Ilha Grande is the biggest and most well known island of the Green Bay at about 150 km/93 mi in the west-side of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, commonly known as Rio, is the capital city of the Rio de Janeiro State, the second largest city of Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. Since July 2012, part of the city has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the category of ''cultural landscape''.
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Snorkeling in Pillars of Hercules, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua presents a large variety of water activities. The main reason is good weather conditions, allowing fans of water-sports to enjoy the sea all year round. However, weather may get worse, due to tropical storms and hurricanes between July and October. The intensity of the phenomenon is not as strong as to make impossible snorkeling during these months.
In Pillars of Hercules an inexperienced snorkeler may learn how to dive. There are many snorkel schools, with experienced instructors, who may help experts too. The average water temperature is 25˚C/77˚F. The maximum depth that a snorkeler could reach is at 8 m/26 ft and the average depth is at 3 m/9.8 ft. The underwater visibility is good and averages from 5 m/16 ft to 10 m/32 ft.
Every snorkeler will absolutely be impressed by the great diversity of reef life in Caribbean, especially in Pillars of Hercules. There is plenty of colorful corals and huge sponges, eagle rays, lobsters, snappers, barracuda, turtles, moray eels and occasionally reef sharks and dolphins. Additionally there are tritons horn, blue tang and sergeant majors which are rare fish but can often be found.
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