located at the Marina in the middle of the hotel zone. After the quick pool lessons, head out on a 30-minute boat ride from Cancun Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres where you will visit the Underwater Museum and then a reef. Arrive at your first dive spot, the biggest underwater museum in the world. Witness the interaction between art and underwater wildlife. Next, head over to an incredible reef full of vibrant marine species and colorful fish. After your 2 dives, return to the Marina by around 4:30 PM.

Cancun: 3-Hour Snorkel at Underwater Museum & Coral Reef

9. Cancun: 3-Hour Snorkel at Underwater Museum & Coral Reef

Start the tour in the lobby of your hotel in Cancun. Board an air-conditioned van which will take you to the Marina. After a quick check-in and an activity briefing, hop onto a boat and set off to begin your 3-hour snorkeling adventure.  Make your first snorkeling stop at the Underwater Museum, where hundreds of sculptures are submerged. The artworks have a double purpose: to attract people away from the natural coral reefs and to create new reefs. Next, make your second stop at the magnificent coral reefs along the Great Mayan reef barrier. This incredible site is part of the 2nd largest coral barrier in the world. Enjoy the opportunity to interact with colorful fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. This is a tour for people that do not have a lot of time or do not want to take a full day tour for a couple of hours to snorkel, those who love the ocean and those that have been around many times and just want to focus on the snorkeling. Water and soft drinks are included throughout the whole excursion.

Cancun: Scuba Diving for Certified Divers at 3 Locations

10. Cancun: Scuba Diving for Certified Divers at 3 Locations

Certified divers can choose from 3 different dives in Cancun and explore the coast of Cancun. Dive 1: MUSA Underwater Museum Check-in at the dock at 12:30 PM and depart at 1:00 PM. With this dive, you’ll enjoy two shallow dives that combine art and nature. The first dive is at the MUSA Underwater Museum. Dive to a depth of 8 meters/27 feet and see some of the 500 life-size sculptures that are submerged underwater. The second dive is at Manchones Reef. Dive to a depth of 10 meters/33 feet and explore 800 meters of the diverse reef. Return to the dock around 4:00 PM. Dive 2: Punta Cancun Reefs Check-in at the dock at 8:00 AM and depart at 8:30 AM. This is a more challenging dive located outside of the bay. Dive to depths of 15-17 meters/50-56 feet and see the coral formations and sea life living outside of the bay. With this dive, you will do two tank dives in two different Punta Cancun reefs, which will be chosen on the day. Dives could include San Toribio, Ginas, San Miguel, La Herradura, Punta Negra, El tunel, Aristos (La Iglesia), or Grampin. Return to the dock around noon. Dive 3: Wreck Diving Check-in at 8:00 AM and depart at 8:30 AM. This dive will take you to the shipwrecks C-58 or C-55, located at the deepest diving area in Cancun. Dive to depths of 25 meters/80 feet at one of the shipwrecks and a Cancun reef. Return to the dock around 12:00 PM or noon.

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After we had only seen one sculpture of the underwater museum and pointed it out, the guide explained to us that there weren’t any good swimmers in our group and that’s why he made a shortcut near the boat and we were happy to swim out again afterwards and that’s how it was then too. We saw more sculptures and a ray and a turtle and were on the road for a total of 1.5 hours. Very successful and great! In addition, drinking is included and you have a boat tour of about 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back. Very nicely done. Clear recommendation!

Highly recommended for a family activity. Very professional guides. The boat ride is just amazing especially as it goes into the narrow water path. The snorkeling part was good but I had higher expectations as to the different types of fishes.

fantastic experience, Jorge was a brilliant rep , well worth a look , boats are nice and fast too and even tho only 2 hours we'll worth the tour

Very entertaining staff and excellent experience with the dolphins

Excellent value for money. well run and friendly staff