The much attended Yacht
Club de Ilhabela promotes every year in June the Sailing Week of Ilhabela. More than one hundred
offshore yachts compete in four regattas. Sun tanned crews, beautiful girls and healthy children crowd the town
filling the streets with pride and joy. For so many lovers of the sea, a dinamic infrastructure is present and
able to attend the servicing needs of the sailboat fleet, promoting tours for those who don't have their own
boats. Not a few hotels have schooners, offshorer cruisers or sailboats for the visitors to participate in the
Starting with angling the local version of small
barracudas (espadas) at the downtown pier, going over to bluewater fishing with sophisticated sportfisherman
yachts or catching groupers in the traditional line and hook way of the local caiçaras and their boats, lots
of fish are catched in Ilhabela. The search for long nosed fishes in bluewater angling, such as the blue
marlin, the great star of this sport, that can top up to one thousand pounds, attracts sportsmen from far away
places. Since the marlins are a relatively rare form of species, during the competitions these brave fighters
are marked and returned to the sea. Uncontrolled fishing is a menace to this species.
The Ilha das Cabras
isle, the nearest island to the center of Ilhabela is located at the margin of the channel and only two
kilometers south of the ferryboat's pier. Protected by municipal law as an ecologic sanctuary the bottom of the
sea around the island is well suited for diving, with good visibility and easy access. One can get there by
swimming only fifty meters from the Praia das Pedras Miúdas Beach. The statue of Neptun hidden under seven
meters of water at the south point of the island, is the underwater meeting point for diving enthusiasts.
Trilha da Água Branca (Whitewater Trail) - The only trail with an infrastructure made by the State Park
of Ilhabela. Along its path the State Park of Ilhabela installed trash bins, identification plaques of trees
and resting areas with stools and tables. Easy to be walked it can be completed in about one hour and forty
minutes. The tourist will find attractions like two beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. The access is done
by the Castelhanos road at kilometer seven.
Trilha da Cachoeira Grande (Great Falls Trail) - This trail begins with the adventure of the trip to
the Praia dos Castelhanos beach. Arriving there, facing the sea, the trail starts
at the left side of the beach. One shall not walk the trail without a guide. The walk takes between 50 minutes
to an hour. The degree of difficulty is considered medium due to the upward slopes, but the effort is worthwile
when one arrives at the big waterfall that plunges down from a height of about 150 feet into a natural pool.
Trilha do Pico do Baepi - It takes good physical shape to endure the five-hour trip to the top of the
mountain. A guide is strongly recommended. The name means "bald headed mountain" in the Tupi
language, for there is no vegetation on its top. Its part of a group of five mountains of the Serraria range on
the northern part of the island. The top can also be reached starting from Itaquanduba or from the Engenho D'água.