SCUBA diving off the coast of this South American country is particularly rewarding for its biodiversity. This includes the mammals, fish and vegetation (kelp and coral, for example) that live beneath the inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular animals that are sighted on SCUBA dives around Brazil include spinner dolphins, nurse sharks, green sea turtles, and even whales (during the period between July and December). In addition to the natural abundance of the area, there are also a number of shipwrecks, lying in haunting stillness at the bottom of the ocean. Explore their nooks and crannies, accompanied by inquisitive fish and mammals.
The most popular SCUBA diving spots in Brazil include:
• The Fernando de Noronha Marine Park (Pernambuco) – this is a protected World Heritage Site that is home to 15 different corals and 230 species of fish, making for very rewarding diving. This is also the popular breeding ground for a massive population of spinner dolphins. There are a number of sites within the Marine Park that are recognised for their awesome diving potential. These include Naufragio do Porto, Ilha do Meio, Pedras Secas, and Ressureta.
For divers that want to incorporate hiking into their itinerary, be sure to take your snorkelling gear with you so that you can take advantage of unexpected diving spots along the way.