Our 5 Top Maritime Activities in Brazil
Brazil is known for many things, from soccer stars to incredible tourist locations! As lovers of all things maritime, as well as all things travel, we thought it only fitting to shed some light on some of the incredible maritime activities in Brazil on offer for your enjoyment. We simply can’t wait for the Covid19 pandemic restrictions to be lifted so that we can travel again!
In the meantime, here are some places to include in your travel-planning :
Naval and Oceanographic Museum
Located in Rio de Janeiro, this museum is great for both kids and adults. You’ll get to visit the inside of a submarine, a frigate, and a large sea vessel as well as explore Brazil’s maritime history and the battles and disputes that have led them to where they are today. The museum has recently been renovated and has a fantastic gift shop, which provides the perfect opportunity to purchase a maritime souvenir for those back home!
Visit Ilha Grande
This delightful spot, located just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro lies Ilha Grande, is otherwise known as Big Island. This tropical island is considered one of the most beautiful in Brazil, and provides a range of exciting ocean activities from snorkeling to boating. The island also features an abandoned jail. Candido Mendes was one of Brazil’s maximum-security jails that held some of the country’s most notorious criminals. It was shut down in 1994, and although it hasn’t been preserved, you can still visit it when you are on the island.
Take a Walk on Copacabana Beach
Perhaps one of the most well-known tourist spots in Brazil, Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, offers a wide stretch of white sandy beach and lovely warm waters. Enjoy a walk on the world-famous promenade and take in the sights and smells of the ocean and the restaurants, hotels and night clubs that you pass on your way. This beach is always buzzing and it’s a great place to experience some of Brazil’s culture.
Explore Fernando De Noronha
This national marine park and protected site is located about 350 kilometres from the northeast coastline of Brazil. It is one of the best places to scuba dive in Brazil, with warm, clear waters that are home to many sea creatures and incredibly colourful rock formations. This island has also been declared a World Heritage Site and home to many rare and endangered species, such as the hawksbill sea turtle, spinner dolphins, and marine turtles.
Visit Recife, the Shipwreck Capital of Brazil
Recife is known as the shipwreck capital of Brazil for good reason! It has over 100 shipwrecks along its coastline, and 15 of these shipwrecks are available to tourists for exploring. These shipwrecks have merged with the natural coral reefs to create an underwater paradise for marine life, scuba divers and snorkellers! In and amongst the shipwrecks are also some plane wrecks from aircraft that crashed. These too can be explored.
Shipwreck Diving In Recife. Video by Ticiano Alves
If you haven’t ever considered Brazil as a maritime destination, you might change your mind. We’re definitely adding these maritime activities in Brazil to our travel bucket-list.