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One of the best activities one can do in Porto de Galinhas would be snorkeling at the main beach inside the natural coral pools.
As you get there and see that blue sky touching the blue sea with the corals appearing from the water, you noice that this will be a very special one.
Start going to the Chicken Club restaurant at the main street. As you get there ask for the manager or a waiter and ask about the tide. Against the common sense, start your dive when the tide is going up. Many travel agencies and hotel desks may indicate you to go when the tide in down, but keep reading and you'll understand. Each tide takes 6 hours to change. If it happens for the tide to be down at its peak at 10am, go to the pools at 11:30am. There are advantages and disadvantages. When the tide is totally down, you can walk over the corals and see all the pools and their shapes, BUT the water won't be so clear. It happens because of many factors:
Factors above makes your snorkeling less attractive. Underwater pictures will have a poor quality, and the fishes won't be so colorful.
Now, if go to the pools when the tide is going up, it is a completely different situation. The pools will be about 10 or 20 cm underwater, so you can still walk above them, do your snorkeling, take pictures, feed the colorful fishes as if you were in a transparent environment.