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Guanabara Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

Marvel at the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City, on a sunset sailing tour in Guanabara Bay. Admire the beautiful sunset, and savor all-inclusive drinks and snacks aboard your boat. Enjoy a small group tour for no more than 10 people, or opt to splash out on a private tour to make your experience extra special. Set sail from Marina da Glória and pass by 3 fortresses — São José, Lage, and Santa Cruz — on your way to Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Cruise past Oscar Niemeyer's striking Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy the views in Guanabara Bay. Then, sit back and appreciate the sunset over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Delight in scenic views of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as the sun sets on the horizon. Throughout the tour, relax with drinks on board, such as the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, beer, and sparkling white wine. The tour concludes back at the marina in Glória. Hotel pickup and drop-off options are available.

Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

2. Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

Get a new perspective of Rio on a catamaran tour, on which you'll check out all the bright spots while exploring stunning Guanabara Bay. Your tour begins at Marina da Gloria, boarding a modern and well-equipped catamaran. Depart in the direction of the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the architectural icons of Porto Maravilha, Rio's port region. On the way, get a look at amazing Villegagnon Island, Santos Dumont Airport, Fiscal Island, and the Arsenal of the Navy. Continue towards Niterói, passing beautiful Rio-Niterói Bridge and the famous Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell) before heading to the MAC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Be enchanted by its unique disc shape. Before returning to Rio de Janeiro, get to know other remarkable sights that surround the shores of Guanabara Bay, such as Adão and Eva Beaches, Santa Cruz Fortress, Lage Fortress,São José Fortress, and São João Fortress. Take in views of the famous Sugarloaf, where you'll have a few minutes to take pictures of the mountain from the catamaran. Before returning to Marina da Gloria, you'll pass the old Urca Casino and Flamengo Beach.

Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

3. Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

Enjoy a 3-hour sail and see the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro from Guanabara Bay. You will meet your guide at the Marina da Gloria, downtown Rio, at the pre-arranged time and board the Kamehameha for a short introductory session to the boat’s main facilities and safety systems. You will motor out of the marina and then sail towards the protected, calm waters of the bay. Your guide will point out the sights of Rio surrounding the bay, including Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill. You will also learn a bit about local history. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at the starting point at the marina.

Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

4. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

5. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

Explore the top sights of Rio de Janeiro with a different take. Ride by speedboat and learn the story of the city as you pass by different spots. Make visits to places of your choosing like Copacabana Beach, the Cagarras Islands, and many more. Begin the tour at Urca pier by boarding your speedboat. Listen to your captain as you ride and hear a brief story about this wonderful city. Pass by all the major sights and make stops as you please. Find yourself at São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, just to name a few. See the underwater world, with diving stops made for you to enjoy even more.

Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

6. Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

Discover the beauty of Rio de Janeiro and see its spectacular sights during a cruise through the historic Guanabara Bay.  See Sugarloaf Mountain, the famous Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Mountain, home to the world-renowned Christ the Redeemer statue. During your return trip, you can choose to stop for an optional barbecue lunch, before continuing your cruise to take in the breathtaking views of the Rio de Janeiro coastline.   Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and this is the ideal way to see it.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

7. Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

Admire the beautiful beaches, coastline, and main sights on a 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-hour journey around Rio de Janeiro's coast aboard a speedboat that features coolers, a Bluetooth stereo, a barbecue, and a bathroom. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Urca, and Ilha da Laje. Stop for a swim and lunch onboard in Adão and Eva Beach on the coast of Niterói or at Vermelha Beach in Urca. Choose and bring your own food for the boat trip, and let your Portuguese-speaking sailor cook it for you on the grill while you bask in the sunshine.

From Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Tour

8. From Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Tour

Admire the beautiful beaches, coastline, and main sights on a 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-hour journey around Rio de Janeiro's coast aboard a speedboat that features coolers, a bluetooth stereo, a barbecue, and a bathroom. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Urca, and Ilha da Laje. Stop for a swim and lunch onboard in Adão and Eva Beach on the coast of Niterói or at Vermelha Beach in Urca. Choose and bring your own food for the boat trip, and let your Portuguese-speaking sailor cook it for you on the grill while you bask in the sunshine.

Boat trip to Guanabara Bay and visit to Paquetá Island

9. Boat trip to Guanabara Bay and visit to Paquetá Island

See the incredible beauty of Guanabara Bay and take in the unforgettable views of Rio de Janeiro on this boat trip. Visit Rio and Niteroi and tour a hidden gem, the peaceful island of Paquetá, where it feels like time stands still. After being picked up at your accommodation, you'll arrive by car to the central station of public transport boat to travel to the island of Paquetáy.  Here you'll spend about 4 hours on this relaxing island before finally making the return trip to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Guanabara Bay

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 224 reviews

What a great experience, though there was no sailing John and our captain provided an excellent round trip surrounded by the beauty of Rio. When we weren't nibbling on the snacks and drinks, John was able to provide a mini history breakdown which I truly appreciated. Definitely worth the experience.

This was so worth it! Probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen! There were unlimited drinks, great snacks, and music! And the DD RIO team was SO nice! We were able to jump in the water at night, which was so fun! 10/10 recommend!

Great experience! Would absolutely recommend to spend time on this tour when in Rio. We saw the sunset, the skyline, airplanes taking off right in front of us, enjoying good drinks and life.

Such an amazing experience, drinks were strong and our guide was very friendly. Met some great people will definitely be doing this again when I come back!

I highly recommend and very good choice of music that accompanies this beautiful unforgettable ride