llha Grande

llha Grande is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and renowned for its natural beauty: tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and rugged landscapes.

Tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and rugged landscapes

llha Grande is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and renowned for its natural beauty: tropical beaches, lush vegetation and rugged landscapes.

Ilha Grande is one of the best-preserved areas of Brazil 's Atlantic rainforest, making it one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the world and a hotspot for biodiversity and conservation.

The island’s status as a world protected area means Ilha Grande has remained unspoiled and undeveloped – much of the land is covered by the Ilha Grande State Park and the rest of the island is subject to stringent development restrictions.

As a result, the island has no roads and is a car-free zone. However, small-scale ecotourism is encouraged; the protected seas around the island hold a unique mix of tropical, subtropical, and temperate-zone marine life so lucky visitors will be able to witness coral and tropical fish along with penguins and Southern right whales – probably the only place in the world where this is possible.

Ilha Grande offers a taste of paradise for nature-lovers, and your day off-ship will provide a chance to get back to nature and enjoy a break from the glitz and glamour of life onboard your luxury cruise ship!

For this special vacation destination we offer great deals on some of the best attractions on Ilha Grande: a package of carefully planned excursions that marry relaxation with visual stimulation.

Cruise to Ilha Grande - Brazil - South America - MSC Cruises

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 BRAGR02 - SCHOONER CRUISE TO THE BLUE LAKE Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Snack included  Best seller  An unforgettable excursion! Board a typical Brazilian schooner boat and sail towards the “Lagoa Azul” (Blue Lagoon), with awesome locations protected with unspoiled natural environments. We will drop anchor between two reef islands that forms a kind of lagoon. The shallow side blue transparent waters you will find an abundance of colorful corals and fishes. Remember to rent your snorkeling equipment. A panoramic stop at Praia da Freguesia de Santana where the guide will tell stories from the colonial era as this place was used as a slave colony. We will also visit the Japariz Beach that offers infra-structure of restaurants and restrooms. Remarks: Limited seats available please book in advance to avoid disappointment. A lunch box is included in this excursion. Bathrooms are available in the Japariz beach but require consuming at the bars and restaurants. We advise guests to carry Brazilian cash if wishing to purchase drinks. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Preziosa January 01st 2014

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR06 - SCHOONER TO SACO DO CÉU Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Best seller  After disembarking, we will board a schooner towards “Saco do Céu” meaning “Bag of Stars”, a perfect name for this ecological sanctuary where the sea is flat as a mirror. This lovely bay located in front of the “Amor beach” received its name because at night one can admire the reflection of stars on the ocean surface. You will be able to snorkel and swim (don’t forget to rent your snorkel gear) and from there we will follow to De Fora beach, where we will be able to find some fisherman houses and rustic restaurants. A great opportunity to relax on the beach before returning to the pier, remember to bring your bathing suit and your camera. Remarks: Limited seats available please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Fresh fruits will be served on board the schooner and drinks will be sold onboard. We advise guests to carry Brazilian cash if wishing to purchase drinks. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Preziosa January 01st 2014

Price per person $50.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR07 - SCHOONER CRUISE TO LOPES MENDES Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Snack included  Departing from the Abraão pier in a schooner for approximately 50 minutes sail to “Praia do Mangues” where we will start a 30 minutes pleasant walk on a trail Lopes Mendes beach. A hidden beauty, this beach offers fine white sands and crystal clear water this beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ranging over than 2 km in length of pure white sand, a small creek runs into the ocean and if this is not enough, a small chapel and a mosaic done by Silvio Cavalheiro in the ruins of a ship. A 30 minutes’ walk back to “Praia do Mangues” will take us back to our schooner and then back to our cruise ship. Remarks: A lunch box is included in this excursion. This excursion is not suitable for guests with physical challenges or walking disabilities as it involves a tracking for approximately 30 minutes. There is no bar for purchasing drinks at the schooner. At Mendes beach there are street vendors selling drinks and there is no infra-structure of bars and restaurants. Bathrooms are available only at the schooner. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. We do not advice rental of snorkel equipment for this excursion as Lopes Mendes does offer marine life during the swimming portion. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Preziosa January 01st 2014

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR08 - SCHOONER TO GREEN LAKE Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Snack included  At the pier in the Abraão Village we will board our schooner to Lagoa Verde “Green Lake”, a place with shallow, crystal clear and calm waters. It is one of the only locations in Brazil that offers green corals at the bottom of the ocean, with an enormous variety of fishes and starfishes. Lagoa Verde is a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling directly from the schooner (don’t forget to rent your snorkel gear). Then, we will head to “Enseada do Sítio Forte” one of the most pleasant spots in Ilha Grande that had a great importance in the island history and on the economic side of the fishing industry, now days the most important activity is tourism. We will be making a stop at the Maguariquissaba beach, well known for the sea turtles with infra-structure of pier, bars and restaurants. Remarks: A lunch box is included in this excursion. Fresh fruits will be served and drinks will be available for purchase onboard the schooner. The length of sailing to arrive in Green Lake may take up to 2 hours depending on the sea and wind conditions. Bathrooms are available in the Maguariquissaba beach but require consuming at the bars and restaurants. We advise guests to carry Brazilian cash if wishing to purchase drinks. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English.This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 10th 2013 and MSC Preziosa January 01st2014

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR09 - WALKING THROUGH HISTORY Duration: 2 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  We will meet our guide at the pier to start this amazing trekking for approximately 2.5 hours that will take us through the path denominated T1, where the history of Brazil will be laid showing the times of the Indians, the corsairs, the former Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II, the coffee and sugar cane farms. Passing by the Lazaretto ruins, the political prison, the aqueduct and its falls where a swimming is optional, the black beach (also a swimming is optional) and the Praia Preta view point. During the return to the Abraão village, the tour guide will give you all the information and show the internet place, pharmacy, post office, hospital, restaurants and bars. It is for sure an excursion for the nature and history lovers. Remarks: This excursion is not suitable for guests with physical challenges or walking disabilities as it includes long walking over uneven ground. Use of hat and closed toe shoes are advisable along with a backpack, beach towel and sun lotion. A bottle of water will be given to each guest. This tour will not be canceled due to the weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. Tour guide reserves the right to refuse any guest using high heels or flip flop sandals.

Price per person $36.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR10 - FEITICEIRA WATERFALLS Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Start at Abraão pier following a short stop at State Park of Ilha Grande main entrance for a briefing about the Island. From that point we will start our trekking on trails at Atlantic forest to Praia da Feiticeira hidden in an ecological paradise where we will stay for approximately 60 minutes for swimming. We will pass by the "Poção" (an amazing natural swimming pool) and by the aqueduct ruins and old hospital. The trekking finishes right at the Abraão Village. Remarks: Remarks: This excursion is only suitable for guests with good physical conditions as it includes long and strenuous walking over uneven ground. Guests that are tired and not able to walk the way back, may take the local taxi-boats available in Feiticeira beach to the pier. The taxi boats are not always available and the cost is not included in the value of the excursion. We advise guests to carry cash if wishing to return using the taxi boats. Use of hat and closed toe shoes are advisable along with a backpack, beach towel and sun lotion. A bottle of water will be given to each guest. This tour will not be canceled due to the weather conditions (rain). Tour guide reserves the right to refuse any guest using high heels or flip flop sandals. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This tour is not advisable for guests under 15 years old.

Price per person $44.00 Adults $31.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR11 - SNORKEL EQUIPMENT RENTAL FOR ALL SCHOONER TOURS - 2013/2014
Limited seat  Snorkel equipment for rental (Mask & Snorkel - it does not include fins). The equipment rental is only available for guests on any of the Schooner tours. The equipment will be delivered at the pier before boarding the Schooner. Remarks: Extreme limited equipment’s available. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointment. A USD40 (Forty US dollars) fee will be charged on guest’s on-board account (cruise card) in case of loss/damage of the equipment during the excursion. It will not be possible to rent the equipment once onboard the schooner. We kindly request guests to sign a waiver form at the Shore Excursion desk prior to the departure of the excursions. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Preziosa January 01st 2014

Price per person $15.00 Adults $15.00 Children

   


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 BRAGR13 - PRIVATE SPEED BOAT – 12 passengers Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Disembark in the port and have a private speed boat with a professional sailor waiting for you and your family. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a boat at your disposal. For a 6 hours itinerary we would like to suggest: Lagoa Azul, Saco do Céu, Praia da Feiticeira + 1 beach stop on the way back to the Abraão village or Lagoa Verde, Praia da Enseada, do Sítio Forte and Praia de Maguariquissaba or Praia de Lopes Mendes, Praia dos Dois Rios, Praia de Caxadaço and Praia de Jorge Greco. Note: boat, sailor and gasoline included. Up to 6 hours of navigation, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The boat captain will be your tour guide and only speaks Portuguese. The service is available for six hours. Speed boats of 28 feet long (capacity for maximum of 12 people). A lunch box will be given on the boat as there are no restaurants available in any of the destinations. Guests may buy beer and soft drinks at the pier prior boarding the boat. The boat will have a cooler with ice. Extreme limited availability of boats, book early to avoid disappointment. The advertised price for this service is per speed boat. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 10th 2013 and MSC Preziosa January 01st2014

Price per person $1,990.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.