The Best WATER SPORTS Activities to Enjoy on the beaches of Brazil


Whatever you want from a vacation, you’ll find it in Brazil. Cities bounce along to the rhythm of samba music, waterfalls roar on its southern borders, and the world’s largest rainforest has biodiversity like nowhere else on the planet. And that’s before we get to Brazil’s tropical white sand beaches. With 7,400 kilometres of coastline, you can live the beach life in far more places than just Rio! 

In this post, we’ll take a look at the best WATER SPORTS activities you can enjoy on Brazil’s beaches. From chilled out stand up paddle boarding to unique and exciting Planasub, there’s sure to be something for you. Let’s check them out! 


Stand up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddle boarding is becoming increasingly popular across the world, and Brazil is no exception. One of the most versatile board sports there is, you can do it to improve your health and fitness, look down to see under the clear waters off Brazil’s Atlantic Coast, or simply just to de-stress and relax. As well as regular SUP, you can enjoy yoga, surfing, and fishing from the back of your paddle board. And unlike some of the other WATER SPORTS on this list, you don’t have to hit the beach! You’ll feel just as at home paddling across one of Brazil’s stunning lagoons, such as Lago Paranoa in Brasilia or the Conceicao Lagoon in Florianopolis, as you would off Rio’s famous Copacabana. 

Where to go stand up paddle boarding in Brazil: Madeiro Beach, Tibau do Sol; Itacare, Bahia; Forno Beach, Arraial do Cabo; Paraty, Rio de Janeiro. 

With epic waves along the length of Brazil’s coastline, it’s one of the best countries in the world for surfing. Rio’s beaches can draw enormous crowds, so consider heading to somewhere like Santa Catarina in Florianopolis. There are more than 50 beaches on the island, with varying conditions suitable for a range of surfing skill levels. The sleepy town of Itacare in the Bahia region is the gateway to the surrounding coast’s awesome beach breaks, while if you’re lucky enough to be one of the tourists who get to the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, these islands are often compared with Hawaii for their surfing. Wherever you choose to go, you won’t be far away from a wave or a surfboard lesson!

Where to go surfing in Brazil: Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro; Santa Catarina, Florianopolis; Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco; Itacare, Bahia.

Scuba Diving
Now, a water sport for nature lovers. Scuba diving is popular across Brazil, and it’s one of the few places where you may even want to go scuba diving inland! With a range of dive sites up and down the coast, including a helicopter wreck in Angra dos Reis and an old shipwreck at Corveta in Fernando de Noronha, you’ll be able to feel like a true explorer as you look for sharks, rays, and tropical fish.

If you don’t feel comfortable scuba diving, you could ease yourself in with some snorkelling. There are even more snorkelling spots in Brazil than scuba diving, though you will not see quite as much as you would diving! 

Where to go scuba diving in Brazil: Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco; Laje de Santos, Sao Paulo; Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro; Abrolhos, Bahia.

With nine months of reliable wind conditions, Brazil’s Atlantic Coast is South America’s primary destination for kitesurfers. The best-known location is Jericoacoara in Cera. Once a sleepy fishing village, it’s now a tourist hub where backpackers take their first steps into kitesurfing, thanks to the large school here. Once you’ve become more comfortable and mastered the basics of kitesurfing, head to one of the destinations below for more space and a more local experience. 

Where to go kitesurfing in Brazil: Jericoacoara, Ceara; Cumbuco, Fortaleza; Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro; Taiba, Fortaleza; Icaraizinho, Ceara

Last but not least on our list of the best beach activities in Brazil is specific to Fernando de Noronha. It’s a cross between water skiing, diving, and snorkelling. So, if you enjoy any of those this is likely to be write up your street! Holding onto a plastic board, you’ll be towed by a boat above, meaning there’s no need to swim and you can just sit back and admire the incredible biodiversity around the archipelago. When you need to breathe, you can just tilt the board in a certain way which will bring you back to the surface. Though this is like water skiing, the boat moves at a gentle speed so that you won’t feel out of control and you will not see fish and rays whizzing past your eyes too quickly! 

Where to do planasub in Brazil: Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco.

Final Thoughts on the best WATER SPORTS activities you can enjoy on the beaches of Brazil.
Now that you know not only the WATER SPORTS you can do in Brazil, but where you can do them, it’s time to book your trip. For the best Brazil travel trips, or just to learn more about this fascinating country, check out We hope you have an incredible trip to South America’s largest and most exciting country! 

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