A dip in the natural beauty of Bonito MS

17 11 2010

Floating Rio da Prata - Andre Seale

One of the most beautiful ecological tours of Brazil, the destination in Mato Grosso do Sul and the fauna includes a veritable amusement park of nature when it comes to the practice of adventure sports.

Besides trails with waterfalls and impressive falls, Bonito custody of the Abyss Anhumas, which is the biggest underwater cave in the world, and rivers where you can dive, ride a boat, buoy-cross practice or simply float at the mercy of the currents.

Besides all this natural beauty, the destination also surprised by the rules for its preservation: the attractions they receive a limited number of tourist guides and hire qualified to enjoy the paradise is required.

Tip
To dive in clear waters, the same ones you see in postcards, go between June and September, when it rains less in the region and the water becomes clearer.

Attractions

To see in a weekend

With little time, make floating in the River Plate, where the fun is swimming alongside fish such as gold and pirarucus. For those who enjoy hiking, the trail passes through the resort Mimosa eight waterfalls.

To see in 4 days

Visit the cave of the Blue Lagoon, listed as a natural monument. To get there, you must descend a staircase of 294 steps, steep, unlit and slippery in rainy weather. The effort is rewarded by the sight of the lake, with 87 meters deep, 120 feet wide and a stunning crystal blue. Lighter, the ride to the Araras, with 124 yards and a lake, enchanted by the rare scarlet macaws that nest there.

To view in 7 days

Take the time to do scuba diving in the waters of the River Plate and the Abyss of Anhumas.

Source: Uniclass





Orangutan trains dive into park

28 06 2010

A female orangutan took like diving and became a star of a park in the state of South Carolina (USA). Surya from age 7, learned to swim and dive in three weeks. With assistance from the trainer Moksha Bybee, 30, took the animal taste for water.

According to Moksha, the orangutan scuba diving every day and every practice is a different maneuver underwater. Surya became attraction in Myrtle Beach Safari park. “She loves dive stuck on my back,” said the trainer.

Photo: Barcroft/Getty Images





Patterns of sponge distribution in Cagarras Archipelago, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8 05 2010

The structure and distribution of the sponge community in five sites and four habitats in Cagarras Archipelago, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are described.

The archipelago has three major islands (Cagarra, Palmas, and Comprida), and four islets. Qualitative samples were taken by SCUBA diving in the three islands and in two islets, and quantitative samples were taken in Palmas Island only. Cluster analysis using Jaccard`s coefficient on qualitative data grouped the two islets (Cagarra Bank and Cagarra Islet), which are more exposed to wave action, and the three islands formed a group of relatively sheltered sites.

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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.





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.

 





Scuba Diving in Salvador

2 12 2009



Salvador has roughly islands and boasts Brazil’s largest bay. The city is symbolized by its beautiful beaches and the catchy rhythms of its music.

You will still find the wreckage of sunkenships, the aftermath of battles fought centuries ago. Bottles, cannon, Chinese porcelain, Portuguese faience, these and other historical items have been brought up from the shipwrecks. Salvador is bathed by the Brazil Current, wich brings in ocean waters and ensures great visibility.

From november to march the average temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. However, diver should beware of possible currents.

On dry land there is a history lesson on every street corner: Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, and dates back to 1554, when Thomé de Souza came to the then Vila do Porto da Barra.

Salvador’s historical center is today recognized as Latin America’s most important concentration of colonial architecture. The Pelourinho neighborhood, the center of local cultural life, contrasts with the city’s major town planning projects.

Guarajuba
Guarajuba Beach has some excellent spots for scuba diving. The seabed is made up of rocks and corals, sheltering large fish such as Mackerel, Greater Amberjack, and Groupers. Rays can be seen. The beach is famous for having the region’s clearest waters.

Salvador
This shipwreck allows you to observe the lush sea life swarming among what remains of the metal structure. The Salvador, a paddle steamer, lies off Juá beach.
Galeão Sacramento
This flagship foundered on the Santo Antônio Bank and sank in 1668. Divers can still find many cannons and anchors in its wreckage. The place is also a great nursey for fishes, lobsters and molusks.

Cavo Artemidi
Divers see this wreck as a kind of sanctuary: the ship is 160 meters long and is undoubtedly one of the largest wrecks in Brazilian waters. The Greek cargo ship foundered on the Santo Antônio Banks in 1980. The ship has become an enormous aquarium, sheltering large fishes such as Atlantic Goliath groupers, nurse sharks, rays, barracuda and mackerel.

Germânia
Early twenthieth-century German cargo vessel. This shipwreck is recommended for night diving and for free diving, and is acessible from the beach. Schools of doctor fish, Rio de la Plata one sided live bearers, and Yellowtail Amberjacks are commonly found, as well as lobsters, crabs and other mollusks.
Ho Mei III
A recently – shipwreck fishing vessel. The ship is now home to schools of red snappers, lane snappers, grunts, Spanish mackerel and spadefish. Visibility is ussualy around 15 meters. The ship is 30 meters long, without any superstructure.

Quebra – Mar
This is one of Salvador’s best options for sheltered diving. The rock wall is home to a multitude of corals, sponges and sea fans. Divers can easily view morays, batfish, seahorses, wrasse, surgeonfish, angelfish, Rock Beauty and French Angelfish.

Blackadder
This steel-built Norwegian coal transport vessel is 50 meters long, and lies close to the reef, listing to starboard. The bow is the best-preserved section, and divers can swim in and out of it. The wreckage has been colonized by a vast array of sponges, corals, fishes and other sea animal.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Dive sites in Brazil

1 10 2009

The best dive site is the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. It’s the most untouched spot, and it’s simply gorgeous on the surface, appealing to everyone. The difficulty ranges from beginner to advance. Best time of the year is from July to December for beginners, all year round for advanced divers. It’s one of the most expensive dive sites to go.

The second best is Abrolhos. It’s an archipelago some four to six hours from land, where you can’t go on shore, so either you make one-day trips or take a live-aboard on one of several boats. The dives are very, very calm, shallow and relaxed, and though the visibility is not as good as Noronha, but the richness of the corals and marine life is incredible. It’s good for all levels of experience. Best time of the year is November to March, when it is also possible to watch whales.

The best dive site is the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. It’s the most untouched spot, and it’s simply gorgeous on the surface, appealing to everyone. The difficulty ranges from beginner to advance. Best time of the year is from July to December for beginners, all year round for advanced divers. It’s one of the most expensive dive sites to go.

The second best is Abrolhos. It’s an archipelago some four to six hours from land, where you can’t go on shore, so either you make one-day trips or take a live-aboard on one of several boats.

The dives are very, very calm, shallow and relaxed, and though the visibility is not as good as Noronha, but the richness of the corals and marine life is incredible.

It’s good for all levels of experience. Best time of the year is November to March, when it is also possible to watch whales.

The region between Recife/Olinda in the north and Maceio in the south is named the Golden Coast, and here are several excellent spots of scuba diving and the access is much easier than mentioned archipelagos.

Around Recife & Olinda is considered excellent for advanced divers, rich of marine life like turtles and sharks, and many sunk ships, but the sea is usually very, very rough. To the south there are many dive friendly spots for snorkeling, scuba dive beginners and also advanced diving.

In Porto de Galinhas for instance, is a very pleasant village with many nice sites for good diving and an excellent area for diving courses. In this region the diving is good during the whole year.

The best spots for scuba diving in the south of Brazil are between São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro. Of course they are not as good as mentioned sites in the northeast, but comparing world wide, this region is very good as well.

To indicate some spots in the area should be Barra do Una, Ubatuba, Paraty, Ilha Grande and Arraial do Cabo.

Source: packtours

 

 





Scuba Diving in Porto de Galinhas

22 09 2009

Located just 70 kilometers from Recife, Porto de Galinhas offers an incredible series of beaches with warm crystal-clear waters that are among the most beautiful in Brazil.

The sand is white and fine with palm trees lining the shore. Reefs are located less than 200 meters from the beach and form various natural swimmimg pools full of tropical fish during low tide. The town’s mais diving sites are located in this area. But the area also offers plenty of deeper shipwrecks and dives.

Taçaiba
The reef ledge is located 2 miles from the coast. Dives usually take place according to the currents. The scenery is composed of coral, sponges, colorful fish and pelagic fish. Care should be taken on account of the occasional strong currents.

Poço da Paixão
This site faces the fishing village. Coral-formed tunnels provide enough room for divers to pass through. Groupers and lobsters hide away in crevaces. The swimming pools are perfect for discovery scuba and check-out dives. They are also good night diving sites.

Bolo
A reef ledge in the form of a cake where you can spot rays, moray eels, mutton snappers, red snappers, and other fish.

30 Metros
Reefs peaks form passageways and tunnels five miles from the coast. At this site the following can be seen: rays, moray eels, snappers, turtles and sharks.

Gonçalo Coelho
The wreckage of a landing ship that participated in the transportation or armored vehicles during World War II and later used to transport cargo between Recife and Fernando de Noronha. In 1999, it was scuttled to serve as an artificial reef. Cranes, valves and various compartments can be found on the bridge – wich is listing 45 degrees – and in the holds. The local fauna is exceedingly rich and is represented by a large number of southern stingrays, cobias, turtles, jewfish and huge schools of grunts.

Galeão
This shipwreck is quite old and much dismantled. However, it is still possible to spot two 4-meter long anchors, a wooden keel, hull pieces and a lot of marine life.

Marte
A tugboat was scuttled in 1997 near Ponta de Serrambi to become an artificial reef. At the bottom, it is now covered with sponges and coral.

Nurse sharks and Goliath groupers can be seen in the hold and machinery room, along witn schools of bluestriped grunts. In the bridge, red squirrelfish and yellow wrasses stand out against the intense blue of the ocean. Visibility is usually excellent.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Diving Guarapari

21 08 2009

 

Located 60 km from Victoria in Brazil, Guaraparai has a coastline of beautiful bays framed by mountains and a tourist infrastructure of first line. The city has several categories of hotels and restaurants with the most varied culinary styles, from the famous fish stew capixaba to international cuisine.

Guarapari is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Espirito Santo and has a very big focus for activities that have an involvement with nature, sports like sailing, trekking, paragliding, rafting and especially scuba diving.

The region presents a complex that island for their location and variety of ecosystems concentrated flora and fauna representative of the coastal reefs of Espirito Santo.

The position of the islands of Guarapari inserted in a biogeographical transition region, resulting in the presence of a set of species characteristic of tropical and subtropical regions, generating a highly diverse fauna. The proximity of the continental shelf and the phenomenon of upwelling (movement of deep water to shallow regions), support through the replacement of nutrients.

DIVE INFORMATION

– Best time to dive: The best season for diving is from December to April, however, dive on the islands, reefs and wrecks is possible throughout the year,
– Average temperature (water): 22 º C
– Visibility average: 15 – 25 meters
– Average Depth: 10 – 30 meters
– Level of certification indicated: Basic / Advanced
– Diving board or shore: Embedded
– Average time navigation: 30 – 45 minutes (depending on the point)
– Peculiarities of the dive: The dives made in Guarapaí are ideal for all levels of certification. With a wide variety of points, you can dive on wrecks and reefs and observe a wide variety of marine life.
– Equipment and services available: You can rent equipment locally at the international level.

Source: Freeway





Places to dive in brazil

26 06 2009
With over 4,600 miles of coastline, no wonder scuba diving is Brazil’s national pastime. There is one special place every Brazilian makes at least one pilgrimage to: Fernando de Noronha. Come and discover Brazil’s northeast coastline, the glistening coral reefs and wrecks of Recife and Fernando de Noronha, the island of the Forbidden, and its incredible marine life and resident dolphin community. In the interior, the Amazon river basin is abundant with jungle wildlife and plants from tiny orchids to towering trees. The best way to experience Amazon river area and the rainforest is the stay in one of the lodges that are devoted to preserving the natural environment. 

Bonito e Pantanal (MS)

The Pantanal is a vast wetlands with huge concentrations of exotic neotropical wild fauna. Located between the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso du Sul, the Pantanal is a great place to observe wildlife in their natural state.
In the state of Mato Grosso du Sul is Bonito with its incredibly clear rivers and freshwater caverns and caves for divers. Small accommodations that are part of working cattle ranches host travelers and divers. Your dive vessel here looks a lot like a tractor!

Amazon River Basin

Experience the Amazon, its unique, and often, endangered rainforest flora, fauna and cultures. The town of Manaus is the gateway to the Amazon jungle where the Amazon’s tributaries, the Rios Negro and Ariau, and Anavilhanas Creek snake their way into this ecological wonderland. Explore this region on foot, by small cruise ship, motor boat, canoe or on a fishing expedition, all with encyclopedic guides and overnight stays in comfortable lodges, ship cabins or rustic village accommodations. The world’s largest and most important river basin is a living greenhouse to over 10,000 varieties of plants and sanctuary to over 5,000 species of animals and birds. Take guided hiking trips beneath the canopy of the towering trees and cruise the waterways to discover the strange splendor of this exotic world.

Recife

The carefree beach culture that permeates Brazil’s soul was born here. Once fishermen’s village, today’s Recife is golden sand, colonial antiquities, and Carnival’s send-off spot. Cosmopolitan Recife, where baroque-style architecture and ruins of a colonial past coexist with recent developments is one of the great cities of Brazil. With beautiful churches, museums, forts and convents, excellent music and cuisine, Recife offers great touring as well as an unusual dive adventures. The city is name for the reef (Recife = reef) that has claimed ships from colonial days to today and now offers terrific wreck diving. The Atlantic Brazilian Current makes this a great party spot for concentrations of tropical and pelagic creatures. Twelve shipwrecks lie off the coast in warm, clear waters exhibiting a wealth of fish and corals, with excellent visibility and warm temperatures of 78ºF degrees. War galleons, steamships, tugs and barges date from 1887 to 1986, and await discovery. While in Recife, take time to visit Olinda. Built in the early 1500s, Olinda is one of the largest and best preserved Portuguese colonial towns. Bohemian quarters, art galleries, ornate churches, museums, cobblestone streets, shady squares and festive celebrations make up this historical city. There are a number of resort hotels dotting the coastline of Recife. If you’re heading out to Fernando de Noronha, you generally have to spend at least one night in Recife due to airline scheduling.

Fernando de Noronha

200 miles off the northeastern coast lies a mountainous archipelago made up of 21 islands which are sparsely populated and still the much the way it was when the Portuguese settled here in the 1500s. This National Marine Sanctuary is a heavenly retreat for divers and snorkelers. Due to its open ocean location, it provides pelagic fish and ocean mammals a wonderful refuge. The dive sites include shipwrecks, canyons, amazing volcanic rock and coral formations, a permanent wild dolphin colony, reef sharks, turtles, schooling barracudas and all kinds of rays and colorful fish. Cavort with 600 dolphins, the largest and oldest residential school of spinner dolphins in the world. Dive with juvenile sharks at Lage Dois Irmaos, a breeding and nursery area for fourteen species of reef sharks. The sharks come into this protected area to have their young and the newborn stay to play with divers until they are big enough to venture into the open ocean. You may also witness turtles being released into the wild. Explore the Ipiranga, a Brazilian Navy Corvete, a sunken Portuguese frigate and much, much more. The rock formations are brilliantly colored with encrusting sponges and provide a beautiful backdrop for each of your dives. Experience the warmth of the people staying in pousadas, small family-owned accommodations, with warm showers and family-style meals. Pousadas are classified into A-category or B-category, B-category being more standard.

Salvador Bahia

Salvador, the capital city of Bahia, lies on the beautiful All Saints Bay. A strong African influence comes from the slaves brought here to work in the sugarcane fields over 400 years ago. Multicolored homes, red-tiled roofs, wonderful markets and churches and twisting, narrow cobblestone streets make this an excellent place to visit. The state of Bahia has the longest coastline in the country making it appealing for all nautical sports. Among the fine dives you can do in the Salvador area is to visit the wreck of the Greek cargo ship, Cabo Artemides. The diving is best here between December to February when visibility is ideal.

Abrolhos

Ideal for diving, the Archipelago of Abrolhos, located 45 miles off the southern coast of the state of Bahia, boasts the largest group of cliffs with a great variety of coral and hydracorals. These rock formations harbor one of the largest, rarest and healthy coral reefs in the South Atlantic. Between June and December, the humpback whales, having mated near the equator, migrate to Abrolhos where you can scuba dive and snorkel with them.

Iguacú Falls

A side trip to Iguacú is a must on a Brazil adventure. The Iguacú River flows at amazing speeds over a dramatic ledge a mile and a half long. There are catwalks leading you through the mist to the falls and small boats navigating the bottom of the falls. There are a number of small hotels in this area to explore the falls from. 

Source: http://www.diveguide.com/braz-scuba.htm