Things to do in Ilha Grande

Our most recommended things to do in Ilha Grande

Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

1. Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

Arrive at Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Rio de Janeiro via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a quick and smooth ride on the FlexBoat and enjoy flexibility with daily departures. 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 4-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abraão to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. After arriving in Ilha Grande, meet a local guide.

From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

2. From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

- Shared Transfer DOOR-TO-DOOR from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro. Shared transfer means you’re booking a seat on a vehicle, and will likely be sharing with others. - Fast Boat from Ilha Grande (Vila do Abraão) to Angra dos Reis. Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. The guide will identify all passengers, put on the wristband and direct them to the Top line at the main Pier in Vila do Abraão. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows us to offer fast and safe boat crossings to Ilha Grande while at the same time a smooth ride. The boat crossing takes up to 40 minutos. When disembarking from the boat, the driver will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. - From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination, and the route that will be taken to drop other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation or airport. - Daily departures.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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. 

From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

5. From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

Enjoy a convenient shared transfer to Angra dos Reis from your accommodation or the airports in Rio de Janeiro. Get transferred to a flex boat that takes you the final stretch to Abraão on Ilha Grande in only 40 minutes. Choose a transfer in either or both directions according to your needs.   The service from Rio to Ilha Grande runs 365 days a year. Departure available from Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels (Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Leblon, Centro, Santa Teresa, Lapa and Ipanema), as well as from Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU. 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, 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 Paraty: Shuttle To/From Abrãao Village on Ilha Grande

6. From Paraty: Shuttle To/From Abrãao Village on 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 direction according to your needs. From Paraty to Ilha Grande, get picked up at your hotel then head to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. From there, use your flex boat ticket to cross the water to Abraão Village on Ilha Grande. From Ilha Grande to Paraty, depart Abraão Village on Ilha Grande by boat and cruise to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. Your driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation in Paraty.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

7. 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.

Ilha Grande: Private Hiking with Forest, Beaches & Waterfall

8. Ilha Grande: Private Hiking with Forest, Beaches & Waterfall

After meeting your guide, you will have a safety briefing, receive the protective gear, and we are set to start our Hiking Adventure in the Atlantic Forest. We will depart from Vila do Abraão with a historical walking tour, towards the Praia Preta (Preta Beach), the ruins of the Lazareto, an architectural landmark of Brazilian Imperial times and across the arches of the 19th-century Aqueduct that was considered one of the boldest structures of the time. The trail we use is considered moderate, with ups and downs through the lush beauty of the Atlantic Forest with its incredible biodiversity of fauna and flora. After approx 2 hour of walking we reach Feiticeira Waterfall. Feiticeira is 13 meter high water veil incrusted in the heart of the forest. After a break for a refreshing waterfall shower, we continue our tour towards the fantastic beaches of Eseada das Estrelas. We need approximately another 45 minutes to reach the fantastic beaches of Camiranga and Pereque where we can have another break to make the most of the day. Our last destination for today is Fora beach. Here ,we will stop to enjoy the beach and taste a complimentary drink, you also have the opportunity to taste de delicious Brazilian cuisine. (not included) Once we finish the brake, it is time to put the shoes back on and hike our way back to Abraao Village using the same trail we took at the beginning of the day. All together we will hike approximately 12km (both ways)

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

9. 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: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ilha Grande

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 212 reviews

Excellent trip. The bus was comfortable and had a bathroom. As the only 2 folks on the trip who didn't speak fluent Portuguese the guide made sure to relay all the info back to us in English. The beaches were beautiful even on an overcast day. Only regret would not be having more time to spend on the island.

The boat experience was very good, what I did not like was the guide and the driver. The guide at first was kind but then at no time was he worried if someone was missing when we went to another island, the terrible driver we were about to crash twice

Despite the rain, there was always a good mood and motivation to jump into the water! Angra is very beautiful rain or shine!

Was an excellent experience!!! Thanks a lot, I enjoy my time, thank you

Nice large clean vehicle with air con and friendly driver