Cabras Island, Ilhabela

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A little gem of a getaway, Cabras Island is a snorkeler’s dream. You can rent gear on the island and the staff aren’t picky about where you use it, as long as it's returned intact. Reef fish populate the waters that surround the island, swimming in schools and hiding among the rocks that make up the island’s foundation. Arrive in the morning to miss the crowds, then you can enjoy the beaches and greenery in peace. Rent a kayak and paddle your way around the island to get a view of the coast before heading inland for a snack. Make Cabras Island a part of your Ilhabela vacation plans using our Ilhabela trip itinerary tool .
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  • October 3, 2017
    Dive and made the boat ride was awesome, the restaurant is also great, very good and inexpensive food.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Little rim. Free parking. Beach clean. Water well, but almost no crowded waves. Nice, but no big deal.
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  • October 3, 2017
    We've been practicing snorkeling this weekend with Colonial Diver on the island of goats. Very disappointing. Visibility practically nil. Staff ID. We swim and for lack of time we try for snorkeling: you won't. There are far better ways to enjoy time in the beautiful Ilhabela.
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Where to stay in Ilhabela

With much of the island protected against overdevelopment, all but a handful of accommodations are found on the western coast of Ilhabela. There, upscale hotels with plenty of private grounds lie to the north or south of the main town. Look in the town itself for the main budget-friendly options, with characterful pousadas (guesthouses) the most popular option. The island can be pretty busy during peak seasons (especially summer, December to March), so booking ahead is essential. With the mainland so close, you can easily hop on the ferry back to Sao Sebastiao to sleep.
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