Ilha Grande sports one PADI diving resort, the Elite Diving Center run by Daniel Gouvêa. If ever you´re in the area I wholeheartedly recommend going for a dive with him. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable -- and quite easy going: Hours after returning from the dive we realized that we hadn´t actually paid him yet. But Daniel wasn´t worried. This is the way things go on an island paradise.
The first dive went down to the Pinguino ship wreck. Very cool as we actually got to enter and swim through the wreck in various places, which was a first for me. During the second dive I got my picture taken holding a very cute puffer fish.
There were about 12 other people on the dive as well. One couple that we got to talk to was Carlos and Elaine from Rio de Janeiro, who offered to give us a ride back to Rio tomorrow when we have to somehow get to the airport in time for our flight to Salvador. Excellent! Brazilians are very friendly and helpful people.