Explore MUSA: The Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico

Explore MUSA: The Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico

I had the pleasure of visiting MUSA, the underwater museum in Cancun, on a recent trip Mexico. The museum wasn’t on my original Cancun itinerary, but a tropical storm cancelled my plans to go swimming with whale sharks and the owners at Casa del Buceo were kind enough to guide me on a last minute dive to make sure my day was not wasted.

MUSA stands for “Museo Subacuรกtico de Arte,” which means “underwater museum of art.” Formed in 2009, the site had been high in my list for some time but I didn’t think it would be possible to do yet. I was happy to find that I–a seasoned snorkeler but by no means a diver–could complete this journey in a half day or less.

Here’s everything you need to know to have your own underwater adventure in Cancun!

MUSA Museum Location


The underwater museum is located in the ocean between Cancun and Isla Mujeres and is easily accessible by boat. It’s about 8 meters deep (26 feet) and there are different exhibits throughout. In total, there are more than 500 sculptures underneath the water waiting to be discovered.

MUSA Museum Tour

I took a tour of the museum and my guide was excellent. I followed him under the water and we basically had the location to ourselves until we were joined by 3 other divers. The whole experience took about 3 hours, with a half hour in the water to tour the museum and a half hour to practice beforehand in shallow water.

Dive Certification Requirements

You can get certified to dive MUSA same-day! I have been wanting to get PADI certified for a while, and this is like a mini-course consisting of an official video, a one-on-one question and answer review and the live exercise that I mentioned above. MUSA is great dive for all skill levels as it’s relatively shallow and is a memorable way to get introduced to the world of scuba diving.

Know Before You Go

Always bring cash to tip your guides, they work hard to make sure you are safe under the water. This trip is dependent on weather but, as I noted, I was able to sneak in a quick dive before a storm on my visit. Call before you go to make sure the folks at Casa del Buceo are available. You have to take a taxi to the site as it’s not within walking distance of the ferry port.

Weather permitting, tours are held 365 days a year. Swimming with whale sharks is also offered, between June and August which is whale shark season.


Till next time, safe travels!

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Explore MUSA, an underwater museum off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. No dive certification needed!

Just 20 minutes from Cancun and Isla Mujeres by boat lies MUSA, an underwater museum with more than 500 statues for scuba divers and snorkelers to explore. Don't miss this underwater museum while in Mexico!



  1. July 6, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    What an amazing experience! I had no idea this even existed ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks Daneen! As soon as I saw the photographs I knew I had to go!

  2. July 6, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I’ve had my PADI scuba license for almost four years and I highly recommend it. You can dive anywhere in the world and the license never expires! The MUSA is on my bucket list!

    – Katie

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      I definitely want to get certified, so excited just thinking about all the places to dive around the world!

  3. July 7, 2017 / 12:44 am

    OH my Gosh! How cool! What an interesting adventure!

  4. July 8, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I’ve seen photos of this but never read about someone’s experience. It sounds super cool! Did you feel like half an hour was enough time to see the statues?

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      I wish I’d had a little more time, and information about the statues beforehand cause I’m a nerd and like context lol, but all the more reason to go again!

  5. July 8, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Wooow, that must be a memorable museum visit. I was calling myself not a museum person, but I think even I would love to try this!

  6. July 8, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    This is SO cool, I’d love to do this! If I ever go to Mexico it’s going at the top of my list (I swam with whalesharks in Australia and it was awesome).

  7. July 8, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve known about this place for a long time but never met or read about somebody who’s actually been there! Really cool post! And the museum looks so nice and special…
    I’d love to see it too but I’m a bit scared of diving haha.

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      It’s a bit scary when you’re doing it for sure! But an easier thrill than jumping out of a plane so it’s all relative haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. July 8, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    This looks fabulous! But can you really get certified in one day to dive the museum?? After having gone through the Open Water certification, and knowing how much there is to learn and how many things can go wrong (and what you need to know to react), I wouldn’t be comfortable with that!

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I was nervous too but it’s an official PADI course for less challenging experiences, they have kids dive that use the ame videos to train. It was only 30 minutes and a shallow depth, and they said we only learned like 10 of the basic hand signals compared to 50+ that you’d learn in a full course. I’d love to continue learning and do more diving in the future!

  9. Kelly
    July 8, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Oh man!! I would be so bummed not to dive with whale sharks!! That is such a shame!! But this experience looks amazing. Love the photos.

  10. July 9, 2017 / 12:56 am

    This looks like so much fun! Glad you were able to check off another item on your bucket list when the tropical storm changed your plans.

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Carrie! Sometimes you gotta make do and keep on trucking haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. July 9, 2017 / 1:34 am

    I did an underwater statue museum in Grenada, and it was awesome! More than 65 statues and equal parts cool and creepy =)

  12. July 9, 2017 / 1:58 am

    I had never heard of an underwater museum, but it sounds fascinating. I’ll definitely be looking this up to learn more about the art. Good tips on scuba certification also. Very helpful!

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks Kate! The art was fascinating, I definitely found myself wishing there was an underwater audio guide haha.

  13. July 9, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I’m heading to Cancun TODAY! Would love to do this. Questions: do you tip in American cash? And how much did the whole dive cost? Great article!!

    • July 10, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Awesome, have fun Gabby! They will accept tips in any currency you’re offering haha, and the whole dive cost me around 1,500 Pesos, less than $100 USD! Have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. July 10, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I did this dive in January – it was my first dive after getting my certification. I absolutely loved it! It’s so surreal to see the sculptures underwater. You have some great photos, too!

  15. July 12, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    The MUSA is so beautiful. I love the Volkswagen car in the middle of the sea! Swimming with the sea sharks sounds adventurous!

  16. Muhammad Ameen Sheikh
    August 15, 2017 / 6:27 am

    This looks really cool!!! Hope you had tons of fun

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