Scuba diving in Laje de Santos Marine Park
Before getting to the dive site, we had 1,5 hours boat ride ahead of us. The tour was booked with Orion Diving in Santos, we tried on the rental gear, which was in good shape. It looked like it was gonna be a great day for diving.
Arriving at the dive site ready for the first of two dives. Going in with style!
Descent by the anker chain, only smaller waves, no current and okay visibility. Our hope was to see manta rays, that should be gathering in sheer numbers from May to September.
Our first stop was at the shipwreck “Molfia” – the visibility was not great. It is our first time diving at a shipwreck, and it is not gonna be the last. Better visibility would have made the experience even better, but it is nature, and we are not in charge. It is always about getting the best out of the dive, and we have not done any dives the last 7 months, so it was great to practice again.
From the left a “Mero” (Epinephelus itajara), a “sea urchin” (Lytechinus variegatus) and a “pepino-do-mar” (Isostichopus bodianotus)
The “Pepino-do-Mar” was big!
We also saw a lot of “Corcoroca” (Haemulon aurolineatum), which is the fish the two yellow stripes, here one of them goes through the eye. In the right picture the “Corcoroca” is together with, what looks like a “budião-verde” (Halichoeres brasiliensis).
NO MANTAL RAYS = NOT AN AMAZING DIVE. We talked to our dive instructor about the masses of manta rays. This year they have only seen one manta ray, which was 4 weeks ago, so it sounded like that the manta rays are not gathering here anymore. Great to get into the water again after 7 months without any diving. Still I continue to suffer from seasickness (I took medication before getting on the boat), and had to nap on the way back. I pretty much slept the whole way back, and didn’t have to throw up. The seasickness just makes the diving so much harder, and I feel that the seasickness is taking all my energy and focus from the diving. I am really looking forward to a dive, where I not feel sick from the boat ride before getting into the water.
While I was a sleep on the way back, Esben really captured how big influence the trucker strike had on the ship traffic. The container ships are not able to unload their cargo, because there are on trucks to carry on the load.
This is how it looked online. All the green and red symbols are ships waiting for the trucker strike to end, so they can unload their cargo
In Santos we were also welcomed by a Brazilian family
Enjoying a traditional Brazilian dinner together with the family. It is an experience every time we get the change to visit a family, and to taste homemade food. This sausage fried in its own grease with onion, served with french-fries and manioc flour to soak up the grease. Don’t forget… more white bread. The mother of the family also made the dish “Feijoda”, which is the national dish in Brazil. It is savory stew of beans, beef and/or pork. Thank you so much Laura, for giving us the real taste of Brazil and letting us into your home .
Still the trucker strike was continuing, and still no gasoline. I had booked a place on Airbnb in Rio de Janeiro, but we didn’t have enough gasoline to drive all the way. We cancelled our reservation, and contacted Verena and Charles in São Paulo to ask if we could stay at their house until the strike was over. Off course we could stay with them, and we said goodbye to the family.
Got a goodbye present, Laura’s homemade hotsauce! Love it it is amazing – Thank you so much
We left Santos behind and drove to São Paulo. On our way we really got to see how the trucker strike had escalated. They are tried to close the freeways by setting tires on fire. The police were already there, and we could pass the blockade in the emergency lane.
We did make it to São Paulo, but for how long would we be staying there? Check out the next post to find out.