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Fernando de Noronha Is a Destination for Experienced Scuba Divers

11/04/2014 - 10h22

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GUSTAVO SIMON
FROM SÃO PAULO

Regional Padi manager (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Fernando Martins says beginners should pack and go to Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro).

Experienced scuba divers can opt for Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco).

BEGINNER

Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)

The bay has sheltered regions with calm waters - suitable for training

BEST TIME autumn; however, it can be done throughout the year

FROM US$ 88 (scuba diving baptism)

WHO TAKES YOU Elite Dive Center: (+55 24) 3361-5501

PACKAGE two nights at Nautilus B&B with full pension, plus diving trips and shuttle bus from Campinas US$ 476. Captain Dive: (+55 19) 3254-3001; captaindive.com.br

ADVANCED

Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco)

The best diving spots are beyond the beginner's comfort zone.

Deeper dives in open waters - such as Cabeço da Sapata rock and the Corvette Ipiranga wreck - are only allowed for more practised scuba divers. Divers may encounter sharks, stingrays and turtles

BEST TIME all year-round, but during the wet season the rain may restrict the activities.

FROM US$ 140 (baptism)

WHO DOES IT Águas Claras: (+55 85) 3619-1225; Atlantis: (+55 84) 3206-8840; Noronha Divers: (+55 81) 3619-1112

PACKAGE five nights at Pedras Secas B&B; includes flights, breakfast and diving for US$ 2366. Cia Eco: (+55 11) 5571-2525; ciaeco.tur.br

Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI

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