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

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Floating in the River Plate is featured in magazine argentina

22 02 2010

The magazine named “Places” of Argentina published in its issue of December last year the fate of Bonito (MS) as an important ecotourism to meet in Brazil.

Journalist Carolina Reymundo in the company of photographer Fernando Dvoski met the Abyss Anhums, the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata in Jardim (MS), met the Blue Lake Cave, among other tourist attractions.

 





Sea life depending on water and light

18 02 2010

The co-relation between water and light and how the last affects the first causes a variation in the kind of sea life which a diver might be able to enjoy while practicing the sport. Water and light affect each other as well as affect the way in which humans can interact with the sea depending on them.

This co-relation between water and light affects divers not only by causing variations in their vision but also by allowing them to see completely different kinds of sea life. The sea life which a diver might be able to see at day time is completely different than the one he could enjoy during night. Besides this, sea life also varies depending on the water depth in which a diver is and the amount of light that such depth receives.

There are three main sea regions in which different amounts of light reach and in which different kinds of fauna and flora can be found. These three sea regions are: the sunlight zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. Each one of the three main zones have its own characteristics and is a whole different sea world that the others. Besides these zones, the coast line is also often seen as another sea region due to the way it can also show a specific sea activity.

The sunlight zone is the water region that is closer to the surface and therefore it is the one which receives the highest amount of light. The co-relation of water and light of this zone allows more than 90% of sea species to live in it. Besides, the sunlight zone is the only one in which plants can live due to the amount of light they receive in it.

The second sea region is the twilight zone. In this zone we can find sea animals such as shrimps and squids. And the third sea region, called the midnight zone, is the deep dark sea area where light doesn`t reach. In this zone only about 1% of sea species live, and animals such as sharks have their habitats in it. The temperature in the midnight zone is almost freezing and water pressure is very high.

Source: Dive Pilot





Operator Dive in Bonito publish video on your website

17 02 2010

 

The operator of Scuba Diving Dive Cayman, located in Bonito (MS) published on its internet site a new video about diving in some tourist attractions in the region such as: Mysterious Lagoon, Rio de la Plata, Rio Formoso, Anhumas Abyss, Grotto Grout.

 





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





Rare species of shark is found on island

2 02 2010

Was found in Philippine Malapascua island a rare species of shark Alopias vulpinus, fox shark known. Is known for its long tail, is at serious risk of extinction. Their fins are usually used in Chinese restaurants.

According to researchers, this copy is very difficult to be observed in the open sea.

The first serious initiative to promote the preservation and observe the behavior of the animal was established five years ago by British scientist Simon Oliver. Oliver is the founder of the Project for the Study and Conservation of Sharks Fox (TSRCP) in the Philippines.

By Carla Layane