My Mexico Bucket List – Isla Mujeres’s Underwater Museum

My Mexico Bucket List – Isla Mujeres’s Underwater Museum

I’m finally heading to Mexico next month! This means that I’ll be able to tick off some of my Mexico bucket list activities, although I’m sure they’ll be plenty left for a another trip in the future. Somethign that I’ve been eyeing up for some time is the Underwater Sculptures of Jason DeCaires Taylor in the MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Artes) between Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

The exhibition called “The Silent Evolution” was placed in the water in 2009 and aims to deflect tourists from the natural reefs, providing them time to recover and regrow. Initially I was worried that I’d need to learnt o dive to visit the sculptures, however the websites shows that both snorkeling and glass bottomed boats are available for at least some of the locations. While I’m sure diving provides the best experience, it’s not really an option for me.

The photos below are form the artist’s website where there are even more amazing shots. you can also see where over time these sculptures have become part of the ocean bed, with the reef starting to crawl across their surfaces.

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I also need to decide whether the nearby Isla Mujeres is worth a visit. The beaches look lovely but a bit overrun with tourists, so I might decide my time is too precise to try it out. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve been!

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