Experience this diving liveaboard in Abrolhos! Embark to the high sea on this adventure in the Abrolhos Archipelago and exploring its 5 islands of volcanic origin, home to the greatest marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic. A paradise of crystal clear waters, Abrolhos has the best conditions for diving, both contemplative and exploration, a mandatory destination for any diver and lover of marine life.
First National Marine Park in Brazil, Abrolhos has 15 km of coral on its coast and, during the winter, it is a passageway for humpback whales, which present us with a show of jumping with their calves. Much more than a trip, this experience brings together days of immersion in nature on a comfortable catamaran, many dives, stand-ups paddle, whale watching, and the abundant seabirds, with a lot of sunbathing and tasting the tasty Bahian food prepared by the crew.
Come and dive into this exclusive adventure and feel all the energy of the sea in Bahia.
Abrolhos is home to one of the largest concentrations of fish per square meter on the planet, in quantity and variety, where it is possible to find unique corals (such as the brain coral Mussismilia braziliensis), turtles, dolphins, seahorses, and many other marine species at any time of the year. In addition, it is possible to dive to explore underwater caves and 3 shipwrecks open to visitors, the Guadiana, the Santa Catharina, and the Rosalinda, the latter sunk in 1955 with a load of cement and beer.
If in the summer the visibility of the water for diving is better, reaching up to 30 meters deep, in the winter we can observe the spectacle of humpback whales, which migrate from the cold waters of the pole to have their young and breastfeed them in the warm and protected waters of Abrolhos, during the months of July to October. Abrolhos is also a nursery for turtles and seabirds, which appear to build their nests here.
Liveaboard and Diving Abrolhos
Staying a few days aboard in this paradise is the best immersion you can experience in the marine life in Abrolhos. Without having to return to the mainland and without internet and telephone signals, you will only experience nature in the purest possible way. Immerse yourself in aquatic life on incredible days of day and night dives, sunset stand-up paddle tours, and contemplation of humpback whales and other animals in the National Park.
Your accommodation will be on a safe and comfortable catamaran that will make your crossing to the Archipelago, serving aboard the delicious cuisine of Bahia. With a capacity for 12 people (2 suites and 3 double cabins) and with independent bathrooms, this catamaran carries all the necessary equipment for diving operations, respecting all safety standards with material regularly reviewed and tested, and operated by qualified personnel. *See below for the complete list of equipment on board.
Day by day
At sea, the day starts early! Before sunrise, we will be awake to enjoy sunny days and marine life. After breakfast we will start our sequence of diving practices in Abrolhos, always looking for the best places of visibility and animals in the two large blocks of coral reefs: Parcel dos Abrolhos and Recife das Timbebas.
Strategic breaks will be made for rest, lunch, and dinner on the deck of the boat. At night, we will prepare for the night dives in Abrolhos to observe marine life in the moonlight, when other species appear.
It will be 3 days and 2 nights in an itinerary that will explore the 5 islands of the Archipelago by sea, with 8 diving practices in Abrolhos during the experience, 6 of them during the day and 2 at night*.
We will stop at Santa Bárbara Island and Siriba Island (the only ones allowed for visitation) and walk along the land trails to visit the Abrolhos Lighthouse and observe seabirds, such as the red-billed grazina, the white and brown boobies, the frigatebirds, beneditos, among others, who create communities in Abrolhos due to abundant food.
Humpback Whales in Abrolhos
More than 20,000 whales pass in Abrolhos during the winter season, a true spectacle of nature for those who enjoy watching the animals in their natural habitat. That's why this region is also known as Costa das Baleias, being the main nursery for humpback whales in the South Atlantic. They spend about 4 months feeding in this region before returning to Antarctica.
Always accompanied by their babies, the humpback whales in Abrolhos get very close to the boats and seem to like to show off in monumental jumps, flips, and stops with their tails exposed. These mammals can reach 16 meters in length and weigh 40 tons. From a distance, they appear slow and docile, but it is when they jump out of the water that their potency is revealed.
In addition to humpback whales, other cetaceans are seen in the waters, such as rough-toothed dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and gray botos, as well as the southern right whale and the minke whale.
To ensure the animals' well-being and avoid the risk of accidents, Brazilian legislation prohibits diving with whales and dolphins. The minimum distance of 50 meters from animals must be respected.
"Abra os olhos" (“Open your eyes”), wrote the Portuguese navigators on the nautical charts bound for Abrolhos, on the south coast of Bahia, to warn vessels about the 15 km of coral formation on the coast. What was dangerous once, is now considered one of the most beautiful ecotourism routes and the first National Marine Park in Brazil.
Since 1983, Abrolhos has been an environmental preservation unit, covering 87,943 hectares, organized by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICM-Bio). A survey of the region's biodiversity recorded approximately 1,300 species, 45 of which are considered endangered, arousing great curiosity for Charles Darwin and other scientists and distinguished navigators such as Amerigo Vespucci, who have already been to the site.
Adventure yourself in this diving liveaboard in Abrolhos.
The program may suffer due to weather conditions or whatever the dangerous judgment for the group factor.
What is included
- Stateroom with Suite and Common Staterooms;
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages;
- Social area equipped with snorkel, kayak, standup, and support boat;
- Guided Trail on Santa Bárbara island and visit the lighthouse of Abrolhos and Ilha da Siriba;
- Dives guided by an ICMBio accredited instructor;
- Onboard cylinder recharge.
What is not included
- Air tickets;
- Accommodation before departure/after arrival;
*Requirements & Additional Information
- A diver is required to have basic certification for dives with SCUBA equipment. Without certification, a diving baptism can be performed accompanied by an instructor (no need to know how to swim or have experience) - Value apart from the package.
- A limited number of people - check availability.
- Lead Ballast and Cylinder are available - other necessary equipment can be rented from the operator.
- Cylinder refills;
- Full crew with Master, Sailor and Cook;
- Diving Staff with Instructors;
- Living room with TV and DVD;
- Women's and Men's Bathrooms;
- All meals served on board;
- Lifeboat - inflatable;
- Life jackets;
- Oxygen for 1st aid and 1st aid kit;
- 2 Generators / Energy 110V- Storage Capacity of 3500L of water;
- All electronic equipment for navigation on the high seas;
- Kayak and Stand up