Rio Torch Relay Day 84: Ilhabela, An Island Off the Coast of São Paulo

On each day of the official Olympic torch relay, carrying the Olympic flame to the Olympic cauldron in Rio de Janeiro, the Rio2016 Facbeook page is posting brilliant and spectacular images from one of the world’s unique and most beautiful landscapes. Each day until August 5th, we will bring you these stunning images.

After exploring São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, on day 83, the Olympic torch went to Ilhabela on day 84, an island just off the coast of São Paulo.

Ilhabela, which is Portuguese for “beautiful island”, is both an archipelago and a city four miles off the coast of São Paulo. Though the island is called Ilhabela, it’s official name is lha de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Island). The municipality of Ilhabela is made up of three other islands and six islets.

A population of just over 32,000, during the holiday months up to 100,000 people are on the island as it is a popular tourist destination. It is a popular place for sailing, scuba diving and free diving, and has 41 beaches. Whale watching is also very popular with many different diverse types.

Check out a video and some images from day 84:

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

Rio2016/Marcos de Paula

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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