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Scuba Diving in Rio Formoso

Tour Details

Scuba diving in Rio Formoso is a tour for those who want to dive in the most famous river in the city of Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul.

With large limestone formations, impressive amounts of fish, and lots of aquatic vegetation, diving in the Formoso River is one of the best opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty in the Brazilian eco-tourism city.

You will have the sensation of being inside a glass of champagne, as you dive under the waterfalls and enjoy the visibility underwater, which is 4 to 8 meters deep and has a minimum temperature of 18 °C.

Because it is an activity that meets strict safety standards, the visitor can rest assured to make his "baptism" dive, or go deeper if he has experience.

In any case, the instructor will be around for any eventuality and to provide an amazing scuba diving experience in Rio Formoso.

?? Attention, tourist!

Due to the conservation of Bonito's many natural wonders, there are a limited number of places to access the city's tours.

Knowing this, do not waste time: it is essential to prepare the itinerary of your trip as soon as possible.

What operators do scuba dive in Rio Formoso?

In Bonito, two companies operate diving in Rio Formoso: Caiman and Bonito Scuba. Both have the same purpose: to deliver a great experience to people, with a beautiful bath in the crystal clear waters of Rio Formoso.

The difference is that Caiman does the snorkeling in an area of the Hotel Cabanas, while Bonito Scuba does it in the Ecological Park of Rio Formoso.

In both, travelers are accompanied by a guide and receive instruction and diving equipment, such as a wetsuit, snorkel, buoyancy compensators, and other equipment essential for scuba diving.

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boa constrictor project

Knowledge and leisure in a space dedicated to teaching about the various species of non-poisonous snakes, such as the boa constrictor. Tourists are entitled to take a selfie with the animals.

How does scuba diving happen?

  • Before the tour and one day in advance (preferably), hand in your voucher at the Caiman or Bonito Scuba office;
  • Take the opportunity to talk to the team about the equipment, how the logistics work, and other information that may be useful;
  • One of the important pieces of information is where to meet on the day and time of the tour: whether at the office or the Hotel Cabanas / Rio Formoso Ecological Park;
  • Instructors guide visitors upon arrival so that they can change clothes and put away their personal belongings;
  • Next, a walk along the trails through the ciliary forest to the edge of the river begins. Take this moment to enjoy the beautiful view that nature provides;
  • Before diving in Rio Formoso, people go through a quick training session to learn how the tour works, how to use the equipment, the route underwater, and the instructor's communication signals;
  • For those without experience, the use of the diving equipment is always done under the guidance of the staff;
  • Then the monitor guides everyone into the water, adapting until the dive begins;
  • Scuba diving in Rio Formoso does not follow a pattern, as long as everyone follows the rules of the tour, visitors can enjoy the adventure in the water according to their performance;
  • At the end of the tour, simply return the snorkeling equipment and walk back along the trail to do other free activities.

The complete tour includes a trip to the waterfall to have the sensation of swimming in a glass of champagne. Don't go to Rio Formoso without enjoying this moment!

The baptism dive

Rio Formoso is famous for receiving professional divers, but also the curious who have never dived in their lives, something common also in Rio da Prata, another river in Bonito.

This type of event is called baptism diving and complies with all the safety standards for the practice of this activity. Including, the tour is certified by the SGS - Safety Management System.

Therefore, even those who have never gone diving, know that it is totally safe to do so in Bonito/MS. After seeing the paradisiacal view underwater, you will never stop diving when you visit this city in Mato Grosso do Sul.

Scuba diving for professional divers

If you are certified as a diver, you can go scuba diving at night in Rio Formoso. The activity, no doubt, is very exciting, and full of adrenaline, for those who do not give up a radical adventure.

Where to eat during the snorkeling tour?

The scuba diving in Rio Formoso does not offer meals.

Considering the tour's duration - about 1 hour - visitors can return to either the Hotel Cabanas or the Rio Formoso Ecological Park, depending on their starting point, and enjoy the town's bars and restaurants.

Among the most famous are:

  • João's House
  • Juanita Restaurant
  • King of Alligator Meat
  • Taboa Bar
  • Balconies Restaurant

These are just a few great places to eat in Bonito after a nice dip in the calm waters of Rio Formoso.

You can taste the boneless traíras, a famous delicacy of the João's Houseor check out the mixture of Paraguayan and Brazilian gastronomy at Juanita Restaurant.

If you want a space dedicated to the main delicacies of Bonito/MS, then go to King of Alligator Meat. From the name alone, you already know that alligator is the main course.

In any case, the stronghold of Pantanal gastronomy is very close to the Caiman and Bonito Scuba agencies. Don't miss it!

Why choose scuba diving in Rio Formoso?

Among so many tours in Bonito/MS, scuba diving is one of the best ways to get to know underwater nature with its depth.

From the reception to the diving point, travelers can contemplate the forest during the trip and enjoy every moment of this attraction.

It is also a great opportunity to renew your spirits, rest completely, and get ready for a more radical adventure, such as raft rides and float crosses.

After all, who says you need to leave the country to enjoy all the attractions that Brazil has to offer?

If you are the type who loves to explore different places, you can invest in a closer place.

After all, Bonito/ MS is an ecotourism paradise in the heart of the country, and Rio Formoso deserves your visit!

? High season calendar for scuba diving in Rio Formoso

The high season in Bonito/MS is always during holidays and school vacations, although visitors prefer to travel to the city during the summer to better enjoy the water activities.

However, the best time to go scuba diving in Rio Formoso is during the dry season, that is, between May and September.

In this period, there is no risk of heavy rainfall, and the water quality is much better, ensuring greater visibility of aquatic fauna and flora.

Check below the information about when is high season to do scuba diving in the city of Bonito/MS:

  • Mid-December to January: Christmas, New Year, and school vacations
  • February/March: during Carnaval
  • April: Easter week / Tiradentes
  • July: school vacations
  • September: Independence of Brazil
  • October: Nossa Senhora da Aparecida week and Children's Day
  • November: Republic Proclamation Week

Where is it?

Scuba diving in Rio Formoso has two companies that perform the activity. Follow the addresses below:

  • Caiman, located at Rua Cel. Pilad Rebuá, 2156, near Praça da Liberdade
  • Bonito Scuba, located at Rua Filinto Müller, 656, less than 500 meters from the Caiman operator.

For more information about tickets and reservations, contact us by email or WhatsApp and speak to one of Roteiro Bonito MS's experts.


What to bring?

See our recommendation of what to bring!

Light clothing






Photo Camera

Cash (extra consumption)



Pay attention to these recommendations

Less than 10 km from the center of Bonito

Free for ages 10 and up

Duration of 1h30, approximately

Not suitable for people with some specific health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, nervous and mental disorders

Prohibited for pregnant women

Transportation is not included

No supply of food



See the structure that the tour offers






Included Items

These items are included


Neoprene Clothes




Balance Vest


Accident insurance


High Season

Adults and Children: R$255

Low Season

Adults and Children: R$255

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