Abrolhos Archipelago

One of the best dive sites in Brazil is The Abrolhos Archipelago. This archipelago is made up of a few islands around 40 miles of the south coast of the state of Bahia and a coral bank. The best way to reach these islands is by sailing from the cities of Caravelas or Alcobaça. Unique coral formations surround this site and are called the “chapeirões,” which are large coral structures that go from the bottom to the surface, where they grow aside like big mushrooms. Abrolhos is filled with a wide array of coral reef fish species, as well as many passages and at least three famous shipwrecks. It is recommended that you visit during humpback whale season, which happens during August; even though diving with humpbacks is prohibited, you can take a short boat ride that will get you closer to them, and from there you will be able to enjoy the fantastic views. Disembarking on the islands is forbidden by the authorities. If you want to enjoy the sights and explore the waters of this place, your best option is to take a liveaboard for 2 or 3 nights and go diving or go on a fast boat day trip for a quicker visit.

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Wildlife in Abrolhos Archipelago

The crystalline waters of The Abrolhos Archipelago, make up the ideal environment for about 19 coral species, including brain coral (Mussismilia Braziliensis). Divers will find many reefs called called “Chapeiroes“ because they grow in columns from the bottom and form huge mushrooms. The reefs of Abrolhos are considered some of the most interesting and unique of South America. You will encounter over 160 fish species, including some that attract birds, like the white-bellied boobies and frigates. Sea turtles are very common in this region. The best time to visit is from July to November, as during these months visitors will be able to watch multiple humpback whales,that come during this period for procreation.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Sharks
Nurse Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Snake Eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Sharks
Nurse Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Snake Eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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