A favourite spot for the whales to gather is in the bay off Praia da Rosa and it is here whale watching boat trips, accompanied by a biologist from the Right Whale Institute, can be arranged.
From July to November the Southern Right Whales come to the shallow coastal waters to breed, calve and nurse their young.
Also a visit to The historic city of Laguna is worth considering as, the local fishermen can be seen working with Bottle-Nosed Dolphins to herd shoals of fish towards their nets.
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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.