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Brazil Diving Safari

This 9-day itinerary will take you on a marine discovery trip across marvelous scuba diving sites in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. Brazil is known for its colorful, thriving reefs that line the entire length of the massive coast. With its amazing coral reefs, dramatic underwater topography of sea caverns and tunnels, as well as awesome shipwrecks, Brazil is a diver’s heaven. When it comes to marine life, you can find here almost everything, from reef fish and diverse coral species, to turtles, manta rays and whale-sharks. You will visit the truly unparalleled marine park of Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and the coast of Recife for an unforgettable encounter with the underwater world of Brazil. You will dive at yhe most popular places for scuba-diving in Noronha, such as Laje Dois Irmãos, Cabeça das Cordas and Pedra da Sapata, Morro Dois Irmãos. The program will be adapted depending on the experience with diving and personal preferences. As you cannot take flights so fast after diving, we have designed a balanced program which includes diving, snorkelling and sightseeing.

9 Days – From £… per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Fernando de Noronha

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All diving equipment including mask and snorkel
  • Diving Instructor
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • All mandatory local taxes, including the environmental fees in Fernando de Noronha 
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. The starting point is Recife Airport (REC).

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the culture of Bahia, the deep canyons of the south or a beach break in the North-East. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Arrival in Pernambuco

Today you will arrive in Recife, the capital of Pernambuco. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the paradise tropical beach of Carneiros (1,5 hours). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This stunning beach has crystalline turquoise waters, white sands and groves of swaying coconut trees. The beach’s calm, shallow water is ideal for cooling off. Go for a stroll along the seashore to the charming colonial church of St. Benedict. Sit back and admire the stunning natural scenery. When hunger strikes, visit one of the waterfront restaurants. Try moqueca, a fish or shrimp stew with coconut milk, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Overnight at Pontal dos Carneiros.

azure tropical beach with clear waters in Carneiros, Brazil

Day 2 - Porto de Galinhas

After breakfast, meet your instructor for a safety briefing and depart to dive. Today head north to Porto de Galinhas (1 hour) to discover the marine life of the Atlantic Ocean. Beginners will dive into coral reefs with a maximum depth of 15 meters and a water temperature of 28ºC. Advanced divers will dive in the Marte and Gonçalo Coelho shipwrecks, with an average depth of 36 meters and a water temperature of 28ºC. Diving in the Corveta Ipiranga V17 wreck requires a high level of experience from advanced divers. A pre-dive for candidate assessment is made the day before to check the level of experience. Overnight at Pontal dos Carneiros.

Tropical beach of Carneiros in Pernambuco, Brazil

Day 3 - Porto de Galinhas

Today, early morning, you will discover the beautiful natural pools which form at low tide along the coast. After breakfast you will explore the turquoise waters of Carneiros. Later on, after lunch, following the tide cycles, you will be transferred to the natural pools of Porto de Galinhas for snorkelling. You can either swim to the pools from the shore, as they are not far away, or take a small wooden boat called jangada. You can swim with a myriad of colorful fish, which are trapped in the pools. It is a truly extraordinary experience. In the evening enjoy a relaxing time. Overnight at Overnight at Pousada Tabajubas.

the tropical palm trees on the coast of Brazil near Carneiros in the state of Pernambuco

Day 4 - Fernando de Noronha

Today transfer back to Recife. Take an 1-hour flight to Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This Atlantic island is considered one of the best dive spots in the world, having a visibility of 50 meters. Warm waters, shallow lagoons and tidal pools, beautiful submarine landscapes and warm weather all year round create great conditions for diving. Marine life is abundance with over 230 fish species and 15 species of coral. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Meet your instructor to discuss the diving plan for the next days. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a spectacular sunset at the Dog Bar. Overnigth at Pousada Morena.

beautiful view of Fernando de Noronha island in Brazil

Day 5 - Wrecks & Lage Dois Irmaos

Today explore the wreck Corvette V17 Iparanga. The frigate sank in 1982 after hitting an uncharted rock, now resting at 60 m of depth. You will marvel at the brilliantly-colored rock formations that have been layered with sponges, providing a dazzling scenery. Later on enjoy an exciting dive with young sharks in thee nursery at Lage Dois Irmaos. Fourteen species of sharks breed here, allowing their young to swim with divers until they are old enough to swim into the open sea. Since the archipelago is located at open sea, large marine mammals such as dolphins and whales regularly pass by on their migration routes. All kinds of fish, sea turtles, moray eels, octopuses and manta rays are also often seen. Overnigth at Pousada Morena.

tropical beach in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Day 6 - Diving Highlights of Noronha

Today you will have an open sea dive at Pedras Secas with several small caverns and coral reef formations. You will see a lot of small creatures and school of fish. The local divemaster will guide you through the best parts of the site and will always call your attention to the wonders that come into sight. The depth ranges from 12 to 20 meters and there is no strong drift, so relax and enjoy the dive. Marine life is unique and plentiful. One can spot nurse sharks and green turtles who are always around. Later on continue to Cabeça das Cordas & Pedra da Sapata. Overnigth at Colina Pousada.

Diving with barracuda kind fish in Madagascar

Day 7 - Porto Wreck

Today dive at diving point with a great variety of marine life. Porto Wreck is considered a very famous sea life nursery in Fernando de Noronha. You will encounter vibrantly-colored fish, eels, big turtles, manta and sting rays, reed sharks, schools of barracuda, permanent colony of wild spinner dolphins, the occasional whale shark, and plenty of fish. You will have two dives. All the equipment will be provided. Spend the afternoon at leisure, taking a stroll along the beautiful beaches of this pearl of the Atlantic Ocean. Sunsets are sensational. Overnigth at Colina Pousada.

Pousada Morena, small boutique hotel on the island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil

Day 8 - Island Tour

Today is time to discover the island on land. After breakfast, take a 4×4 buggy tour around the island, stopping at several beaches, such as Sancho, Portinho, Sueste, do Leão, Cacimba do Padre and Baía dos Porcos. A picnic lunch will be packed for you and you can enjoy the natural pool, snorkel, swim and get a tan. Fernando de Noronha has volcanic cones and different rock formations. The beaches are pristine and protected, being considered some of the most beautiful in the world. Visit the Shark Museum in the north of the island and learn more about these mysterious creatures. Overnigth at Colina Pousada.

surfing in Fernando de Noronha

Day 9 - Return to Recife

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight back to Recife. As your international flight can often be scheduled in the evening, take the time to explore the old town of Recife, with its Dutch heritage and the old baobab tree on the main square. Then head to the beautiful colonial town of Olinda located only 30 min away. Enjoy sweeping views of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Olinda’s has an artsy atmosphere, good cuisine and colorful architecture. You will be brought back to the airport in due time. Alternatively, spend the night in Olinda or on the iconic neighbourhood of Boa Viajem in Recife.

Old Town of Recife in Brazil

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