Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas

Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas

Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas
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jorge c
Buenos Aires, Argentina16,357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Having done the natural pools at Milagres (Patacho and Lages) and Maragogi (Gales and Bento) last year, we were not impressed by the ones at Porto.
I'd highly advise to be ready by the beach at least one hr before the minimum tide of the day (ideal for visiting 0.0 up to 0.4 mts) so you can get a free wristband to enter the pools for free. One thing I did appreciate was the guidance and special care of the people working there to avoid further deterioration of the natural resource.
The whole thing last about 1:30 hs as you wait and are the line is divided into four groups of about 50 people each. If you do the jangada from the shoreline (about 50 reais per person) there is no limit of people.
You visit three pools in total: the small and very first one with the Brazil shape, the second bigger full of fish for pics only and the third where you can swim.
Do not forget your gaggles for snorkeling and waterproof shoes (for waking in the rocky coral)
Written October 22, 2023
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GJY2001
Orange City, FL175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Business
These natural pools are actually depressions in the reefs that are located just offshore from the city center of Porto de Galinhas. At low tide most pools seem to be about 3-4 feet deep. Low tides are the key here. The best time is about 1/2 hour before low tide since your trip Rs 25 per person allows you a 1 hour trip; however, do not trust the locals to tell you accurately when that will occur. Most seem to be somewhat off on their estimates of when low tide will occur, while others just seem to fabricate a convenient time. One wanted to sell me passage to go 14:00 (2:00 PM) when "I could go snorkel in the pools", yet that was 15 minutes before high tide. Nobody goes at high tide! Instead, download an app or got to a website that will provide the daily tide times for Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Really, it is best to do this while planning your trip. Also check sunrise and sunset. At 8 degrees South latitude in Brazil there is no Daylight Savings Time which means that the sun sets pretty early compared to summer other countries. At this time of year sunset is at 17:20 (5:20 PM). As a result, sometimes the low tides both occur during impractical times. For example on August 21, 2018 low tide was at a very early 06:40 in the morning and then again at 19:03 (7:03 PM) an hour and 43 minutes after sunset. Some dive shops offer night snorkeling and dives, so all is not lost if you don't mind snorkeling by flashlight, which they provide.

While most of the jungadas (flat hulled sailboats) will take you to the largest pool, I recommend going to one of the smaller pools where you or your group will be the only ones. You will have better visibility, since there won't be 20-30 people in the pool stirring up the bottom, and you will see a greater variety of fish.

Masks and snorkels are typically available on the jungadas, as is an ample supply of fish food to make for some very fish-filled photos. During this past weekend (mid-August) I went snorkeling and found visibility to be rather poor. I was told that this was due to winter winds coming from the south. They said that visibility it improves quite a bit during Brazil's summer months from December through March.
Written August 25, 2018
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Louise C
Boras, Sweden81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We stayed in Porto de Galinhas so this was our closest public beach. There are men everywhere trying to sell boat/beach tours. They stop you in your car in the middle of the road! You don’t really need a tour, you can do the piscinas naturais on your own.

Be prepared to pay for parking even on the street where it’s free. Men in orange vests want 10$R to “watch” your car.
Once you get on the beach, hundreds of people will pester you to sit in their sun chairs. It is the best option so just pick your favourite area and pay for a parasol and chairs. If you eat at their restaurant, the parasol and chairs are then free.

Lots of people selling food and wares on the beach but they are very friendly and don’t bug you and you can get some bargains and really good snacks like empanadas and corn on the cob and of course caipirinhas!

The tide comes in and washes away your things at the front of the beach so take a place at the back.

Take swim shoes to protect your feet from the sea urchins if you’re going out to the reef.
You can take boats out to the reef or swim there yourself. We swam. I think the boats only cost $R20 though if swimming isn’t your thing! You should only go out to the reef at low tide.

All in all a lovely busy beach that we thoroughly enjoyed!
Written July 16, 2019
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Bart
Joao Pessoa, PB2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Beware of cheating! They are abusing tourists, making them pay cash by promising a service they do not perform. We paid 120 reais to on a boat and dive among the fish, including underwater photos that were not delivered. According to the "agent" named Daniel that appears in the photo on the left, they were going to send us those images in about 48 hours, they only sent us a couple of images, but none of them were made in the water with the fish. After consulting through WhatsApp several times he simply blocked us! I tricked him with an another 2 phone numbers. When he realized it was us he blocked us again. With the 3th number he simply said that those pictures were no longer on their system. I strongly recommend not to listen to these people on the beach. We thought they already had enough hard times with pandemic so paying 120 was more then normal and we stepped into a trap. Go with the established companies those you can track and check if they are giving a good service at a correct price. We have our lessons learned and a pity we did not get the pictures that we so much wanted.
Written December 25, 2020
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therion2001
Buenos Aires, Argentina10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Avoid it at all costs! theres absolutely no reason to go there. Either go to Muro Alto for a quiet & calm beach.
If you want do some snorkeling/diving go to Carneiros Beach.
Full of people offering all kinds of things, the only place we didnt feel safe in PDG
Written April 24, 2016
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Tania P
Rio de Janeiro, RJ152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Very beautiful natural pools with clear, warm waters where you go to by nice "jangadas". You can enjoy it all year long. I've been there in the winter and there were blue, warm days.
Written August 7, 2018
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Anfrie
Dortmund, Germany27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
In Porto de galinha there is 2 km Long coral reef at the beach. This breaks the waves and creates nice swimming pools between the dead corals, which is inhabited by beautiful colourful fishes. You can swim within the pools. To get further out to the reef, you need to get a bracelet for free from the council house at the beach. They allow 200 people per day onto the reefs. If you do not have a bracelet, the guards call you to leave the reefs. You have to queue up for a bracelet one hour before low tide, when they start to distribute the bracelets. It is an nur waiting.
Written October 7, 2017
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Kookysax_jb
Cardiff, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Head to the kiosk by the beach early (8.30 - 9.30am) and buy a token.
Join other couples / friends (a boat takes 6 people) and go out to the reef.
Trip takes about an hour - walk on the reef (where it's roped off) and see the fish in the pools. Then sail out and swim with the fish.
A cheap and cheerful way to spend the morning.
Written April 24, 2017
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Katmartins
Worcester, MA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We went on a boat trip (Jangada) to the natural pools right in the center of porto de galinhas. It is a short boat trip to the pools. It is only R $20 a person, roughly $6USD each. Everything depends on the tide. We did 2 trips on different days. One during high tide and one during low tide. Both were good. If you go at high tide they bring you to the pool to swim, if it's low tide you go to walk around the pools then they bring you to a different area for you to go out and swim. At some point in the day the tide will be too high to do any trips. The bigger attraction is to go during low tide. Just ask the guys when is the best time they will tell you. The tide schedule for us was low tide early in the morning, 6-9am. This is the main trip in porto de galinhas, it's a must do. It's so cheap and only an hour long. If you go to porto de galinhas and don't do this trip shame on you.
Written May 23, 2016
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Robert K
Hastings on Hudson, NY163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a very calm water beach. You have to go when the tide is not too high or too low. Otherwise, it is a wonderful place to spend some time.
Written April 11, 2021
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