The most beautiful natural pools in the Northeast – Tips

Piscinas Naturais do Nordeste - Porto de Galinhas
Natural Pools of the Northeast – Porto de Galinhas

The natural pools of the northeast are true natural open-air aquariums with practically transparent waters, colourful fish and are ideal for relaxing with nature.

You can relax in the natural pools with warm water and no current, the waters are shallow, just need a mask and snorkel to contemplate all the charms that live in the corals;

Northeast region is characteristic for presenting the most beautiful coastline in the country.

The exuberant landscapes enchant the eyes of the many tourists travelling to the region.

Among the destinations chosen, the natural pools are undoubtedly the most visited in the country.

Tips to enjoy the natural pools of the Northeast


Dicas para aproveitar as piscinas naturais do Nordeste

The pools usually form at low tide, so it is worth consulting the ideal period before embarking on a paradisiacal trip.

12 Most Beautiful Natural Pools in the Northeast – videos

1. Seixas Natural Pools – Paraíba

Seixas beach in the Paraíba borders Penha beach to the south and Cabo Branco beach to the north, and is mainly frequented by the population of neighbourhoods in the southern part of the city.

Piscinas Naturais do Seixas na Paraíba

In the vicinity of the Cabo Branco Lighthouse, on Seixas Beach, is the ideal place for fans of diving and water sports: the Seixas Natural Pools, where we find hundreds of species of fish, algae, reptiles (sea turtles), molluscs, crustaceans and other marine organisms.

A paradisiacal setting, full of biodiversity and unique moments for your life.

Called the “Brazilian Caribbean” the pools are 10 minutes by boat from Seixas Beach, and are full of biodiversity. Hundreds of species of fish, algae, reptiles and many other marine life animals are seen in the corals.

2. Maracajaú Beach in RN

One of the most popular destinations for day trips from Natal, Maracajaú owes part of its fame to the parrachos (set of reefs) that form 7 km from the coast.

Maracajú no RN

60 kilometres from Natal, Maracajaú impresses with its clear water.

The tours to the famous “parranchos”, known as natural pools, depend on the variation of the tide.

Maracajaú is located in the municipality of Maxaranguape, 55 kilometres from Natal, on the north coast of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Boats, motorboats and catamarans are always ready at the ideal time of the tide to take tourists there.

Snorkelling with the little fish makes for great photographs.

However, unlike Maragogi and Porto de Galinhas, the natural pools of Maracajaú have an average depth of 1.5 metres, which is not recommended for children and those who cannot swim.

This would be a problem if the beach did not have other attributes. Framed by dunes and coconut palms, the strip of sand provides shade and restaurants hidden among the trees.

The Manoa water park has pools and waterslides for the whole family.

3. Morro de Fora – Fernando de Noronha (PE)

One of the most beloved natural pools of those who visit Fernando de Noronha, is the one located in the part of Morro de Fora bathed by Praia do Meio and Praia da Conceição.

Morro de Fora em Fernando de Noronha

By means of a trail it is possible to reach the Morro. On calm sea days it is possible to cross from one beach to the other. Although there is no need for a guide or booking, you must be careful and pay attention to the tide table.

4. Blue Lagoon – Jericoacoara (CE)

Considered the postcard of Jericoacoara, about 305 km from Fortaleza, the setting is perfect for those looking to relax lying in hammocks inside the natural pools of the place.

Lagoa Azul em Jericoacoara

Full of natural beauty around it, the Blue Lagoon draws attention because of its exuberant beauty, through crystal clear waters. There are raft trips for those who want to snorkel in the deepest parts of the lagoon.

5. Carneiros – Tamandaré, PE

The natural pools of Carneiros, like most of the Northeast, depend on the low tides. The place, which is just a few metres from the beach, is filled with colourful little fish that amuse tourists.

Praia dos Carneiros em Tamandaré PE

Whenever the tide is low, the reefs of Praia dos Carneiros form wonderful natural pools. Those who want to enjoy the pools can walk along the beach to the reefs. It is one of the favourite destinations for those in Recife, Porto de Galinhas and the surrounding area.

6. Lençóis Maranhenses – MA

There is no way not to be enchanted by the exuberant beauty of the Lençóis Maranhenses.

The “wet desert” of the Northeast consists of hundreds of kilometres of dunes and sand filled with giant natural pools.

Lençóis Maranhenses

The landscape, with more than 155,000 hectares of pure beauty, has 70 kilometres of deserted beaches.

The famous contours take shape with the green or blue natural pools that form as a result of the rains. A sure destination for thousands of tourists from June to September.

7. Praia do Forte – Mata de São João, BA

In more than 12 km of pure beauty, the Praia do Forte brings together beaches and natural pools. The largest of the natural pools is Papa Gente, where you can snorkel and watch the local marine life up close. The beauties are formed at low tide.

Praia do Forte na Bahia

With 50 km of extension, Papa Gente presents reefs that reach a depth of 7 metres in high sea. Among the corals, you can see many colourful fish, turtles, crabs and many others.

8. Porto de Galinhas – PE

A reference in natural beauty, Porto de Galinhas is a sure destination for tourists who go to Recife. Considered the best known natural pools in the region, the journey to the reefs takes about 15 minutes.

Porto de Galinhas em Pernambuco

The natural pools are located on the beach of Porto de Galinhas, the beach is protected by coral reefs, which is why the sea is so calm, with transparent waters and warm water. Going to Porto de Galinhas and not visiting the natural pools is like going to Rome and not throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain.

9. Picãozinho – PB

Just 1.5 km from Tambaú beach, the natural pools of Picãozinho appear at low tide, presenting coral formations. One of the most popular nautical tours in the region is snorkelling among the fish. The tour is done all year round, but the waters are clearer from December to March.

Picãozinho na Paraíba

The journey to Picãozinho is made by catamarans, which take about 20 minutes to reach the natural pools. The duration of the tour is approximately three hours.

10. Bay of Pigs – Fernando de Noronha, PE

Full of natural attractions of unique beauty, Baia dos Porcos is one of the most coveted places in the region.

The beach, only 100 metres long, has its strip of sand surrounded by volcanic rocks, under the shadow of Morro dos Dois Irmãos.

Baía dos Porcos em Fernando de Noronha

At low tide, the natural pools of green and blue waters are formed. The marine life parades in the eyes of visitors. Access to the beach is via Cacimba do Padre. The Bay of Pigs is one of the best places for snorkelling.

11. Galés de Maragogi – Maragogi – AL

Approximately 6 kilometres inland, by speedboat or regional boat, you arrive at the Galés de Maragogi, a natural aquarium of clear waters, forming a large pool in the open sea, full of corals and small sandbanks.

Galés de Maragogi – Maragogi

Every day dozens of boats take visitors to see the famous natural pools of Maragogi, which appear only during low tide.

With this the schedules of the tours are varied, depending exclusively on this phenomenon.

During a day the tide usually oscillates more than once. Guaranteeing a photo in the crystal clear waters crowded with colourful fish is the goal of any traveller who chooses the state of Alagoas.

The marine life of the region is very rich and diverse, and those who want to go scuba diving have a great chance of seeing different species, such as octopuses and rays.

The luckiest ones may witness a turtle or another, but these species are not so common in the region.

12. Taipu de Fora – Maraú Peninsula – BA

The main attraction of Peninsula de Maraú are the natural pools of Taipu de Fora.

The combination of crystal clear water, coral reef, high diversity of marine life in a landscape full of coconut trees guarantees fun and eye candy!

Taipu de Fora - Península de Maraú

What not everyone knows is that the formation of natural pools depends on the tide.

There are only natural pools at low tide, which varies daily. Outside of low tide times, Taipu de Fora Beach is a beach with waves, including some great spots for surfing!

Low tide occurs twice a day (every 12 hours) and is directly influenced by the moon.

On average, low tide occurs about 40 minutes later than the previous day.

The tide table, available in a quick search on the internet, tells you the daily time of low tide. If you cannot find the tide table of Barra Grande, you can use the tide table of Ilhéus.

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