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Activities In Recife

Divers consider Recife the Brazilian wreck diving capital. It has in its clear waters 12 wrecks within scuba limits, in depths between 12 and 58 meters. The average visibility exceeds 20 meters during the months of September and April, which is the best period of the year to dive.

Scuba Diving in Recife

Famous for Marine Life.

The year round temperature is around 27C. Its wrecks are famous for its marine life, with schooling fish that assembles a "living wall", huge turtles and rays. The night dives are among the most famous in Brazil. Undoubtedly an excellent training location for technical diving of all levels.

Wreck Diving in Recife.

Wrecks reached by boat from Recife (depths up to 40 meters, for certified scuba divers and according to certification level). Five diving days with two dives each are included on the package:

  • Areeiro - Depth of 12 meters;
  • Vapor de Baixo - Depth of 21 meters;
  • Pirapama - Depth of 23 meters - considered the best night dive;
  • Servimar X - Depth of 25 meters. Recently sunk tugboat;
  • Comandante Alvarenga - Depth of 25 meters;
  • Chata de Noronha - Depth of 31 meters;
  • Minuano - Depth of 32 meters. Recently sunk tugboat;
  • Florida (also know as the tugboat) - Depth of 33 meters;
  • Lupus - Depth of 36 meters. Recently sunk tugboat.

Tours in and around Recife.

Boat Tours

Recife's location on a series of islands makes a boat tour a good way to see the town. Barco Peixe Leão starts from the Zero Marker in Old Recife and tours the harbor, up the Beberibe river, and back through Old Recife before returning to the Zero Marker. Departures are Tuesday through Friday at 3pm, 5pm, and 8pm; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays at 10am, 3pm, 5pm, and 8pm. Tickets are R$15 (US$4.95) per adult and R$6 (US$2) per child under 1.4m (about 4 1/2 ft.). For reservations call tel. 081/3341-3662 or 081/9107-4433.

Catamaran Tours
(tel. 081/3424-2845 or 081/3424-8930;

Offers sightseeing tours on broad, comfortable catamarans. Historic tours of 1 1/2 hours show the old city. Full-day tours head up the coast to visit Fort Orange and the beaches of Itamaracá. The city tour costs R$20 to R$25 (US$8.40-US$11); the 6-hour Itamaracá tour costs R$30 (US$13). Tours depart from Avenida Sul, 50m (164 ft.) past the Forte Cinco Pontas. Exact departure times depend on the tide. Call ahead to confirm.

Bus Tours -- Luck Viagens
(tel. 081/3464-4800;

Offers a range of bus tours. There's a 4-hour city tour that shows the highlights of Recife and Olinda (R$30/US$13). There's also a full-day tour to Itamaracá island, R$75 (US$31), where the Dutch built Fort Orange in 1631, and day trips to Porto de Galinhas for the best beaches and snorkeling in the area, R$65 (US$27).

Shopping in Recife.

Recife has several shopping centers, which concentrate not only shops but also leisure and food options.

Shopping Recife

The biggest shopping complex in Recife, and one of the biggest in Brazil. A cinema multiplex and the only bowling house in Recife. Right in the middle of Boa Viagem.

Plaza Shopping

It's the smallest of the four major shopping centers in Recife. In the middle of one of the richest neighbourhoods of the city, this place is the most frequented by the upper class of the Recife.

Arts and Crafts

There are several small shops selling arts and craft scattered all around the city (including the shopping centers). However, some places concentrate a large number of arts and crafts traders, where tourists can find more diversity and better prices (bargaining is always necessary). Avoid the shops in the airport, where prices are at least the double as in other places.

Pernambuco Culture House

Recipe's old Detention House was remodeled in 1975 and transformed into a regional culture center. Set up in old cells, one will find the Frevo Museum, arts and crafts stores, snack bars and tourist information stands. It is located on Rua Floriano Peixoto, in the Santo Antonio district. The telephone is +55 (81) 3224-2850 and its working hours are from Monday thru Saturday from 9AM to 6PM, and on Sundays from 10AM to 5PM.

São José Market

It is located on Praça D. Vital, in the São José district. It opens from Monday thru Saturday from 6AM to 5:30PM, and on Sundays from 6AM to 12PM.

Boa Viagem Arts and Crafts Fair

It is located on Praça da Nossa Senhora de Boa Viagem. The fair is one of the oldest in the country, having, at present, 212 stands.

Feira do Terminal de Boa Viagem

At the south end of Avenida Boa Viagem. About 50 small stands which offer every kind of arts and crafts (sculptures in clay are particularly good and cheap). Also, several stands offering fast food (if your looking for regional food, try acaraje or tapioca).

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