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Long Island (Ilha Comprida)
Long Island (Ilha Comprida)

Long Island (Ilha Comprida)

Ilha Comprida, Rio de Janeiro

The basics

The clear waters of Long Island attract snorkelers, scuba divers, and sport fishers from around Brazil and the globe. Schooner cruises of Paraty Bay typically include several stops for snorkeling at some of the bay’s 1,000-plus offshore islands, and Long Island is almost always one of them. While most visitors stick to the water, there’s plenty to do on land as well; the island is known for its myriad fruit trees—it’s possible to pick oranges, lemons, mangos, bananas, passion fruit, and avocados when they’re in season.

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Things to know before you go

  • Most cruises to Long Island include snorkel equipment and roundtrip transportation from most Paraty hotels.
  • Consider bringing (or renting) an underwater camera, as the high visibility conditions make for excellent photo ops.
  • Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit, towel, sun protection, and a change of clothes.
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How to get there

Getting to Long Island involves a 40-minute boat ride from the city pier in Paraty (within walking distance of the historic city center). Visitors can negotiate this independently, or join a cruise or guided excursion.

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When to get there

Ilha Comprida has a community calendar filled with events, like the Island Summer Culture Festival, Week of the Elderly, and religious feasts, which means there’s almost always something to celebrate.

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Best Islands in Paraty Bay

Paraty Bay has more than 1,000 islands, and there’s an island for just about every type of traveler. Ilha Deserta, true to its name, caters to those seeking peace and quiet with its remote location and excellent snorkeling opportunities. Ilha do Mantimento is one of the closest islands to Paraty, and it’s known for its rare golden lion tamarind. Among the largest islands is Ilha Grande, a vast nature reserve with plenty of accommodation options for overnight visits.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Long Island (Ilha Comprida)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Paraty?
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