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Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Ilha Grande, Vila Abraão

1. Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Ilha Grande, Vila Abraão

Arrive at Ilha Grande (Vila do Abraão) with a fast and safe transfer service from Rio de Janeiro via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a fast and smooth ride thanks to the technology of the FlexBoat. Choose from daily departures and shared or private options. Start by getting picked up directly from your hotel, accommodation, or airport in Rio de Janeiro. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 2.5-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abrãaao to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. Located a 3-hour from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is only accessible by boat. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows for a fast yet smooth crossing to Ilha Grande.

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

2. 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.

Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

3. Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

Take the hassle out of transfers with a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer between Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande. Enjoy both a boat transfer between the island and the mainland, and a vehicle transfer on the mainland.  Book in either direction, with the boat traveling between Conceição de Jacareí Pier and Abraão Village on Ilha Grande. Pick from Rio's two international airports or South Zone / Barra neighborhood hotels as your beginning or end points of the transfer. When heading to Ilha Grande, be picked up by your driver on the mainland, either from your hotel or an airport, and be dropped at right at the pier, where staff will be waiting with your boat tickets.  When heading to Rio, meet staff at the pier to collect your tickets, and then relax on the boat and vehicle transfer to your final destination. 

Shared Shuttle Transfer Paraty to Ilha Grande

4. Shared Shuttle Transfer Paraty to Ilha Grande

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to the fantastic Ilha Grande from your accommodation in Paraty or from Ilha Grande to Paraty. Choose 1-way in either directions according to your needs. From Paraty to Ilha Grande, you'll depart at 8:30 AM and arrive in Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. Your flex boat ticket to Abraão Village in Ilha Grande is included. From Ilha Grande to Paraty, departures are available at 10:00 AM from Abraão Village in Ilha Grande to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. Your flex boat ticket to Santa Luzia Pier is included. Your driver will be waiting for you to take you to Paraty.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

5. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle Transfer to Ilha Grande

6. Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle Transfer to Ilha Grande

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to Angra dos Reis from your accommodation or the airports in Rio de Janeiro. You will be transferred to a flex boat that takes you the final stretch to the Abraão Village in Ilha Grande in only 40 minutes. You can choose 1 way in both directions according to your needs.   The service from Rio to Ilha Grande runs 365 days a year. Departure available from 11:00 AM from Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels (Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema), as well as from Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU (with flights arriving before 11:00 AM). You will be taken to the Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis, and by flex boat to Abraão Village in Ilha Grande.  The service from Ilha Grande to Rio also runs 365 days a year. Departures are available at 10:00 AM from Abraão Village to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. There, a local driver will be waiting for you to take you to Rio. Drop-off is possible at Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels, as well as Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU.

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.

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ilha Grande

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 228 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.

Excellent service!! The combi that picked us up was very punctual and the boat service was very good!

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