Santa Catarina’s coast has some of the best diving spots in the Southern region of Brazil. The Arvoredo Marine Biological Reserve, next to Florianópolis and Bombinhas, is the preferred site for scuba divers. Whereas fans of snorkeling will find great sites for underwater adventures along the coast, islands and beaches of Bombinhas, Porto Belo, Florianópolis, and Garopaba.

Costa Verde e Mar


Prainha, Ponta da Sepultura, Praias do Embrulho, da Lagoinha, de Quatro Ilhas, do Retiro dos Padres and da Tainha

Praia da Sepultura

Praia da Sepultura

Various coastlines with excellent conditions for free diving.

Arvoredo Marine Biology Reserve

Located 6.5 km from Bombinhas, this is the best scuba diving point in the south of Brazil, with great biodiversity of species for observation (grouper, octopus, stingrays, squid, scallops, lobsters, turtles, dolphins, penguins, whales etc.). The average visibility varies from 10 to 18 m, and diving can reach a depth of 30 m. Only licensed operators can carry out trips to this reserve of great ecological and scientific importance, with various restrictions in relation to tourism.
Reserve Head Office – Florianópolis. Rod. Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho, Km 02, Jurerê.
Phone:(48) 3282-2163 / (48) 3369-4231

Ilha do Macuco
The Navio Orion was shipwrecked at this location in 1915 and is now a subject of curiosity for divers. Depth: from 2 to 11 m.

First timers
Even those who have never dived before can try out the sport for the first time, counting on the secure infrastructure offered by the various operators in the city. Diving is preceded by theoretical explanations (some school offer training in pools) so that students can become familiar with safety rules for scuba diving and the use of the cylinder. This is mainly undertaken at Ilha do Arvoredo, Ponta do Estaleiro and Ilha do Macuco (or Ilha do Amendoim).

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Patadacobra Adventures
Av. Vereador Manoel José dos Santos, 215, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-2119 / (47) 2257-2257

Submarine Escola de Mergulho
Av. Vereador Manoel José dos Santos, 833, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-2223 / (47) 3369-2473

Rua Salema, 29, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-2137

Av. Vereador Manoel José dos Santos, 205 A, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-0025 / (47) 3393-7416

Bertuol Escola de Mergulho
Av. Girassol, 2.300, Marina Canto Grande.
Phone: (47) 3393-3489

By Divers
Av. Garoupas, 44, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-0349.


Penha has good points for diving. Normally, the water is crystalline, with good conditions for observing the aquatic fauna in free diving or scuba diving.

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Loja Agnel – Pesca e Náutica
Sells equipment and offers snorkeling courses (free diving without cylinders).
Av. Itapocorói, 1.914, Armação do Itapocorói.
Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm.
Phone: (47) 3345-6897

Porto Belo

Ilha de Porto Belo
There are 6 mapped underwater trails that lead divers to the main observation points for local marine fauna. Children and people that have not practiced this sport can also take part, with the accompaniment of monitors.
Phone: (47) 3369-4146

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Tourist Center
Trails, diving, boat rides and city tour.
Av. Governador Celso Ramos, 2.460, loja 5, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3369-5030

Grande Florianópolis


Ilha do Campeche
Clear and protected waters with depths which vary from 3 to 8 m.

Praia da Lagoinha
Free diving in the coast is rather calm at this beach of crystalline waters, situated at the north of the Island of Santa Catarina.

Note: the city operators also offer trips to other points of the coast, especially Ilha do Arvoredo (Avoredo Island), the best autonomous diving point in the South of Brazil, located in front of the municipality of Bombinhas.

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Acquanauta Mergulho
Phone: (48) 3266-1137

Parcel Dive Center
Phone: (48) 3284-5564

Sea Divers
Phone: (48) 3284-1535

Vento Sul Turismo
Phone: (48) 9982-2867 / 3284-8297

Encantos do Sul


Coral, Moleques do Sul Islands and Siriú Islet
They are the region’s best spots for the practice of free and autonomous diving. Specialized companies offer first-time diving for beginners and classes for those who want to improve.

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Turismo Vida Sol e Mar
Boat excursions for diving and whale-watching.
Rua Manoel Álvaro de Araújo, 236, Centro.
Phone: (48) 3254-4199

Base Cangulo
Boat excursions for diving and whale-watching.
Rua Manoel Álvaro de Araújo, 236, Centro.
Phone: (48) 3354-1606 / 9102-8995 / 9103-7266