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The Underwater Museum

Cancun’s Underwater Museum

 

What is it?

The Cancun Underwater Museum is a literally, breath-taking collection of sculptures and original art pieces created by Jason deCaires Taylor, that are submerged more than 28ft  beneath ocean waves in Cancun National Marine Park. What began as artistic display in November of 2009 has now turned into one of the most popular destinations in Mexico.

Divers and snorkelers and underwater explorers have the opportunity to admire more than 400 original sculptures in depths ranging from 9 to 20 feet. The artist behind the project, Jason de Caires Taylor offers a contemporary and cultural view of how the Mayan people have evolved through out the years in “The Silent Evolution”. This unique  installation is carefully crafted with of more than 400 life-size figurative sculptures- many of which were inspired by the native peoples of mexico.

What is the purpose?

  •  Each statue is environmentally friendly and entirely made of PH-neutral concrete specifically designed to encourage marine life to grow.
  • Many statues were made as exact replicas of members and landmarks from the community of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
  • The exhibitions were strategically designed & placed in order to deter tourists from reefs and other marine life that was undergoing repetitive damaged by snorkelers.
  • Individual displays and statues changes over time as plants and coral grow from the sculptures and fish feed from them.

How much does it cost?

Diving excursions to the underwater museum cost anywhere between $69 (£39) and $71 (£43) depending on the diver’s experience and equipment.

For more information visit the website here!

 Gear up for your next snorkeling vacation! 

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Written by Bianca Rossi

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