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Cancun: Scuba Diving for Beginners, 2 Dives

1. Cancun: Scuba Diving for Beginners, 2 Dives

Take a scuba dive lesson for one day and have the opportunity to dive in popular spots in the crystal waters of Cancun without need for a scuba certification. You will learn the basic of scuba diving in a pool, then explore the underwater world with two tank dives in the ocean. After filling out a short medical form, you will take two hours of theory lessons and pool practice to learn the basics of scuba diving, then you will do two tank ocean dives. The first dive tales place at MUSA Underwater Museum and the second dive at Manchones reef. Check in: 10:30 a.m. Boat departure: 1:00 p.m. Return to dock: Around 4:00 p.m. The essentials for your scuba diving service (equipment, wetsuit, national park and dock fees) are included in the price.

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Cancun: Snorkeling Tour at MUSA The Underwater Museum

2. Cancun: Snorkeling Tour at MUSA The Underwater Museum

Board a boat that will take you to the middle of Isla Mujeres bay, located only 30 minutes away from Cancun. Once the boat has reached the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art, jump into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to go snorkeling. Admire more than 400 life-size human figures that are brought to life by coral, algae, and other marine life. The submerged sculptures were designed by Jason de Caires. Continue to the Manchones Reef, where you will have another chance to go snorkeling. You will be able to see various types of fish, as well as sea turtles, rays.

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Cancun: Paradise Snorkel at Reef and Underwater Museum

3. Cancun: Paradise Snorkel at Reef and Underwater Museum

Board a motorboat and enjoy a ride out to Punta Nizuc reef where a floating platform is waiting for you. From here, plunge into the crystal-clear waters and discover a reef full of corals to admire the stunning underwater world. The shallow waters provide a calm sheltered snorkel site so beginners can learn the basics of snorkeling. Enjoy hopping in and out of the water at your own pace. The platform makes it easy for kids and adults to access the water. Refresh yourself with a cold drink or beer available on the platform before diving back in to explore the MUSA, Cancun Underwater Art Museum. If the weather allows it, you can see 16 statues under the water including the ‘The Garden of Hope’, ‘Timebomb’, and ‘The Last Supper'.

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Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

4. Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Get free entry to over 30 attractions in Cancun and Riviera Maya and save up to 50% compared to buying individual attraction tickets with this easy-to-use digital pass. Purchase a 3, 4, 5, or 7-day pass and enjoy one premium activity, including manatee and dolphin encounters, Xcaret Park admission, and a Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip. Take to the skies on a parasailing adventure, hop aboard a catamaran to Isla Mujeres, snorkel the reef at Puerto Morelos, climb the highest pyramid in the Mayan Riviera on a tour of Coba, and much more. Attractions and tours included: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure • "Get Up and Go" Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres • 1-Day Avis Car Rental • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art and Local Market Day Tour • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Reef, Turtle and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Interactive Aquarium Cancun • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sailing Trip • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Extreme Canopy Tour at Selvatica Park • Shopping Tour in Cancun • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • Coba and Cenote Swim Tour with Lunch • Snorkel Native Park Admission • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Full-Day Tour to Ek Balam & Cenote Maya with Lunch • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Snorkel in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • 2-hour Open Bar at Señor Frog’s • Jungle Tour Speedboat with Aquabounce Tour • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Choose 1 premium attraction (3+ day passes only): • Xel-Há Park All-inclusive Entry • Xcaret at Night Park Admission • Extreme Adventure Park All-Day Combo Tour • Manatee Encounter with Lunch in Cozumel or Isla Mujeres • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch, Maroma Beach Club Access, and Transportation • Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

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Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

5. Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

Participate in an introductory scuba diving tour, perfect for beginners who want to experience a unique outdoor activity. Start the course by getting comfortable and confident with some quick lessons in a practice pool located at the Marina in the middle of the hotel zone. After the quick pool lessons, head out on a 30-minute boat ride from Cancun Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres where you will visit the Underwater Museum and then a reef. Arrive at your first dive spot, the biggest underwater museum in the world. Witness the interaction between art and underwater wildlife. Next, head over to an incredible reef full of vibrant marine species and colorful fish. After your 2 dives, return to the Marina by around 4:30 PM.

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Cancun: 3-Hour Snorkel at Underwater Museum & Coral Reef

6. Cancun: 3-Hour Snorkel at Underwater Museum & Coral Reef

Start the tour in the lobby of your hotel in Cancun. Board an air-conditioned van which will take you to the Marina. After a quick check-in and an activity briefing, hop onto a boat and set off to begin your 3-hour snorkeling adventure.  Make your first snorkeling stop at the Underwater Museum, where hundreds of sculptures are submerged. The artworks have a double purpose: to attract people away from the natural coral reefs and to create new reefs. Next, make your second stop at the magnificent coral reefs along the Great Mayan reef barrier. This incredible site is part of the 2nd largest coral barrier in the world. Enjoy the opportunity to interact with colorful fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. This is a tour for people that do not have a lot of time or do not want to take a full day tour for a couple of hours to snorkel, those who love the ocean and those that have been around many times and just want to focus on the snorkeling. Water and soft drinks are included throughout the whole excursion.

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Cancún: Underwater Museum and Reef Dive

7. Cancún: Underwater Museum and Reef Dive

When in Cancún, Mexico, discover Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). This site has both a collection of art and an artificial reef created to help natural reefs recover. Learn the background of this museum, which began as a small project back in 2009 with only three statues. First, head to Manchones Reef on a boat, where you will see an impressive gallery with hundreds of coral-covered statues standing 30 feet under the sea. Marvel at the over 470 life-sized sculptures on hand. On your second dive, witness the breathtaking colors of a natural coral reef which is also home to turtles and lots of colorful fish, before concluding your exploration of this unique Cancún setting combining art and marine life.

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Cancun: Scuba Diving for Certified Divers at 3 Locations

8. Cancun: Scuba Diving for Certified Divers at 3 Locations

Certified divers can choose from 3 different dives in Cancun and explore the coast of Cancun. Dive 1: MUSA Underwater Museum Check-in at the dock at 12:30 PM and depart at 1:00 PM. With this dive, you’ll enjoy two shallow dives that combine art and nature. The first dive is at the MUSA Underwater Museum. Dive to a depth of 8 meters/27 feet and see some of the 500 life-size sculptures that are submerged underwater. The second dive is at Manchones Reef. Dive to a depth of 10 meters/33 feet and explore 800 meters of the diverse reef. Return to the dock around 4:00 PM. Dive 2: Punta Cancun Reefs Check-in at the dock at 8:00 AM and depart at 8:30 AM. This is a more challenging dive located outside of the bay. Dive to depths of 15-17 meters/50-56 feet and see the coral formations and sea life living outside of the bay. With this dive, you will do two tank dives in two different Punta Cancun reefs, which will be chosen on the day. Dives could include San Toribio, Ginas, San Miguel, La Herradura, Punta Negra, El tunel, Aristos (La Iglesia), or Grampin. Return to the dock around noon. Dive 3: Wreck Diving Check-in at 8:00 AM and depart at 8:30 AM. This dive will take you to the shipwrecks C-58 or C-55, located at the deepest diving area in Cancun. Dive to depths of 25 meters/80 feet at one of the shipwrecks and a Cancun reef. Return to the dock around 12:00 PM or noon.

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Cancun: Aquaworld Scuba Diving School

9. Cancun: Aquaworld Scuba Diving School

The best way to explore the underwater world of Cancun is, no doubt, by scuba diving. Learn to dive for the first time with a professional diver and discover the wonderful sea life of the Mexican Caribbean. Choose between visiting the colorful Manchones Reef or the mysterious Underwater Museum of Art, also known as MUSA. Both diving locations are home to hundreds of tropical fish, corals, starfish, turtles, and rays. Manchones is a shallow reef located close to Isla Mujeres (Spanish for Island of Women). It’s very common to see turtles here as well as lots of other colorful reef fish and sea life. The Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) consists of two main locations. The deeper section is great for diving while the shallower part is great for non-divers and snorkelers. During your MUSA dive, see over 450 life-sized statues which are now covered with algae and the coral reef. This man-made reef attracts all kinds of underwater life: the crevices of the sculptures provide great hiding places for fish to breed and inhabit.

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What people are saying about Cancún Underwater Museum

great snorkeling experience crystal blue waters saw many fish under water people saw a sting ray which I missed :/ saw some statues under water tequila on deck and great staff members they were friendly and helpful definitely recommended and you must be there on time or they will leave the you behind

Well organized, even if you have to plan more time. We had to wait an hour on a water platform for our boat to bring us back. The figures are super exciting and the water is shallow. Very good price-performance ratio.

Absolutely amazing! The experience was so well conducted and prepared, we never really felt anything could go wrong. After this we just can't stop thinking about getting back into scuba gears. Truly recommend.

Amazing experience and flexible to let us to the reef till the next boat leave and to change the date I book

Diving has exceeded my expectations so much that I am already planning another vacation in Mexico :)