Our ferry boats depart from the main pier of Abraão and travel 20 minutes across the sea to Conceição de Jacareí. You can find us by identifying our staff on the pier who will be wearing their Travessia Ilha Grande t ́shirts. We also have an agency not far from the pier on Rua Bouganville opposite the Havaianas store where you will our great staff ready to help you purchase your ferry boat ticket from Abraão on Ilha Grande to Conceição de Jacareí.
Transfers from Abraão including ferry boat tickets
Once you take our boat from Abraão to Conceição de Jacareí, the best way to get to either Rio or Paraty to take one of our transfers which include your boat and shuttle ticket.
Best Area to stay in Ilha grande
It is recommended to stay in Abraão on Ilha Grande simply because it is the principal town of the island, where you will find 90% of the hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars, and nightlife. Most of the boats from the mainland also arrive at Abraão, and because there are no cars or roads on Ilha Grande which can take you to other areas of the island, it makes sense to stay within walking distance from the main pier.
Abraão is also the location where daily boats and tours depart to visit other parts of the island, but when you are not out exploring, Abraão is the best area to stay during your visit to Ilha Grande because there is more to do, especially at night. If you want to get away from crowds there are also wonderful pousadas just outside the town which are in quiet and beautiful areas, as well as a quick boat ride to town when you need something.
How Long to Spend in Ilha Grande
Although you may feel like staying forever, even a day trip is possible to Ilha Grande from Rio de Janeiro. We would definitely say stay longer than a day trip if possible because Ilha Grande has a lot you can do, but also it is a destination where you will love just doing a lot of nothing as well. We hope to give you a realistic idea of how long is best to stay in Ilha Grande.
Itinerary for a 1 day trip to Ilha Grande
If coming from Rio, you travel 3 hours south and if you get to Conceição de Jacareí for our first boat you will get to the island around 11:30 am. Our last boat departs Ilha Grande at 17:30 pm which means you can enjoy 6 hours on the island which is enough time to go to Lopez Mendez beach which is considered one of the best beaches in Brazil, and also explore Abraão and it´s surroundings.
Itinerary for a 2 day trip to Ilha Grande
If you have 2 days and 1 night on the island then on the first day you could go to see Lopez Mendez beach and also explore Abraão and its surroundings. On the second day, you could do a boat trip and you might consider a half-day cruise to see a couple of places such as the Blue Lagoon, or even do a full day trip around the island visiting some of the more remote beaches. Remember to make sure you are back by 17:30 for the last boat departing Isla Grande.
Itinerary for a 3 day trip to Ilha Grande
If you have 3 days then the first two you can do the itinerary suggested above and then on the 3rd day do some of the popular hikes, such as to the waterfalls, the old prison, or even walk up the Pico do Papagaio for some amazing views of the whole island.
Itinerary for a 4-day trip or longer to Ilha Grande
If you are lucky enough to be staying 4 days or more on Ilha Grande, then we suggest visiting some new beaches and hiking new trails every day, or even revising some beaches just to do nothing for the day but relax in Paradise.