There are many different tours and activities available in Bonito. Tour prices are fixed, and do not include transport.
Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave).
This is the most famous tour in Bonito and is a really beautiful place. The tour lasts about an hour and half, during which time you go down into the cave, stopping several times to look at the rock formations, before reaching the lake at the bottom. The tour is only open in the mornings due to poor light conditions later in the day.
Cost - low season 50 reais, high season 65 reais.
Grutas de São Miguel (Saint Miguel Caves).
These caves are 2km away from the Gruta do Lago Azul. They also have very interesting rock formations, as well as some interesting wildlife which you might see - owls and bats. The tour lasts about an hour and a half as well. It is possible to do both cave tours in the same morning.
Cost - 50 reais.
This is a real adventure, and is an amazing and unique tour. The tour starts with a 72m rapel, going down into the cave. There is a lake at the bottom, which is about 80m deep and has very clear water. You can either snorkel or scuba dive in the lake, and then you have to climb back up - 72m - to get out of the cave. The tour lasts about 4 hours in total. It is necessary to do some rapel training for this tour, which you would do the evening before. In order to scuba dive you must have at least the Open Water Scuba Diver certificate. Please note that there are only 18 places for this tour each day, so it is advisable to book the tour in advance when possible.
Cost - Snorkelling - 910 reais.
Scuba Diving - 1270 reais.
Snorkelling tours. Snorkelling is the main attraction in Bonito due to the crystal clear waters and large numbers of fish that can be found in the rivers nearby. There are several different options for snorkelling. Our personal favourites are the following three:
Rio da Prata (Silver River).
This is considered to be the best snorkelling tour as it has the most variety of fish and the most interesting route along the river. The tour starts with a walk in the forest for about 45 minutes, to get to the start of the river, and then you snorkel down the river for about 2,200m. The tour lasts about 3 hours in total. Please note there are only 150 places for this tour each day, and as it is the most popular tour in Bonito it can become fully booked, so it is advisable to book in advance when possible.
Cost - low season 170 reais, high season 210 reais. Lunch included.
If you do the Rio da Prata tour there is also the option of visiting the Buraco das Araras (Macaw´s hole), which is nearby. This is a big sinkhole, which has a large population of macaws and other birds, and is a really beautiful place to go to spend an hour or so birdwatching!
Cost - 65 reais.
Barra do Sucuri.
The Rio Sucuri has the clearest water in the region, and this is a very good tour, which is also one of the cheapest. This tour starts with rowing a boat up the river, which gives you an excellent chance to admire the surrounding forest, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some monkeys or toucans. You then snorkel back down the river for about 1,400m. The tour lasts about 2 to 2.5 hours in total.
Cost - low season 125 reais, high season 145 reais.
Aquario Natural (also known as the Reserva Ecologica Baia Bonita).
Starting with a short walk of about 15 minutes, then snorkelling for 900m, this tour lasts about 2 to 2.5 hours. The reception area here is also a nice place to spend some extra time, it has a swimming pool, restaurant and a small museum and research centre.
Cost - low season 187 reais, high season 231 reais.
Waterfall tours. There are also several different options for visiting waterfalls, but our two favourites are:
Boca da Onça Ecotour.
The Boca da Onça waterfall is the highest in the state, at 156m. The tour consists of a 4km trail, which passes 11 waterfalls in total, and has various stops in places where you can swim under the waterfalls. This is a full day tour and includes a buffet lunch.
It is also possible to do rapelling from a platform which is 90m high (the highest in Brazil), and gives some lovely views of the Canyon do Rio Salobra.
Cost - low season 202 reais, high season 238 reais.
Cost with Rapel - low season 430 reais, high season 499 reais.
Parque das Cachoeiras (Waterfall Park).
This tour is a 1700m trail which passes 7 waterfalls, including several stops for swimming and exploring the waterfalls. The trail lasts about 3 hours.
Cost - low season 115 reais, high season 136 reais. Optional lunch - 40 reais.
There are 6 balnearios near Bonito. Balneários are areas of a river where there is a certain amount of infrastructure, and they are beautiful places to spend a day, or maybe just a few hours, swimming, watching the fish and relaxing. Reservations are not required to visit the balnearios. The two most popular balnearios are:
Balneário Municipal. Cost 30 reais. Distance 7km.
Balneário do Sol. Cost 50 reais. Distance 11km.
There are also several other tours available in and around Bonito including rafting, tubing, bike tours, quad bike tours, canopy adventure tours, horseriding and scuba diving. For more information about these tours please contact us directly.