Rio de Janeiro Tropical Islands
By Viator, August 2010
Even if your visit to Rio de Janeiro is a short one, you should budget a day or two to travel to some of the exotic tropical islands surrounding the marvelous city in the Green Coast Region. A typical full day tour exposes you to coastal villages, islands and beaches - all within a couple of hours distance from the city port.
The Sepetiba Bay Cruise is perhaps the most popular option amongst tourists. The schooner cruise or saveiro departs from the village of Itacuruca and includes a delicious on board lunch spread. The bay is home to over 300 tiny islands and the schooner sails past many beaches such as Furtada, Jardim and Bonita Beach, some of which are safe for snorkeling and swimming. The latter half of the cruise offers opportunities for dolphin watching amidst the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Giant kingfishers, turtles and sting rays are the other exotic fauna that is easily spotted in this region. On the return journey, the cruise sails past the posh areas of Barra and America’s Avenue, home to Rio’s shopping and nightlife hub.
Another equally popular day trip is the Schooner Cruise to Angra dos Reis Day. The town is centered in the heart of a 300 island archipelago amidst crystal clears waters ranging in hue from turquoise to deep blue. En-route one can catch glimpses of the magnanimous mountains covered with lush tropical Atlantic rainforests. The five hour long guided cruise also includes a scrumptious hot-and-cold self-service lunch buffet that is served on board. In between all the island hopping keep your eyes open for exotic water wildlife and unusual birds of all kinds. Remember to carry a towel and bathing suit as the cruise offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing swim as well!