Enterprise Mini-cruise to Ilha Grande and Paraty
Enjoy a small ship 3 night cruise to Paraty & Ilha Grande — special destinations included by UNESCO in the cultural and biodiversity list of mixed world heritage for their natural and cultural characteristics.
Paraty offers one of the greatest tourist experiences with a unique combination of attractions. Paradisiacal islands, untouched beaches, mountains with waterfalls and all the charm of the colonial architecture of the Historic Center.
Ilha Grande is a magical place, full of natural beauties. An archipelago located on the southern coast of Rio de Janeiro, with more than 100 beaches of blue-green waters, Atlantic Forest vegetation, trails full of adventures, wild animals, tropical climate all year round, a very charming city and welcoming people.
The Enterprise is a 75 foot catamaran, built especially to provide you with comfort and unforgettable moments in a region surrounded by Atlantic Forest and paradisiacal islands. With an experienced crew and extensive living area, 8 double or triple suites, restaurant and kitchen, all individually air-conditioned environments, outdoor area consisting of a charming balcony, panoramic solarium with sun loungers and a diving square efficient to accommodate diving structure, the Enterprise is the right option for a tour that provide moments of relaxation, immersion in vibrant nature, fun, with Paraty region specialties and comfort
MAIN DECK: 8 suites (double bed or 2 single + 1 bed on top that we recommend for children), air conditioning and bathroom complete with shower, sink and toilet. Dive plaza with 2 seats accommodating up to 50 cylinders, 2 diving stairs, sun and rain protection, 450lts/min Silent L&W compressor and tanks and tables for photographic material.
SECOND DECK: Industrial kitchen, self-service air-conditioned area, lounge/restaurant with 4 tables and 20 seats with air conditioning, DVD/ LCD TV 52, ambient sound and covered balcony.
COMMAND: autopilot, radar, 2 plotters with GPS and probe, 2 video monitoring systems, alarm system and VHF SOLARIUM: ample panoramic space, sun loungers and indoor area, 2 kayaks and 1 stand up paddle and 2 life rafts (capacity for a total of 50 people).
ADDITIONAL DATA: 2 MWM - WEG 40KVA three-phase generators, 2 suites in air-conditioned floats for crew (6 staff) and 1 inflatable support boat with 2 outboard motors. The vessel is equipped with dan (Divers Alert Network) dual oxygen kit and first aid equipment.
THE MINI-CRUISE INCLUDES: 03(three) nights on board the Enterprise Catamaran in private cabin, private bathroom with hot water inside the cabin, individual air conditioner. 3(three) breakfasts, 3 (three) lunches and 2 (two) dinners; Non-alcoholic drinks during meals: water, juices, soda, coffee and tea; Snacks throughout the day available aboard. 1 staff of the boat speaks basic English
THE MINICRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Alcoholic beverages; Beverages not listed on the schedule; Dinner on the boarding night (Thursday) and dinner on the disembarking day (Sunday); Ground and/or air transport; Extra expenses of any kind; Tips. English or any foreign language speaking specialized guide
NOT ALLOWED ON BOARD: Pets; Usage of hair dryer or similar; Oil-based sunscreen; Loud sound in all areas of the ship that will provide ambient sound; It is not authorized to drink any beverage on board that was not purchased on the boat itself. In case of desire to consume any specific drink, ask in advance to check availability of it, or inform in advance how many bottles and what kind of drink you want to take to the boat with a fee application.
SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM: Stand up paddles available to use during navigation intervals (limited quantity); Snorkeling at Meros Beach (Big Island/Ilha Grande); Walk in Vila do Abraão and Preta Beach (Big Island/Ilha Grande); Navigation to Cotia Island with stop on the beach and trails in the Atlantic Forest.
Optional: Discovery Dive with complete equipment With cylinders for Scuba Diving to experience the underwater beauties. Advance booking is required to include equipment and Instructors in the schedule. 2020: USD 375.00 per person (minimum age 10 years old) 2021: USD 439.00 per person (minimum age 10 years old)
We can add on: transfers from and to Rio or Sao Paulo, hotel nights in Paraty, day tours in Paraty, transfers to and from the marina.
Price per person in US$:
2020 departures: ask for discounted rate
2021 departures: $1413 in double, $1274 in triple, $2319 in single, $716 for child 6-12 (1 child in the cabin with 2 adults)
2020-2021 Start Dates: Dec. 3 (sold out), Dec. 17, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 11, March 25, April 1, April 15, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15
BOOKING CONDITIONS: Up to 30 days before departure by e-mail; Payment of 20% at the time of booking; For requests submitted less than 30 days before departure subject to change and availability; Pre-programmed dates in calendar 2020/2021. The trip will be confirmed with a minimum number of 10 passengers or charter/day fare; Each client must complete, sign and send 10-days in advance the term of commitment and complete the personal data form informing any allergies and food restrictions.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of cancellation, refund will be granted under the following conditions:
Cancellation before 30 days from the cruise departure: refund of 90% of the total amount;
Cancellation between 30 and 15 days before cruise departure: refund of 50% of the total amount;
Cancellation between 15 and 08 days before cruise departure: refund of 20% of the total amount;
Cancellation within 07 days or less before cruise departure: no refund;
Passenger already on board who gives up the cruise: no refund;
In the event of a re-assignment of dates by the Enterprise, an alternative date for the mini-cruise will be offered at no additional cost to the final passenger; If the final passenger does not accept the alternative date, full reimbursement will be applied, duly deducting administrative expenses.
Important Notes: The entire schedule depends on the conditions of the sea and the profile of the group and any and all changes in the route is at the discretion of the crew. The itinerary may be cancelled or changed depending on weather conditions, safety, profile or passenger interest, always at the discretion of our crew
If guests are leaving Rio or São Paulo on the same day of Embarkation:
We can provide a car assistance and transfers (upon extra cost ) for guests to visit the city or go to have dinner on this first night in Paraty city.
If guests decide to stay in Paraty city for a few nights before embarking on the Enterprise Mini cruise
from 8pm onwards at Marina do Engenho, Paraty. Accommodation in the cabins and overnight on board. Meals: not included. Optional dinner (check schedule and availability).
***Check-in is available from 14:00 to leave luggage and enjoy Paraty. There will be no food and beverage service on the boat, and no activities. The Enterprise will start operation from 8pm.
FRIDAY: PARATY BAY & ILHA GRANDE
Departure from Marina do Engenho by about 3am and navigate to Ilha Grande (from 6am to 9am approximately). Breakfast on board and general presentation of the crew and ship. Disembark at Meros´beach in Ilha Grande and morning free for water activities. ***Masks available for snorkeling, long buoys, 2 kayaks and 1 stand-up paddle available on the boat.
Optional ( not included in the rate): Discovery dive accompanied by instructor. Book in advance if you want to add this experience,
Lunch on board and navigation towards Vila do Abraão in Ilha Grande.
Arrival, disembark and walk through Abraão Village until Preta Beach. Free time for sea bathing, beach walking and water activities.
The Preta Beach offers shadow under trees and in it waters a river that forms a small lake of fresh and cold water, excellent for a refreshing and relaxing sea bath. The ruins of a huge complex of pavilions that dated from 1886 to 1913 , that used to be a hotel for quarantine of immigrants (called Lazareto), are located in the central part of Preta Beach. This site was chosen by DOM PEDRO II and, in 1939, it was used by the Marine Corps and from 1940 to 1954 worked as a prison for ordinary prisoners of which remains only a large wall of stones that rises from the sand of the beach, covered with vegetation under a concrete slab, under which are some prison cells. Some other insulated walls can be seen inside the nearby forest. Departure from Preta Beach and navigation towards Palmas bay in Ilha Grande. Dinner on board overnight in Palmas.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
SATURDAY: ILHA GRANDE (Big Island) & COTIA ISLAND
Breakfast on board and departure towards Lopes Mendes, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Arrival in Lopes Mendes, disembark at the beach and departure for a walk lasting 40 minutes or 1h20 on a flatter alternative path. Lopes Mendes, the most famous beach on the island, is located on the ocean coast, facing the south, with approximately 3 km of white sand, very fine and firm. The sea of Lopes Mendes always seems hectic, conducive to surfing, so it is the beach where this sport is the most practiced. The transparency of the water is impressive, as well as its variation of shades. Lopes Mendes was once very inhabited by the local community, when the Penal Colony of Dois Rios lived its peak, but today it is an almost desert beach with a lot of natural shade of almond trees that are on its edge.
After enjoying Lopes Mendes Beach, board the Enterprise and we will sail towards The Bay of Araçatiba for lunch. Lunch and on board and some time to rest.
We now set off in the direction of Cotia Island, in Paraty, to enjoy a beautiful beach and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. The charming Island of Cotia is a paradise of clear and calm waters. Definitely one of the most beautiful in Paraty, it's sand is an invitation to rest, such as the cherry trees that occupy the seaside. The route between Praia de Fora and Praia de Dentro is only 30 metres away. An invitation to leisure and encounter with nature! Dinner on board Enterprise and overnight at Cotia Bay.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Departure from Cotia Bay and navigate to Saco do Mamanguá. Breakfast on board overlooking the Mamanguá Sugar Loaf peak.
The Saco do Mamanguá is a unique landscape in Brazil! It is a fjord, that is, a large sea entrance surrounded by high rocky mountains. The green color sea is 8 km long, forming 33 small beaches, interconnected by rocky shores, five small mountain blocks and two islands, hiding waterfalls and housing several species of marine animals. The hills and mountains that surround the Mamanguá are occupied by the Atlantic Tropical Forest at different stages of development and by small areas of crop near the Caiçara community.
The small rivers that form there flow directly over the beaches or on the small plains of the bottom, determining the formation of flooded areas and a well maintained mangrove system. These mangroves are associated with areas of intense accumulation of mud and sand. This coast line environment belongs to the Atlantic forest domain and consists of the integration of different forest ecosystems, the mangrove and the tropical. It is a type of place that, when visiting, one has the feeling that time should stop and that everything should remain exactly the same, preserving its unique beauty.
Optional: kayak tour discovering the mangroves, entering the Ariró River with walk to the well of crystal clear waters.
***The kayak path can be shorter depending on the preference of the participants or physical conditions. Total duration: 4 hours. difficulty level. Lunch on board and free time on the boat. Optional: Lunch and activity with the local community with craft painting workshop of crate (boats). The crate, also called caxeta, pau-caixeta, pau-paraíba, pau-de-cedave among other names, is a species of Brazilian tree typical of the floodplains of the Atlantic Forest, and can reach up to 20 meters high. The local artisans produce paraty's famous crate boats. The production process will bring a memory to life.
Navigation and arrival in the late afternoon at Marina do Engenho in Paraty at about 4pm. End of the mini-cruise.
Meals: breakfast and lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is wifi available on board? No.
Mobile phone signal works everywhere? Most of the time yes. Signal absent a few moments during the Paraty/Ilha Grande crossings and within the Mamanguá/Paraty Mirim Bay.
What payment methods are available on board? Extras can be settled at the end of the trip, in cash or credit card and /or debit. Are the Beach floats and snorkel available? Yes.
Are there bed linen, bath, soap, shampoo available in cabins? They offer for your convenience bed linen, towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner. THey recommend that you bring your personal products of preferential use, mainly to enjoy the sun and sea environment.
What should I bring? Beachwear, sunscreen, repellent, cap, sunglasses, slippers to circulate inside the ship.
What documents should I bring? Prior to boarding, up to 10 days in advance send a form with personal data and dietary restrictions On boarding, only personal identification documents of all passengers, including children.
How is the meal plan? Food all prepared on board by the team. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruit and snacks between meals. Dietary restrictions must be specified on the personal identification form delivered up to 10 days prior to the trip.
May I smoke on board? If smoking is absolutely necessary, the crew informs the open place where you can smoke, and at specific times depending during the operation of the boat. The ship has an external area determined for smokers.
Should I bring any medicine? Yes , please bring all your personal medications.