Diving in Costa Verde

One of the most important regions for divers in Brazil is Ilha Grande Bay is also known as Costa Verde. This region is located between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the two biggest cities in Brazil. Diving in Costa Verde, you will find calm waters, and variable visibility ranging from 5 to 15 meters (16 to 49 feet) and temperature that goes from 20 to 24ºC (68 to 75º F). All year round you will find green tropical landscapes and an immense rainforest. This region is also filled with small friendly towns with good restaurants and small hotels. Make sure you have plenty of time to visit the many beaches, waterfalls, trails, and islands of the region. One of the most outstanding dive sites in Costa Verde is Jorge Grego Island. Paraty is a colonial town filled with history and culture, that should definitely be part of your itinerary; this is a recommended dive spot for beginners with warm waters and no strong currents. The largest town of Ilha Grande is Vila de Abraao; here, you can relax on the beaches, visit an abandoned maximum security prison, or dive in the crystalline waters that have high visibility during summer. Adventurers can also go kayaking, surfing, and even rafting in this area.

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Wildlife in Costa Verde

Ilha Grande has crystalline waters and over 900 marine species, making it an ideal diving destination. You will find high visibility and warm water. This is one of the places with the most shipwrecks in the world; one of the most famous is wreck Pinguino. Other notable wrecks you can explore are California and even the rests of an old helicopter. Some of the marine species you will find are rocky bottom fish and crustaceans, as well as many sea turtles. You can also find many swim-throughs and caverns that you can explore.

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Whales
Humpback Whale
Bryde's Whale
Minke Whale
Killer Whale / Orca
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
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
Bryde's Whale
Minke Whale
Killer Whale / Orca
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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