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“Great, but attention to the tide!”

Parrachos de Maracajau
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US$84.99*
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Maracajau from Natal
Ranked #4 of 129 things to do in Natal
Certificate of Excellence
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Sao Paulo, SP
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68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great, but attention to the tide!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

This is the type of attraction that can be ruined if you go in the wrong time... To have a nice scuba/ snorkeling, take care to go when the tide is really low (0.3 m or less). If it rained the day/night before or the tide is higher than 0.3m - 0.4 m, just forget it, as you won't see anything... Locals also say something about the moon phase (now I don't remember if the best one is New Moon or Full Moon).

Price is too high (around R$ 80,00 per person), but definitely worth it if there is a very low tide (it's when all the pictures for advertisement are taken!).

You can check the Tide Tables at Brazil's Navy website (http://www.mar.mil.br/dhn/chm/tabuas/index.htm ) and plan your trip.

And bring your own snorkel mask, otherwise you will have to use the ones which are shared with other tourists.

Visited November 2011
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Nice place, though the crowd and the lack of good services.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

This is a very beautiful place and an almost wild beach, with some great reefs at about 30´ shipping from the coast; an excellent spot for both scuba and (just) snorkeling.

But something that really disappointed us and probably damaged a bit our experience was the number of tourists and the lack of reasonable services that it should have for such demand.

Eventhough, we do recommend the day trip to Maracajaú and the delicious fish dishes available for lunch (not that cheap as we expected too).

Visited November 2011
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North Yorkshire
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“Lovely day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

Great fun and among fish and reef with great BBQ with tasty lobster kebabs? The kids loved it and managed to swim too.

Visited June 2012
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

Too much exploration - they want your money by all means - everything is overpriced

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RIO DE JANEIRO
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“so beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

me and my husband make a dive to see colorful fishes and a morea, there was a bar in the middle of the see, you can see the corals and you go by a boat that you have to pay before you go.Tou can include a lunch.

Visited October 2011
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