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 Subacuático 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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