MUSA Underwater Museum: A Unique Scuba Diving Experience
If you’re visiting Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and other nearby resort cities, you have to check out the MUSA Underwater Museum for a unique diving experience! There are over 500 underwater sculptures placed in various areas near Isla Mujeres/Cancun and the exhibit helps promote ocean and marine life conservation. The permanent sculptures serve as an attraction for divers to lessen the number of tourists to visit the main reefs. They also allow for the coral reef to grow on the sculptures and serve as permanent homes for various aquatic animals.
MUSA Underwater Museum
MUSA Underwater MuseumMUSA Underwater Museum

Diving around these sculptures was really cool and interesting, but at times it felt a little creepy looking at these statues up close. The best way I can describe the dive is like seeing objects being trapped in time, sort of like the underwater version of Pompeii, and slowly nature takes over these objects. At least the aquatic animals don’t mind, as they appear to be thriving around the museum.

MUSA Underwater Museum

MUSA Underwater Museum

MUSA Underwater Museum

Near the museum is also boat wreckage and several coral reef systems where there were huge congregations of fish and various other species!
MUSA Underwater MuseumMUSA Underwater Museum MUSA Underwater Museum MUSA Underwater Museum MUSA Underwater Museum

You can also view this museum by snorkeling and also take boats with glass floors but, in my honest opinion, the best way to see it is to scuba dive so you can get up close and personal with these timeless sculptures! You can take a PADI two-dive course to learn the basics of diving, then get a chance to explore the museum.

Check out the video of my dive at the MUSA Underwater Museum:


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  1. Gosh that is super cool!!!! Although I am not a diver so I doubt I will ever see it – but I was wish I brave enough too because that looks amazing!!!! Love the concept and your pictures are amazing!!!

  2. I’ve only ever snorkeled but I’ve wanted to scuba dive since forever! This place looks magical – and a little eerie, but I’ll definitely have to try it out. I agree – to really see the place it’ll be worth it to get certified to dive!

  3. I’ve heard about this before and its definitely on the to-do list one day but I’m not a scuba diver haha ;P Do you know how much that PADI course costs? Also what camera did you use to take these pictures? Seriously the clarity of these photos is immaculate!

    1. I think basic PADI certification is around $300, which is pretty standard everywhere. As far as the camera, I used the Olympus Tough TG-2 but the new model is the TG-4. It’s a pretty good underwater camera for anyone to use.

    2. If you don’t scuba dive, you can snorkel since some of these statues are in shallower water. There’s also underwater scooters but I don’t know if they visit the museums.

  4. Wow! MUSA is #2 on my dive bucket list and your photos and video are FABULOUS! I can’t wait to check it out! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring me to start planning my return to Mexico.

  5. How interesting! i have heard about these underwater museums. The concept is remarkable. So many sculptures to see being surrounded by fish and other marine life. Over 500 sculptures? That is a lot and very impressive.

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