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Cancun: Paradise Snorkel at Reef and Underwater Museum

1. 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'.

Cancun: Scuba Diving for Beginners, 2 Dives

2. 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

3. 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.

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.

Cancún: Underwater Museum and Reef Dive

5. Cancún: Underwater Museum and Reef Dive

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Cancun: Aquaworld Scuba Diving School

9. Cancun: Aquaworld Scuba Diving School

The best way to explore the underwater world of Cancun is, no doubt, by scuba diving. Learn to dive for the first time with a professional diver and discover the wonderful sea life of the Mexican Caribbean. Choose between visiting the colorful Manchones Reef or the mysterious Underwater Museum of Art, also known as MUSA. Both diving locations are home to hundreds of tropical fish, corals, starfish, turtles, and rays. Manchones is a shallow reef located close to Isla Mujeres (Spanish for Island of Women). It’s very common to see turtles here as well as lots of other colorful reef fish and sea life. The Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) consists of two main locations. The deeper section is great for diving while the shallower part is great for non-divers and snorkelers. During your MUSA dive, see over 450 life-sized statues which are now covered with algae and the coral reef. This man-made reef attracts all kinds of underwater life: the crevices of the sculptures provide great hiding places for fish to breed and inhabit.

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What people are saying about Cancún Underwater Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 127 reviews

This experience was everything and more. Having to drive the boat and send signals made the experience more personal. Jimmy is a great leader and teacher. I highly recommend this experience. The wind blowing in your face as you drive to and from the snorkel reef was exhilarating. The reef was beautiful we saw lots of fish and other things down under. I would do this again!

Great fun! First time driving a speedboat for me - great experience, amazed at how fast they go. The snorkelling was amazing - very relaxed, no rushing to get in/out of boat. Goggles, snorkel tube and flippers all provided. Was grateful for the fresh water shower at the end to get rid of the salt water.

Excellent price fantastic boats Me and my 7 year old son loved everything about the tour would highly recommend this value for money

great trip , done it many times , first with this company and was a great experience..

It was good, we enjoyed the activity and Emilio (who was our guide) was so kind