Destination – Maceió

4 05 2010



Located in a totally coastal environment, Maceió stands out for its beauty, embedded in palm trees, mangroves and the sea. One can walk safely and calmly along its seashore. It also has many urban beaches.

Maceió, capital of the State of Alagoas, owes its name to the Tupi Indians. Impressed by the natural phenomena they observed, they started calling it “MAÇAYO” or “MAÇAI-O-K” which means “that which covers the marsh”. The city began in an old sugar mill and plantation complex round the 19th century.

Its development started with the arrival of ships taking wood from Jaraguá bay. With the installation of the sugar mills, Maceió started to export sugar, then tobacco, coconut, leather and some spices. Prosperity made it possible for the settlement to become a village on December 5, 1815. Thanks to its continued growth, Maceió became the capital of the Alagoas Province on December 9, 1839. The city has excellent tourism infrastructure with very good hotels, and a diversified culture reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and customs.

Climate
It has a tropical, hot and humid climate. The hottest months are December and January, when temperatures reach 36ºC in the shade. The lowest temperatures, with lows around 21ºC, are usually in July and August.

Source : Embratur





Diving points – Santa Catarina

22 04 2010


Santa Catarina
has incredible potential for diving. Its coastline is beautiful, with crystal-clear waters and teeming with marine life.

Highlights
Bombinhas/Florianópolis
– Despite political restrictions, there are incredible, not to be missed dives.

Florianópolis and the town of Bombinhas, sixty kilometers away, are the starting-points for the region’s most important dives. When the Arvoredo Biological Reserve was closed again in 2003, Bombinhas was most severely affected. The town lost its main points on Galé Island and tourists ignored the town.

Local diving  operators now take over two hours to sail to the permitted area in the south of Arvoredo. They have to share the acess points with those of Florianópolis.

Parcel do Boi

One of the best dives on the southern end of Arvoredo. The reef begins roughly ten meters deep and the mounds rise to seven meters above the surface. At its deepest aprt, to the southwest, there is a scattered wreckage and a great variety of sea life. Large schools of open water fish such as amberjack and anchovies. Turtles are also often found.

Saco do Capim

This saco or cove gets its name from the characteristic grass growing in this part of the island, one of the best know locations. The bottom is overgrown by zoanthids. In the most sheltered part lie the debris of the Granada, an old wooden-hulled fishing vessel that sank after engine failure. Seahorses and green turtles are often found.

Saco do Batismo

The most sought-after site for those about to make their first dive, and yet one that can surprise even the most experienced divers. The rocky seabed makes cavers where angelfish and crevasse-dwelling shoals are found. Turtles can be seen at rest, in the direction os Saco do Capim.

Baía das Tartarugas

The seabed is made up of several ledges. This is one the best place on Arvoredo for observing turtles. Divers will sometimes also find large schools of sea bass. One of the region’s most interesting caverns lies between this bay and Engenho Bay.

Baía do Engenho

There was a sugar mill here once, and the bay also was a refuge for fishermen. It has since become an ideal training area for all levels of divers. There is a shallower part, some eight meters deep, where the rocks meet the sand. It gets as deep as eighteen meters toward the light house, and larger fish can be found there. Take care, however, with the strong current that drags the diver toward the lighthouse.

Baía do Farol

Facing the Navy supply-base for the lighthouse. The seabed is almost entirely rocky and overgrown with soft coral (sea fans), and very large Atlantic and common Groupers can be seen.

Ponta do Farol

This is the deepest dive in the reserve. The currents are often very strong, but the view is well worth it. A huge rock face, teeming with enormous open water fish. Be careful, though: the speed of the currents is often proportional to the beauty of the rock formation.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Diving in Maracajaú is featured in the Brazilian Journal

13 04 2010

The Newspaper Today’s TV Globo, filed on April 9 the fate of Maracajaú in Rio Grande do Norte. Scuba diving in the region was highlighted in the matter, which was chosen with almost 60% of the votes on the website of the newspaper.

Check below the story:

Rio Grande do Norte, 410 km from the famous beaches and clear warm waters have a special outing that attracts more people: the plunge.

Maracajaú located 60 km north of Natal and is one of the scripts for those who want to dive. The tour can be done with or without the use of the cylinder with compressed air. The four meters in depth the sunlight reflects all shades of marine life. Anyone can dive. No need to travel. Just a little breather. Who wants to do deeper dives must pass the yacht club for Christmas.

To make scuba diving, there are two alternatives: either to make the full course which takes around 16 hours, including lectures and practices, or else the program first experiment.

For the first dive we Arabaianinha up to 20 miles offshore. Sunlight barely reaches. With the help of the flashlight you can see the coral red, yellow.

We are heading to the stop of needles that is 14 miles from the coast, which is equivalent to 25 kilometers or so. Is 90 minutes away and is the second best diving point of Brazil. Loses to Fernando de Noronha.

“Stop the needles is recommended that a certified diver, but a diver who has a good experience,” says Afonso Melo, a diving instructor.

Already in the fall we discover the reason for the name: the pillars of limestone coated with coral reefs stand needles. We passed a school of Mozambique and go into natural caves carved by erosion over the centuries.

The tour is coming to an end. Who comes, get the feeling that even under water beaches here enchant tourists.





Diving in Bonito

23 03 2010

Want to be baptized under water? Dive in Bonito.

The underwater scuba diving, which at first sight seems to be difficult and inaccessible, it becomes an exercise in overcoming the transparent waters of Formoso River.

Tourists without any notion of diving are a fast training half an hour. When you least expect to receive permission from the expert guide to sink. The visibility is confusing. In some places, it reaches 20 meters.

Even the most resistant to the challenge of diving just calm and convinced during training. Learning to dive in Bonito, one of the places with the clearest waters in the world is sensational. Children adventurous can plunge from 10 years … The scenery soothes and inspires the new diver to touch the trunks covered by limestone that look like sculptures.

 





Diving Maracajaú is featured in news site

17 03 2010

The news site the Zero, the Clic RBS, published recently in the box “Brazil“, some information about the fate of Maracajaú – known for its natural pools that allow the practice of activities such as snorkeling.

See below:

Maracajaú is a small fishing village about 60 kilometers from Natal, famous among those who like to dive. After spending hours of rest and relaxation in a hammock under coconut trees in small hotels, one can also enjoy various activities such as buggy or raft, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, snorkelling and diving in natural pools formed by reefs.

It is still in Maracajaú which is the water park Ma-Noa, similar (though less in quantity and variety of attractions) to the Beach Park, Fortaleza. Admission costs $ 32.

The clear waters of Maracajaú are surrounded by reefs, forming what they call the potiguares parrachos (pools). The depth varies from one to eight meters, depending on the tide and the distance of the beach coral reefs. In shallower, the ideal snorkeling.

 





Atlantis Divers have places for diving in Paraty

1 03 2010



The Atlantis Divers is operating with vacancies available for the Enterprise Live Aboard Atlantis, which happens in the 6th and March 7th in Paraty, in Rio de Janeiro.

The event is ideal for those who like adventure and also dive in one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil.

Included in the itinerary to visit the Big Island, as well as food, drink non-alcoholic beverages and dips.

More information can be obtained from the Central Booking-ATLANTIS DIVERS: info@atlantisdivers.com.br

 





Dive sites in Bonito and Jardim – Brazil

24 02 2010



Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers should definietely visit Mato Grosso do Sul. It is a paradise for ecotourism and adventure activities. But what is truly surprising is that despite lying in the very heartland of Brazil, many miles from the coast, Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the country`s best diving destinations.

The towns of Bonito and Jardim boast the clearest waters in all of Brazil, with an enormous range of aquatic life and geographical features to atracct divers, from absolute beginners to the techinical level.

The former can enjoy a terrific “underwater cable car ride”: wear a snorkeling mask and flippers – just relax and let the current do all the work, while the awestruck diver is carried off through hidden beauties.

Cave diving experts have nothing to complain about either: Bonito and Jardim`s underwater caves are unique and unforgettable among the finest in the world.

Snorkeling is one of Bonito and Jardim`s major attractions. The best thing is to go with the flow along the riverbeds, observing the underwater fauna and flora, pretending to be a part of this fabulous ecosystem.

Abismo Anhumas

An amazing underground lake with crystal-clear waters lies 72 meters below the surface of the Earth. You rappel down to the floating deck through a crack in the rocks. The most beautiful part of the lake lies from 15 to 25 meters deep, a maze formed out of huge underwater cones. This is beyond any doubt one of the region`s most extreme dives. It takes roughly 45 minutes to return to the surface.

Nascentes do Rio Formoso

Bonito`s major river rises from two springs that are side by side. The larger spring flows gently down and narrows with increasing depth. It is interconnected with the second spring, but only divers with experience should attempt the passage, wich is over sixty meters deep. At the entrance to the other spring there is a strong outflowing current.

Rio Sucuri

Spectacular visibility and lush aquatic plants. Piraputangas and dorados are part of the landscape, as are catfish, tetras and small crustaceans. The descent takes 45 minutes and the place is stunningly beautiful. Is is forbidden, howewer, to dive to the source of the Sucuri River because it is too shallow. But the place should not missed because it is one of the town`s most beautiful landscapes.

Lagoa Misteriosa

The skinhole forma a lake with crystal-clear waters. Seventeen meters down, two skinholes open, each ten meters across, descending vertically to over 240 meters. The water is so transparent that from thirty meters below the surface, the diver can look up and see the trees surrounding the lake. Acess to this beautiful site is along a sloping trail some seventy meters in lenght.

Buraco das Abelhas

A cavern only slightly over three meters in diameter formed by a spring. At its entrance the passage bends to the right, and natural light dissapears. At 18 meters a cleft falls vertically to 42 meters. It is ideal for training cave diving.

Olho d`água e Rio da Prata

A large crystal-clear water lake that is a habitat for piraputangas, huge dorados, pintados and corimbas. Unbelievably transparent. A stream flows toward the Rio da Prata, where care must be taken with the descent. You have to clamber over tree trunks, and there is also a waterfall to be negotiated, in order to continue the dive lower down, where there is a huge spring in the middle of the river. The descent takes over one hour and is one of the region`s most beautiful trips.

Aquário Natural

The place is know as Baía Bonita; it is rich in aquatic plants and surrounded by dense vegetation. Spectacular shoals of piraputangas, corimbas and occasionally dorados. The water is clear to over fifty meters, in a stream 800 meters long that flows into the Formoso River. The dives ends in the herat of the gallery forest, on a trail that passes a number of waterfalls.

Gruta do Mimoso

This is the most sought-after and also the most beautiful underwater cave in the region. The dive begins in a sunlit underground lake in the middle of the cave. Curtains of stalactites advance into the lake, and small tetras shelter among the rocks. You follow  the guideline to a large tunnel whose roof is covered with thousands of small stalactites. Another chamber opens to the left containing more than twenty cones, some as much as ten meters tall.

Gruta Ceita Corê

A spring with a cramped entrance that requires a certain effort of the diver. A second constriction occurs nine meters down, wich is even tighter, endling in a cleft that is over 160 meters deep.


Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Sea and history of Pernambuco

12 02 2010



Going through some of the main points of Pernambuco, in Recife, Olinda, Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Ipojuca and the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the Route of History and the Sea traces the origins of the people of Pernambuco.

Olinda, first capital of Pernambuco, has a unique charm. During the carnival, the slopes of the city are packed with revelers dancing to the sound of Frevo, the traditional rhythms of Pernambuco. In the remainder of the year, Olinda offers secular churches, historic houses, gastronomy, art and everything expected of a Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The south of the metropolitan area, the beaches of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, as Suape Calhetas and Coral Bay offer beautiful landscapes. In Ipojuca is Porto de Galinhas, the most famous beaches in Brazil. The beach, which was elected seven times as the most beautiful country, has around places like Wall Alto, Cupe and Maracaípe. Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago located 545km from the capital of Pernambuco, no comments. The Emerald of the Atlantic is one of the most visited by Brazilians and foreigners. The boat trip along the beaches, often accompanied by dolphins, he wrote in the heart of the visitor unforgettable memories.

Source: Ipernambuco





Diving Sites – Natal Brazil

10 02 2010



The capital of Rio Grande do Norte is a special place, and diving in Natal is a show all by itselsf. The reefs and mounds of coral, the warm Crystaline waters, depths of 14 to 35 meters and incredible marine diversity will please the novice and experienced diver alike. Generally trips include a stop by Parrachos de Maracajaú for snorkelling.

Serigado de Fora

A cliff of sandstone and large coral arches and varoious small caves. Many groupers, mutton snappers, french angelfish and trumpetfish swim by. From the surface to its top, the depth is about 18 m and, and it’s a much as 30 meters to the sandy bottom. Barracudas and spoted eagle rays are frequently found here.
Level: Advanced
Maximum depth: 30 meters

Sul das Aves
Large mound of sandstone in the shape of ring, covered in colored sponges and soft corals. Abundant fauna. Rays and large schools of pelagic fish patrol the area constantly.
Level: Advanced
Maximum depht: 22 meters

Arabaianinha
Covered with corals and sponges, the tall sandstone mound has a small caves and passages that are frequented by large schools of colorful fish, including queen angelfish, african pompanos, bluestriped grunts, french angelfish, twinspot bass, porkfish and rays.
Level: Basic
Maximum depth: 14 meters

Laje da Serra
One of the best diving spots of Natal. Discovered recently, and still relatively unexplored. Sandstone coverec by algae and tubular sponges shelter large schools of crevalle jackfish, yellow jackfish and sawfishes.Nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays and turtles are also frequently found here.
Level: advanced
Maximum depth: 20 meters

Terra Grossa
The large coral reef in the shape of a tube is slotted with fissures and holes and features a high diversity of fauna. Large schools of spotted eagle rays are readily found here.
Level: Basic
Maximum depht: 15 meters

Panam
It earned its name for the hammerhead sharks that often appear here. The first seaplanes of the old airline that landed in the Potengi River had flat noses and short wings, like hammerhead shark.
Level: Advanced
Maximum depht: 20 meters

Leme and Visgueiro
Located very near to each other and with similar features. These sites are belived to represent the outline of the beach as it was 5.000 year ago. They are coral reefs in the shape of a strip, with many crevices and holes, covered in soft corals. Turtles, moray eels and schools of multicolored fish of the reefs are found in abundance.
Level: Advanced
Maximum depth: 12 meters

Tartaruguinha
Shallow and near the coast, the sandstone shelf is covered with soft corals. Marine fauna is diversified and abundant. Moray eels, southern stingrays and spotted eagle rays is large schools of multicolored fish are commonly found among the reefs. Wrasses and parrotfish make the formations even more interesting, with their burrowing of holes and tunnels in the reef. The name comes from small turtles that frequent the area.
Level: Basic
Maximum depth: 16 meters

Source: Brazil Divig Guide





Types of diving

12 01 2010



Mysterious Lagoon, Jardim (MS)

There are three major classifications of divingdiving in caves, dive in open water and cave diving.

The diving in open water is the starting point for all divers and is one in which the linear access to the surface is always available – in other words, just swim up and the diver can take the head of water. The sun is always visible in this mode.

In diving in caves, on the other hand, the diver is exploring natural caves and permanent, with their roofs, but with an entry and sunlight visible. Both the open water diving and diving in caves are considered recreational activities that require licensing and training of amateur level. Divers such arrangements generally limit their dives to 40 meters.

The cave diving differs from the other two methods because it is a form of technical diving, and not recreation. It requires specialized equipment, several years of training and qualification. Professionals emphasize the continuing need for equipment and physical fitness of first line.

 








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