Be warned: Mini Sagu is not a resort, whatever its name may suggest, so don't expect to find yourself in an all-inclusive complex! It bears more of a resemblance to a charming little hotel, with just 9 rooms and a good Italian restaurant (the owners are Italian). In order to get to Ilha Grande from Mangaratiba (30 mi north of Angra dos Reis), the boat waits until there are enough passengers before departing. This means that during low season you might be stuck in the harbour all day long! On top of this, the crossing takes an hour and a half. You would be better off taking a motor schooner from Conceiçao de Jacarei in the direction of the town of Angra dos Reis. The journey from here takes just 40 minutes and there is a timetable of crossings (departures at 11:30am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm). As there are no cars on Ilha Grande, be prepared to walk on the sandy village tracks or along the paths through the tropical forest. There are some steep climbs though: the island's highest point is almost 1000m above sea level! The island has no post office, stamp shop, or cash dispenser.
You won't need a guide to find your way around because the helpful signposts and well-marked paths - not things you often find in Brazil - mean you can stroll through the jungle all alone. The island is a massive playground, with underwater diving, swimming with sea turtles, boat trips around the archipelago, hiking trips into the tropical forest, bathing in the crystal clear waters of the waterfalls and natural swimming pools... The list goes on and on. If you make it to the highest point on the island, 980m above sea level, you will have an amazing view of the bay of Angra dos Reis. Allow 3 hours for the ascent and 2 hours for the return journey. A computer with Internet access is provided free of charge, but the connection is slow. Wifi access is available throughout the establishment and is also free of charge.