Lagoon Misteriosa will be reopened

23 07 2009

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After three years if the appropriate governmental requirements, the Lagoon Misteriosa in Garden in the region of Bonito (MS) is to be reopened soon. In August, the owners come with application for environmental licensing to Imasul (Institute of Environment of Mato Grosso do Sul) and from there, expect the endorsement of the body.

Famous by the blue of its water and the visibility of 40 m, the lake will return to the area an open space for diving with cylinder. “Now, this method can be practiced in caves,” explains the director of tourism of Bonito, Clayton Gomes. On site, the limestone walls reflect the sunlight and water takes advantage on the rivers.

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“It is very transparent. From the inside, you still can see the canopy of trees,” says Regina Bonomini, which 16 years working as tourist guide in the region and celebrates the reopening of the Lake, known also by the depth.

The name comes from there. Why not have the funds available, was named Misteriosa. “The person who fell to the bottom was the most diver Gilberto de Menezes in 1998,” says Luiza Coelho, director of sustainability of the company that manages the site. Until today, nobody knows what is behind the 220 m he reached.

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For the public, the exploration of alternatives will start with the basics, the fluctuation. Snorkel and feet of ducks are the first choice for tourists know the place. The attraction is not the fish – there are only three species – but the aquatic plants, macrophytes and bryophytes, which seem to dance on the walls.

The diving sessions will be divided by levels of training of participants. From 21 m, for example, the instruction is required for diving in caves. The deepest will walk up to 60 m and professional mailings must be negotiated with the administration of the site, it says do not want to dive at high risk.

Photos: Marcelo Krauser

Source: Terra Turismo

Maracajau Snorkeling

14 07 2009

Maracajaú is located about 50km from Natal (Brazil), and it takes one hour to go there. This region is considered to be the best area for snorkeling and diving, near Natal.

There is a big area of reefs named Parrachos de Maracajaú (7km from the coast), an area of 13km2, with a deep varying between 1,8m and 3,2m, during low tide. The water temperature is in average 26°C, and the development of corals contribute to a rich marine fauna and flora, turning the region to an enormous, natural aquarium.

This scenery is idealistic of practicing Snorkeling and also Scuba Diving for beginners. Also more experienced scuba divers can enjoy the region’s very pleasant diving, with reference to the rich marine life, and the waters temperature and visibility.

The Snorkeling kit  includes: Diving flippers, Mask & Snorkel, and boat transfer from the coast to Parrachos de Maracajaú (takes 10min one way), where it is a small platform/base station – effective time for snorkeling 2 hours.

The Scuba Diving kit includes: Diving equipment – Cylinder/Oxygen, Regulator, Vest & Ballast, Diving flippers, Mask & Snorkel, and boat transfer from the coast to Parrachos de Maracajaú (takes 10min one way), where it is a small platform/base station – effective time for diving 40min.

Source: PackTours

Swimming with Humpback whales in BRAZIL

3 07 2009


The humpback whale emerges out of the crystal blue water, only a couple of meters away from you. You swim in the tropical waters of Brazil. Around you the water is boiling, there are 4 humpback whales around you. They are inquisitive, playful but very careful too. Humpback whales are 15 meter long. There, the big tale shows its beauty for a couple of seconds. With your diving glasses on you can follow them below water.

If we are lucky, we can swim for about 30 minutes with these impressive animals. There are no other ships around us. We know, they will not do us any harm. But nevertheless, they are so huge !

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From July until November hundreds of humpback whales come to this region to give birth and to bring up their young’s. While waiting for the whales, there is plenty to do for the one who wants to explore the area: coral reefs and wrecks we can explore with the diving equipment from the “Sarah”. The fish live is colorful and can be examined while snorkeling. We can see lots of barracudas and turtles. By kayak or surfboard we can explore the area.

The Abrolhos are an island group about 100 miles off the Brazilian coast, surrounded by coral reefs. They are a bird wildlife reserve. We can visit the islands under guidance of the Brazilian rangers and see fregat and other birds breeding. We can get so close, we could touch them. The beautiful and elegant white tropical birds with their 50 cm long tale describe fascinating circles in the shining blue sky.


You will fly to Rio de Janeiro and from there to Vitoria (another 1 hour flight). We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the “Sarah W. Vorwerk”. You choose your cabin (and cabin partner), we explain the boat to you, we will enjoy our first “antarctica” (a Brazilian beer brand) and off we go to explore the beach. This evening we will get to know the brazilian way of life: caipirinha and churrasco! Next morning we will make last shopping and head for the Abrolhoes. The PenReel (fishing line) will be thrown out, hopefully that brings us a nice tuna or barracuda. Always when we are at open sea, we will look for whales.


Talking about the sailing life we believe, that people enjoy more intense when they participate in the daily routine on board the S/Y “Sarah W. Vorwerk”. Sailing itself will not too often be possible, since the climate of the Abrolhos produces only little wind during this season of the year. (The one who wants some sailing too, should take the last trip and join us until Rio, real sailing is guaranteed). This has the great advantage, that watching the whales becomes much easier and better. Also diving is more fun since the water will be clearer. Work on board will be divided, depending who has what kind of preferences. The dinghy needs to be looked after, sails need to be stowed, diving gear to be looked after. But also on the culinary field there are no restrictions. Now and then we will bake our own bread, if somebody loves cooking we are thankful and curious eaters.


The Brazilian diet consists of a wide variety of different influences: Indian, African, Portuguese and Latin American flavors are perfectly mixed and bring foreword the most interesting dishes. Our favorite is the ‘moukeka’ and ‘feijoada’. The latter is the national dish of Brazil. Every Saturday one can order it in a Brazilian restaurant: black beans, rice, meat, sausages, farofa (baked and spiced manioc-flour). ‘Moukeka’ is a specialty from Bahia. Henk is quite a master of the recipe by now. A day without a ‘Caipirinha’ is unthought of  Cachaca with thinly sliced lemons, some ice and a bit of sugar.

Swimming with humpback whales in Brazil. A unique opportunity and totally unexplored.