Our boat from the first beach stop.
Spent a lovely 5 hours today on a schooner cruising the bay of Paraty. We left at 11am and immediately saw a large group of dolphins frolicking in the water - reckon there were about 50 of them. They played around for a while, and then disappeared. We then headed out to a small island where we snorkelled and swam in the 8m water. Lots of sergeant fish here, attracted to the boats as soon as they anchor, because they are used to being fed. The water was a bit deep to see much, but lovely and warm to swim about in. Also stopped at two secluded beaches during the trip, but there were plenty of other people as the boats seem to all follow the same route.
Naughty little monkeys at our lunch stop.
Saw some turtles at the second stop, they were swimming around and then popping their heads up for some air - quite big ones. The water didn´t look too clean at one of the beaches, so we took the little dinghy to the beach to avoid swimming in it - saw a huge blue butterfly here, but too quick for us to get a photo! At our lunch stop, we saw little monkeys and a school of long, skinny fish with pointy nose (no idea what they´re called!), they scooted around the boat the whole time we were stopped, waiting for tidbits. Had a really enjoyable day, lounging about on deck, reading, chatting to fellow travellers and generally relaxing. The trip cost R20 each, but included snorkelling equipment, coffee and fruit - you paid for lunch and drinks, but the meals were a good size and the prices no different to in town. All up, we thought it was very good value.