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Gruta das Encantadas, Paranagua

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Gruta das Encantadas, a cave located at the southern end of Ilha do Mel, is the subject of many local myths and legends. It is said that ages ago mermaids became stranded inside this cave, and unable to leave due to rough seas, spent years enchanting travelers with their sad songs. Hence, this "Enchanted Cave" is located on the "Enchanted Beach." Today, a wooden walkway leads through the large main opening to the first chamber of the cavern. This entrance is most easily accessible during low tide, so time your visit for early morning hours. Hire a local guide to take you there, and be sure to bring your camera and lots of insect repellent. To visit Gruta das Encantadas on your trip to Paranagua, use our Paranagua itinerary builder.
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  • The beauty of the beach, the mood of the place, the ways to reach the cave ... all very beautiful and lush. Really charming!
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  • Worth it for the view and experience. The beach and the cave itself ensure great photos. One of the only places with easy access on the island.
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  • Very nice location within the honey Island. Well worth the trail that goes up to the cave. We intend to return in the summer
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  • This place is amazing. Used to come here when I was a kid and it just blows your mind. The whole island is beautiful, something you will never forget.
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  • Great place to see the sea, best time to visit is at low tide because it is possible to access the cave.
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  • Very pretty. Floods with the tide, but it is possible to enter in it with the low tide. Formed by the wear of water itself.
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