Manchones Reef is a very unusual and popular dive site located in Cancun, Mexico. Aside from an abundance of exotic marine life, this unique site features an impressive number of interesting underwater sculptures by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
The reef is ideal for art and diving enthusiasts and is located just off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The sculptures, which form part of an underwater museum known as Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), are permanently on display on the sea floor and have been constructed using materials that will encourage coral growth. The artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, describes the work as “forming a timeline of the changes both visually and socially in humans over the past centuries.” One of its major attractions is an 8 ton replica of a Volkswagon Beetle but there are many other interesting sculptures to see.
Aside from the man-made art, natural art such as brain corals, colourful sponges and elk and stag horn corals add to the magical atmosphere. Superb marine life surrounds the site with schools of yellow goat fish, trumpet fish and angel fish in abundance. There are also a number of morays, blue tangs, angelfish, barracuda and lobsters who have made their home in this truly exceptional exhibition. As always when diving in Cancun, keep an eye out for green and hawksbill turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.