Ilhabela

Ilhabela, located in Brazil is an ecological rain forest reserve.

35 kilometres of white sandy beaches and 400 impressive waterfalls

Ilhabela, located in Brazil is an ecological rain forest reserve. The name Ilhabela means ‘beautiful island’ and this wonderful holiday destination along MSC CruisesSouth American itineraries certainly lives up to its name. Much of the island lies within a state reserve and development is highly restricted.

The island’s economy relies on tourism yet Ilhabela achieves a harmonious balance of natural beauty and interesting sights to see. In this way, this island literally has two ‘sides’ - on one you’ll find fabulous restaurants and gourmet dining (the island is reputed to have the best shrimp in all Brazil) together with entertaining nightspots as lively as anywhere else in the country.

If you are taking a day off the luxury MSC cruise ship, there is plenty to do. Get out into nature and see the coastal Atlantic rainforest or one of the 400 impressive waterfalls that cascade into the ocean. With 35 kilometres of white sandy beaches, sun worshippers can easily create their perfect day. Ilhabela is a former haunt for pirates and experienced divers can see the legendary underwater wrecks left over from the island’s history, including spectacular 19th century English and Spanish ships that are now lost to the sea.

Choose from our well-organized package of activities and excursions designed to make your vacation one to remember.

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 BRILA04 - SCHOONER TO JABAQUARA BEACH 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  Our tour begins at the pier downtown Ilhabela where we will board a schooner towards Jabaquara Beach. On the way we will pass by the "Yacht Club Ilhabela" and the beaches of barreiros, viana, and the bell rock, famous for the sound that resembles church bells. We will then pass by Ponta das Canas lighthouse to disembark at Jabaquara Beach which is surrounded by a stunning rain forest. For approximately ½ hours you will be able to enjoy the surrounding Mata Atlantica and sun bathing at the beach. On the way back to the Pier, we will go around your ship for pictures. Remarks: Water and fresh fruit available on board. The destination beach may be altered due to weather conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The disembarking at the beach is provided by an inflatable boat. The Stop at the beach will approximately 1 ½ hour. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. Guests with physical disability will have to stay on board the schooner at the beach. Although all the schooner boats are called sail boats, they all use motor engine to navigate.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 BRILA05 - JABAQUARA – LAND BY JEEP & SEA BY SCHOONER Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  After disembarking at the pier you will board a schooner or the Jeep towards Jabaquara Beach. The schooner on its way to Jabaquara Beach goes around your ship for pictures, passes by "Yacht Club de Ilhabela" and the beaches of barreiros, viana, and the bell rock, famous for its stones that resemble the sound of church bells. We will then pass by ponta das canas's lighthouse to disembark at Jabaquara Beach which is surrounded by the stunning rain forest. For approximately 1 ½ hours you will be able to enjoy its beauty, sun bathing and a magnificent waterfall. At the same time the schooner departs, the jeep leaves towards Jabaquara Beach passing by Barreiros viewpoint where we will make a quick stop for pictures with your ship in the background. Still on the way, we will make another stop at the bell Rock where you will be able to see and "hear" the stones. Continuing after ponta das canas Lighthouse we will get on a dirt road leading us to Jabaquara Beach. On the way back, all guests whom went by jeep, comes back in the schooner and vice versa, making the same route back. Remarks: Water and fresh fruit available on board. The destination beach may be altered due to weather conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to rain. The disembarkation at the beach is provided by an inflatable boat. The jeeps are open version with individual seats and seat belts. The stop at the beach will be approximately 1 ½ hours. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. This tour is not advisable for guests with physical disability. Guests may either depart the first portion of the tour by Jeep or Schooner. The division of the groups will be at the meeting point.. Guests on this excursion will use the same schooner used in the excursion BRILA04. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. The vehicles Jeep used in Ilhabela with individual seats and safety belts are adapted to be off road 4x4 using brands such as; Rural, Toyotas, Land Rover, Chevrolet and Jeeps and all are certified by the transit department and INMETRO. In case of rain, some models may use portable covers. Driver is the tour guide himself and only speaks Portuguese, for all other languages please consult the on board Shore Excursion office for availability.

Price per person $75.00 Adults $65.00 Children

   


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 BRILA08A - ILHABELA & SEACLUB Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Snack included  Drink included  In this amazing combination tour, you will visit the most famous places in the Island. We will get on board of a deluxe air-conditioned vans or Minibus visiting the Vila and the downtown. A photo stop at the Barreiro's point for a fantastic view of the channel and your ship before heading to Ilhabela main church "Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda" built in 1806 for an inside guided visit. Continue the tour passing by the “Princess’ House” before arriving at "State Park, Hydroelectric Power Station Museum to discover the old electric system in the island. Now, imagine the following scene: groups of friends scattered around the beach, the deck, enjoying Champagne and Cocktails in a gorgeous atmosphere a contagious music. It seems movie scene? Enjoy summer scenery like Ibiza, Marbella, and Saint-Tropez? It can be yours, and much closer, in Ilhabela, in the Sea Club. A new concept in Brazil, but most famous in the world, the Day Club is a philosophy of leisure, rest and entertainment. It is the union of beach, music, gastronomy, luxury and pleasure in a beautiful setting. The Sea Club has a swimming pool of 200m ² and 1,400 m² of deck, a total area of 3.800 square meters for around 2.000 people, with tables, chairs, loungers, large sun beds and massage services, and kid’s area monitored. Under the command of a famous "Chef", the beach club offers high quality gastronomy. The Sea Club has an incredible view of the sea and a large restaurant that offers a special menu, appropriate to each season. A welcome non-alcoholic drink and a real Brazilian crab pie (Casquinha de Siri) is included. Enjoy one of the most beautiful places of the island before returning to the pier. Remarks: Limited seats. The excursion will not be cancelled due to rain. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. MSC Guests will not have to pay the minimum of R$50,00 expenses system and will pay only whatever it is ordered. The length of free time at the SeaClub will be approximately 2 hours but the SeaClub is located approximately 1000 meters from the pier and guests wishing to stay will have to return to the pier on their own. Major credit cards are accepted. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 19th 2013, November 30th 2013; MSC Preziosa November 29th 2013, December 02nd 2013, December 05th 2013, December 08th 2013, December 12th 2013; MSC Magnifica December 09th 2013, MSC Poesia December 11th 2013.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $68.00 Children

   


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 BRILA09 - WATERFALL 3 TOMBOS & CURRAL BEACH BY JEEP 4X4 Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Best seller  The best excursion in Ilhabela! After disembarking you will board 4x4 jeeps reserved for all MSC guests and waiting for you and your family, where your driver will be your tour guide. Heading towards the south of the island, you will reach one of the most famous beaches of Ilhabela “Curral beach”. One of the most famous beaches in the state of São Paulo where you will have free time for swing, relax under the sun or enjoy one of the many bars and restaurants at the beach. After the beach we will head to one of the 360 waterfalls of the island, the “3 tombos waterfalls”, located close to Feiticeira beach, three falls in a natural setting of which the largest has a height of more than 20 meters. Enjoy some free time in this natural pools where you can swim and do not forget to take unforgettable pictures. Remarks: Jeeps are open version with single or joined seats and seat belts. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. This tour is not advisable for guests with physical disability. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer extremely limited seats. If it rains and the path to 3 Tombos waterfalls is slippery, the itinerary of the tour may be changed to a different waterfall (Água Branca or Park of Waterfalls) where guests will not be able to enter the water and it will photo stop only. If it rains to a point where no waterfalls can be visited, the tour itinerary may be changed to a guided tour of the main touristic points of the island. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. The vehicles Jeep used in Ilhabela with individual seats and safety belts are adapted to be off road 4x4 using brands such as; Rural, Toyotas, Land Rover, Chevrolet and Jeeps and all are certified by the transit department and INMETRO. All family members or friends wishing to stay together in the same jeep must be together in the meeting lounge and inform the shore excursion staff whom will do all their efforts to have everyone in the same jeep depending on the jeep capacities available. It is not guaranteed that everyone will be in the same jeep. In case of rain, some models may use portable covers. Driver is the tour guide himself and only speaks Portuguese, for all other languages please consult the on board Shore Excursion office for availability.

Price per person $65.00 Adults $59.00 Children

   


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 BRILA11 - FOME BEACH by SPEED BOAT Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  An amazing adventure excursion! Departing from “Vila” we will head towards the northern part of the island to navigate along one of the finest Brazilian coastal beaches and enjoying the fantastic view of the Ilhabela State Park scenery (Mata Atlântica Forest). More exuberant than the actual tour of the coast, is certainly the “Praia da Fome”, our destiny. It means beach of hunger as the Beach was used as a point of health recovery for smuggled slaves in the 18th century after a long journey from Africa. This beach is located in a protected area without road access, where we can take a refreshing swim in the ocean or simply enjoy nature and its surroundings. After approximately 60 minutes of beach break, we will return via the Praia do Jabaquara, a beautiful beach with excellent infrastructure where you will find restrooms and a table service restaurant. Do not forget to bring your camera for an unforgettable experience. Remarks: The destination beach may be altered due to weather conditions. The disembarking at the beach is provided by an inflatable boat or dropping anchor in shallow waters, where guests may have to jump in water up to their knees. There are no piers for disembark at the beaches. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. Guests with physical disability will have to stay onboard the boat at the beach. We advise hats and sunscreen as the boat has no cover. Extremely limited seats, advise to book early to avoid disappointment. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The price of this excursion is per person. This excursion is only valid for cruise with embarkation in Buenos Aires: MSC Poesia.

Price per person $95.00 Adults $67.00 Children

   


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 BRILA11P - PRIVATE SPEED BOAT 8 seats 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  An exclusive tour for you and your family! 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: North side of the island: Departing the pier (Vila) towards north with stops in Sino, Jabaquara and Fome Beach, recommended for guests looking for seclude beaches with less infra-structure, ideal for nature lovers). Restaurants will be available in Jabaquara or South side of island.: Departing the píer (Vila) towards south Curral, Ilha das Cabras and Feiticeira beaches, recommended to guests looking for good infra-structure and sightseeing along the populated coast of the island (heading through the Sao Sebastiao channel and the Petrobras port). In both itineraries the boat can make 3 stops in the chosen beaches, respecting the maximum length on the north in Fome Beach or South in the Curral Beach. 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 is the tour guide and the service is available for six hours. Speed boats with 8 seats. The boat will have a cooler with ice, 4 bottles of mineral water, 10 cans of soda and 10 cans of beer. Extreme limited availability of boats, book early to avoid disappointment. The advertised price for this service is per speed boat. All itineraries are subject to the weather conditions based on the boat´s captain decision. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is only valid for cruise with embarkation in Buenos Aires: MSC Poesia.

Price per person $899.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRILA12 - ILHABELA BIKE TOUR Duration: 3 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  Enjoy your day with an amazing bike ride alongside the Ilhabela bike way. After disembarking at the “Vila”, you will receive your bike, helmet, map, a locker and all instructions to find your way through the bike way and see some of the most important places in Ilhabela on your own pace. The Igreja Nossa Senhora D’Ajuda, the Canoa de Voga passing by the Princess House and the famous sculptures of a local artisan “Gilmar Pinna”, the Pereque beach and the São João church, the oldest in the island. On your way back you can stop at the BL3 beach to take your breath and enjoy a beach stop before returning to the village, with plenty of time for a little souvenir to return to your ship with fine memories. Remarks: This excursion is not guided. Each guest will receive a helmet, a bike with locker and orientation of the main attractions (map in Portuguese and Spanish). The bikes are beach bikes type and are of one size only. This excursion is advisable for 10 years or older due to the height of the bikes. Guests must be in good physical condition to participate and the length of the biking is at own guest’s discretion up to three hours. A back pack and a bottle of water are advisable. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $36.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 BRILA14 - CURRAL BEACH ADVENTURE TOUR BY JEEP 4X4 Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Embark on this exciting adventure! On board of 4x4 vehicles we will follow in the south of the island seeing the most beautiful landscapes. Our first stop will be at the most famous beach of Ilhabela “Curral beach”, where you will find an excellent infra-structure of bars and restaurants in this beach with its green tone waters are ideal for a swimming, but that is not all! After the beach we will head to the interior of the island for about 30 minutes until we reached the Ilhabela State Park, where is located the “Agua Branca” waterfalls, where we can take pictures or dive in for a refreshing swim, where we can appreciate the exuberance of the Atlantic forest. Remarks: 16 seats available only, we advise guests to book early to avoid disappointment. The beach destination may be altered due to sea conditions to be decided by the driver/guide during the tour. In case of rain, the excursion will not be cancelled and the itinerary changed for sightseeing through the island. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. This tour is not advisable for guests with physical disability. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. The vehicles Jeep used are with individual seats and safety belts are adapted to be off road 4x4 using brands such as; Rural, Toyotas, Land Rover, Chevrolet and Jeeps and all are certified by the transit department and INMETRO. Jeeps maybe open version with individual seats and seat belts. In case of rain, some models may use portable covers and the beach destination may be altered due to sea conditions to be decided by the driver/guide during the tour. Driver is the tour guide himself and only speaks Portuguese. For all other languages please consult the on board Shore Excursion office for availability.

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRILA14A - ADVENTURE JEEP 4x4 & SNORKELING Duration: 3 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Embark on this exciting adventure! On board of 4x4 vehicles we will follow in the south of the island seeing the most beautiful landscapes. Our first stop will be at the ecological sanctuary of “Das Cabras Island” and with a mask, snorkel and vest we will be able to discover all the aquatic beauties of Ilhabela for approximately 1 hour before heading to the waterfalls for an amazing photo opportunity. Remarks: 16 seats available only. Jeeps are open version with individual seats and seat belts. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. This tour is not advisable for guests with physical disability. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer extremely limited seats. In case of rain, the excursion will not be cancelled and the itinerary changed for sightseeing through the island. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. The vehicles Jeep used in Ilhabela with individual seats and safety belts are adapted to be off road 4x4 using brands such as; Rural, Toyotas, Land Rover, Chevrolet and Jeeps and all are certified by the transit department and INMETRO. In case of rain, some models may use portable covers. It includes mask, snorkel and vest - it does not include fins). A USD35 (Thirty five 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. We kindly request guests to sign a waiver form at the Shore Excursion desk prior to the departure of the excursions. Ilha das Cabras is a private island, located approximately 600 meters from the beach and the snorkeling will be performed on the left side of beach facing the island. Driver is the tour guide himself and only speaks Portuguese, for all other languages please consult the on board Shore Excursion office for availability.

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRILA15 - SPEED BOAT SNORKELING EXPEDITION Duration: 2 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  How many times in your life you will have the opportunity to do snorkeling in a paradise island? Don´t miss this opportunity. There is nothing better than enjoy the views of a tropical island from the sea and get to know the amazing marine life that Ilhabela offers. We will depart from the Vila pier on board a speed boat towards the amazing beaches on the south side of Ilhabela, passing by the Saco da Capela, Itaguacu, Pereque and the ferry boat before arriving in our final destination, the marine sanctuary of Ilha das Cabras (excellent and a famous diving spot in Brazil). On board the boat there will be a mask and snorkel for this unique experience. We will stay in the snorkeling spot for approximately 1 hour and you will have opportunities to take pictures up close of the ship before returning to the Vila pier. Remarks: The snorkeling spot may be altered due to sea conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to rain. Guests can climb a ladder to enter and exit the water. The boat does not reach the beach and the snorkeling spot will be in approximately 3 meters of deep water. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. Guests with physical disability will have to stay on board the boat at the beach. We advise hats and sunscreen as the boat has no cover. Extremely limited seats, advise to book early to avoid disappointment. Guests will have a chance to buy repellent at the pier prior to the departure of the excursion. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). We strongly recommend this tour for guests with good physical conditions and that are able to swim. This excursion is only valid for cruises with embarkation in Santos and Rio de Janeiro. This excursion is not valid for cruises with embarkation in Buenos Aires. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Preziosa January 02nd2014

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 BRILA16 - TRANSFER TO CURRAL BEACH Duration: 3 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  New  Embark on a van or Micro-bus (with or without air-conditioning), for a transfer of 30 minutes to the famous "Curral Beach." On the beach, you will have approximately 2 hours to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the island, with complete infrastructure for food, chairs, tables, umbrellas. Upon returning to the pier, you can explore the historic center for shopping. Remarks: This is a transfer without guide and the duration of this tour may vary depending on traffic, Limited seats. The excursion will not be cancelled due to rain. Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. The length of free time at the beach will be approximately 1,5 hours. Most of the bars and restaurants in the beach may require consumption for the use of tables and chairs. Major credit cards are accepted.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 BRILA18 - DISCOVER ILHABELA & CURRAL BEACH Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  New  In this amazing combination tour, you will visit the most famous beaches and yet see the best that the island has to offer. You will board air-conditioned vans or Minibus to visit the Vila and downtown. It includes a photo stop at the Barreiro's view point for a fantastic view of the channel and your ship before heading to Ilhabela main church "Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda" built in 1806 for an inside guided visit. Continuing the tour passing by the “Princess’ House” before arriving at the "State Park”, to visit t hydroelectric Power Station Museum to learn all about the old electric system in the island. After the tour you will be able to enjoy approximately one and a half hour for swimming and relax in one the most famous Beach in the island “Curral Beach”. Remarks: Limited seats. The excursion will not be cancelled due to weather condition (rain). Due to the protect ecosystem environment in the island and many clean and running water from waterfalls, it is common in the island a small insect called “Borrachudo”. Repellents are available at the local stores. This excursion is not advisable for guests with any type of insect allergy. The length of free time at the beach will be approximately 1,5 hours. At the beach major credit cards are accepted.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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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.