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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Cruise over the turquoise waters of Sepetiba Bay on a day trip from Rio de Janeiro! Travel by coach along a stunning coastline to the small town of Itacuruca, where you’ll explore Sepetiba Bay’s wildlife-filled waters aboard a schooner. Dive into swimming spots only accessible by boat and keep an eye out for commonly seen dolphins. After lunch on a secluded tropical island, relax on the sandy beaches before your return to Rio, driving back via the city's residential neighborhoods and exciting nightlife hubs.


  • Day trip with cruise on Sepetiba Bay from Rio de Janeiro
  • Board a schooner in Itacuruca and sail around beautiful Sepetiba Bay
  • Snack on tropical fruits as you watch for dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays
  • Stop for a leisurely swim in remote spots along the way
  • Enjoy a hearty buffet lunch on a tropical island and explore the sandy beaches
  • Roundtrip coach transport from selected Rio de Janeiro hotels included

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

Tropical Islands of Rio de Janeiro

Upon pickup from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, board your comfortable coach and relax on the 1.5-hour coastal drive to Itacuruca. 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 your schooner (locally known as a saveiro) and glide over the crystal-clear waters of Sepetiba Bay. The friendly crew will serve a morning snack with a selection of luscious tropical fruit. Relax with a drink from the onboard bar (own expense) as you sail through an area that's rich in natural beauty, where it is common to spot dolphins, giant kingfishers, parrots, sea turtles and stingrays.

After stopping for a delightful swim in the pristine bay, continue to Itacuruca Island (Ilha Itacuruçá), a secluded tropical isle where a delicious buffet lunch will be served. After lunch, you will have time to explore the island’s beaches, including Big Beach (Praia Grande), before returning to Itacuruca by boat.

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!

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