It is a calming thing to sit on sandy shores and watch the ocean meet land. But like many things, the true beauty lies in what's underneath. Below that vast blanket of blue, one can get a glimpse of the sea’s vast and numerous mysteries. Lune Blog was once fortunate to get snapshots of the magical world hidden under the waves of Akumal beach. Living coral, colorful fish, strange plants, a giant sea turtle... the ocean is definitely full of surprises. Interestingly, not all of its surprises are borne of nature. Somewhere beneath the waters of Cancun, Mexico lies a collection of curiosities made by human hands.
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Beneath the surface of Isla Mujeres' waters, the Underwater Museum is an eerie world molded by contemporary artists and activists. Over 500 sculptures can be found on the ocean floor, which represent the efforts of Roberto Diaz Abraham, former president of the Cancun Nautical Association, and Jaime Gonzalez Cano, Director of the National Marine Park, to promote coral life. These exquisite works of art were created to draw attention away from the Caribbean’s natural reefs in order for them to heal. Made of environmentally friendly material, these sculptures are designed to integrate harmoniously with corals, algae, and other forms of marine life. This man-made underwater world can be explored via scuba diving, snorkeling or by going in a glass bottom boat.
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Much to our delight, the Underwater Museum is not the only wonderful secret Cancun hides below the surface. Located in the Yucatan peninsula is the Rio Secreto (Secret River), an underground river that leads to a mysterious non-submerged cave. Stalactites and stalagmites hang from the ceiling, creating a permanent illusion of falling drops of water. The Playa Times calls it one of the best preserved cave systems in Mexico, and is maintained through sustainable processes. As such, only small groups of tourists are allowed to enter the caves.
The natural attractions of Cancun have made it a noteworthy tourist destination, which is why the city also offers superb accommodation. Families can stay at all-suite resort choices like the Royal Cancun, which is located near one of the city’s beautiful white sand beaches. You can relax in the powdery sand or have fun with water activities like sail boating or paddle boarding. When you desire moments of quiet reflection, you can also visit the resort’s botanical garden too. Meanwhile, The Excellence Playa Mujeres is also an ideal getaway for parents because of its white sand beach and spectacular Greg Norman golf course. Being an adults-only retreat, the resort offers honeymoon packages and luxury suites, as well as being known for attracting a whole host of celebrities. Whether you’re with a partner or with family, there will always be a place in Cancun that beckons.
What other treasures does Cancun hide? That’s for all of us to discover. As fellow travelers, we would advise to take the paths less traveled. Search for those hidden wonders and appreciate the memory of them. Be it underwater or on land, Cancun has a lot of attractions definitely worth seeing.