Brazil is a vibrant, colorful and exciting country featuring a welcoming culture and beautiful natural heritage. Scuba divers visiting Brazil will be pleased to know that the underwater scene in Brazil is just as vibrant and colorful as the famous Carnival costumes.
Brazil boasts more than 7000 kilometers (4,300 miles) of coastline, where divers are met with warm waters, healthy reefs, interesting wreck sites and a variety of underwater species.
If there are scuba divers looking for near-guaranteed sightings of dolphins, manta rays, whales and turtles – diving in Brazil is a great option. Brazil boasts more than just ocean diving and inland divers can explore freshwater caverns, caves and even dive the Amazon River for a chance to see its unique pink dolphins.
Recently there has been a surge in popularity for those wanting to dive in Brazil and this likely due to the increasing number of dive shops making it easier to explore the dive sites of Brazil. With such a far-stretching coastline, Brazil has a large number of dive sites to choose from, and thanks to minimal diving in the past, many of these sites still remain in pristine condition.
In addition to scuba diving, Brazil has much to offer in terms of culture, beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, the Pantanal and of course the Amazon River.
Brazil boasts fantastic year-round temperatures, even throughout the winter months of April to September. Although the average temperatures vary depending on the elevation, during the summer months of October to March the coastal temperatures are between 23 and 27°C with water temperatures around 25°C. During Brazil’s winter months the air temperatures range between 18 and 21°C with temperate waters of 23°C.
For those visiting Brazil to scuba dive in the summer months, a shorty wetsuit or skin should keep you comfortable, however in the colder months a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit would be more suitable.
How to get there
Brazil is fairly easy to travel to, with a number of international airports accepting flights from all over the world. Traveling around Brazil is easy thanks to public transportation, rental cars and domestic airports. Travellers visiting the Amazon region will likely travel by river boat too.
For scuba divers coming to Brazil, the most likely airports of interest would be in Rio de Janeiro (Galeão International) or in São Paulo (Guarulhos International). These airports are closest to the large cities and popular tourist areas where diving is the most popular.
Divers will easily be able to arrange dives, rent or buy equipment and complete certifications thanks to the many dive shops operating in these areas. Dive shops located further inland will arrange weekend trips for those completing certifications that require ocean dives. Nitrox is often available at the dive shops.
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