Scuba diving in Cancun

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When you sink into the Cancun Underwater Museum, the world's largest diving museum, it's something right out of a dream. Some 400 submerged life-size statues of people peer upward at you while others have their arms crossed. Even sitting at the ocean bottom, they are stunningly realistic and the ripples of underwater light bring them to life.

British-born artist Jason deCaires Taylor created the sculptures for The Silent Evolution installation in 2010. When you're exploring the museum, keep in mind that it's a living, breathing, habitat-saving reef; sea worms have already drilled holes into the sculptures.

When you reach a depth of eight metres, make sure to pull out your underwater camera. It is a great place to shoot underwater photos and videos that show something other than colourful fish.

To keep things fresh, there are special events planned with new artists and new works each year. The sculptures are within the boundaries of The National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

Most Cancun dive operators offer excursions to the museum and costs range depending on the size of your group. Scuba Cancun is one of many operators offering equipment rental, lessons and tours, with a certified diver.

If you're looking for other places to dive nearby, you don't have to go far. One of the most popular diving day trips takes you to the island of Cozumel. Drive one hour south of Cancun to Playa del Carmen, where you can catch a quick ferry to Cozumel. Many dive operators offer same-day packages to the island that get you back to Cancun within the day.