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  1. cariocasubmarino

    Dive shop in Rio De Janeiro

    This is quite old, but just for posterity: If by dive shop you meant an LDS, I'd try XDivers. If you meant a place to shop for/repair gear, your best bet is SubSub on Rua da Alfandega, but I can't vouch for their English and can guarantee that you'll find the prices...
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    Diving in Paraty Brasil

    Did you end up going, Parklander? I've dived with pretty much everyone other than Una in Paraty - they're certainly not the only ones - so curious if you have some experience to report. I don't disagree that the dives in Paraty are usually shallow, short and not particularly scenic; it's more...
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    Diving in Arraial do Cabo, RJ, Brazil

    So, my experience with PL Divers (linked above) was mostly positive. They're attentive and international, which does not seem to be the norm across the MANY dive shops that have sprung up in town in the last five years. If you're going with a beginner, however, you're going to have to make a...
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    budget Brazil

    Hi Naga: I know of only three operators on Noronha: Aguas Claras Atlantis Divers Noronha Divers I had a great time with Noronha Divers at the time, but I haven't been there in 5 years, and their website being in terrible English leads me to think you might have some trouble
  5. cariocasubmarino

    Diving in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

    Hey Chad, When you're ready to try, I'll write in Portuguese! Sorry to hear about the rain. It hasn't much stopped in Rio, either, but I guess that won't really make you feel better! I don't know about El Nino, but whatever the guys from Elite say should be about right. They should have...
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    Diving in Arraial do Cabo, RJ, Brazil

    Heading out tomorrow for 2 days' diving in Arraial do Cabo :D, probably with PL Divers (Operadora de Mergulho em Arraial do Cabo - PL Divers- Home). Will take a look around and post my notes on the local dive shops when I get back. I would of course welcome any advice on local spots, shops...
  7. cariocasubmarino

    Diving in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

    Hey Chad, No idea on work, in Brazil everything works on the personal level and it seems you're going to have to go to each shop and ask. Not an overwhelming task in Ilha Grande, as they're all within 3 minutes of each other. Other than by name (Adrenalina, Mister Dive), I don't personally...
  8. cariocasubmarino

    budget Brazil

    Hi Sonar, Unfortunately, there isn't much non-anecdotal English-language information to be had on backpacking Brazil. Hopefully others will also provide their opinions and you can get a good idea of what to expect. 1. PRICES: Anecdotally, I can tell you that prices here have increased...
  9. cariocasubmarino

    Diving out of Rio?

    Will be back in Rio for 6 months from Nov 2010-May 2011. Have dived in Angra, Ilha Grande, Arraial and Buzios areas, but I'm looking for outings from Rio itself. Would love to hear from anyone diving from Rio during this period. Happy diving!
  10. cariocasubmarino

    Diving in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

    Hi Blaine1, I'm originally from Rio and have dived in the Angra dos Reis/Ilha Grande area many times. In my opinion, you have both very good dive and terribly unsafe dive operators in the region, and unfortunately no way to tell the difference because of a lack of English-language information...
  11. cariocasubmarino

    Any value to name-recognition of certifying dive center?

    Do LDSs and dive operators put any value in the name of the center from which one receives DM certification? I'm choosing between a course with a new dive shop where I've quickly built a good relationship with a locally well-recognized diver, and a dive shop known in the region for...
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