Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Paraty

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Situated in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s island-dotted Paraty Bay is known for its bountiful marine life, with large schools of tropical fish skirting its coral reefs. With warm blue waters and high visibility, underwater exploration in Paraty is a joy. Here are just a few of the best places to take the plunge. 

Ilha Comprida
Though it has no beaches, Ilha Comprida remains a favorite snorkel and scuba diving spot because of its rich marine life. Dive off the boat and explore the rocky coast of this island, which serves as a hideout for sea bass, grouper, and batfish. 

Ilha dos Meros
Numerous diving and snorkeling tours venture to the shores of this small Brazilian island, where the waters are alive with an amazing range of aquatic life. Look for butterfly rays hiding on the sandy ocean floors and schools of brightly colored fish, such as neon parrotfish.

Trinidade
Surrounded by Serra da Bocaina National Park, the Trinidade region is a popular day-trip destination from Paraty, just 18 miles (30 kilometers) away. Here, near beautiful beaches such as Caixa d’Aço (Steel Box) and Cachadaco, you’ll find secluded natural pools where you can snorkel in calm waters. 

Ilha Grande
Though it’s about a 1.5-hour speedboat ride away from Paraty—and even longer by ferry—the tropical island of Ilha Grande is worth the journey for snorkelers and scuba divers. Good snorkeling is right off the shore at many of the island’s beaches, or you can take a boat tour out to dive near Ilha Jorge Grego, an even smaller island off Ilha Grande’s south shore. Other popular snorkeling spots on Ilha Grande include Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) and Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon).
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Kayaking Adventure in Paraty

Paddle a kayak through the bay of Paraty during this 4-hour eco-adventure. After a safety briefing and orientation on dry land at Jabaquara Beach, follow an expert kayaking guide to pristine beaches, uninhabited islands and mangrove swamps. Swim and snorkel at Rosa Beach and Sapeca Island. Enjoy snacks, fresh fruit and personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Trindade Fishing Village, Beach Trek and Snorkeling Tour from Paraty

Explore Trindade, a charming fishing village on this 6-hour tour from Paraty. Follow your local guide on a trek through the lush rainforest to a naturally-formed swimming pool called Caixa d’Aço (Steel Box). Swim, snorkel, relax and explore Bocaino Mountains National Park on foot, then enjoy a seafood lunch (own expense) at one of Trindade's local restaurants. Snorkeling equipment and round-trip hotel transportation are included in this tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Paraty Schooner Cruise and Snorkeling Tour

Spend the day cruising through Paraty Bay on a schooner during this 5-hour tour. Relax and enjoy the sun on the boat's comfortable decks, then jump off at 4 prime snorkeling spots among Paraty's reefs. Visit Ilha Comprida, known for its large schools of vibrant tropical fish. The boat takes a different route every day through the area's 1,000 offshore islands, so there's always something new to see. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Paraty hotels are provided.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Inflatable white water kayak

Inflatable kayak for white water, ideal for adventurous people who already have experience on kayaking or paddling and wants to explore white water. It is praticed on Mambucaba River, ideal for the dry season (does not need big water), and vey good to start on white water.The river has cristal clear waters, sided by preserved nature of the National Park.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Kayak Mamangua Tropical Fjord

Explore Brazil´s only tropical fjord by kayak on this small group paddling trip to Mamangua, near Paraty. With your experienced guide you will stop at tropical islands and deserted sandy beaches and paddle the Mamangua mangrove. Hiking the Mamangua Sugarloaf peak for outstanding views of the islands, bays and rainforest covered mountainsides.
  • Duration: 3 days
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White Water Rafting - Mambucaba River

Practiced on Rio Mambucaba, crossing the Serra da Bocaina National Park is a special attraction for adventurers who want to explore the region of the Green Coastline. Near the coast, the river has good rapids class II and III, ideal for beginners, with crystal clear waters, lush pristine forest, surrounded by historic ruins, beautiful peaks, rock walls and waterfalls.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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