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

1. 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.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo - The Brazilian Caribbean Daytrip

2. 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: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

3. 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.

Arraial do Cabo: Scuba Diving Experience

4. Arraial do Cabo: Scuba Diving Experience

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Arraial do Cabo, a city known as the “Brazilian Diving Capital”, thanks to the numerous submergence points with crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and good conditions for practicing all year round. Live a unique experience at the bottom of the Brazilian sea! Enjoy your first-time diving conducted by a certified and experienced instructor. At the meeting point, embark on this adventure towards the dive site. Find beautiful corals, turtles, different types of stingrays, morays, lobsters, seahorses, and fish of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Enjoy this adventure for about 30 minutes at the bottom of the ocean and get to know this whole parallel universe under the water. Save unique memories, recorded in photos that are already included in the package.

From Búzios: Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio Day Trip

5. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Scuba Diving Day Trip

6. Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Scuba Diving Day Trip

Get ready for an awe-inspiring scuba diving excursion perfect for both beginners and advanced divers. Take off from Rio to reach the crystal-clear waters of Arraial do Cabo. Enjoy snacks and drinks on board, and receive one or two tanks depending on your diving level. Located in the Lakes Region, Arraial do Cabo is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Rio. Arraial do Cabo is famous for being the largest dive center in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most important in Brazil. Benefit from waters that offer amazing visibility and rich marine biodiversity, allowing you to see squids, turtles, groupers, lobsters, seahorses, rays, and even dolphins. Jacques Yves Cousteau, one of the pioneers in diving, was amazed by this area's calm and transparent waters. After a few minutes from the harbor by boat, reach the diving spots. Prepare for an average water temperature is of 20 degrees Celcius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The depth of the dives will be from 6 to 35 meters (19 to 115 feet), depending on the area and the diver's experience. Full scuba gear is included, so gear up with a mask, regulator, 5 mm wetsuit, BCD, and fins. Two tanks will be provided for certified divers, while diver newbies and those without certification can enjoy a single tank for the so-called baptism, a guided dive for beginners.

From Rio de Janeiro: Scuba Diving in Arraial do Cabo

7. From Rio de Janeiro: Scuba Diving in Arraial do Cabo

Begin the 12-hour tour with an approximately 163km drive from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo, a city known as the "Brazilian Caribbean" for its turquoise blue waters. Try the baptismal dive, a perfect activity for beginners. Disembark and enjoy time for lunch (not included) before starting your dive. Check in at Anjos Beach and then head to Marina dos Anjos. Board the boat that will take you to the best diving spot. During navigation, instructors will explain details of the activity so that you can enjoy this experience in complete safety. At the dive site, you will have time to adapt with your instructor, who will be with you during the whole activity. Once you feel comfortable, dive for about 30 minutes at a depth ranging from 0 to 10 meters (0 to 32.81 ft) Enjoy this experience on the ocean floor of one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and be impressed by its marine biodiversity with beautiful corals, turtles, seahorses, and several species of fish. Afterwards, board a comfortable van to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

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What people are saying about Arraial do Cabo

Amazing day, the best day of my holidays so far. Bruno is the best guide, he speaks several languages, he made sure every single guest was comfortable and the lunch after the boat was great. Highlights: snorkelling, the beaches, staff in the boat and Bruno. Downsides: Nothing!!!

Great tour and beautiful places! Our guide Aline was super nice! We recommend !! Everything on top except the lunch restaurant! A buffet in the end because the planned restaurant was not available. Really bad and not clean. But everything else was great!! Thank you Aline!

Excellent experience, highly recommended the tour. Especially for our guide Aline, who was attentive to our requirements and for her sympathy.

Our guide was very attentive- we felt like we had our own bodyguard. Good food, amazing beaches. The boat could do with a paint job.

Excursion is really worth it. The first beach is fantastically beautiful. good value for money