The Ilha do Mel is one of the most amazing places of the southern coast of Brazil and it’s been three years that we’ve been planning to write this post with tips for those who enjoy nature and want to camp on the island, a rustic place and with a very cool vibe.
This post was done based on experiences in two trips to the island the first in February 2013 and the second in November 2016.
On the Ilha do Mel
As commented before the island is a rustic place, not for roadsand not moving cars. The “streets” are only trails of sand and the means of transport is his own feet and the bikes. And you can also move using the TaxiBoats or the regular boat lines between Brasilia and delighted.
Don’t expect luxuries, the island is a simple and kind of bagunçadinho in some areas with camping sleeping bags.
By your importance, the Ilha do Mel is considered by UNESCO asa biosphere reserve (World Natural Heritage) and is protected by the historic, artistic and Natural Heritage of Parana.
How to get there
There are two ways to get to the Ilha do Mel, VAT fromParanaguá (PR) or from Pontal do Sul (PR).
From Paranaguá has few options of boat schedules (just one in the morning and one in the afternoon). The boat leaves from the maritime terminal and the crossing takes about 2:00 of Paranaguá to Brasilia and more 30 min Encantadas.
Now from Pontal do Sul the boats leave every 1:00 on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. The crossing to Encantadas takes about 15 minutes and up to about 30 minutes of Brasilia. However, if you are without a car and move from Paranaguá to Pontal do Sul, to save time in crossing, calculate that the bus takes 1:30 to traverse this path. Despite the distance be next line is and intermunicipal go dripping at every stop. What drive is done in about 45 minutes, the bus takes 1:30.
If you need to get the bus to take the boat, see the timetablesof Curitiba to Paranaguá in Princess of the fields or theGraceful Road (the passage lies about $30). And to check timetables from Paranguá to Pontal do Sul look on the website of the Graceful Road .
Values and schedules of Ferries
For the ferries, see values and times updated on the website of Abaline (Association of boatmen of the North coast of Paraná). There are many information on the internet and timetables outdated. The Site of Abaline is the most reliable source.
In Paranaguá the output location of the boats is a 3 minute walk from the bus station.
In Pontal do Sul the place of exit of the boats is the end point of the line.
The main communities of Ilha do Mel is Brasilia (or New),Charmed, Lighthouse, Fortaleza and Praia Grande. There are differences with respect to boundaries between Brasilia and the lighthouse, especially because the trapiche de Brasília is located in the community of the lighthouse (along the Isthmus that divides the two communities). In the map you see below how to disclose the Division of communities.
It’s just that in practice most people call the portion West of the Lighthouse (the region close to the trapiche) also. And if you search on the internet everyone talks of two main alternatives, Enchanted and hosting Brasilia, but (when people speak of Brasília, in most cases they are referring to the portion West of the Lighthouse). Yes it’s a mess, but everyone just getting along.
The first time we were on Ilha do Mel stayed in Brasilia (passing the isthmus), at Camping BillyMar and in the second we were Delighted, on Monica’s little bed-and-breakfast (Camping Costa Brava). Both Brasilia (or Lighthouse) as Charmed has hostels, restaurants, bars, ballads and handicrafts. What differentiates mainly is the distance of the attractions.
If you stay in the charmed ones main attraction, closer, is the Cave of the charmed ones and if you want to know the lighthouse or the fortress need or take the boat to Brasilia or take a long walk (which can be pretty punishing days of Sun in the summer, since the paths the beaches has no shadow).
If you already stay in Lighthouse has easy access to the Lighthouse from the shells, the Praia Grande and is much near the Fortress.
If you want to stay in a more isolated location it is possible to stay in Praia Grande, where there are almost no structure beyond some campgrounds and lodgings. But is the halfway between Brasilia and delighted.
From what we know of the Praia da Fortaleza has only one hotel and maybe some Inn, but no campsites.
Regardless of where you stay, if you have 2 or 3 days on the island it is possible to meet all main attractions.
In addition to this image above, we set down a super detailed map with the access, beaches and attractions. So don’t miss! Browse the will on a map!
Farol das Conchas
It is located on the Hill of shells the 1.6 km from the pier. To get up there it is necessary to climb a staircase of 150 steps. The lighthouse was built in 1872, by order of Dom Pedro II. The goal was to guide the navigators of the Bay of Paranaguá and until today he is running. From up there you can have a beautiful view of the island and several beaches. Is one of the must-see attractions of Ilha do Mel.
Fort Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres
The fortress was built between 1767 and 1769, by the King of Portugal Dom José. The goal was to protect Paranaguá Bay. The fortress was listed by IPHAN in 1972. Is a place of visitation is essential for those who enjoy history. And, as cool as visiting Fortress, is climbing the Hill of whales (next) and meet themaze of Cannons, which is 600 m from the fortress, with access from the inside of her.
Calculate about of 3:00 to and from Brasilia to the fortress on foot. This counting 1 hour there to visit the fortress and the maze of Cannons. If you’re already a bike this time drops to less than half.
Cave of the charmed ones
The main attraction of the village of Encantadas. And a cave dug in a rock next to the beach. It’s really big and deep. The Sea comes digging this cave due to the difference in the hardness of rocks. On site there is a dike of diabasa, less resistant rock which the Migmatite that surrounds it. In addition to the geological issue, the site is encased in spells and Enchanted legend is one of the best known of the coast of Paraná.
When you come to visit the crane stay tuned to tide. When her about much you cannot enter (or leave) the cave. Next to the Cave is a small beach of the charmed ones.
Morro do SOAP and Hill of the chapel of St. Francis of Assisi (or Morro Nhá Pina)
Are two hills that border the beach of Praia do Miguel out.Provide a beautiful view of both beaches. Are easy to climb, well marked trails, but can be slippery if you have very wet. The Chapel is whether San Francisco, but ended up turning into a chapel of all saints and devotions. The beautiful beach
Is a small (tiny) deserted Beach reached by trail from the Pier.It’s a beautiful, flat and can be walked to Bike.
Note: This trail that leads to the beach of the beautiful also leads to the corner of the Gran, in Praia Grande. Is an alternative for those who want to make the crossing of the Praia Grande to Praia do Miguel without walking on the beach sunbathing.
There was also a trail leading to the beach of the beautiful straight to Praia do Miguel, but unfortunately the trail just closing, which is a shame, because it would be a great alternative for when the tide is too high and the passage through the rocks is impossible.
Lighthouse of the charmed ones
Much simpler, smaller and less interesting, but worth a visit if you have time left. The trail that leads to the Lighthouse is short but beautiful. Nearby the lighthouse has some other “caves” minors and descending the Hill has some deserted stone which, unfortunately, prainhas are taken from Trash.
There are numerous campgrounds throughout the island, maybe more than 30 total. They are in all communities. See below some options between campsites we know (or not).
Camping Billy Ocean (Brasilia)
Site (OndeAcampar): ondeacampar.com.br/camping/camping-billy-mar/
Contact: (41) 3426-8087/(41) 9131-3251
Camping Rahiana (Lighthouse)
Contact: (41) 3426-8044/contact @ pousadacampingrhaiana
Camping Golden Dream (Lighthouse)
Site (OndeAcampar): ondeacampar.com.br/camping/camping-sonho-dourado/
Contact: (41) 3426-8013
Camping of Patrick (Lighthouse)
Contact: (41) 9-9199-8378/(41) email@example.com
Camping from the Gaucho (Charmed – the beach)
Contact: (41) 9667-4428/ paulopescadecidreira @ hotmail.with
Camping of the shark (Charmed – the beach)
Contact: (3426-41242/8 (41) firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping of the little brother (Charmed)
Contact: (41) 9-9919-3410 (whatsapp)/email@example.com
Monica’s little bed-and-breakfast/Camping Costa Brava (Charmed)
Contact: (41) 3426-9084/(41) firstname.lastname@example.org
Aloha (corner of Gran-Praia Grande)
Site (OndeAcampar): ondeacampar.com.br/camping/aloha-camping-e-pousada/
Contact: (41) 3426-8199
Labirintus (corner of Gran-Praia Grande)
Contact: (41) 3426-8015/(41) email@example.com
Pousada Verde chalets and Camping (corner of Gran-Praia Grande)
Contact: (41) 342-68147/(41) 99235-3735 (whatsapp)/firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND:
Camping quiet, away from the mess: Billy Ocean (Brasilia)
Great Camping, to keep guys: Camping golden dream (Lighthouse) or of the Gaucho (Charmed)
Camping to be isolated: Green corner (Big Beach)
Family Camping, with good service: Costa Brava (Charmed)
The Ilha do Mel is not a cheap place to travel. As well as any other island the difficulty of lojística for trade and construction is reflected directly in the prices of products and services. In many situations there you will pay more to pay for a more rustic. But the island is so go prepared to spend or if you are with money short, plan well so that you don’t have to spend there.
Campings – The campsites are in an average track $30 to 40, and can vary up or down according to demand and with the time of year. It’s a really expensive value for infrastructure that offer (which usually is very simple don’t from bathrooms and a communal kitchen).
Boats – to go from Brasília to Encantadas by regular boat lines when we were there (in nov/2016) value was R$ 15.00 the excerpt.
Food -feed on the island isn’t cheap. If you want to save the tip is to stay in a location with communal kitchen and cooking.
A meal for two people should not leave less than R $50, without drinks.
A can of soda is for $4 or 5! 600 ml beer (Heineken) is for a $15.
Some sites that I recommend in charmed ones:
Lunch Buffet: Toca da Island-Simple, good and cheap
For the evening: Shams-Cool, yummy and good music.
For lunch: Monica’s House kiosk (in front of the Seahorse) – Acai, Burger and craft beers, the best of the island.
For the afternoon snack: Pousada do Frances-coffee and delicious cakes.
Markets – Everything’s expensive markets, avoid buying the unnecessary. If you are with money short, try to take whatever you need.
Shops and handicrafts -you buy a Cover by R$35, cool refrigerator magnet for $5 or a shirt for $25. Nothing too out of the pattern of other tourist sites.
* All of these values are November 2016.
In November is the time of Horseflies and they bother you a lot, especially on the beach that leads to the fortress. The ideal in November is to use sleeve and pants (or make this bike path) to protect themselves. The horse flies bother you even at this time.
Snakes and spiders
The island has a special vegetation that is home to many snakes and spiders, so we recommend, walk on trails and stay tuned. At night, use a flashlight to move the footpaths and see where you stand.
The tides has great influence on island life and when the tide comes in some paths and access can be blocked. Depending on the Moon and Tide the path between the beach of Miguel and Praia Grande can be blocked for hours. Access to the fortress can also be hampered and cannot get into the Cave of the charmed ones if the tide is too high. If you’re interested in the subject and want to follow the table of tides, timetables, moons and much more information, access the site Board of Tides, which has information super complete and clear.
Flashlight -Light flashlight! At night the Ilha do Mel has no street lighting, just the lights of establishments and a flashlight can be extremely necessary for night shifts.
Signs- In a general way the trails and paths that lead to the attractions are well-signposted. There is no danger in getting lost.
Pharmacy -no pharmacies on the island, take everything you might need.
Money – there is no ATM in Ilha do Mel, but most accept trade card. But it is important to have cash for boat or offsets to any purchase that is not possible to make on the card.
Bicycles -bicycles for rent on the island, but not all places can be reached with them. Bicycles are an excellent option to meet the fortress or to move between the towns Brasilia, Lighthouse and Beach, but it is not possible to arrive by bike from Brasília to Encantadas.
Pousada & Camping Rhaiana
Pousada Canto Verde Chales & Camping (Ilha do Mel, Brazil …
Fabian ‘s travel website
CAMPING CANTO DA FELICIDADE
POUSADA E CAMPING DO CLODO
Ilha do Mel / Pacote CAMPING
Pousada Astral da Ilha
Fotos e Vídeos – Canto Verde Pousada
Portal ILHA DO MEL PRESERVE
Portal Praia Grande: www.portalilhadomelpraiagrande.com.br
CAMPING TIO ROMAO
ILHA DO MEL PRESERVE – Pousada e Camping da RHAIANA
Ilha do Mel
Ilha do Mel
Camping Costa Brava – MaCamp
Camping Ilha do Mel – MaCamp
Camping Ilha do Mel- São Sebastião-SP
Fotos e Vídeos – Canto verde – Chalés e Camping –
Portal ILHA DO MEL PRESERVE
Entrada para Gruta das Encantadas na Ilha do Mel …