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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

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.

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

2. Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and well-known beach destinations in Brazil and receives a large number of visitors. On this tour, leave Rio de Janeiro, towards Ilha Grande on a trip of approximately 3 hours, with a snack stop along the way, arriving at Angra dos Reis between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. You then onboard a speedboat for Ilha Grande. Make between 4 and 5 stops to explore some of the most beautiful spots of the island such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases Islands, Botinas Islands, Green Lagoon, Japariz beach, and Saco do Céu. The stops can vary, according to the weather, sea condition, wind and the number of people on site. The intention is to escape the great boats and stops with many people, seeking to provide a more exclusive experience. Opportunities for a good dive, beautiful photos and moments of relaxation are not going to fail. After a day in paradise, begin your return to Rio de Janeiro at approximately 5:00 PM, arriving in the city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. You can choose to do the basic tour (transportation, speed-boat and lunch) or the all-inclusive package tour (includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, underwater photos and snorkel mask).

Angra dos Reis: 5-Stop Ilha Grande Speedboat Tour

3. Angra dos Reis: 5-Stop Ilha Grande Speedboat Tour

Take a shared speedboat tour to discover some of the beaches on Angra's biggest island, the beautiful and famous Ilha Grande. Make several stops for swimming and enjoy the rainforest scenery and blue waters. Make your way to the departure point at Estação Santa Luzia, in the center of Angra dos Reis. Then, hop into the speedboat at 11:30 AM and set off on your approximately 5-hour tour. Along the way, make 5 different stops of around 20 minutes. First, head to the natural aquarium of Lagoa Azul, and be surrounded by multicolored fish in the blue waters. From there, move on the white sand and beautiful water of Grumixama, a perfect spot for pictures. Next, make a longer stop for lunch (not included) at a restaurant on Japariz beach. After lunch, go to Freguesia de Santana, a beach that houses Angra dos Reis's first church. Enjoy a short walk or swim, if you like, and admire the reflection of the rainforest in the water. Finally, visit Catagueses, 2 small islands of white sand that were the scene of some TV commercials in the 1980s.

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

4. 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 Angra dos Reis: Botinas & Dentista Beach Speedboat Tour

5. From Angra dos Reis: Botinas & Dentista Beach Speedboat Tour

Discover some of the picturesque beaches on the second-largest island of Angra, the charming Ilha da Gipóia. Hop in a shared speedboat in a group of no more than 18 people, and enjoy more time to swim and soak up the scenery.  Set off on your approximately 5-hour tour at 11:30 AM after meeting your guide at the meeting point. Make your way first to Angra's picture-perfect Ilhas Botinas, two small islands that form a natural aquarium. Move on to Praia de Jurubaíba, also known as Dentista Beach. Upon arrival, be enchanted by this white sand beach and the beautiful emerald green sea. As it is very sheltered, it is a meeting point for many motorboats, from tourists to Brazilian celebrities. Enjoy time to take another short walk, beautiful photos, and swim.  Then, stop at Praia das Flechas (not included). Relax on the beach for a moment after your meal before moving on to Praia da Piedade, famous for having hosted the first Ilha de Caras. Admire the bucolic look and beautiful nature that surrounds this small beach's strip of sand and shallow sea on both sides. Finally, return back to Angra dos Reis.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Full-Day Tour Around the Island

6. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Full-Day Tour Around the Island

Discover one of the most paradisiacal places in Brazil, with clear blue water and idyllic landscapes, on a full-day boat tour around Ilha Grande. Explore the open sea and the breathtaking south coast, home to the most preserved and sparsely populated beaches, as well as the island's colonial history. Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão, and depart for a full day in nature. During the day, make 5 stops at different beaches, each of about 50 minutes. A further stop is also made at Maguariquessaba for an optional lunch (not included in the tour). At the end of the tour, return to the meeting point in Abraão Village. The beaches visited are: • Caxadaço. Discover a small, 15-meter (49-foot) long, wild, deserted, and mystical beach with fine sand, and golden and black tones. A small stream of natural drinking water flows into it, and it's surrounded by rugged hills with dense vegetation • Dois Rios. Feel invited for a swim by the blue-green resplendent waters and the waves that form with the wind of the open sea. This beach is suitable for surfing and fishing • Parnaioca. Visit one of the most secluded beaches in all of Ilha Grande. Facing the Atlantic with its yellowish and coarse sand, this beach has rough sea but also, at the west end, a small lagoon is formed on the beach by the charming Paranaioca River that flows into it • Aventureiro. Marvel at what, according to many opinions, is the most heavenly place on Ilha Grande. Also find the most famous coconut tree on Ilha Grande here, the "lying coconut tree,” the postcard of the island. • Dos Meros. Admire one of the most isolated beaches on the island, accessible only by boat. Enjoy the whiteness of the fine sand set against the green of the woods and sea, one of the most beautiful locations on the island.

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

7. 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: Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking

8. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking

Discover Ilha Grande, Lopes Mendes, recognized by several tourism magazines as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Delight in a day on a vast expanse of sand in a wild and exotic setting with the sun, natural shade, blue sea, and lush vegetation, a perfect combination for a day in a paradise. After meeting your group at the meeting point in Abraão on Ilha Grande, depart for a full day in nature. Board a typical schooner that will take you to the lovely Pouso Beach, from where you'll start a short 5-minute walk to the famous, paradisiacal Lopes Mendes Beach. Once at the beach on the south-facing ocean coast, relax and enjoy the landscape on the sand that stretches for nearly 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). Swim in the blue waters or, if you're feeling more adventurous, hit the good waves to have some fun surfing.

From Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Angra dos Reis

9. From Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Angra dos Reis

Sharde Transfer Rio de Janeiro x Angra dos Reis - The fastest and safest transfer service to Angra dos Reis. After all the passengers have been collected and the shuttle exits the city, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half south to Angra dos Reis. The vehicles are new and equipped with air conditioning, security camera, satellite tracker and include insurance for the passenger. - Shared Transfer door-to-door from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis. Shared transfer means you’re booking a seat on a vehicle, and will likely be sharing with others. - Daily departures - You will be picked up from your hotel or accommodation and dropped off at your final destination at Angra dos Reis.

Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis, Islands Boat Trip, and Lunch

10. Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis, Islands Boat Trip, and Lunch

Embark on a day trip you’ll remember for a lifetime. Set sail to the magical Angra dos Reis and discover its tropical islands. Enjoy the sunshine and spectacular views, swim in crystal clear waters, have a delicious seafood lunch, and relax. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro. Once aboard the boat, take your seat as you set sail to Angra dos Reis, for one of the most sought-after tours when on holiday in Rio de Janeiro. Angra is about 160 km from Rio and is the port of departure for discovering an archipelago made up of 365 islands that have recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes some stops in the most beautiful points of the archipelago, where you can take a refreshing bath in the clear waters and enjoy the tropical beaches that the islands offer. Swim and snorkel in the beautiful sea and view the colorful marine life in their natural habitat. Break for a delicious fish-based lunch on an island, and spend some time relaxing. Finally, head back to your accommodation, satisfied with a day spent in paradise. 

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 224 reviews

As someone who was born and raised in Rio but lives many years abroad I was delighted with the experience and my boyfriend who is a foreigner who never been to Rio as well. Very friendly staff and beautiful beaches. The first stop Lagoa Azul where you can snorkel with the fishes was the best. Between stops you can buy very tasty drinks in the boat and there was definitely the Brazilian vibe. I would definitely recommend this experience.

A great way to approach Ilha Grande and enjoy its beaches for those who do not have the opportunity to stay there. Very well organized trip, I recommend

Great day trip to see outside of Rio’s touristy areas. Relaxing ride to beautiful beaches and scenery.

Excelente experiencia, buen servicio y bonitos spots para disfrutar de las islas

The excursion to Angra dos Reis was magnificent! The guide was top notch