Recife is famous for being the shipwreck capital of Brazil and many tourists enjoy participating in the under-water activities provided by the city. It has over 100 ships that sank around the coastline of the city and approximately 15 of them are accessible to tourists. Some of the ships have been intentionally sunk, to promote tourism in the form of scuba diving. Those shipwrecks with the natural coral reefs at the coast of Recife, make it a perfect location for scuba-diving. There are several diving and snorkeling spots for beginners as well as adventurous divers.
The following are some of the wrecks that can be reached by boat from Recife:
San Martin Arreiro - 12 meters deep.
Comandante Alvarenga - 25 meters deep.
Vapor de Baixo - 21 meters deep.
Vapor 48 offers an excellent experience for scuba-diving lovers. It is home to plenty of sea species. This is an unknown shipwreck and as the name suggests, it is 48 meters deep.
This is a purposely sunk tugboat site for promoting scuba diving tourism. It is 27 meters deep.
Alfama de Lisboa
You will find a Portuguese galleon in a destroyed condition. It is 10 meters deep.
Intentionally sunk (36 meters deep) tugboat site for scuba diving tourism.
Vapor Florida, 33 meters deep, was an English steamer that drowned in 1910 during a storm. It is situated at 12 miles from Recife Port.
B 18 was an aircraft. It fell into sea immediately after the takeoff and some bigger remains of this aircraft can be seen during diving.
Vapor Bahia is one of the best scuba-diving spots in Brazil. It sank 26 meters deep and is popular for the ‘sleeping nurse’ sharks inside the wreck.
This site is of a totally loaded cargo ship which crashed with a coral bank near Olinda. It is 8 meters deep.
Pirapama is located at six miles from Recife Port. It sank in 1889 and recommended as one of the best night dives. It is 23 meters deep.
Chata de Noronha
Chata de Noronha, 31 meters deep, attracts scuba divers.
This capital of Brazilian wreck diving has plenty of clear water wrecks within scuba limits. They are situated in depths between 12 and 58 meters with average visibility of 20 meters during best diving conditions. It is possible to enjoy the activity of scuba-diving all year round but the months of April and September are best for diving. For the courageous ones, Recife also offers the opportunity for night dives.
If you want to visit the core of Recife then hiring a jeep is the best activity. You can stopover at the southern sugarcane agricultural region of Pernambuco. Furthermore, stop at the traditional Manioc Mill and have a sip of the sugarcane juice and finally reach your destination of the world’s most beautiful Primavera Waterfalls. Let the jeep follow the tracks of the sugarcane fields and sit back, relax and take in another side of human activity, rather than the regular city life. Lunch is included on these jeep safaris and the tour operators pick up and drop you off at your hotel.
If you like the relaxing game of golf then there are a few clubs in the city like the Caxanga Golf and Country Club which offer some good challenges to test your golfing skills. Other than golf, most of the clubs provide other activities such as horse riding, tennis, shooting, and fencing.
Caxanga Golf and Country Club
Address: Avenida Caxanga, 5362, Recife, Brazil
Tel: +55 81 3271-1422