Combine fantastic snorkelling with the thrill of sea kayaking. Begin with a paddle under the pontão (the jetty) and out to the abandoned Arqueonautus ship, an artificial reef that attracts spectacular concentrations of fish. Continue to the Fortaleza de São Sebastião and the small Capela da Nossa Senhora de Baluarte (the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere). From here we visit the old lighthouse ruin and round the northern tip of Ilha to the contra costa where we see the local women, draped in a kaleidoscope of colourful ‘capulanas’, wading through the water to collect shellfish.
Now it’s time to paddle further out to sea and set up for snorkelling at the spectacular Ilha Gardens site. The site is huge and it continues in a north-south direction. Incredible corals spreading along the seabed or towering high, dazzling starfish, myriad colourful tropical fish, nudibranchs, and more. There is so much to see, we make sure there is plenty time for everyone to get their fill of this underwater paradise.