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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015


Lauline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Heather G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Wonderful Day Trip! Would do it again in a heartbeat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Read the other reviews before booking, booked anyway, and I don't really see what they were complaining about. This was a great day out, definitely one of the best in Rio. The boat ride is a blast, the scenery is spectacular, the swimming is perfect. This isn't a guided-by-the-hand experience and that's what I really liked about it. Do it!

Karol- SweetBliss022 USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

This was a great trip out to Buzios. The service was good from the hotel pickup to the drop off. In Buzios, we were on our own to sightsee and take a tour of about 12 islands. I will use the services of this tour operator again when I return to Rio de Janeiro.

Ariel V USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Of the six tours I did in Rio, this is the one I enjoyed the most.

Cristina R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Excellent location and friendly guide.

Lindsay M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2009

AWESOME! I wish they told us to bring out swim suits as a boat tour was optional.

Monica G

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Good enough

Peter D

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

The trip was very enjoyable - Isaac was a great guide. The bus was very luxurious and comfortable, and the trip to and from Buzios was relaxing. When we got there, we went straight out on the boat trip. The boat trip was too long (2 hours 15 minutes) for what it was (we didn't go very far) - we stopped 3 times, each time for 15-20 minutes for people to swim. One stop would have been enough, and the trip could have been cut to no more than 90 minutes. But it was still worthwhile. Buzios was lovely - but we only had 75 minutes to walk around. As previously mentioned, the boat trip should be shortened, leaving more time to see Buzios. Still, overall a great trip!!

Kerri T

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

Had a great tour, definitely worth it. We opted for the option with the cruise- which was the best part of the trip. Buzios is a really cute town and I enjoyed the visit. We drove to Buzios from Rio (about 2 hours), then had some free time in the town (about 30 minutes), got on the boat and toured around the island. There was music playing, caipirinhas being made, you could jump off the boat to swim, and lots of fun people on the boat! Then once back in town we had time for lunch, and went to a great restaurant. Beware though- whatever you don't eat there we had to pay for- the message was in Portuguese and we didn't know.
The only negative was that it took a long time in the morning to do the pick ups from all of the hotels. We were supposed to be picked up at 7am but no one showed up til 7:35, and then we had to to pick ups until around 9ish.


4 star rating: Recommended
November 2011

There was a delay to pick us up in the morning, so we arrived to Buzios one hour later. The guide was ok. It is more a transfer service than a tour per se. The trip by boat is not included.

Jason M

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2011

We didn't get to go to Buzios and were disappointed by that. But the trip to Sepetiba Bay did turn out nice.


3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2015

Worth doing. The boat ride around is a must, that will take approx 2 hrs then you should have a good hr to walk around the small city sqare. Not much shopping here but good food.
Our guide was only ok, his english was not goid and he really couldnt be bothered to make any effort. The buffet lunch was nice.

Susan M

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2015

Good trip, however the cruise was conducted in Portuguese so had no idea what was being said, I booked an English speaking trip so was expecting this to be translated.

Jennifer J

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2013

Originally this tour was going to canceled because they did not have enough people when I called to confirm. They told me to call the next day and they teamed us up with another group. No walking tour. But we did get to go to Buzio's, which was beautiful. Did our own thing there.

Keith E P

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
February 2015

This tour is really just transport to Buzios instead of an actual tour. The trip to Buzios is worth it though, however there were a few issues with this trip:
tour guide only spoke English when asked
it took 4 hours to get there and 4 hours back, instead of the advertised 2 hours
the bus' gearbox would not work so we waited 30mins on the way to Buzios until all of the tour passengers pushed the bus to get it going again
the tour guide did not provide any information, history or recommendations on the town
the tour guide was dropped off before all of the tour passengers at 10pm

We did not take the optional boat tour and instead caught a water taxi to a nearby beach which was great! Overall if your are stuck with options to see Buzios in a shor time period then this trip is fine, however we were not pleased with the guide or what was provided.

peter w

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2013

Travel time is 3 hours not 2. Too long for a day trip in an uncomfortable bus with a loud and abrupt guide. We did not take the boat trip option, but wanted to spend our time on the "beautiful beaches". Really there were only a harbour in walking distance and the water was so dirty you couldn't pay me to swim. Quaint little town and maybe a nice resort for locals but not an international tourist destination. If you go take the boat trip or rent a taxi on the square just off the jetty to take you to a descent beach.

Francisco C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2015

Buzios is a beautiful place I definitely recommend visiting, but I don´t recommend this tour.
The pick up from our hotel was late.Once we were finally on our way unfortunately our guide was taken ill, this resulted in us having to stop and wait for an ambulance-truly traumatic for the guide, and we were glad to learn she was ok. However during this process there was no communication from the driver,or an apology from the replacement guide.It took us 5 hours to get to Buzios.
The replacement "guide" Isaac Jorge is what I can only describe as incompetent. On arrival we were all ushered to the boat, we had not booked a boat tour as we wanted to spend time walking in Buzios and relaxing.As such we questioned this with Isaac, who said it was included in what we had paid (having looked at our booking) and then walked everyone to the boat.No other option was given.
The boat was the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced.The whole thing was focussed on pushing photographs and making money from over-priced drinks, or small boats which came to our boat to try to sell things. Worth noting for any English speakers, no one on the boat speaks English.
The boat lasted about 2 hrs, once we finally got back to land our "guide" informed us he had a problem and that we needed to give him extra cash to cover the cost of the boat.We advised we hadn't budgeted for this and were confused as he said the cost was included and weren't given another option.He walked off and we went for lunch which is included, which was mediocre at best.During lunch, when we were eating, we were further pushed to buy pictures from the boat.
After lunch as we were leaving the "guide" approached us again about the boat cost.We offered to pay the money to the website on our return, but he said this was no good he had to have cash right now.When he realised we could not give cash, he clapped, said ´well done´and then walked off.
No tour of the town was given.No translation into English given on the journey back.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2012

Buzios was amazing definitely go see it. But it was suppose to take about 2hours to get there and instead it took 4 hours. Wish we could've spent more time there. Also tour guide asks if you want to stop at a t-shirt shop on your way say "NO" trust me not worth the waste of time.

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