Maracajaú Reef (Parrachos de Maracajaú) Tours and Activities
If the string of shallow coral reefs that grace Natal’s gorgeous, sandy coastline could be called a necklace, then Maracajaú Reef (Parrachos de Maracajaú) is its biggest, most beautiful jewel.
Known as Parrachos de Maracajaú, (coral reef of Maracajaú) this complex reef formation full of coral, iridescent fish and other marine life, covers over 3.5 acres (15 sq km) and is about 7km (4mi) offshore from Maracajaú beach.
It is possible to dive in the area but, if you time your visit with the low tide, its natural pools are shallow enough for some fabulous snorkelling – possibly Brazil’s best. Floating in the warm, clear water above a coral garden as dozens of fish dart around you is a memorable way to spend the afternoon.
Most people visit Maracajaú on a tour. A boat will take you from the beach out to the floating platforms - a jumping off point to the reef but also a handy rest stop should you wish to come up for the occasional breather.
Tours and Activities to Experience Maracajaú Reef (Parrachos de Maracajaú)
- Manoa Park
- Maracajau Beach
- Jacuma Beach (Praia de Jacuma)
- Natal Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Natal)
- Fort of the Magi (Forte dos Reis Magos)
- Pitangui Lagoon (Lagoa de Pitangui)
- Dunes Park (Parque das Dunas)
- Via Costeira (Senador Dinarte Mariz Avenue)
- Morro do Careca
- Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra)
- Pirangi Cashew Tree (Cajueiro de Pirangi)
- Pirangi Beach (Praia de Pirangi)
- Cacimbinhas Beach
- Pipa Beach (Praia da Pipa)