Cancun’s unique Underwater Museum of Art is one of the most unique ways to experience the vibrant coral reefs that surround the popular destination, and this year, this eco-tourist attraction is set to become even better.
The renowned museum comprises hundreds of sculptures that have been strategically placed on the ocean floor to allow coral and fish species to thrive, and officials recently gave the green light to add additional artworks to the underwater collection.
With travelers increasingly opting for eco-friendly forms of travel, continue reading to find out why this is an unmissable activity on your next Cancun getaway.
New Conservation Effort Launched To Protect Cancun’s Delicate Reefs
The Mexican Caribbean is home to some of the world’s largest coral reef systems, including the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, providing countless opportunities for travelers to admire these colorful species in an ecologically sound way.
And travelers in Cancun don’t have to venture far to spot this wondrous creation of nature. The MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) has become a must-see attraction thanks to an extensive collection of sculptures that combine nature with environmental protection.
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Home to hundreds of sculptures dotted around the waters of Cancun, Punta Nizuc, and Isla Mujeres; the MUSA is already one of the largest museums of its kind in the world.
However, the impressive ecological project is set to grow in size with the addition of new underwater sculptures. According to Rica Lopez, head of the Quintana Roo Nautical Association, officials have already given operators permission to sink more artworks.
The goal, officials say, is to facilitate the growth of new coral reefs and to preserve existing ones while allowing for travelers to experience the magic of Cancun’s underwater scenery.
The current repertoire of 500 underwater sculptures is not nearly enough to meet ever-growing demand, and with record-shattering arrival figures, travelers are increasingly booking snorkeling and diving tours with the museum.
Having received the go-ahead to expand the artwork collection, officials hope to nearly double the number of sculptures. By doing so, MUSA would provide a unique solution to environmental concerns by creating more habitats for fish and coral species.
Even though authorities have worked tirelessly to preserve the Mexican Caribbean’s delicate reefs, they are threatened by climate change and mass tourism. That’s why MUSA’s underwater exhibitions are one of the best ways to spot wildlife in an environmentally conscious way.
Snorkeling, Diving, And More!
In addition to protecting Cancun’s diverse marine wildlife, MUSA also offers an array of guided snorkeling, diving, and even glass-bottom boat tours.
With excursions for as little as $50 per person, MUSA’s stunning artworks are definitely worthy of being included in any Cancun itinerary.
Some of the most popular activities include the Punta Nizuc tour, which departs from Cancun. During the 2-and-a-half-hour tour, travelers can spot up to 28 MUSA sculptures in addition to an array of colorful reefs.
Experienced divers can also opt for this Isla Mujeres tour, which takes participants on an action-packed adventure through the island’s crystal-clear waters, featuring sculptures, marine wildlife (including turtles!), and plenty of new sights. The $125 per person tour includes an instructor as well as diving equipment.
Those that would rather observe MUSA’s renowned artworks without getting wet can opt for this $50 per person glass bottom boat tour, which departs from Cancun.
Travelers can book excursions online on MUSA’s website or through their travel agency.
While conservation initiatives are underway to preserve the Mexican Caribbean’s coral reef systems, it is crucial to refrain from touching or causing any harm to these fragile ecosystems in order to safeguard them for future generations.
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