The path of the shades
The sun is severe, the mandatory stay in the pools will burn a little more our clear skin, and all the resources are useful to extend protection as far as possible.
The empty umbrellas spreading close to the water compose a precious path barefoot to and from the sea, and allow funny perspectives of the beach.
In Maragogi and Itamaracá it was easy to notice the many precautions took to protect the reef and its life.
In Porto de Galinhas no special warning was made.
Maybe because everything happens in a single hole, in a secluded area, where the fish seem domesticated, such is the tranquility they show eating from people's hands, the visual control is easier, and the risk of damage more confined.
The trip to the pool must respect the low tide.
This means that you risk to go there at an inconvenient hour, when the sun is high and dangerous (it happened to us, both in Porto de Galinhas and Maragogi.
Without a shade in the reefs, either you use lots of sun protection (not advisable for the fish), or... keep your t-shirt on.
It will not take long to dry in your way back.
Searching for open waters
Those (like me) that love open waters with good surf, after a brief appreciation of the calm behind the reefs may feel the nostalgia of waves and try to go further to open sea.
Its dangerous. Walking on the reef it's possible, but its ocean face is 15 meters deep, and with the waves striking it would be a foolish idea.
But... what a pity!