Guided tour

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

3.8 / 5

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

From US$ 57.69 per person

Enjoy a boat ride through the crystal-clear waters of Arraial do Cabo, the “Brazilian Caribbean.” Savor a deluxe buffet-style lunch. Get up close and personal with marine life.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off from hotels in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone (Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon) and West Zone (Barra da Tijuca). If pickup is not available at your location, you will be directed to the nearest available pickup point. Estimated times: between 5:10 AM and 6:30 AM (pickup) and 7:00 PM (drop-off); subject to changes according to traffic conditions.


  • Sail on a traditional schooner to some of the best spots in the region
  • Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Ilha do Farol, Praia do Forno, and Prainhas do Pontal
  • Pass by Gruta Azul, Fenda de Nossa Senhora, and Pedra do Gorila.
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local buffet restaurant
Full description
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.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat tour in Arraial do Cabo with stops for swimming
  • Buffet lunch at local restaurant
  • Professional guide with live tour commentary in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone
  • Drinks (available for purchase on the boat and during lunch)
  • Diving mask and snorkel (available for rental on the boat)
  • Tips (optional)
  • Fishermen's Association boarding fee at the marina ($10 cash for all passengers over six years of age. Children under five must have proof of age/ID)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • In case of a strong wind, the boat trip will not occur and will be replaced by a walk along the shore
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

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The day was really well-spent! Our guide was great, the boat crew was fun, the food at the end of the trip was wonderful as well.

January 16, 2022

It was over a three hour drive to the location and upon arrival had to pay another tax just to get into the harbour before boarding. The boat itself wasn’t the schooner shown in the advert and was full to capacity. Everything was in Spanish and all you did was stay in the same bay and go to three different beaches for the three hour period. Then upon arrival back at the dock we walked to the restaurant where the food was varied but most of it was cold and tasteless then the joy of a three hour drive back to Rio.

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December 6, 2019

El tour es espectacular! Solo que es un día entero y había mucho tráfico por qué era Lunes de mañana, al llegar nos atendieron súper bien y nos divertimos mucho, nos toco un día espectacular! La comida del restaurante donde fuimos estaba muy rica!

January 10, 2022

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