We've all seen it and we've all wondered about it, It's the jaw dropping underwater MUSA statue museum off the coast of Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico.
Roberto Diaz, president of AquaWorld and it's underwater MUSA museum has found this project to be a tremendous success and is a site that every snorkeler, scuba diver, vacationer, and traveler will want to put on their top 10 list for places to travel and dive. With over 1,364 artificial habitats this unique dive site has an array of artistic statues that were planted in the ocean providing a wonderful place for snorkelers to admire the artistic works of sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor.
Jaime Gonzalas Cano, local head of Mexico’s Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SEMARNAT), initiated the MUSA project In an effort to ease away the yearly population of 800,000 tourists from overcrowding the natural National Marine reef. Not only has the underwater MUSA museum kept tourists from damaging the National Marine reef but it has also proven to be a symbolic expression of creativity and reflective thinking. One of the most fascinating things about MUSA however is it's ability to increase in biomass and create a prime atmosphere for corals and sea life to grow. This impacting museum was all made possible with the help of Cancun and Isla Mujeres Nautical Associations, National Marine Park authorities, along with with Kapitol Reef (that's us!) as one of the main sponsors to help fund the project.
Now that you know a little of the history and purpose of MUSA lets dive in and take a look at some of their statues.
La Jardinera De La Esperanza
This statue located is four meters under the ocean surface and showcases a gardener laying on garden steps admiring a variety of plant pots. Its pretty cool to see these coral plants beginning to form!
Are bankers always hiding like this? Comment below and tell us why you think this banker may be hiding.
The inheritance is located 4 meters beneath the surface near Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
Not much inertia going on in this picture. That is until you swim down and join this statue watching the television!
Well there you have it! Next time you're in the Cancun area make sure to stop by AquaWorld and check out their incredible MUSA snorkeling tours to see this one of a kind museum! This is a spot you won't want to miss and we guarantee that you won't be disappointed. Now go grab a Kapitol Reef snorkel and head out to MUSA for the snorkeling experience of your lifetime!