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Monishay wrote a review Aug 2019
Southborough, Massachusetts66 contributions12 helpful votes
In 1997 I had the opportunity to take a Paraty Boat as a newlywed and it was a spectacular experience. Twenty-two years later, I have done the same voyage and I can confidently say that this remains a must do Brazilian experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Cristina C wrote a review May 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina57 contributions11 helpful votes
one of the best ways to spend the day in Paraty, besides visiting the historic district, is saling around some wonderful islands and beaches around Paraty. There's no need to book in advance, just go to the pier around 9 or 9:30 and take your pick. If you're a small party, say 4 o 6 people I would recommend taking a smaller boat all for yourselves. Bargain a little for the price, it will usually be aprox what you would ave paid for 4 on one of the large schooners, but much better.They sail out about 10 am and they'll keep you busy sailing, swimming and sun bathing till around 4 pm. Small boats mean you can take your pick of where you want to go. If you're on a beach you don't like so much just tell the captain and he'll set sail for another place. They usually have plenty of fruit, water, ice and snorkeling gear on board. You can either take your own picnic or ask him to stop at some restaurant or bar on a beach so you can have lunch. I suggest the picnic, so you don't have to waste time waiting in one of those crowded restaurants. We did this twice, took two different boats and we loved it. The boats were Passione and Bonjour. But there are plenty others
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Date of experience: September 2014
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JaimeH601 wrote a review Feb 2015
Chapel Hill, North Carolina253 contributions66 helpful votes
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There are many options when you get to the harbor and the best thing is probably to see what you think you would like. Paraty Boat tours are well organized and they take you to all the attractions that the rest of the boats would take you to. The best thing for us was the flexibility that this group offered. They allowed some of us ( the best fit) to swim from the boat to shore at the stops instead of taking the little boat in and out. They also allowed plenty of time to look around, take pictures, etc. We also really liked the photographer, who was very friendly and made us feel at ease while he was taking everybody's pictures. We had a great time. I would highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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SeriousTraveller01 wrote a review Apr 2013
London431 contributions366 helpful votes
There are many boats (circa 30) offering excursions and whilst tour operators will try to sign you up the day before, there is no need as there is plenty of availability - just go down to the harbour in the morning and find a boat and excursion you like the look of - the main excursions leave at 10.00 and 11.00; get there early to take your pick. The boat I chose was the Estrela da Manha, a modern wooden hull boat, fibreglass top deck, two toilets, life jackets are visible so safety has been considered. The boat could have held circa 150 but probably only 30 on-board today – a perfect number. A delightful trip; stopped at 4 locations, one of which was for a basic but adequate lunch of fish with a shrimp sauce, rice, potatoes, salad. I swam three times including snorkelling amongst about a hundred fish, the boat is well equipped with a good crew of 5 or 6 who worked well together, plus an exceptional guitarist / singer who was very good. Basic cost BR35 but the total cost including lunch, drink, snorkel and mask BR96 (circa UK£32.) I enjoyed it, good value.
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Date of experience: March 2013
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rdella wrote a review Oct 2012
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom1654 contributions294 helpful votes
Insrad of taking a public clipper to the islands in and around Paraty 4 of us hired a personal boat for 200 rials for 4 hours - the same as if we had used the public boat. The trip lasdted nearly 6 hours which was a bonus and we saw turtles, lion maned monkeys, an iguana and went snorkelling. The boats all have toilets and life jackets on them and plenty of cushiopns to lay out on. Best to avpid weekends as can get crowded on the beaches you visit.
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Date of experience: October 2012
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