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Mysterious Lagoon (Lagoa Misteriosa)

Tour Details

Lagoa Misteriosa, an attraction located in the municipality of Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, west-central Brazil is currently the main place for freshwater diving in Brazil. Add to this the fact that the Lagoa Misteriosa is also the only Dolina (also known as sinkhole) open to visitation in our country.

Because it is located in a small municipality, with about 20,000 inhabitants, the place is very quiet to visit.

Its main characteristic, which has been attracting more and more tourist trips to the region, is the crystal clear water, which gives the visitor great visibility of the marine life present in this place. Moreover, as far as is known, its total depth is still a great mystery surrounding attraction.

Open for visitation since 2011, the place offers tour packages of different categories, such as trails, scuba diving, technical diving, and flotation. Currently, the Mysterious Lagoon is the main reference for the practice of cave diving (speleomergulho).

?? 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 is the connection between the Rio da Prata group and the deepest lagoon in Mato Grosso do Sul?

For a long time, the Lagoa Misteriosa was part of private property near the municipality of Bonito, therefore closed for visitation.

However, the Rio da Prata Group, the main party responsible for Estância Mimosa and Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata, ended up buying the property and turning the place into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.

However, before it was opened to visitors, to reduce any damage that could be caused to its environment, the flooded cave remained closed between 2005 and 2011.

?? Why does the attraction have this name?

For a long time, the Lagoa Misteriosa was part of private property near the municipality of Bonito, therefore closed for visitation.

However, the Rio da Prata Group, the main party responsible for Estância Mimosa and Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata, ended up buying the property and turning the place into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.

However, before it was opened to visitors, to reduce any damage that could be caused to its environment, the flooded cave remained closed between 2005 and 2011.

?? Mysterious Lagoon Characteristics

The water in Lagoa Misteriosa (Bonito-MS) is extremely clear, with a high degree of visibility from its surface.

The total transparency of the lagoon can be explained by the presence of numerous limestone rocks, which end up filtering all the impurities near the place. In addition, the preservation of a large part of the region's native forest also contributes a lot to maintaining the different bluish tones of its waters.

Due to the type of geological formation of the site, as well as the structure of the source of the Lagoa Misteriosa, the waters of this underground cave are calm and without current. The sensation when you dive into the Lagoa Misteriosa is as if you were floating.

Besides the crystal clear waters, the geological formation on the sides of the Lagoa Misteriosa also impresses with its beauty and grandeur. True vertical walls, the structure forms a grandiose frame, in which hundreds of different species of fish are sheltered.

In 1988, the diver Gilberto Menezes, responsible for reaching the greatest depth of the Lagoa Misteriosa to date, classified the formation of the place as phreatic genesis. In other words, the cavity is characterized by the formation from the flow of water existing between the underground water table of the region.

The Brazilian Speleological Society classified it as the seventh deepest cave in Brazil. If we count only the flooded caves, the Lagoa Misteriosa occupies first place in the ranking, here in the country.

In addition, Mysterious Lagoon was the first lagoon to have its speleological management plan approved by the National Center for Cave Research and Conservation, in 2010.

?? Days open for visitation

The Lagoa Misteriosa (Bonito-MS) is open for tours and dives for tourists between the months of April and September. It is during this period that the temperatures are milder and more favorable to receive public. This is also the time when there is a higher degree of visibility for diving.

During the rest of the year, the high temperatures condition the process of seaweed proliferation. The result is a change in the color and visibility of the waters.

Although closed to tourists, certified divers in the Basic or Advanced categories are allowed to dive during this period.

? Floating in the Mysterious Lagoon

Due to the safety process involved in this tourist attraction, as well as the help of several very experienced professionals, such as the tour guides and lifeguards who work there, anyone can experience the practice of diving and floating.

With the necessary equipment provided by the work teams, it is possible to float in the lagoon, as if you were a fish.

For those who take the tour of the Mysterious Lagoon and are diving for the first time, there is the option of taking the baptism dive with a cylinder. This modality is the most ideal for less experienced divers to participate in the flotation and does not require the presentation of a local credential.

During the Baptism Dive, all diving and buoyancy equipment is controlled by the instructors, and the depth level that can be reached is 8 meters.

On the other hand, if divers have the basic Open Water Scuba Diver credential, they are allowed to reach a depth of 18 meters.

In turn, if the diver holds an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver credential, he can go even deeper, reaching a depth of 25 meters.

Therefore, during this tour, tourists and visitors will have the unique opportunity to dive into blue waters and observe the colossal walls, trunks, and rocks. But what is most enchanting about the tour is the sensation of diving in a lagoon of unknown depth, which has in its totality more than 220 meters of the water column.

Tours to combine with the Mysterious Lagoon

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Ecotourism complex that not only offers flotation, but also an underwater museum on site.

waterfalls park

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fish river waterfalls

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Dive into the beautiful and transparent waters of the Formoso River and enjoy all the biodiversity of the place.

Where is it?

Lagoa Misteriosa, Bonito-MS, is located in the municipality of Jardim, about 50 km from Bonito. Leaving by car takes an average of 40 minutes between one point and the other.

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

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What to bring?

See our recommendation of what to bring!

Cash.

Swimwear.

Bath towels.

Light clothing.

Camera for taking pictures.

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Information
important

Pay attention to these recommendations

Dive Duration: 2 hours

It is not necessary to know how to swim to do any of the tours at the destination.

Minimum age: 10 and up.

Tickets can only be purchased at accredited agencies, such as us at Roteiro Bonito MS.

There is a maximum limit of people for the daily walks in this place. The number is controlled according to the Environmental Law.

To enter and visit the lagoon, it is important to purchase tickets and schedule the tour in advance.

The float trips are done in groups of 7 to 9 people at a time.

The use of a neoprene suit is mandatory during the float.

Consult the periods for visits according to your profile.

Days of operation: every day.

Business hours: 7:30 am to 2 pm.

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Structure

See the structure that the tour offers

Parking

Rest area.

Locker Room.

Redary.

Bathrooms

Showers.

Restaurants.

Baggage Locker.

Free w-fi network.

Souvenir store.

Toilets adapted for wheelchair users.

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Included Items

These items are included

Tour accompanied by a guide.

Snorkel with use of mask.

Accident insurance.

Training for beginners.

Values

High Season

Adults and Children (10+)
R$220

Optional Lunch: R$62

Low Season

Adults and Children (10+)
R$190

Optional Lunch: R$62

What they are saying about

Mysterious Lagoon (Lagoa Misteriosa)

21/07/2022

I already had experience with diving, but I honestly hadn't seen pictures of the lagoon before I went. I booked the tour at the last minute, and I only found the story, about not being sure about the depth, cool. As soon as I reached the top of the stairs and looked down, I had no words to describe what I saw. That blue is mesmerizing. It was the best diving experience I have ever had. And, in my opinion, the best attraction in Bonito. Not to mention the super service from the instructors. Incredible experience.

Aline S.

21/07/2022

A unique and eye-catching natural formation. Transparent water with several meters of visibility towards the bottom. The trail is safe and easy to access. It's worth visiting.

Paulo Edson M.

21/07/2022

It is an incredible feeling, even difficult to explain when you are faced with that immense blue immensity. Looking from above you don't have much of an idea of how beautiful it is. The cave story is very cool and interesting.

Raiane Leite

21/07/2022

It was my first scuba dive, and it was an amazing experience despite the fear and the uncomfortable ears on the way down because of the pressure, because the guide was extremely attentive and diving in a blue water dolina was indescribable.

Maques Bastos

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