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

4.3 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: C2RIO TOURS & TRAVEL

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

Activity provider: C2RIO TOURS & TRAVEL

From US$ 65.80 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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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). 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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

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
  • There is no discount or refund policy in these cases
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Great islands, beautiful sand and crystal clear water. Tour guide was excellent, boat tour was also great. Food and drink on board was excellent and cheap, sailors were friendly although not bilingual. Traditional bbq is also excellent after the boat trip. Downsides are as follows; very long trip to and from Rio. We had a good run on the way and it was 4 hours, on the way back more like 6 hours! Nobody’s fault but we would recommend an overnight option. These tours are also incredibly busy so expect too share this paradise with lots of others and plenty of noise.

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January 9, 2023

It started a little bit later than the original time, got an email changing the pick up time the night before. But operator was on time. Great organization for stops, pick-up, the stop to rest and at the pier and islands. Amazing team on the boat, friendly, fun and overall really good.

December 17, 2022

The tour was good and I recommend it to others. Pick up at the hotel, drive to Arraial do Cabo in the van and then the day tour, everything i. O. as describe. The van was full, so it was quite tight in the car. This should be taken into account, but it also seems to be common. Made a stop at a supermarket/coffee shop for breakfast, was absolutely ok. The boat tour was as expected, very crowded. You could visit the islands twice (by dinghy from the cutter to the island), had time to swim and snorkel. At the end of the tour we went to a restaurant, the food was typical for the country and absolutely ok. The journey home was also without problems. So all in all a nice day trip. What I personally didn't like: There was a huge party with DJane on the boat, the music was extremely loud... Brazilian flair... if you expect a quiet sightseeing tour with a swim on the ship, you'll quickly be converted to a better one.

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October 16, 2022

Product ID: 323118