Scuba Diving in Recife

20 08 2010

Recife – Brazil – is also a capital when it comes to the sea: it is the shipwreck capital of Northeast. There are 22 of wich are regularly used for diving. The combination of natural and artificial reefs with clean, warm and crystal-clear water that are full of marine life has made Recife’s coastline a true underwater playground.

Vapor Bahia

The steamship Bahia was rammed by the steamship Pirapama at the end of 19 century. The reason: passion. It is said that the steamship captains began their own private little war over the love of a woman. The steamship sank off the coast of the Ponta das Pedras beach, causing the death of 37 people. Despite begin half-discovered, it is or a rare beauty and has rich fauna along with excellent visibility.

Corveta Camaquã

The brazilian Navy minesweeper sank in 1944, at the end of World War II, 27 miles from the port of Recife. The beauty and intensity of its marine life is comparable to Corveta V17 in Fernando de Noronha. Its practically intacts structure allows visits to various compartments. But the enormous amount of stuck fishing lines requires special care by divers to avoid getting entangled.

Flórida

This English steamship sank in 1972, 12 miles from the port of Recife, killing six of its 11 crewmembers. Today, it is one of the most beautiful shipwrecks off the coast of Pernambuco, full of life and with great visibility.

Pirapama

A few years after its collision with the Bahia steamshipin 18889, the Pirapama was dismantled and scuttled 6.5 miles from the port of Recife. It is a diving experience of rare beauty where divers are surrounded by turtles, rays, cobias and even sharks. It is the most visited shipwreck in Recife. Night diving is also possible.

Minuano

The 25-meter long shipwreck has the highest intensity of marine life. Schools of gray and french agelfish, as well as cobia, are always present. Large Goliath group may also show up.

Lupus

The shipwreck is 34 meters long and all its compartments can be entered, Schools of tropical fish live around the shipwreck. Occasionally, cobias and rays can be seen in the proximities.

Vapor do 48

An old shipwreck of a still unidentified steamboat. The name comes from its depth. It is half- buried in the sand. The highlight is a large propulsion wheel covered in sponges and coral. The boilers also stand out among the wreckage. The site has a lot of marine life and visibility is excellent.

Servemar X

One of the seven tugboats scuttled by the Artificial Reef Park project. It is 18 meters in length and intact on the sea floor. Marine life has been slowly taking over the shipwreck. Some nurse sharks live in its interior. Schools of bluestriped grunts and red squirrelfish are found in practically all compartments. Southern stingrays are usually found near the propeller. It is possible to enter the holds, the engine room and the superstructure.

Taurus

Scuttled in May 2006, along with the Mercúrius and the Saveiros, this tugboat already provides good diving conditions, with a very reasonable amount of marine life, making it a hit with local operators. This was the tugboat’s second sinking. Two years earlier, it sank during a misguided maneuver in the Recife port bay. After being raisedfrom the sea, it was no longer in working condition.

 Source: Brazil Diving Guide

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Speleological Tourism in Brazil

28 06 2010

São MigueL and Lago Azul Grottoes : The grottoes of the Bodoquena range are impressive. The stalactites produce thousands of colored reflections in the waters of the lake. The region offers many attractions in the form of trails and diving options.

Goiás: The caves and grottos of  Terra Ronca attract speleologist, tourists and adventures who go there to enjoy the natural beauty, flora, fauna and the rivers of crystal clear water that form subterranean lakes, and the enormous internal spaces of the caverns marked by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites. Thre is enormous biodiversity and over 150 species of birds and 50 species of mammals have been recorded in the area.RoncaTerra

São PauloAlto Ribeira State Tourism Park (PETAR): Alto Ribeira, one of the oldest parks in the state of São Paulo, occupying an area of 35,712 hectares, conserves and protects the rich natural heritage of the region of Alto Ribeiro represented by the important biodiversity of the remaining stands of Atlantic Forest. There are also palaeontological, architectural and historical sites and one of Brazil’s most important speleological formations with over 250 registered caverns. Several of the caverns can be visited but the use of safety equipment is obligatory.

Photo: Divulgation

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Diving in Bonito

23 03 2010

Want to be baptized under water? Dive in Bonito.

The underwater scuba diving, which at first sight seems to be difficult and inaccessible, it becomes an exercise in overcoming the transparent waters of Formoso River.

Tourists without any notion of diving are a fast training half an hour. When you least expect to receive permission from the expert guide to sink. The visibility is confusing. In some places, it reaches 20 meters.

Even the most resistant to the challenge of diving just calm and convinced during training. Learning to dive in Bonito, one of the places with the clearest waters in the world is sensational. Children adventurous can plunge from 10 years … The scenery soothes and inspires the new diver to touch the trunks covered by limestone that look like sculptures.

 





Diving ecological preserve marine life

3 03 2010

Marine plants, corals and different types of colorful fish can be observed during diving. Learn how to keep perpetuating these attractions intact, so marine life:

– Never enter the water by walking corals or plants;

– Control the place where it will be anchoring the anchor if the boat dive;

– Stay away from corals and other animals and do not remove sediments;

– Do not bother, do not touch and do not feed the animals;

– Manage your buoyancy;

– No break for pleasure, do not buy and do not collect shells;

– Be careful when diving in caves, the bubbles or the simple touch can destroy this fragile environment;

– Keep the dive sites cleaned;

– Study the underwater life and avoid any destruction;

– Make your fellow diving meet these standards.

 





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.

 





Technical Diving

20 01 2010

When you think diving is necessary to find some information about the sport, what is best for each type of person before venturing out.

Through the website Technical Diving was possible to understand what is technical diving. Below is an excerpt:

Technical diving is a standard way to dive, allowing the diver trained to go beyond the traditional limits of recreational diving. With the training conducted and appropriate equipment, the diver can go deeper, get in wrecks and caves to visit flooded. This category of diving, the equipment configurations are differentiated according to the dive being performed.

To join this activity, you must complete the required courses for their training and as a diving area desired, will be providing all necessary support for the practice of Technical Diving.

Realizing their training course with us, there is no need to purchase a set of equipment for the completion of their course and training. We all teaching materials and equipment necessary for all the needs of courses.





Types of diving

12 01 2010



Mysterious Lagoon, Jardim (MS)

There are three major classifications of divingdiving in caves, dive in open water and cave diving.

The diving in open water is the starting point for all divers and is one in which the linear access to the surface is always available – in other words, just swim up and the diver can take the head of water. The sun is always visible in this mode.

In diving in caves, on the other hand, the diver is exploring natural caves and permanent, with their roofs, but with an entry and sunlight visible. Both the open water diving and diving in caves are considered recreational activities that require licensing and training of amateur level. Divers such arrangements generally limit their dives to 40 meters.

The cave diving differs from the other two methods because it is a form of technical diving, and not recreation. It requires specialized equipment, several years of training and qualification. Professionals emphasize the continuing need for equipment and physical fitness of first line.