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

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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.





Travel agency creates diving packages

9 04 2010

The travel included trips carioca European Travel dive in the roadmap.

The company has packages for divers (groups) to destinations such as Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Egypt, Australia, Bahamas, Tahiti and the Galapagos.

Other information: http://www.european.com.br.





The use of a buddy line

5 04 2010



A buddy line is a very useful safety device which ensures divers they will not be separated from their dive buddies. Buddy lines link one dive buddy to the other allowing them to dive freely while being sure of remaining together in case an emergency happens. Buddy lines are usually made of webbing and, although they come in different colors, yellow or red might be the best choice.

Buddy lines are intended to be used by divers who practice the sport by following the buddy system. This system consists on carrying a secondary air octopus in order to be able to share air with your dive partner in case an emergency happens. Diving partners need to rely on each other and on being able to reach their buddies if they need to share air.

There are some special conditions in which having a buddy line can make a great difference. If, for example, the water in which buddy divers are shows poor visibility and they are not using a buddy line they might easily be separated from each other or lost, but if they are connected by this device they will remain together despite these bad conditions.

Also, if a strong current comes and buddy divers are not connected by a buddy line this would most likely separate them and make it hard for them to get together again or to use the buddy system if they need it. Whenever two divers are following the buddy system, they need to make sure that they will remain close to each other or otherwise the whole idea of this system would become pointless.

The use of a buddy line is also ideal for trainings since it allows the instructor to make sure his student will be connected to him no matter what happens. This is not only helpful for the instructor but also for the student who feels more secure and safe this way. If an instructor or a diver feels his buddy line is too short, he can attach two of them together and double its length.

Photo: Aquaviews

Souce: Dive Pilot