Paradise island in brazil
02.05.2013 - 05.05.2013 30 °C
We had arranged a transfer to the island of Ilhe Grande. A stunning, car free paradise with 102 beaches off the coast of Brazil. The bus that took us there was quite funny. We had a crazy little brazilian driver who first of all read the newspaper through all the Rio traffic and then spent the rest of the trip dancing and singing along to Nelly Furtado and other 10 year old songs. At the boat dock he took off his shirt and laid down for 20 minutes of sunbaking.
After our small boat chugged along across the channel to Ilhe Grande "Big Island", we checked in at our hotel and then met up with Bobby, Freya and Jason from our hostel in Rio for lunch. We sat at a table in the sand and had beautiful seafood meals. After lunch we walked along the coastal path to one of the beaches in the town bay. It was paradise. We swam and took silly pictures before heading back as the sun set.
We met up again for dinner and foolishly decided on terrible restaurant. We had the world's worst waiter, even worse than the stoner waiter at Creekbread in Whistler. He left half way through the order, forgot everything, it took over an hour and a half for the 4 identical dishes to come out, oh and it him over an hour to apologize. Thankfully Jason speaks portugese and was able to hassle and argue with them and get us a good discount.
Day two was an amazing day. We organised a boat trip around half the island, stopping in at a Green Lagoon, another little beach, a helicopter wreck, the Blue Lagoon, a stunning seafood lunch at a restaurant on another bay and then two more little beaches. To sum it up, the day involved, lots and lots of swimming and snorkelling, relaxing on the speedboat with beers, and taking many pictures. At night we run into Mandy and Hayden, an aussie couple from the hostel in Rio and had dinner with them.
Our last full day we hiked 2 hours up and through the jungle to the south side of the island to one of the best beaches in the world. It was an exhausting hike. The first section was incredibly steep and incredibly sweaty. Thankfully we were in the shade of the jungle, not the burning sun. On the way we passed two beautiful bays with their stunning beaches but we pressed on until we reached Lopez Mendes. A stunning and untouched surf beach, with no development whatsoever, once rated the 3rd most beautiful beach in the world. Our pictures do not due it justice . Christian hired a surfboard and spent the whole day pounding out on the waves while I went swimming and slept in the shade. It was very relaxing. The water was perfectly clear. Eventually after many hours we headed back to the boats at the bay and caught the boat back to town while watching the sunset.
Our last morning, we headed to the beach for a quick swim before heading out on the worst boat ever!!!! It broke down 20 minutes out of town and here we are stuck.