Ilhabela, Brazil Luxury Cruises

The stunning Brazilian archipelago and municipality of Ihlabela is situated on the northern coast of Sao Paulo. This secluded paradise is famous for its lush Atlantic forests, dramatic mountains and pristine beaches, which make up the regions astonishingly beautiful and vast natural landscape. In 1977, most of the archipelago was affirmed as a state park and a named as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve due to its environmental and ecological significance. The islands, which cover an area of around 130 square miles, were originally inhabited by a tribe known as the Tupinambas, until the archipelago was colonised by the Portuguese in the early 14th century. Nowadays, this tranquil paradise attracts many visitors from across the world, drawn by its incredible scenery and pristine golden beaches complimented by the region's warm tropical climate.

Sightseeing in Ihlabela

Ihlabela is perhaps most well-known for its many exquisite beaches and superb hiking trails which lead the enchanting Atlantic rainforests that cover most of the archipelago.


There are a total of 41 different beaches on the main island of Ihlabela, each offering a tranquil haven on which tourists can relax in the sun or play in the clear ocean waters. One of the area's most popular and pristine beaches is named Bonete beach and is often referred to as amongst the best beaches in all of Brazil. The waterfront is lined with towering and majestic trees and has an impressive width of around 600 metre, making it one of the region's largest coastal areas. Out of the many beaches found across the archipelago, some of the most remarkable and striking include Corral Beach, Santa Teresa Beach, Beach Jabalpur, Beach Eustaqulo and Castelhanos Beach.

Tracks and trails

A number of tracks and trail through the forests, along the mountains and across the verdant scenery of the archipelago offer visitors the perfect place to go hiking and discover the regions exceptional natural landscape. Whilst a plethora of trails across the islands are available, some of the most popular and spectacular include the Waterfall Trail of Stone, the Waterfall Trail of Three Tumbles, the Trail Peak San Sebastian, the Trail of White Water and the Trail Peak Baepi. A selection of trails can also be found on or near to the many beaches situated along the coastline.

Village and settlements

Despite the region's secluded ambience, several local villages and communities are located throughout the archipelago. Visiting these various settlements is a great way to learn more about the island's fascinating local culture.

Shopping in Ihlabela

Most of the archipelago's souvenir shops and grocery stores are located within the settlement of Rua do Meio, where tourists will find a collection of tourist-centric gift shops selling a range of mementos and general amenities.

Eating Out in Ihlabela

Ihlabela offers visitors a fantastic range of culinary options, the majority of which are situated in the more built-up areas of the archipelago. Seafood is the island's most popular local dish, but guests will also find an abundance of international cuisine alongside pasta and meat meals served in excellent local restaurants and eateries. 

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1 Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
30 November 2019 - 8 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Ilhabela | Santos | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£2279pp
Cruise Only£1279pp
2 New Year's Eve In Rio Voyage
21 December 2019 - 15 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Montevideo | Santos | Ilhabela | Parati | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Copacabana Beach | Copacabana Beach | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£4719pp
Cruise Only£2849pp
3 South America
16 February 2020 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Santos | Ilhabela | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£6429pp
Cruise Only£5539pp
4 Carnival In Rio
19 February 2020 - 12 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Ilhabela | Santos | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£3049pp
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5 Amazon & Caribbean Sunsets
15 March 2020 - 36 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Buzio | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus | Manaus | Boca Dos Botos | Parintins | Santarem | Guajara, Barzil | Devils Island | Bridgetown | Fort De France | Basseterre | Jost Van Dyke Bay | San Juan | Miami more

Fly Cruise£10699pp
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6 Brazil & The Amazon
15 March 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Buzio | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus more

Fly Cruise£6699pp
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7 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Ilhabela | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador De Bahia | Cape Verde Islands | Cape Verde Islands | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£9969pp
8 Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
14 February 2021 - 10 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Itajai, Brazil | Ilhabela | Paraty | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro more

Fly Cruise£4769pp
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9 Explorations In Brazil & Argentina
27 October 2021 - 10 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Ilhabela | Paraty | Sao Francisco Do Sul | Punta Del Este | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires more

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