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SURF SCHOOL

Daily surf lessons, all year-round. Open to boys and girls in all ages. All equipment is provide for class, including the appropriated surfboard for your skill level, wetsuits and other accessories (And better, after the course you can even buy the same equipment you used for the lessons!).

 

       

      

Barra da Lagoa Beach is the best place for learning in Florianopolis island. However, depending on the group and the weather, we can always experience other beaches around the island.

During the summer (december to march), we are at Barra da Lagoa Beach every day, from 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.. Other months of the year, weather permitting, we'll be at the beach at 9:00 a.m, but it's best to contact us before to set up a time for a class (even during the winter, Florianopolis beaches are popular among surfers. The water is mild year-round and with a wetsuit, there's no reason to stop the fun).


Rafting Packages

RADICAL TRIP (Class III & IV)

    

Halfway through the trip, a calming Class II section allows paddlers time to relax and play in the clear green water. The final stretch of river begins with a sharp 4 meters drop then comes a long succession of exciting Class III - IV rapids.It is important to be always alert and listen to the guides' commands. This rafting trip can be done by beginners or experts. Along the tour it i s possible to observe typical fauna and flora of Tabuleiro State Park, the biggest environmental protected area in Santa Catarina State. Scenery is more than beautiful, leaving from Caldas da Imperatriz (hot springs place) the river runs across a valley between two mountains covered by untouched Atlantic forest.

  • Duration : 2:00 h
  • Minimum Age : 8 years old
  • Distance : 7 km
  • Departures : daily trips: 10:00/14:00/16:00
  • Include : Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Caldas da Imperatriz.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner.

FAMILY RAFTING (Class II)

     

Calming Class II section for relaxing, observing and playing in the clear green water. Along the tour it i s possible to observe typical fauna and flora of Tabuleiro State Park, the biggest environmental protected area in Santa Catarina State. Best tour for all people from 3 up to 80 years old. Beautiful scenery where it is possible to do bird watching. Begins 1 Km up river from the Caldas bridge and finishes before the 4 Meters Drop.

  • Duration : 1:00 H
  • Minimum Age : 3 years old
  • Distance : 3 km
  • Departures : daily trips: 10:00/14:00/16:00
  • Include : Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Caldas da Imperatriz.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner.

FULL MOON RAFTING (Class IV)

RAFTING NOTURNO - EXPERIÊNCIA ÚNICA

Added to the vertigo and adrenaline, the moonlight bestows on the river a mantle of unmatchable beauty and mystery. An unforgettable experience which you cannot deprive yourself of. If you try you' ll never forget!

  • Duration : 2:00 H
  • Minimum Age : 16 years old
  • Distance : 7 km
  • Departures : 21:00 H (just in full moon night and 3 night before)
  • Include : Energetic Drinks, guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Caldas da Imperatriz.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks & Dinner.

X-RADICAL TRIP (Class IV & V)

     

Rafting in longer rapids with strong, irregular currents, steeper, longer with numerous obstacles and very technical. Half way is a 18 meters rapid divided in 3 steps. Absolutely Amazing! Just for fanatics and experts. Is very important to be completely alert and well fixed inside the boat. In this trip the possibility of to fall down in to the water and run a rapid just protected by your life jacket is real and eminent. Braço do Norte River is very wild, beautiful and posses strong energies. Wild animals alike raccoons and capivaras (biggest rodent in the world) let to be seen some times. Bird Watching also is possible.

  • Duration : 3:00 H
  • Minimum Age : 18 years old
  • Distance : 8,5 km
  • Departures : daily trips: 9:00 / 15:00
  • Include : Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Santa Rosa de Lima.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner.

NORMAL TRIP (Class III)

     

Rafting in Class III rapids. Ideal for all family. Very safe but extremely exiting. Transparent clear green and warm water, sandy beaches and Atlantic forest cover turns this trip kind of special. Landscape are the canyons and walls of Encosta da Serra Geral Catarinense.

  • Duration : 3:00 H
  • Minimum Age : 8 years old
  • Distance : 7 km
  • Departures : daily trips: 9:00 / 15:00
  • Include : Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarters in Santa Rosa de Lima.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner.

VERTICAL TECHNIQUES

ABSEILING (RAPPEL), CASCADING & CANYONNING

          

In order to practice abseiling the visitor will start with a trail by the river edge until the waterfall. The visitor descends, fastened by a rope, from the top of the waterfall with 30 or 50 meters of height according visitor' s experience. For the practice of abseiling all visitors must be given instructions and information on safety rules by expert guides. There will be a guide at all times taking care of the visitor' s safety from the upper part and another guide from the base in the lower part of the waterfall as well. After the activity, the passenger will return walking for about 30 minutes until the rescue cars.

  • Duration : 2:00 H up to 4:00 H (depending on the group size)
  • Minimum Age : 12 years old (strong)
  • Departures : daily trips: 9:00 / 15:00
  • Include : Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Santa Rosa de Lima.
  • Optional : Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner.

PARAGLIDING

Tandem Flights (Double)  

      

 

Paragliding is a free flight sport. Paraglider pilots use ram-air gliders to fly quietly and unencumbered. We soar coastal ridges, mountains, and travel distances utilizing the same thermals as hawks and eagles. Paragliding offers beautiful views, challenge and excitement. And it's a whole lot of fun. If you want the fun of a flight without learning to paraglide, you can fly double (tandem) with a TDA' s partner tandem instructor. The instructor will launch, fly, and land the paraglider while you sit in front with the best views.

  • Duration : +/- 20 minutes
  • Departure Points : Praia Mole Beach (240m), Praia Brava Beach (220m) and Morro Queimado Mountain (640m//thermal fly).
  • Time to Fly : best between 10:00 up to 14:00 o'clock

TREKKINGS / WALKS

TDA offers short and long Trekkings. Prices and departures on request.

In Florianópolis :

  • Floripa North-South : 3 days walking around the most beautiful beaches of Florianópolis.
  • Floripa East-West : best beaches in just one single day // walking or biking.

In Tabuleiro State Park

Winter Time:

  • Tabuleiro's Peak : 4 hours to go and 4 hours more to come back. With 1260 meters above the sea, Tabuleiro gives the best panoramic view of the region.
  • Cambirela ` s Peak : 4 hours to go and 4 hours more to come back. A legend tells that a giant is sleeping at Cambirela`s Mountain Feet. Classic mountain walk.

Summer Time :

  • Engenho de Cachaça do Imperador : Short walk, approximately 3 hours to go and come back. Leaving from TDA head quarters the trail begins under Caldas bridge and takes the visitor across secondary Atlantic forest until get to the engenho where the locals make the most traditional drink in Brazil: Cachaça! It ` s possible to see how it is made and try a drink.
  • Cachoeira do Rio Vermelho : Short Walk, approximately 4 hours. We leave from TDA head quarters by car to get the beginning of the trail. The walk is for around 1 hour and 30 minutes and then comes the surprise: A 30 meters magic waterfall with a clear pool on the bottom.

LAGOA DO PERI - Waterfalls

Descriptive:

This tour begins with a rapid stretching session. After that it's time to go to the raft boats or kayaks and start paddling on the lake until we reach the trails that will take us to the most beautiful waterfalls of the Santa Catarina Island. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes and it`s possible to have a refreshing waterfall shower. To go back we just have to walk 40 minutes till the rescue cars.

  • Duration : 3:00 h
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Attractive: Atlantic Forest, Waterfalls, Virgin Beaches, Fauna and Flora Observe. (we can choose to have a biologist with us).
  • Departures : daily trips: 9:00 / 13:00
  • Include: raft boats or kayaks, safety equipment, specialized guides and adventure insurance.

SURF-RAFTING

      

Santa Catarina State has one of the most beautiful seashores in the world. More than that, we have really good waves for surfing. In this scenery we developed a different and funny adventure, the Surf Rafting. Surf Rafting mixes rafting and surfing, rafting emotion and sea energy. You chose the beach and we provide adrenaline, fun and safety.

  • Duration: 1:30 h
  • Attractive: Sandy Beaches , Clear Water and Surfing Experience!
  • Departures : daily trips: 9:00 / 15:00
  • Include: raft boats, safety equipment, specialized guides and adventure insurance.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Berimbau - Construction and Rhythm workshop

   

The swing, the beat, the sound. Get to know the main Capoeira rythms and take home a high quality Berimbau made by yourself.

Program::

  • Reception at Associação Cultural Ilha de Palmares.
  • Berimbau construction workshop – Learn step-by-step how to build your own Berimbau (all the necessary material is included).
  • Berimbau Rythms workshop – Learn the Berimbau sound and Capoeira`s main rythms. Samba de Roda, Angola, São Bento Pequeno, São Bento Grande.
  • Duration: 3 hours (aprox.)
  • English/German guide

 

Capoeira Palmares

   

Program:

  • Reception at Associação Cultural Ilha de Palmares.
  • Beginning of the ecological walk to Galheta Beach, on the way there, we will plant a native tree from the region.
  • Private class at the beach with 1 hour 30 minutes of duration.
  • Return to Associação Cultural Ilha de Palmares through the ecological trail.
  • Socialization with the other members of the group, and participation in a “roda de capoeira”.
  • Duration : 4 hours (aprox.)
  • English/German guide

A day at a fisherman`s life

   

Some happiness secrets can be in the simple lives a sea man . Take part in an authentic homemade fishery. Fisherman from the traditional community of Pantano do Sul will show you the Pescaria de cerco (enclosure fishery), pull and check the fishing nets as wel as gather up the fishes on board. Typical lunch is included.

Program:

  • 8:30 – Reception at Instituto Ilhas do Brasil – Introduction to the fisherman. Brief explanation about the project Estrela do Mar, the boat ride, the types of traditional fishing and the safety equipment.
  • 9:00 – Boarding on a typical fisherman boat. Inspections and explanation about the Pescaria de Cerco (enclosure fishery). Release the fish net in the water. Inspection of the nets in the bay and around the island. Collection of a fishing net that was throw in the previous evening. Departure and fish sorting. Boat ride to the proximities of Ilhas Tres Irmas and Moleques do Sul island. On the way back, inspection at the nets that were throw previously. A stop for optional swim. During the course the fisherman will share a little of his wisdom and experiences.
  • 13:00 – Arrival at the beach. Lunch included in a typical restaurant at Pantano do Sul Beach with rice, beans, salad and fish. Drinks are not included.
  • Duration : 5 hours (aprox.)
  • English/German guide
  • This activity depends on sea conditions.

Ribeirão das Ostras (Oysters farms)

This location could not be better for this touristic experience. An old rural property with architecture from XIX century in front of the sea. The property is located in Ribeirão da Ilha, region well-known by the quantity and quality of the oysters cultivated there. Learn how to prepare delicious oyster dishes from authentic Azorian recipes. Also learn a little about the first Azorians here in the island by visiting the Ecomuseum of Ribeirão da Ilha.

Program:

  • Reception at the Pousada and restaurant of the Museum, in Ribeirão da Ilha.
  • A guided visit to the oyster farmer, where we are going to understand better how the cultivation of this mollusks works.
  • After that, we will be in the kitchen to learn delicious oysters recipes. There will be four entrees (grated, steamed, natural and oil with basil oysters). And three more dishes (oyster cream, strogonoff of oysters, oysters noodle in coconut milk).
  • A guided visit to the Ecomuseum of Ribeirão da Ilha. This museum is a typical totally preserved property that shows how the first Azorean colonizers lived between 1748 / 1756. We will visited the furnished residential house, a piece of land with country house, backyard, unit of production, Cassava flours mill, plantations and much more.
  • Duration : 5 hours (aprox.)
  • English/German guide

Marine Ecology Workshop

   

 

The scenery is perfect for this ecology class outdoor. Understand better the whole local ecosystem with the biologist Alexandre Castro. Free dive near Tres Irmas Island included.

Program:

  • Reception at Instituto Ilhas do Brasil at Pantano do Sul beach.
  • Boat trip to Três Irmãs Islands. On the way there the biologist Alexandre Castro will explain the marine biodiversity of Pantano do Sul, how the islands were formed, species that live in this area and the importance of responsible tourism development to the local community.
  • Stop for free dive near Tres Irmas Islands (mask, snorkel, paddles and wetsuit included).
  • Return by boat to the beach of Pantano do Sul.
  • Duration : 3 hours (aprox.)
  • English/German guide
  • This activity depends on sea conditions.


RESERVATION  

Our trips run under reservation. To schedule your trip you just need to chose the adventure and send for us your complete name, phone number, number of people in the group, date and time. For groups (more than 10 people) we ask for a 20% reservation fee that should be made by bank deposit. Group monitors have free pass. Cancellations must be communicated at least 48 hours before the trip schedule.

Departure times :

  • Rafting Cubatão River : 10:00 & 14:00 & 16:00
  • Rafting Black Canyon Expedition : 9:00 & 13:00
  • Rafting Braço do Norte River : 9:00 & 15:00
  • Rappel & Cascading : 9:00 & 13:00
  • Free Fly : between 10:00 - 14:00
  • Trekkings: on request, depending of the itinerary.
  • Surf Rafting : on request depending of the choosed beach
  • Lagoa do Peri Waterfalls : 9:00 & 13:00

Optional Services:

  • Photographer service: CD with +/- 100 pictures in night resolution
  • Hot Springs Bath:

 

 

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