If lolling on Cancun’s soft, sandy shores and contemplating the temperate turquoise seas aren’t enough action for you, then consider exploring the myriad activities offered in the area. The Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) offers an underwater view of some 475 sculptures by British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor and a handful of local artists. They can be viewed from a boat or snorkelling.
From May through September frolic with gentle migrating whale sharks – the largest fish on the planet – in their watery turf. You can safely swim alongside them as they feed on bountiful plankton. Xel-Há, an open sea aquarium, archaeological site and eco-tourism-marine park, beckons with ancient ceremonial centres and lagoons teeming with colourful sea creatures where you can snorkel in a safe environment. Xcaret showcases Mexican culture in a lush ecological park.
History, along with a slate of eco-adventures such as snorkelling in cenotes (underground rivers) and underwater caves, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, scuba diving, bird watching and basic beach pleasures are offered. For avid beach lovers, water sports abound with jet-skiing, parasailing, fly-boarding, hang-gliding, sailing, scuba diving along the world’s second largest barrier reef, and lots more. ◼