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There are various options of boat trips. Paranagua Bay is huge, beautiful and full of places worth discovering. The island is situated at the entrance of the bay which makes it easy to access to other islands, beaches and places of interest. Among more interesting trips are:
- Gruta das Encantadas is situated at the southern part of the island. According to the legend, it was a shelter of mermaids who enchanted sailors and they were never seen again. Visitor has to make a request which will be attended by the spirit of mermaids.
- Ilha das Palmas is located in front of Farol das Conchas. You find a real natural paradise here. The island is totally deserted and doesn't have any infrastructure. It's an ideal place to spend the whole day for enjoy the beach and the luxuriant forest.
- Ilha das Pecas - a beautiful trip; in Baia dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dolphins) these magnificent mammals can be easily observed.
- Parque Nacional de Superagui is considered one of the five most notable coastal ecosystems in the globe. It is a marine park formed by Ilha de Superagui and some other islands. It is well known for its mangroves and salt water swamps. Flora and fauna here is amazing and animals exist in harmony in the environment of Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Rainforest). The island has several footpaths and deserted beaches with access from the fishermen's village Vila do Superagui.
Boats leave from the port of Nova Brasilia and Encantadas. Prices are negotiable but still not very cheap.
Updated Mar 29, 2008
The south-west flat lands
The southern lobe is not inhabitated. You may walk around it in a few hours, while it is forbidden to enter the forest as it is kept as a conservation area.
The north-east hills
The northern part is hilly, with lovely paths among the beaches and the small villages. All in all, you may walk around the whole island in the same day, but the landscape is variated and really lovely. If you come from Curitiba, the island provides an unsuspected relaxing spot not so far away from the city.
Written Feb 25, 2003