Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Rio de Janeiro

Ready to check out the best sites in Rio de Janeiro for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 15 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Rio de Janeiro to suit your needs.
Rio de Janeiro dive site map
Arraial do Cabo

#1 - Arraial do Cabo

South America, Brazil, Caribbean

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Arraial do Cabo is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in South America, Brazil, Caribbean which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Enseada da Praia Vermelha

#2 - Enseada da Praia Vermelha

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo

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Easy access by boat from the harbour. Sometimes restricted by Brazilian Environmental Agency (IBAMA), need to check first. Enseada da Praia Vermelha is also known as Praia Vermelha.
Ilha dos Ratos

#3 - Ilha dos Ratos

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty

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Ilha dos Ratos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ilha dos Ganchos

#4 - Ilha dos Ganchos

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty

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Ilha dos Ganchos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Grutazul

#5 - Grutazul

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo

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fantastic dive with PL Divers Arraial do Cabo RJ Grutazul is also known as blue cave.
Ilha Comprida

#6 - Ilha Comprida

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty

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By boat from Paraty city. Ilha Comprida is also known as Comprida Island.
Ilha dos Cocos

#7 - Ilha dos Cocos

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty

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By boat from Paraty city. Ilha dos Cocos is also known as Cocos Island.
Saco da Abobora - Norte

#8 - Saco da Abobora - Norte

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo

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By boat from Praia dos Anjos in Arraial do Cabo city.
Saltador - Ilha dos Porcos

#9 - Saltador - Ilha dos Porcos

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo

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By boat from Praia dos Anjos in Arraial do Cabo city.
Ilha dos Papagaios

#10 - Ilha dos Papagaios

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo

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Ilha dos Papagaios is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ilha do Jorge Grego

#11 - Ilha do Jorge Grego

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis

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We can divide the island into two points for diving: the internal part, where there is a wreck of a fishing vessel, has depths ranging from 9 to 20 meters. The bottom is sand and rocks that form passages between the rocks. Here the level of experience is the recommended level. From the outside, small caves, can reach 42 meters in depth and the level is advanced. Visibility of 10 meters to 25 and the temperature and crystal clear waters of the island, 25 º C. It has an excellent marine fauna, with caves and rocks with colorful corals and sponges. Many marine species, lizards, and skates cheetah butter, xeréus, olhetes, grouper and whiting, brothers, trumpets, moreias, turtles, eye-to-cow, octopus, shrimp, starfish and lots of variety of colorful fish, and possible to see dolphins in the summer. From the town of Abraham in the big island, sailing toward the southeast, around the points: palms island, Castilian lighthouse, island gurirí, Lopes Mendes beach at this point going toward the south total navigation time of about 40min.
Bunda do Elefante

#12 - Bunda do Elefante

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis

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Bunda do Elefante is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Lage Branca

#13 - Lage Branca

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis

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It is a small rock close to the Angra dos Reis harbor channel. Its position is indicated by a navigation light. If the sea conditions permit it is possible to dive around it in 35 minute (keeping a depth of 5~7mt). By boat from Angra dos Reis or Paraty. Dive site is marked by a Navigation Light.
Portinho - Ilha Rasa

#14 - Portinho - Ilha Rasa

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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Great dive for both experienced and non-experienced divers. Dive site depth starts at 4m (13ft) close to aquarium area and gradually descends to 36m (118ft) in sandy area. Good passages around 18-12m (59-39ft). On the right side of the site (looking towards the island) is located the sand path called "Avenida Brasil" (a reference to a famous avenue in Rio de Janeiro), which starts in "classroom" at 6-8m (20-26ft) and descends to the sand area at 36m (118ft). Some good passages also may also be found if you go further than "Avenida Brasil". Normally this spot has no current (or very low current), but depending on weather you may face some medium currents (and surge close to island). Green turtles are spotted with high frequency in this site. You'll also see spotted moray eels, scorpionfish, french angelfish, flying gurnard, pufferfish, flouders, cowfish, batfish, rays (stingray, eagle ray, electric ray, etc.), green moray eels, and much more. Access is only possible by boat. Boats leave from Marina da Gloria every weekend around 8:30am. Trips may take between 45-90 minutes depending on type of boat.
Araçatibinha

#15 - Araçatibinha

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis

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Dive site close to a pier which supplies live aboard boats with fresh water. During the filling time, it's worth to make a few bubbles at the rocks surrounding the pier or even underneath it. Morrays, crabs and turtles can be seen here. From the cities of Angra Dos Reis or Paraty in Rio De Janeiro state leave dive boats and live aboard to the Ilha Grande area.