A vast range of outdoor activities available on the island are coordinated by the tour agency ViaFloripa (tel. 048/3224-4668; www.viafloripa.com). They include horseback rides on Moçambique beach (R$55 for 2 hr.); parapenting at Praia Mole (R$180, 20 min.); bird-watching tours (R$270, 5 hr.); canoe trips on the ocean or Lagoa de Peri (R$140, 3 hr.); sandboarding (R$85, 2 hr.); snorkeling on Ingleses beach (R$60, 1 hr.); surf lessons (R$75, 1 1/2 hr.); rappelling (R$90, 3 hr.); mountain biking (R$85-R$225, 3-5 hr.); ATV touring (R$180, 1 hr.). All tours include a licensed guide or instructor.

Scuba Diving

Florianópolis is not a diver's paradise, but if you want to check out the waters, Parcel (tel. 048/3284-5564; www.parcel.com.br) offers a number of dive tours depending on the weather and group size. One regular trip heads out to the biological reserve of Arvoredo. A 4-hour tour, including two dives and equipment, costs R$150.

Kite Surfing/Windsurfing

The prime kite-surf and windsurf spot in Florianópolis is the Lagoa da Conceição. Experienced surfers can rent gear from Open Winds (tel. 048/3232-5004; www.openwinds.com.br) starting at R$45 per hour. For beginner kite surfers, a course of six 90-minute lessons costs R$1,200. The lessons can be spread over several days.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.