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MUSA, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Isla Mujeres is a small island located less than 10 miles of the Yucatan Peninsula of Cancun, Mexico and is visible from there as well. The name of the island translated to “The Island of Women” which reflects back to the previous century when women of fishermen would find refuge on the island while the men were away on the high seas. Because of its close proximity to Cancun, it is a widely visited vacation and snorkeling spot with incredible sights to offer.               

A popular snorkeling attraction at Isle Mujeres is the MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte/Underwater Museum of Art). This museum is composed of over 400 clay statues intentionally submerged underwater. The purpose of the exhibit is to provide snorkelers with a unique attraction while also helping the environment thrive as the clay statues eventually turn into artificial reefs one day.  The statues expand an area in between Cancun and Isle Mujeres of about 4,500 square feet and are all at relatively shallow depths. Because of the shallow depth of the MUSA and the clarity of the water, you will have no problem exploring the exhibit at the surface. The interesting thing to look for is the different species of fish that have made the exhibit their new home and how the coral has started to grow on the statues as well. If given the opportunity to vacation at Isla Mujeres, the MUSA is an attraction you will regret missing out on!

 

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