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From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

2. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your 12-hour tour through paradise with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the region of the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast). When you arrive in Arraial do Cabo, hop aboard a majestic schooner to sail through the warm, clear waters of what’s often called the Brazilian Caribbean. Gliding through the sea, you’ll make a 40-minute stop to swim and snorkel near the Ilha do Farol, a peninsula famous for its lighthouse, and Prainhas do Pontal, a coastal zone flanked by towering cliffs and verdant mountains. Continuing on your boat tour, you’ll stop for photos at the Gruta Azul, a grotto known for its shockingly-azure waters, and the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, where a statue of a saint is placed between a massive rift in between 2 cliffs. To cap off your boat tour, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute stop at one of the region’s most famous beaches, the Praia do Forno. After working up an appetite swimming and relaxing on the boat, you’ll enjoy an authentic buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant, before hopping back aboard your transportation to Rio, arriving back in time for dinner.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

3. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo - The Brazilian Caribbean Daytrip

4. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo - The Brazilian Caribbean Daytrip

Located on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Arraial do Cabo is a small town that is known for its beaches and crystal-clear waters. This 13-hour excursion to the area begins with a 3-hour drive to Arraial, stopping for breakfast en route. Board a boat at Praia dos Anjos Beach for a fun and unforgettable trip with stops to dive and swim. Stop near Praia do Farol Beach, where the number of visitors is limited. See the Gruta Azul, a cave that is a paradise for jellyfish. After the boat trip, enjoy lunch at an all-you-can-eat buffet. There will be some free time to explore the city as well.

From Rio de Janeiro: Búzios Boat Trip with Lunch

5. From Rio de Janeiro: Búzios Boat Trip with Lunch

Enjoy an early morning pick up from Rio and relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Búzios which is often called the Brazilian Caribbean due to the similarities in their natural beauties. Arrive in the docks of Búzios, around 10:00 AM, and hop on the schooner. Enjoy a boat ride through the best places to swim and relax.  Listen to some music playing and meet the friendly crew ready to assist on every matter. It is like having a small party on a boat.  Explore the 4 different stops in places like the João Fernandes beach, Azeda, and Azedinha beaches, Tartaruga, or Ossos beach at the end. Stops may vary according to weather conditions and the number of people in each place. The captain chooses the best and less crowded areas to have a good time. Búzios was a peaceful fishing village when its beaches began to be frequented for the summer holidays, in the ‘50s. Sometime later, the visit of a young Brigitte Bardot ended up revealing the resort to the world. Since then, Búzios has never gone out of style. The low houses, the windows of Pedras street, the boutique-inns, and the lively night make Búzios the desired destination in Rio de Janeiro State. Not to mention the beaches, more than 20 across the peninsula that make it look like a little piece of the Mediterranean ended up here. Leave the boat around 3:00 PM and have a buffet lunch. Enjoy some free time after eating to explore the das Pedras street and its boutique stores and beautiful stone paving street.  Hop on the bus and leave Búzios to make the journey back to Rio, arriving around 8:00 PM.

From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

6. From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

Enjoy an early morning pickup from Rio and relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Arraial do Cabo. A quick pit-stop on the road is made to stretch the legs, have a bathroom break, and buy a snack. Explore the Arraial sea which is special for a very particular reason. In the region, there is the phenomenon of a resurgence, which brings to the surface deep waters rich in marine life. The abundance of food turns Arraial into one of the best diving spots in the country, with clear waters and lots of life. Leave the bus upon arrival in the docks of Arraial do Cabo, around 10:00 AM, and hop on the schooner. Enjoy a schooner ride through the best beaches of Arraial do Cabo. Marvel at the waters in shades of green and blue, ready for a swim. Explore 4 different stops in places like the Forno beach, the Praia do Farol, or famous Atalaia beach. Take in the panoramic view of the Blue Groot, a hidden cave with deep blue water. Revel at the crystal-clear water and white sands before leaving the boat around 3:00 PM and have a buffet lunch. Then, it is time to leave Arraial. Hop on the bus to make the journey back to Rio where you will arrive around 8:00 PM.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

7. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão, and depart for a full day in nature. During the day, make four stops at different beaches, each around one hour. The first beach visited is Aventureiro, boasting about 1,640 feet of fine silver sand, a shallow and consistent bottom, clear water, and rough waves. On the left side, where there is a small pier for mooring, there is also the most famous coconut tree on Ilha Grande, the iconic "coconut tree lying,” and a small natural pool. Head next to the beautiful Praia da Parnaioca, one of the most isolated beaches in all of Ilha Grande. Facing the Atlantic with its yellowish and coarse sand, the sea is rough, deep, and offers little shade in its 3,380 feet. At the west end, the charming river Parnaioca flows, forming a small lagoon on the beach. In Parnaioca’s heyday, the river was much more voluminous to the point where it was often impossible to cross.  Meros is a small, isolated beach with rough waters which often lead to the formation of sand dunes. It is possible to see traces of ancient civilizations that inhabited the island around 3,000 years ago in geological vestiges known as amolares. The sand is so white it appears as if a huge mirror; the water that flanks it produces a unique spectacle, a mixing of green and blue with pristine white. Maguariquessaba Beach is of great extension and beauty. With a generous strip of soft sand, it hosts preserved Atlantic Forest, consisting of coconut and almond trees which guarantee nice shade. Its clear, greenish, warm waters make snorkeling a mandatory activity for those looking to be enchanted by the seabed and its inhabitants, which include starfish, corals, and turtles. It is one of the most developed beaches of Enseada do Sítio Forte, lined with inns and restaurants frequented by visitors to Ilha Grande.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Paradisiac Islands Full-Day Tour

8. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Paradisiac Islands Full-Day Tour

Embark on a full-day island excursion via speedboat. Spend the day snorkeling and taking in views of the most beautiful islands off Brazil's Green Coast. Once on the beaches, check out the different available activities, including diving into the sea to swim alongside colorful fish. Whatever you end up doing, your experience on the beach is sure to be a memorable one. Enjoy a typical lunch (at your own expense), served in a rustic restaurant overlooking the amazing Saco Do Ceu beach. Visit the wonderful Cataguases Island, Botinas Island, Dentista beach, and Piedade Beach all for 50 minutes each, allowing you plenty of time to take in the sun and swim in the bright-blue water. Make a 30-minute pit stop at the Blue Lagoon for a taste of true paradise, before ending your tour back at the meeting point in Vila do Abraão.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Blue Lagoon Half-Day Schooner Tour

9. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Blue Lagoon Half-Day Schooner Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão on Ilha Grande, then depart for a half-day in nature on one of the most classic tours on the island. Discover one of the hottest tourist spots on Ilha Grande, the Blue Lagoon, a calm bay with transparent waters perfect for snorkeling. After boarding the schooner, head to the Blue Lagoon, whose nickname was inspired by the 80's movie classic with actress Brooke Shields. Once the boat has moored, swim and float in the natural pool surrounded by schools of colorful fish, starfish, and other diverse sea fauna characteristic of Ilha Grande bay. After swimming, move on to "Freguesia de Santana" where Santana Church is located. Built in 1796, it's an important site of historical heritage on the island. Make your last stop for an optional lunch at the beautiful Japariz Beach. The tour concludes with a return trip to Abraão.

From Búzios: Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio Day Trip

10. From Búzios: Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio Day Trip

After a 1-hour bus ride from Búzios, arrive at Arraial do Cabo. Board a boat and set sail through the crystal-clear waters. See places such as Lighthouse Island, Crevice of Our Lady of Assumption, Gorilla Rock, Blue Grotto, Pontal do Atalaia, and Forno Beach.  Stop for a swim at 3 stunning spots. Then, disembark and enjoy lunch at a buffet restaurant, with drinks and dessert at your own expense. After lunch, embark on a city tour through Cabo Frio, a 500-year-old town. Get to know historical spots like São Matheus Fort and the beautiful Passagem neighborhood. Take in views of the exquisite landscape and the mighty sea.

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4.4 / 5

based on 135 reviews

Long trip by bus, leaving the boat at 12:30 p.m. and returning to land at 6 p.m. Despite the long bus ride, the atmosphere was great, the entertainers very nice, especially Diego, 4 nice stops in beautiful places including one in the natural state, very nice photos taken and pleasant surprise in the end

To do absolutely, magnificent choose a beautiful sunny day so as not to be cold on the boat, do not necessarily choose the additional meal because there is the restaurant at the water's edge later... take the mask and the snorkel to see the fish, top top day

It's like a small village, well worth seeing! The drive is a bit long but definitely worth it and the beach is great as well. You definitely get that holiday feeling there!

If you enjoy swimming and snorkelling, I can hugely recommend this trip. The water was insanely clear and it was a great experience.

It was a long day of traveling to the island and back but the boat ride was fun and the experience was great!