Cancun's Underwater Museum, commonly referred to by the locals as Musa, is located just off the south side of Isla Mujeres and is home to more than 455 statues which were constructed using marine grade cement by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. This attraction is located in the Cancun & Isla Mujeres Marine Park which is visited by more than 750,000 tourists each year making it one of the most visited stretches of water in the world and placing immense pressure on its natural resources. The location of the sculptures promotes the recovery of the natural reefs as it relieves pressure on them by drawing visitors away to an alternative site.
Over the past few years the Museum has also received worldwide acclaim and generated millions of dollars in advertising to the region through its extensive media coverage. The layout is divided into two galleries called Salon Manchones and Salon Nizuc. The first is eight meters deep and suitable for both divers and snorkelers and the second four meters deep and only permitted for snorkeling.