Carioca Diving Dreams
October 17, 2005 Post subject: Dive at Rio de Janeiro
A dream, an adventure...Dive outside your limits, dive at Rio de Janeiro.
Arquipélago das Cagarras
This fantastic route begins at 8 a.m. at the Marina da Glória (Gloria Docks), the meeting point, with boat departure scheduled for 8.30 a.m. The group will head to the Cagarras Islands where we will take a fabulous walk before diving instructions begin.
This route is both for those who never had any contact with the sea deep as for those who intend to increase the number of hours under water.
At the ideal spot for the activity, the instructor explains the rules and distributes the equipment to all participants, followed by the dive.
The Bay of Ilha Grande offers dive circumstances for every level. There is hardly any current at some places which makes it an excellent spot for beginners.
For the more advanced divers there are several exciting wrecks to explore. The water temperature varies from 27ºC in December to 23ºC in June.
The bay has one of the biggest shipwreck concentrations of the whole world.
Arraial do Cabo
Having being declared the capital city of scuba diving, the main attraction of Arraial do Cabo is the sea. Like Cabo Frio, the temperature of the water in Arraial is low, even during the summer.
Arraial do Cabo - Ilha de Cabo Frio
The island of Cabo Frio is surrounded by waters with good visibitily and rich in species of fishes and corals; the same streams which come from Antarctica and cool down the water brings nutrients which help marine life strive.
Besides diving, visitors also go to the old lighthouse (2 hour walking) and to the Gruta Azul (Blue Grotto), a cavern with walls 15 meter high which turns shades of blue when the sunlight comes in (access to the grotto only by boat, only during low tide).
Ponta da Jararaca.
Visitors can find abundant marine life encrusting great blocks of rocks. The Teixeirnha, a ship which sank in 1923, can be seen scattered into chunks at various depths. Porcos. Not for the inexperienced divers; depths can reach up to 40 meters (130 feet) close to the rocks.
Shallow diving, from 6 to 10 meters (20 to 33 feet), in quiet waters; green sponges, sea horses and pink corals.
Exceptionally rich in marine life; rays, turtles, barracuda, yellowtail and mackerel, to name a few.
For experienced divers only, and even then only when the sea is calm and the visibility is good.
The Brazilian Navy warship Dona Paula foundered here in 1827 while pursuing an Argentinean corsair. It offers a dive of between 5 and 15 meters (16 and 50 feet).