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Diving and Snorkelling​ in Cancun

Life size statues, starfish, turtles, sharks, manta rays, and schools of multicoloured fish—what isn't there at the bottom?

Diving and Snorkelling​
Diving and Snorkelling​
Diving and Snorkelling​
Diving and Snorkelling​

Have you ever been to an underwater museum? There is one at the ocean bottom near Cancun. Museo Subacuatico de Arte, also known as MUSA, counts 400 life-sized figures scattered across the vast area. Wrecks and reefs conceal a great variety of fish as well. Turtles love to hang out here during their nesting season, which is included in diving season. The seabed is studded with bright starfish, and seemingly threatening manta rays. It says "seemingly," for they are dormant, and hence harmless during diving season. The area is also known for whale sharks, and nocturnal nurse ​sharks—naturally best observed in a night dive. The best diving and snorkelling​ conditions are available between March and August.

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What is the best time of the year to dive or snorkel in Cancun?

Maximize your underwater experience during diving and snorkeling activities in Cancun by planning a trip between March and August. This period provides the best conditions in terms of visibility and weather. Don't hesitate to book your trip during this season to bask in Cancun's stunning underwater beauty. Show more

Where can I find the Museo Subacuatico de Arte?

Explore the Museo Subacuatico de Arte or MUSA, situated at the ocean bottom near Cancun, Mexico. The museum's vast area features over 400 life-sized sculptures to observe and admire. You must possess prior diving experience or hire a guide to witness the stunning underwater sculptures. You can also opt for tour packages available for those new to diving or snorkeling activities. Show more

What kind of marine life can I see in Cancun's ocean bottom?

Witness an array of marine life below Cancun's ocean surface, including life-sized sculptures, multicolored fish, turtles, manta rays, starfish, and even sharks. During nesting season, turtles are a common sighting, and other fish species hide among the wrecks and reefs. Night dives also provide the chance to see whale sharks and nocturnal nurse sharks. Show more

When is the nesting season for turtles in Cancun?

Ensure the safety and protection of turtle eggs during their abundant nesting season lasting from March to August. Responsible tourism is crucial to prevent the endangered animals' extinction. Watch cute and tiny baby turtles hatch and journey straight to the ocean, creating a memorable and beautiful experience. Show more

Are there any dangerous sharks in Cancun's ocean bottom?

The possibility of encountering potentially dangerous sharks like nocturnal nurse sharks or whale sharks in Cancun's ocean bottom is present. However, these creatures generally do not pose any dangers during the diving season and are considered to be relatively harmless. You can dive with a reputed professional guide, follow safety procedures and remain cautious to ensure a pleasurable and secure diving experience. Show more

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