If you ever wished you could be really small and jump in a freshwater aquarium to swim with the fish, this is your chance. And yes, I always wished I could go swim in my aquarium!

As you can see from the image above, this sure makes for a one of a kind snorkeling experience as you get to discover the underwater world with the lush jungle all around you. If you’re extremely lucky, you can even see an anaconda – I myself am enormously glad that I had no such luck :D.

Situated in a far away corner of South Western Brazil, Bonito is not exactly on the international tourist map, simply because it’s so far away from the country’s other famous attractions. The Brazilians on the other hand are happily visiting this unique place and the local snorkeling tourism is flourishing.

The Government is taking conservation extremely seriously and nowhere I’ve visited in Brazil have things been so meticulously organized. There are a few different excursions to take on various rivers, but the most famous are Rio da Prata and Rio Sucuri, which both offer extremely good visibility, with the former having somewhat more fish to spot. The snorkeling tours usually don’t include transportation from and to Bonito, so it’s wise to find other travelers that are doing the same tour as you’re planning to. All the snorkeling trips are done in areas that are private land and while the tours are not cheap, they do provide quality equipment and lunch is included in the price (48USD / 182R$ when I visited in November 2015).

But anyway, enough talking, this post is about admiring the underwater wonderland of Bonito!

After a short stroll through the jungle we came to our starting point, where a group of eager beavers was already happily exploring.

The river is actually very shallow, so you gotta be careful not to touch the ground, as you’d stir up all the material and ruin other people’s fun.

The Rio da Prata or the silver river as the English translation goes, is ridiculously turquoise in some areas.

and the scenery created by the light was simply amazing.

Here dinner, dinner, dinner!

Some fish looked downright menacing and it seems this one had its fair share of close encounters.


The Rio Sucuri tour will have you paddling for quite a long time before you get to jump in the water. A delightful experience when you’re zipped up in a wetsuit in a hot and humid jungle ๐Ÿ˜€

Every now and then you just have to look up to remind yourself you’re actually in the middle of a jungle and not in the sea!

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I kept looking above the surface, cause I was so impressed by where I was. Also, I was getting a bit cold at some point.

There was a viewing platform towards the end of the floating trip. I went up and looked around. I saw things.

Rio Sucuri might not have as many fish as Rio da Prata, but its vegetation is really pretty.

Some situations do justify taking a selfie, so I made an exception to my rule of pointing the camera to much more interesting things than myself.

A short video ofย my two days of snorkeling in Bonito

If you’re interested in details about visiting Bonito, do let me know in the comments below and I’ll include the info in the blog post.


  1. The clarity of our photos is incredible. That has to be the clearest, cleanest water I have ever seen, which has helped you get some excellent photos of some beautiful marine life. Great job!

  2. I could look at those photos all day. Absolutely brilliant. Bonito looks like the perfect place to go to be one with nature. Thanks for teaching me about a new destination.

  3. While this has already been said above by several visitors, I have to also say – Wow! Your photos are absolutely stunning. I’ve never been to Brazil, though I want to, and I did just imagine all the water being brown and murky. Out of curiosity, what kind of camera did you use?

    It’s heart warming to hear that the government is focused on conservation. We try to always be environmentally conscious when we travel, and we prefer to support eco-tourism when we can. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I used by this point a very modest device – GoPro 1. Im sure my snorkeling budies with their GoPro 3s and 4s got much clearer images!

      • It does seem that every travel blogger has a GoPro. I’m not sure I could tell the difference in quality between the 1, 3, or 4. The quality on yours is outstanding! We opted for an underwater Nikon mirrorless camera instead of a GoPro. Big mistake! HATE the camera. ๐Ÿ™

        • The difference goes from Hero 1 having nice quality to Hero 5 making you feel you’re practically there kind of a quality ๐Ÿ™‚ Only makes sense to spend the money on it if you actually plan on doing activities where it really comes to life. I haven’t done much with mine, besides these snorkeling trips. Need to make more use of it in the future, especially now that I managed to get acquainted with some video editing basics.

  4. I didn’t know that there is such a beautiful river for snorkeling. So far I knew of snorkeling in sea only. The underwater pictures are amazing. So is the bio-diversity with which this river is surrounded. I would love to try snorkeling here sometime.

  5. Wow, snorkeling here sounds so much fun. Is the price of the whole shebang at Bornito for $48? What kind of food did they include in the trip??

    • Yeah that was the price for everything included. Not exactly cheap for snorkeling, but then again I guess they can get away with it, since it’s so unique. The food was buffet style.

  6. Wow, I have never done snorkeling in a river. I have read so many things about Brazil but did not know about this part. I loved the pictures (also got jealous) and craved to do this. Underwater sports are big on my mind for 2017. Wish the best of travels to us. Sharing this on twitter.

  7. Your pictures are absolutely stunning…the water in this place is so clear, so I guees the snorkeling experience was impressive. In Brazil there are a lot of hidden gems like Bonito, even I wouldn’t like to see Anaconda there too ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Good to know that Government is very conservation conscious! Helps preservation of nature! The pictures are out of the world kind. So pure and undisturbed.
    Reading about Bornito for the first time.


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