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

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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





Shipwrecks in Alagoas Brazil

25 11 2009

The capital of Alagoas (Maceió) is know for its beaches, nightlife, highly competitive prices and the traditional friendliness of its people. Its infrastructure has improved considerably during the past ten years.

Additionally, Maceió has the largest number of know sites in the state. Water visibility is good, varying from 6 to 30 meters depending on winds and currents, as well as the rain season that usually goes from May to July. On the other hand, special days with visibility of over 30 meters are possible from September to March.

Itapagé
This is one of the most attractive shipwrecks off the Brazilian coast. Torpedoed by a German U-boat in World War II, the Itapajé appears twisted and became a giant artificial reef, offering many penetration possibilities into its interior. A huge number of small fish is present.

Dragão

The ship sank circa 1918 and became also known as the “Frenchman’s shipwreck”. It is a small shipwreck, less than 50 meters in length, but some of its compartments can be penetread. The main attractons are its gears and the intense marine life on the site. Barracudas, cobias and rays are frequently seen. Schools of very red squirrelfish stand out against the intense blue of the ocean. Some of the coral that covers the wreckage may harbor batfish. Visibility is excellent.

Praia do Frânces

The barrier reef runs parallel to the beach for 2.5 kilometers, 100 meters away. During low tide, the site is excellent for discovery scuba and check-out dives. Various tropical fish species can be seen, such as butterfly rays and sergeant fish. There are also the remnants of two seventeenth-century ships that carried tiles and brazilwood.

Sequipe

A barge built to navigate on sheltered waters that sank in rough seas. The shipwreck is about 20 meters in lenght and does not have cabins or nay type of compartment that may be penetread. A winch motor stands out among the wreckage. The site’s main attraction is its marine life. The wreckage is home to many rays, cobias and large schools of yellom jacks. Visibility is excellent.

Draguinha

The dredger is completely overturned. Its bow is formed by two hulls, separated by a space of approximately 3 meters where the dredging structure was located. It is still possible to see the dredger’s boom resting on the hull, firmly supported on the ocean floor.

Cabeço de Guaxuma

A short reef with a maximum height of three meters. The rock is literally covered by red squirrelfish. Their concentration in a single location is impressive. The coral formation is poor, but there are many lobsters in their crevices and some “well-behaved” moray eels. Schools of white angelfish make the dive even more interesting.

Pedra Baia

The rock formation is similiar to that Cabeço de Guaxuma. There are many tropical fish, including rock hind, blue tang, porkfish and blowfish. It is a good site for macro photography. Lobsters can be easily found, as well as small moray eels and barbfish.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide