A nice boat tour I took on Ilha Grande was called the Meia Volta (BRA$80), a tour of half the island. It took me to a few of the beaches and coves on the bay side of the island to the north. These beaches had calm waters and were suitable for swimming and snorkeling. We stopped for about 30-40 minutes at each spot.
At about 10:30am, I joined a group and took a speed boat from Vila do Abraão. Our first stop was Lagoa Azul, about 45 minutes away. We had a chance to jump off the boat and take a quick swim.
Next was Parcel do Aripeba. I enjoyed this stop. It’s a cove with a tiny beach and a very short trail for some nice views.
We continued to Lagoa Verde. This was the best place for snorkeling. There were lots of fish in the water and it was very calm. At this spot, we ordered lunch. The tour guide phoned our orders into the restaurant at the next stop.
We had about an hour for lunch at Japariz. My fish lunch was ready on arrival which was nice, but it was overpriced and wasn’t the best quality. After we ate, there was time to walk along the beach. It wasn’t a good place to swim because there were lots of fishermen.
Saco do Céu, a large inlet, was the next stop. Nobody swam here. The boat just did a short loop through it. We saw a few stand-up paddle boards and some yachts.
The final stop was a relaxing beach, Praia da Feiticeira. It had calm waves and soft powdery sand.
The tour was great, but the weather was cloudy and took away from the experience. A light rain fell a few times. I also didn’t like the giant oil rigs off shore taking away from the scenery, but there’s nothing I could do about that.