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#1 sfsalsero

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:50 AM

Hello,

 

I have travel plans to Sao Paulo, Brazil towards the mid-to-end of July on business.  I would like to bring my UWP gear and spend 3-4 days diving as that is the only time I have.  My initial preference is Bonito in the state of Mato Grosso to dive the rivers or grottos and hopefully image unique wildlife of the area (anacondas, caymans, river fish, etc...).  Having researched the dive opportunities I have only come across a group by the name of www.divebonito.com.br .  The diving looks fun and I recognize July is the coldest month of the year in that area but the dive plan seems fitting for a very touristy "in and out" session for inexperienced divers.  The expense appears to be great and it seems everyone wants you to book through a travel agent thereby increasing the expense.  Does anyone have any recommendations or experience in UWP dive planning in this area?  Any advice given this time of year to perhaps other locations and dive operators/guides to consider?  I assume Recife and Fernando de Noronha are great places but are they typical reef dives as what one might find in the Caribbean or is there a special photo attraction one can share?

 

I'd really like to make this a UWP trip but would greatly regret the expense, effort, and headaches of trekking all my gear down if perhaps there arent' many great options this time of year, or if perhaps I have to take more time and expense to really hunt down custom guides deeper in less touristy areas. 

 

My appreciation in advance for any advice or experiences one can share.

 

Sam



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:59 AM

Fernando de Noronha is great if you can squeeze it in.


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#3 sfsalsero

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:33 AM

Thank you for responding.  I've decided the time is too short for the expense I will incur and will not be bringing along my gear. 

 

By the way, for anyone going to dive in Bonito, Brazil the operation I originally listed is no longer in business.  I was told the new operation is http://www.ygarape.com.br/.  This could just be the recommendation of local agencies trying to make money but I can say that with all my phone calls and emails going to www.divebonito.com.br I received no response.

 

Sam