Ma-Noa Park Overview:
Ma-Noa Park, on Maracajaú Beach (33 miles north of Natal) has most of the attractions you would expect from a water park. There's a 600-square-meter pool, a giant water slide and less intimidating rides for kids, a lazy river.
The support structure is fine, too, with a restaurant, bars and snack kiosks. But those attractions are fine, Ma-Noa counts on some distinct pluses lying outside the boundaries of the water park to carve a niche in the Brazil water park scene.
Maracajaú, a district of Maxaranguape, is well known to snorkelers due to its parrachos (pronounced pa-HA-shos) - the Rio Grande do Norte term for coral reefs. The shallow pools formed in the coral reefs, about 4 miles off the coast, are one of the attractions you can enjoy on tours from Ma-Noa.
Ma-Noa's boats have low-impact engines in order to preserve the parrachos, and the park's platform, with a capacity for 200, has an ecologically correct waste disposal system.
The park also offers horseback and quad rides on pristine, wind-swept Maracajaú and neighboring beaches.
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism:
Ma-Noa also holds a pretty good record as far as responsible tourism is concerned. The park is one of the sponsors of the Ma-Noa Foundation, which provides several opportunities in education, jobs, and professional training to the local community, formed largely by fishermen and their families.
Ma-Noa Address & Contact Information:
Enseada Pontas dos Anéis
Praia de Maracajaú
Maxaranguape - RN
How to Get There:
By car: Take BR-101 to Touros and take the Maracajaú exit. Follow the signs to the park.
By buggy: Rides are available following the seashore all the way to Maracajaú from the northern Natal beaches. Ask your hotel for recommendations.