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.

Diving Maracajaú is featured in news site

17 03 2010

The news site the Zero, the Clic RBS, published recently in the box “Brazil“, some information about the fate of Maracajaú – known for its natural pools that allow the practice of activities such as snorkeling.

See below:

Maracajaú is a small fishing village about 60 kilometers from Natal, famous among those who like to dive. After spending hours of rest and relaxation in a hammock under coconut trees in small hotels, one can also enjoy various activities such as buggy or raft, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, snorkelling and diving in natural pools formed by reefs.

It is still in Maracajaú which is the water park Ma-Noa, similar (though less in quantity and variety of attractions) to the Beach Park, Fortaleza. Admission costs $ 32.

The clear waters of Maracajaú are surrounded by reefs, forming what they call the potiguares parrachos (pools). The depth varies from one to eight meters, depending on the tide and the distance of the beach coral reefs. In shallower, the ideal snorkeling.


Diving sites – Rio Grande do Norte

26 10 2009

Know as the “Land of the sun”, Rio Grande do Norte basks in up to 15 hours a day of sunshine and summer last year-round.

The beaches feature with sands, dunes and coconut trees. And the reefs form beatiful natural pools. This combination has made it one of the most popular destinations in Brazil among foreigners. Whereas divers – even brazilian divers – are still discovering the region. But those have been there know: the Rio Grande do Norte coastline is one of the best places in the country for diving and has the potential of rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Brazil.

The waters are warm and clear, and rich in marine life. The reefs have exotic formations and the shipwrecks are covered in sponges and multicolored corals.

Comandante Pessoa

The shipwreck is a stomping ground of the southern stingray. They can be found in every nook and cranny. The number of tubular yellow sponges is also impressive. Schools of small fingerlings, anchovies and great barracudas are always present. The ship, wich sank to the ocean floor in 1954 after colliding with the Risca do Zumbi, is completely twisted and part of the broadside rises 12 m above the seabed. The stern is listing, but it is possible to enter its hold. A large rudder rises from the ship toward the surface. The bow is still intact, though slightly listining, with the anchor in its hawse.

Risca do Zumbi

One of the best diving sites in Brazil. The shelf is flat and smooth, supported by hundreds of Greek acropolis style columns – there are those who say they are the ruins of Atlantis.
The pillar form a real labyrinth, witn some narrow passages where snags and tight spots require special attention, especially when currents are strong. A large hall of white sand provides passage from one side to the other. Surrounding the main formation, there are other smaller ones. The marine life is another show altogether. Corals, sponges and an infinite variety of tropical fish make diving a colorful experience.

São Luiz
Despite its deteriorated condition and lack of entry points, the transparency of the water and the itensity of the marine life rank it among the most beautiful shipwrecks of Brazil. The cargo ship sank in 1911. Part of its broadside has collapsed to form a long tunel, one of its major attractions. The seafloor is made up of pearl white sand, wich helps illuminate the environment. Yellow tubular spongesadorn the wreckage, wich serves as habitat for lobsters, eels, spotted eagle rays and barracudas.

Parrachos de Maracajaú

One of the prime tourist locations of Rio Grande do Norte. There are kilometers of knolls that lie 4 miles off the coast of Maracajaú, protected by extensive coral reefs, wich from above could be confused with the Great Barrier Reffs of Australian. At low tide, visibility rises to more than 20 meters, which makes it one of the best spots for snorkeling along the Brazilian coast. All one has to do is fall in the water to be surrounded by schools of sergeant majors and other tropical fish. The location is also perfect for discovery scuba and check-out dives.

Batente das Agulhas

On a submerged shelf, hundreds of 2.5 meter high columns – the needles – support corals and yellow tubular sponges. Geologists believe that they are petrified tree trunks, but there is no consensus on the matter. Beneath the shelf, there are tunnels and many burrows. The mounds are surrounded by schools of barracudas, and many French angelfish, eels, rays and lobsters.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide

Maracajau Snorkeling

14 07 2009

Maracajaú is located about 50km from Natal (Brazil), and it takes one hour to go there. This region is considered to be the best area for snorkeling and diving, near Natal.

There is a big area of reefs named Parrachos de Maracajaú (7km from the coast), an area of 13km2, with a deep varying between 1,8m and 3,2m, during low tide. The water temperature is in average 26°C, and the development of corals contribute to a rich marine fauna and flora, turning the region to an enormous, natural aquarium.

This scenery is idealistic of practicing Snorkeling and also Scuba Diving for beginners. Also more experienced scuba divers can enjoy the region’s very pleasant diving, with reference to the rich marine life, and the waters temperature and visibility.

The Snorkeling kit  includes: Diving flippers, Mask & Snorkel, and boat transfer from the coast to Parrachos de Maracajaú (takes 10min one way), where it is a small platform/base station – effective time for snorkeling 2 hours.

The Scuba Diving kit includes: Diving equipment – Cylinder/Oxygen, Regulator, Vest & Ballast, Diving flippers, Mask & Snorkel, and boat transfer from the coast to Parrachos de Maracajaú (takes 10min one way), where it is a small platform/base station – effective time for diving 40min.

Source: PackTours