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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Cruise over Sepetiba Bay on a day trip from Rio de Janeiro and spend the afternoon on a secluded tropical island. Travel by coach along a stunning coastline to the small town of Itacuruça, where you’ll board a traditional schooner for a 2-hour cruise that explores Sepetiba Bay’s wildlife-filled waters. Dive into swimming spots only accessible by boat and keep an eye out for commonly seen dolphins. Enjoy a buffet lunch and relax on the sandy beaches of Ilha de Jaguanum before your return to Rio via Itacuruça.


  • 10-hour day trip with cruise on Sepetiba Bay from Rio de Janeiro
  • Board a schooner in Itacuruça and sail around Sepetiba Bay
  • Snack on tropical fruits and watch for dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and other marine life
  • Stop for a leisurely swim in remote spots along the way
  • Enjoy a Brazilian buffet lunch on Ilha de Jaguanum and explore the sandy beaches of the tropical island
  • Round-trip coach transport from selected Rio de Janeiro hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With this Sepetiba Bay cruise, you can stroll the length of Araçá, an 820-foot-long (250-meter) white-sand beach bordered by tropical foliage on Ilha de Jaguanum.

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What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Full Day Tropical Islands Tour and Sepetiba Bay Cruise including Lunch

Tropical Islands of Rio de Janeiro

Upon hotel pickup in Rio de Janeiro, board your comfortable coach and relax on the 1.5-hour coastal drive to Itacuruça. You’ll travel along the scenic Costa Verde (Green Coast) to the small town, which is bordered by mountains draped in lush green vegetation that gives the coastline its name.

Hop aboard a traditional Brazilian schooner and sail over the shimmering waters of Sepetiba Bay toward Ilha de Jaguanum, the largest of the tropical islands located in the pristine bay. Keep an eye out for abundant marine life such as commonly spotted dolphins, giant kingfishers, parrots, sea turtles and stingrays as you sail.

Enjoy a morning snack with a selection of mouthwatering tropical fruits and relax with a drink from the onboard bar (own expense). Your crew makes a stop for a delightful dip in a secluded spot before continuing on to the tropical isle of Ilha de Jaguanum. Here, a buffet lunch is served, including meat, chicken, fish, black beans, rice, and a variety of salads and desserts. 

After lunch, venture along Araçá beach or soak up the sun on shore before boarding the schooner back to Itacuruça. Upon arrival in Rio, your guide drives you along the city’s resident neighborhoods and exciting nightlife hubs en route to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

While the trip from hotel to boat takes 3 hours (and another 3 back), the 5 hours boat trip was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Got a chance to see dolphins, meet cool new people, eat great food and swim near the islands. Good times!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

A fabulous day, with beautiful surroundings and great company. A wonderful feel of culture and delious food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Although the local company changed the date of the tour to Friday June 24th, this did not detract from the enjoyment of the tour which enabled us to see several beautiful islands.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2011

fun boat crew and good food.

Saeed B
Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

Heaven on earth...

Lyudmila B
Russian Federation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

It was really nice except it was not very clear from the tour description that we would head outside of Rio by bus for about one hour to the fishermen village, then take a small boat (not a big one) and then sail. The swimming stop was near one island but we went swimming from the boat not from the beach at the island. The lunch stop was on a very nice and almost empty island. There were small hotels without any guests outside, and we were very hungry by that time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

The tour guide was excellent! This tour is highly recommended, the only thing that I didn't like was the fact that beverages are not included in what we paid to Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

The tour guide was amazing! We had a lot of fun and was able to take good pictures.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Gorgeous..... and the lunch buffet at the Hotel Pierre is top notch.
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