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This is an easy paddle for beginners with challenging options for the more confident. Spend a little time paddling under and around the pontão (jetty) while you get the hang of your new kayak, then when you’re ready its off to the Fortaleza de São Sebastião. This massive 16th Century Portuguese fortress dominates the northern end of the island and from the water it looks even more formidable: cannons loom above you pointing out to sea over the towering battlements and jagged rocks prevent any approach.

At the very tip of the island is the tiny Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte (said to be the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere) and further still, poking out of the sea are the remains of the old lighthouse, which if conditions permit, we will circle around before making our way back to the finish at the pontão.