Dive sites in Ubatuba:
Ubatuba is privileged for its beautiful beaches, mixing the green of the hills and its islands. The sea usually calm harbors a great diversity of marine life and attracts divers from all over Brazil. Ubatuba is considered one of the best diving spots in the state of São Paulo and offers good opportunities for skin and scuba divers all year round.
The most frequented islands that are famous for dive sites are: Anchieta ,  Palmas,  Couves , Rapada and the beautiful archipelago of Vitoria(Pescadores, Cabras e Vitoria), but you can still dive  in Prumirim Island, Selinha island, Comprida Island , Mar virado and Porcos Pequenos  island among others.

Dive sites in Ubatuba Brazil.

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Archipelago of Anchieta Island
Description:
This archipelago is located on the shore of Flamengo’s cove  in the south central region of Ubatuba. Formed by a group four (04) islands and islets :  Anchieta Island, South Islet, Isle of Palms and Islet of Goats.
Second largest island of the coast of São Paulo is one of the main tourist attractions of the city of Ubatuba. Dubbed Isle of Pigs in 1904 installed a penal colony, later turning into a political prison. In 1955, after intense rebellions the prison has been disabled. The island's name was changed to Ilha Anchieta in 1934 as part of the homage to the fourth centenary of the birth of Father José de Anchieta.

. In 1977 was created the Parque Estadual da Ilha Anchieta (PEIA), protecting itself Anchieta Island and South Islet, its natural resources, preserving the rich historic and cultural heritage represented by the ruins of the prison, its facilities and its environs where it is forbidden fishing and hunting underwater.
Palmas Island and cabras islets are also protected and are part of the Ecological Station Tupinambás.
Anchieta island in Ubatuba.

UsefuL Information:
The depths at the points of this destination can range from 2 to 18 meters and visibility varies greatly depending on the currents and weather conditions, reaching 15 meters in better days. Throughout the year, the average water temperature is set at around 24 º C and can reach 27 º C in February and March.

Dive sites in Ilha Anchieta:
  Anchieta Island - Eastern Beach - Turtle Lair
GPS: 23o 32 '02.82 "S / 45 ° 02' 35.47" W
Depth: 4 to 10 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds SE, S and SW
Features - The site is sheltered and suitable for all levels of certification, the rocky shoreline houses several types of corals, moray eels and goldspotted snake eel are easily seen  at  the sandy bottom and a small parcel attracts good diversity of fish and turtles.

Anchieta Island - Eastern Beach - Statue of Cousteau
GPS: 23o 31 '58.69 "S / 45 ° 02' 41.79" W
Depth 3 to 12 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from S and SW winds
Features - A life-size statue was placed by the association of dive operators in Ubatuba 15.11.1997, named after the French scientist and diver Jacques Cousteau. It lies in the sand at 9 feet deep, near the rocky point that adds a great diversity of marine life.

Diving at Anchieta with Omnimare.

Anchieta Island - Stone Ship
GPS: 23o 31 '40.64 "S / 45 ° 03'11 .91" W
Depth: 6 to 10 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from S and SW winds
Features - A huge rock protruding from the sea in coastal suggestive format that gives name to the point in its vicinity the bottom is sandy and shallow, away from the coast, the depth increases which can be found a parcel which concentrates many schools of fish : sardines, sargeant major, butterflyfish, wrasses, groupers, angelfish are common seen.

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Anchieta Island - Bay of Palms - Bag of Winds
GPS: 23o 31 '42.08 "S / 45 ° 04' 40.67" W
Depth: 4 to 6 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SW winds
Characteristics – this is the most sheltered area from this site, it is very suitable for beginners with its shallow area. There is a  wreck of a schooner, where bass are often sighted. Moray eels, squirrelfishes, rock beauty, snappers and filefishes are easily seen around here.

Anchieta Island - Bag Aroeira
GPS: 23o 32 '31.06 "S / 45 ° 04' 54.28" W
Depth: 4 to 8 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E
Features - sheltered place, consisting of a rocky shoreline and sandy bottom is ideal for Open water checkout , a curiosity of the site is the presence of SeaMantis  that are found in small holes in the sand.

Anchieta Island - Stone Miúda
GPS: 23o 32 '22.74 "S / 45 ° 04' 57.07" W
Depth: 6 to 14 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E
Specific feature - The place is quiet and sheltered consisting of a rocky shoreline and bottom of small stones, which inhabit small crustaceans that attract predators. Rays are easily seen.

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Anchieta Island - South Beach
GPS: 23o 32 '50.54 "S / 45 ° 04' 45.61" W
Width: 2 to 8 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E
Characteristics – It is one of the most popular for beginners , from this small cove it is possible to dive from the beach, beyond the coast there are large stones placed at the bottom sand forming holes and cracks that serve as shelter for groupers, parrotfish, surgeons, triggerfishes among other species.

Diving at Anchieta with Omnimare.

Anchieta Island – Ponta do Calhau
GPS: 23o 33 '08.92 "S / 45 ° 04' 51.28" W
Depth: 5 to 7 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E
Features - The site is well sheltered recommended for all certification levels, large stones are laid on sand background giving the idea of a hall, flounders are easily found  in the sand , anemones  and among the rocks you can see grunts and surgeons.

Ilhote Sul
GPS: 23o 33 '44.69 "S / 45 ° 04' 43.63" W
Depth: 6 to 18 meters
Anchoring conditions: only with very calm sea
Characteristics – IT is a point with a great variety of marine life, with common sightings of schools of jacks and pompanos, swimming west where there is a large parcel, that  in the summer can be seen large  shoals of sardines, eagle and gray rays, lobsters, groupers, angelfishes, butterflyfishes  are common in this area. Strong currents may occur due to tidal variation in the small channel formed with the Anchieta Island and requires more experience, skill and good notion of underwater navigation.

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Isle of Palms - Ossada  da Baleia
GPS: 23o 32 '41.19 "S / 45 ° 01' 39.67" W
Depth 9 to 16 meters
Anchoring conditions: only with calm sea.
Features: It has a beautiful wall of stones, all covered with small red and yellow sponges gorgonians, and sea lilies and brain corals. It houses a number of small fish and is also very common for passages fish like jacks, tunas, mackerel and others. Turtles and rays are also common as well as large groupers in the background. As there are strong currents at the site, it is advisable to drift dive or dive with a local guide.

Isle of Palms - Refugio dos Meros
GPS: 23o 32 '46.57 "S / 45 ° 01' 51.46" W
Depth 9 to 14 meters
Anchoring conditions: only with calm sea.
Features: It is a very interesting dive because you can go through several stones tunnels to reach a large hall, which is usually used for a shoal of snappers. The presence of puffer fish and sea bream are common in this site. In addition to the surgeons, butterflies and sergeant major always present in large quantity. In the sand is common to see many starfishes  and sanddollars. You may see jewfish.

Diving at Palmas in Ubatuba.

 

 

Arquipélago da Ilha Comprida e da Ilha das Couves e seus ilhotes e Ilha Rapada. 

Description:
This group of islands is located off the coast of Picinguaba cove, north of Ubatuba city. This archipel  is formed by the islands of Ilha Comprida, Ilhote da Comprida and Ilhote Carapuça,  Ilha das Couves and Ilhote das Couves and Ilha Rapada. The main ones are Long, nearest of the continent, approximately 1 km from Ponta da Cruz, Couves is the only  that has white sand beaches and Rapada is one of the best dive spots for its submerged rocks and good visibility.

Couves and rapada Islands in Ubatuba.

Features:
During navigation is common to see dolphin groups. The depths at the points of these sites can vary from 3 to 25 meters and visibility varies greatly depending on the current and weather conditions, reaching 15 meters in better days. Throughout the year, the average water temperature is set at around 24 º C and can reach 27 º C in February and March.
Dolphins on the way to island in Ubatuba Brazil.

Ilha Comprida
GPS: 23o 24 '28.04 "S / 44 51' 10.12" W
Depth 3 to 12 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds of E and SE
The site is sheltered, and the coastal rock formation has a  gentle slope to the sandy bottom of maximum 6 meters depth. Swimming toward the channel formed with Couves Island, the stones are spread by the fund and the presence of shoals of fishes increases. At the end of the coast, there is possibility of marine currents, with makes important to have knowledge of underwater navigation and sometimes you have to drift dive.

Diving at Ilha Comprida in Ubatuba with Omnimare.

Ilhote da Comprida

GPS: 23o 24’00.11” S / 44o 51’ 20.80”W

Depth 3 to 12 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds
The place is quiet, the coast is rocky with little slope and sandy bottom at 6 meters. Being a small islet is possible to contour it, taking care of any current formed in the channel with Comprida Island.

Couves Island - Paredinha of Miriquites
GPS: 23o 25 '23:33 "S / 44 51' 26.96"
Depth 3 to 11 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds of E and SE.
Features - Local sheltered and easily accessible, ideal for beginners. The dive begins on the sand of 3 feet deep extending to the rocky shore where it is common to have miriquites, clowns shrimps, crabs, spiders, parrotfish, nudibranchs and gobies, which makes the interesting point also for macro shooting. Attention should be given only at the end next to the small channel formed with the islet due to ocean currents.

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Couves Island - Parcelzinho
GPS: 23o 24 '44.62 "S / 44 51'15 .97" W
Depth 3 to 10 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds And, SE and S
ideal site for beginners and discover scuba divers, the coastal houses moray eels, crustaceans and  a small parcel nearby is a great place to see triggerfish, school of squirrelfishes, sardines, butterfly fishes, chubs and damselfishes are constant seen there and gurnard, rockfish, cowfish and grunts among other species.

  Diving at Couves island in Ubatuba with Omnimare.

Couves Island - Costão de Fora
GPS: 23o 25 '04.10 "S / 44 51' 07.19" W
Depth: 5 to 15 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from S and SW winds
Characteristics - this is the most sheltered dive site when the wind blows strong southwest, large rocks covered by shellfishes attract a lot of  types of fish that comes in search of food, the sandy bottom begins at 10 meters where you can spot  flounders and rays.

  Islet Couves - Playground of Butterflies

GPS: 23 25'17 .93 "S / 44 51 '35.48" W
Depth 7 to 12 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds S, SE and E
It is undoubtedly one of the best points of this destination, with varied wildlife and plenty of schools. Here you can observe among others: butterflies, grunts, sergeant major, turtles and angel fishes. It is a point that favors all certification levels, but special attention should be given to changing schedules tide, strong currents occur between the channel formed with Couves Island.

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Islet Couves - West Face
GPS: 23 25'20 .45 "S / 44 51 '42.49" W
Depth: 12 to 23 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds
At this point, a small island off the coast protrudes vertically like a wall, from the surface to the bottom, where large stones form a large common room with the presence of groupers and sea bass. It is easy to see rock fish, small yellow sponges, parrotfishes, groupers, squids, small trunkfishes, porkpinefish, filefish, yellow chromis , damselfish among other species. Look for seahorses and stingrays.

Rapada Island - Trail of the Bat
GPS: 23o 25 '28.53 "S / 44 54' 11.61" W
Depth: 5 to 10 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds  SE and S
Diving starts near the large rock emerged with a rocky coast downhill to the sandy bottom at 9 meters, at this site there are some cables of  moorings that became habitat for seahorses. The name of dive site is for the common bat fishes seen around it .  Swimming in the northeast direction, the depth will decrease until the end of the island that will turn into a shallow parcel, where depending on the sea conditions there may be formation of ripple. Angel fishes, surgeons and parrotfishes are very common here. An interesting thing is the scallops’ farm hanging in buoys devices that give a very different look to the site.

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Ilha Rapada – Pedra da Cachorra

GPS: 23o 25’ 32.15” S / 44o 54’ 17.30” W

Depth 3 to 18 meters
Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds of E and SE
It is the tip of a large slab composed of a parceled shallower east and by a sharp drop deep southwest forming a rock wall. It houses a variety of fish including, stones fish, angel fishes, squirrelfishes , grunts, parrotfish, trumpet fish, yellow snapper, clown wrasses, fairy basslet, hamlet, spotted drums, etc. During the months of September and October we can see  a large number of stingrays mating.

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Ilha Rapada – Trilha do Pigmeu

GPS: 23o 25’ 36.64” S / 44o 54’ 19.89” W

Depth: 12 to 25 meters
Anchoring conditions: only with very calm sea
Features - this is one of the few points of this destination, where you can see the beautiful fish pygmy angelfish, they are small, colorful and very curious. It is a delight to underwater photographers. The dive begins in a part of well sheltered and shallow rocky bottom that can be explored by divers of all levels. Following the coast, heading southwest, the depth increases abruptly. Here, large rocks on the sandy bottom form a labyrinth inhabited by many schools requiring skills in underwater navigation and greater experience due to sea currents and reflux. It is common to see groupers, wrasses, chub, snappers and glassy sweepers hiding in rocks.

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Vitoria Island  Archipelago

This archipelago is situated east of the island of São Sebastião. It is one of the three archipelagos that make up the municipality and the Ilhabela State Park. It consists of the Victoria Island itself, Fisherman Island and Islet of Goats. The Vitória Island is inhabited by a community of living caiçaras traditional fishing craft, so it is common to be observed in the vicinity of the archipelago, gillnets, fish traps and sieges, which are preserved as it is the culture of this community livelihood . Therefore the recommendation is for divers to avoid anchoring near these artifacts, to keep clear during the dive, both the risk of being involved in the networks, as well as the practice of minimal impact, not interfering in the local culture.

When navigating the archipelago, is common sightings of groups of bottlenose dolphins Bryde's whales, and even humpback. On the islands there are no beaches, its environs are formed by rocky cliffs and hollows called bays, providing different profiles for the dives. The depths at the points of this destination can vary from 5 to 52 meters and visibility varies greatly depending on the currents and weather conditions, reaching 25 meters in better days.

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Ilha da Vitória – Canal dos Pescadores
Depth: 5 to 12 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and S

Features - The dive begins in a small bay housed the Fisherman Island, near the coastal rocks to the sandy bottom at 5 feet deep, where they can be seen rays and moray eels. Swimming more southwest toward the center of the channel ,depth increases and the background is transformed into a installments. In the channel, you should be alert to the possibility of ocean currents due to wind and tidal variations, as for the more experienced site favors  a "drift dive": swim with the current.GPS: 23º 44’ 18.40” S / 45º 01’ 15.70” W

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco do Hilário
GPS: 23º 44’ 35.82” S / 45º 01’ 22.68” W

Depth: 6 to 30 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from the winds And, SE and S.

Features - the site is sheltered and interesting here are the deep and narrow vertical slits formed by large submerged rocks. There is also a recess in the shore from the surface to the bottom like a cave, where the more experienced can play with reflux. Among the stones, moray eels, and sand bottom stingrays are often seen.

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco do Paiá – Canto da Sereia
GPS: 23º 45’ 01.70” S / 45º 01’ 03.90” W

Depth: 5 to 23 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E.

Features - Remains of small boats and wooden boats perpetuate the legend that sailors lured by a siren if not pay attention ended up capsizing of vessels along the coast. Large stones on the rocky and sandy shoals are home to the bottom of the yellow tail damsels, blue surgeons and sergeant majors.

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco do Paiá – Escuninha
GPS: 23’ 45’ 16.90” S / 45º 01’ 00.80” W

Depth: 6 to 15 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds S, SE and E.

Features - around the sandy bottom, are the remains of a small schooner which houses crabs, urchins and moray eels already in burrows and crevices formed by the rocky shore can be found groupers, red snappers and bat fish.

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco do Paiá – Ponta das Arraias
GPS: 23º 45’ 23.70” S / 45º 01’ 05.30” W

Depth: 10 to 30 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and E.

Characteristics - is one of the best spots in the area. Its shore is formed by overlapping large rocks and sand at the bottom, which can be seen stingrays , butter and Spotted eagle rays feeding on the whim of ocean currents. Manta rays are rare, but have been seen in the winter here. This point favors the experienced, it allows for a "drift dive".

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco do Funil
GPS: 23º 45’ 35.70” S / 45º 00’ 56.40” W

Depth 8 to 40 meters

Anchoring conditions: only with very calm sea.

Features - Located on the southern tip of the island, has a varied topography consisting of one part flat stones and one vertical wall, away from the coast, the depth increases sharply, exceeding 40 meters. It is recommended for advanced and experienced technical divers, due to great depths, reflux and marine currents.

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco da Professora – Aquário
GPS: 23º 44’ 54.00” S / 45º 00’ 58.10” W

Depth: 5 to 10 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds SE, S and SW

Features - It is a sheltered bay, great for inexperienced divers. The shore is covered with corals, gorgonians and colorful sponges. The sandy bottom resembles an aquarium because  the great diversity of fish on site.

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Ilha da Vitória – Saco da Professora – Gruta do Tesouro
GPS: 23º 45’ 09.20” S / 45º 00’ 59.50” W

Depth 8 to 16 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from S and SW winds

Features - On the surface, a small cave gave its name to the shore so cut holes and underwater passages adding enough marine life. On the sandy bottom, the presence of  butter and stingrays are common. The sheltered waters make this point a place for all levels of certification.

Ilha da Vitória – Saco da Professora – Ponta do Farol
GPS: 23º 44’ 52.00” S / 45º 00’ 38.60” W

Depth: 6 to 30 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from winds SE, S and SW

Features - The rocky shore is full of holes and crevices where is the common sighting of butterflies beaked, the sand bottom  is at 18 meters depth and swimming toward the end the depth increases to 30 meters where shoals of jacks can be seen frequently. The diver should be aware of the possibility of reflux and strong ocean currents. It is very common to see damselfishes, angelsfishes, parrotfishes and turtles in this spot.

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Ilha da Vitória – Morro Alto
GPS: 23º 44’ 21.50” S / 45º 00’ 54.60” W

Depth 8 to 25 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from S and SW winds.

Characteristics - this is the most sheltered from this site when the southwest blows hard. It is a rocky shoreline to 15 meters and from then gets deeper smoothly alternating sand and stones, the constant presence of squirrelfishes, parrotfish and rockbeauties attract all kind of divers.

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Ilha dos Pescadores – Pedra das Tartarugas
GPS: 23º 44’ 03.20” S / 45º 01’ 18.30” W

Depth: 4 to 25 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and S

Features - on the north face of the island there is a small recess in the coastline where we see a large stone touched on the submerged part of this stone is covered with algae attracting many turtles, hence the name. Up to about 10 meters the bottom is formed by a gravel inhabited octopus, shellfish and eels. From there the depth increases and gravel gives way to sand. Swimming to the sand bottom you will find a parcel formed by large rocks harboring abundant marine life.

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Ilhote das Cabras – Face Norte
GPS: 23º 44’ 11.40” S / 45º 01’ 51.80” W

Depth 8 to 52 meters

Conditions of anchoring: sheltered from SE winds and S.

Features - this point has a nicely varied prominence. Swimming to northeast  there is a fairly steep slope finding sand at 18 meters, heading toward the Fishermen's Island you will find in the middle of the passage between the islands the depth of 52 meters. The  southwest boulders are scattered over a wide area with depth almost constant in the range of 15 meters. It is one of the best parts of the archipelago, but requires attention due to strong currents and underwater navigation practice; it is suitable for experienced divers.

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lhote das Cabras – Face Sul
GPS: 23º 44’ 19.90” S / 45º 01’ 55.90” W

Depth 8 to 35 meters

Anchoring conditions: only with very calm sea

Features - diving begins near coastal to 5 meters and as if this distance, the depth increases abruptly up to 35 meters which feature large submerged rocks forming cliffs and canyons, rocky bottom houses morays, groupers and rays. The sea currents and great depths require higher levels of certification.

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