Christmas Card – Tamar

24 12 2009

Our starfish illuminate your Christmas!

The Tamar-ICMBio is internationally recognized as one of the most successful experiences in marine conservation and is a model for other countries, especially because it involves coastal communities directly in its social and environmental work.

The mission of the Tamar Project is to protect sea turtles that occur in Brazil.

Merry Christmas!

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Lagoa dos Ingleses offers diving in MG

21 12 2009

Located 25 km from Belo Horizonte, in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, the artificial lake, originally called the Lake Grand Lake and later the Lagoa dos Ingleses, because the origin of its founders, was established in order to be a dam to store Rainwater used to generate electricity for Mina de Morro Velho. 

With easy access and favorable conditions, through the clubs linked with the pond and water during the dry season provides a visibility of about 6 to 8 meters, each year increasing the demand for diving activity.

Has a neutral background and desert, composed of red earth and also on clay. The average depth varies between 4 and 12 meters – may reach 20 meters in some areas. The temperature varies from 17 to 22 degrees depending on the season.

Displays small flooded forests, where the diver walks between trees covered with slime and algae and small fish by creating a beautiful scenery.

The Lagoa dos Ingleses is a good option for people who have little immediate investment to make the plunge into the high seas.

Source: Deco Stop





Bombinhas is one of the resorts favored by fans of diving

15 12 2009



Made up of 18 beaches, four islands and two ecological parks, Bombinhas, located 60 km from Florianopolis, is simply enchanting. Almost an island, for its location at the end of the peninsula of Porto Belo, this small territory of just 36.6 kilometers ², giving it the status of the country’s smallest county, is part of a series of beaches that form the Emerald Coast.

With all its natural beauty, the city offers a variety of entertainment and sports, especially water, for all tastes and ages. Known as the `Capital of the Ecological dive`, Bombinhas is one of the most popular resorts for those who practice diving, winning fame even abroad.

DIVING POINTS

ISLAND OF GALÉS

The Island of Wales is one of the most important breeding sites for seabirds of the Brazilian coast. Is also that there is the sinking of Lili, sunk in 1958 during a fog. The boat is more than 5 meters deep. The diving there can also be done by beginners, and you can see turtles, rays and friars.

ARVOREDO ISLAND

Highly sought after area for diving. Its rich fauna involves species of birds, snakes, reptiles, turtles and sea birds, some migratory, which eventually make nests on the island.

Source: The Day Online





Diving sites – Cabo Frio (RJ)

7 12 2009



Overshadowed by the glamour of Búzios and the fame of Arraial do Cabo as a diving destination, Cabo Frio has gone almost unnoticed by Brazilian divers.

But one just needs to peruse a nautical chart to see that the place is promising. A wonderful archipelago made up of six islands that extends off the coast, providing more than 30 diving sites.

Sea conditions vary, as they do along the entire southeastern coast. Visibility can exceed 30 meters and 25 degrees centigrade and, the very next day, drop to 10 meters and 12 degress centigrade. All of this because of the famous upswelling –  a cold current responsible for the name of the cape. One of Cabo Frio’s biggest advantages is it proximity to diving sites.
Ilha Comprida – Face Norte
A rocky mesa that covers an area of approximately 40 m2,a t a depth of 4 to 6 meters. to the left, near the passage way to Laje da Alagada, there are large burrows and a high incidence of open-water fish, including barracudas. Night divings is recommended.

Ilha Comprida – Laje de Dentro
A long strip of fine sand at 10 meters, and the not-so-rare presence of large rays and small nurse sharks at rest. Near the southern tip, a large rock formation serves as shelter for many moray eels. Excellent spot for underwater photography.
Ilha Comprida
The inlet is sheltered from the Northeastern and eastern winds. A rock formation with a strip of sand in the center provides shelter for rays, turtles, lobsters, many nudibranchs and various species of fish. Tumpetfish can be found at night.

Ilha Dois Irmãos
Excellent place for open water fish, but the timing is restricted to calm ocean days. Rarely visited, it offers rich and peculiar animal life. On the western side, the current makes drift dives possible.
Ilha dos Papagaios
The site most visited by dive operators. Exciting marine biodiversity: octopuses, spotted eagle rays, soft corals, nudibranchs and tropical fish. The sea is always calm, ideal for begginers. Don’t miss the site that divides the second and third inlets: a rock formation rising up to 21 meters has beautiful entrances and small caves in its shallower part – a small cathedral. In the third inlet, passageways in a wall that descends to 28 meters.

Carolina
Carolina lies near the mouth of the Araruama channel, from where the boats depart. The shipwreck is in pieces, with only the boilers left. But its structure can be easily discerned. A good place for macrophotography and night diving.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Scuba Diving in Salvador

2 12 2009



Salvador has roughly islands and boasts Brazil’s largest bay. The city is symbolized by its beautiful beaches and the catchy rhythms of its music.

You will still find the wreckage of sunkenships, the aftermath of battles fought centuries ago. Bottles, cannon, Chinese porcelain, Portuguese faience, these and other historical items have been brought up from the shipwrecks. Salvador is bathed by the Brazil Current, wich brings in ocean waters and ensures great visibility.

From november to march the average temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. However, diver should beware of possible currents.

On dry land there is a history lesson on every street corner: Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, and dates back to 1554, when Thomé de Souza came to the then Vila do Porto da Barra.

Salvador’s historical center is today recognized as Latin America’s most important concentration of colonial architecture. The Pelourinho neighborhood, the center of local cultural life, contrasts with the city’s major town planning projects.

Guarajuba
Guarajuba Beach has some excellent spots for scuba diving. The seabed is made up of rocks and corals, sheltering large fish such as Mackerel, Greater Amberjack, and Groupers. Rays can be seen. The beach is famous for having the region’s clearest waters.

Salvador
This shipwreck allows you to observe the lush sea life swarming among what remains of the metal structure. The Salvador, a paddle steamer, lies off Juá beach.
Galeão Sacramento
This flagship foundered on the Santo Antônio Bank and sank in 1668. Divers can still find many cannons and anchors in its wreckage. The place is also a great nursey for fishes, lobsters and molusks.

Cavo Artemidi
Divers see this wreck as a kind of sanctuary: the ship is 160 meters long and is undoubtedly one of the largest wrecks in Brazilian waters. The Greek cargo ship foundered on the Santo Antônio Banks in 1980. The ship has become an enormous aquarium, sheltering large fishes such as Atlantic Goliath groupers, nurse sharks, rays, barracuda and mackerel.

Germânia
Early twenthieth-century German cargo vessel. This shipwreck is recommended for night diving and for free diving, and is acessible from the beach. Schools of doctor fish, Rio de la Plata one sided live bearers, and Yellowtail Amberjacks are commonly found, as well as lobsters, crabs and other mollusks.
Ho Mei III
A recently – shipwreck fishing vessel. The ship is now home to schools of red snappers, lane snappers, grunts, Spanish mackerel and spadefish. Visibility is ussualy around 15 meters. The ship is 30 meters long, without any superstructure.

Quebra – Mar
This is one of Salvador’s best options for sheltered diving. The rock wall is home to a multitude of corals, sponges and sea fans. Divers can easily view morays, batfish, seahorses, wrasse, surgeonfish, angelfish, Rock Beauty and French Angelfish.

Blackadder
This steel-built Norwegian coal transport vessel is 50 meters long, and lies close to the reef, listing to starboard. The bow is the best-preserved section, and divers can swim in and out of it. The wreckage has been colonized by a vast array of sponges, corals, fishes and other sea animal.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide