Ilha do Papagaio at a Glance:
Updated on Dec.29, 2011
A private island turned into a vacation resort, Ilha do Papagaio (Parrot Island) boasts one of the most preserved remnants of Brazil's Atlantic Forest. It offers comfortable accommodations and several leisure activities. Between July and November, the island is a great spot for watching southern right whales (Eubalaena australis).
Ilha do Papagaio is a member of Associação Roteiros de Charme.
Ilha do Papagaio is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) away from another beautiful island: Ilha de Santa Catarina, where the greatest part of Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina State, is located.
Ilha do Papagaio belongs to the district of Palhoça, an attractive town with beautiful beaches and cultural traditions that mix Azorean, German, Italian and Brazilian Indian influences.
The fact that Ilha do Papagaio is located within the Área de Proteção Ambiental (APA) da Baleia Franca, or Brazil's Rigth Whale Environmental Protection Area, makes it one of the best places in the country to watch marine wildlife without the need to go diving.
Trekking along the trails of the preserved Atlantic rainforest (Mata Atlântica) that covers a great part of the island is another popular activity among guests.
The island's spread out accommodations and gorgeous setting, the many activities and opportunities for quiet time make it attractive to families with young children, couples on their first or twentieth honeymoon, and active adults.
Guests can choose from 21 lodges with great ocean views. Some of the lodges have a fireplace - it gets chilly at night on the Southern coast.
Your Island for a Day:
If you're on vacation in Santa Catarina, you can go for day use at Ilha do Papagaio, with lunch and some activities included.
Kayaking, snorkeling, coastal fishing and hiking are some popular activities included in the price. At an extra charge, guests can go on boat rides to the coast.
Santa Catarina State has a privileged coastline. The main attractions close to Ilha do Papagaio are Palhoça and its beaches, including Guarda do Embaú and Pedras Altas - one of Brazil's nude beaches.