Beaches in Maragogi are calm, with crystalline water and fine white sand.
However, the astonishing natural swimming pools of Maragogi are the big
attraction. Six kilometers away from the coast, the Gales
swimming pools are called), are breathtaking.
At low tide, the water being only ankle or knee deep, with a mask, the
visitor can take in all the beauty of the life under the sea. Fish swim
around and come to feed from your hands and the coral formations are
Boats take tourists to the pools and “bar-boats” have snacks and drinks
that can be purchased there, in the middle of the ocean. It is so fun and so
beautiful that we list this a one of our favorite Brazil travel
Getting to Maragogi
Maragogi, in the state of Alagoas, is located 144km from Maceio, capital of Alagoas, and 134 from
Recife – PE. If you are driving from either Maceio or Recife, you must take either AL-101 North, PE 060 or
BE-101 South highways. Then follow the signs.
The Local Cuisine is delicious
Maragogi is a small town, but because of the notoriety of the
natural/shallow pools it has developed a good tourist infrastructure.
There are accommodations for every budget and bars and restaurants have
delicious traditional food. We recommend sampling some of the local
cuisines especially the seafood.
If you are not staying
in Maragogi, it might be a good idea to purchase a tour package. There are
several local tour agencies in Maceio and Recife that take tourists to
Maragogi. The guides know the schedule of the tides and it is safer to
have someone who knows the way, take you there.
Besides, the natural pools are delightful but very tiring. After diving
all morning and if you have a couple of drinks at lunch, all you want to
do is take a nap. After a day in Maragogi, a long drive may be not very
enjoyable at all.
However, like anything, some agencies are better than the others, so make
sure you do your research about the agencies’ services before hiring them.
We gave Maragogi a 10. We hope you also do.