The best area near Rio de Janeiro to put some flippers on and see what the ocean has to offer is Arraial do Cabo. With a diverse assortment of marine life and plenty of beaches from which to depart, you’ll find that even if you want to snorkel, you’ll have access to pristine water, coral, fossils, manta rays, and even 19th century shipwrecks like the Dona Paula. There are a few dive companies in town, the most popular of which is Sand Mar; check their website for specific dive locations, rates, and more. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy what the world of water can provide, take the 3 hour bus ride from Rio to Arraial do Cabo.
Location:Arraial do Cabo