Are you planning a trip to this paradise? Check out our ultimate guide to Boipeba and find the top 18 things to do in the island, how to get there while being a responsible traveler.

Located in the south of Bahia, Boipeba Island is one of those places that, in addition to being paradisiacal, have a magic that calms you down, teaches you about life and fills you completely. It is no wonder that it has become one of my favorite destinations in Brazil and in the world. In this travel guide you will find all the information you need to plan your trip: how to get to Boipeba, what things to do and extra exclusive tips. Let’s begin?

About the Island

Boipeba is a part of the Tinharé Archipelago, formed by 26 islands, which also includes destinations as: Morro do São Paulo, Garapuá and Gamboa. In one side you can see the sea and on the other one you can see the Rio do Inferno. It is the perfect destination for those who love nature, want to relax, enjoy beautiful beaches, natural pools, sandbanks and even discover a mangrove swamp.

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View of the beaches of Boipeba directly from Pousada Mangabeiras
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

The region was recognized by UNESCO for its natural heritage as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. In some specific points the landscape reminds me of the Maldives, and for those who followed our trip on Instagram, you must have noticed that even a Maldivian friend confused me and thought I was in his country 🤷🏻‍♀️.

The island is formed by the villages of Velha Boipeba, São Sebastião (Cova da Onça), Moreré, Monte Alegre and preserves much of the traditions, culture and local cuisine.

Where is Boipeba?

Boipeba Island is approximately 88 km in a straight line from Salvador, and 290 km by road. Leaving from Ilhéus, Boipeba is about 128km in a straight line and 182km by road.

How to get to Boipeba and get around the island

Although the distance from Ilhéus to Boipeba in kilometers is shorter, the closest airport to Boipeba is Salvador International Airport (SSA) due to travel time.

Access to Boipeba Island is by river, by the Rio do Inferno, or by sea, by speedboat or boat.

How to get to Boipeba by car

Cars do not enter Boipeba, so consider if it is worth, as you will need to leave it in a parking lot in the city of Valença or in the village of Graciosa and take a speedboat to the island.

If you come from Salvador, you can take the BA-001 highway and park next to the Valença Waterway Terminal. A friend recommended the Fonseca Parking, which is a 2-minute walk from the terminal and costs from R$25* to R$30* per day.

Are you coming from south Bahia? The route is also be made by highway BA-001. In this case, the Graciosa pier is closer, so you can leave your car in one of the parking lots in the region.

Are you going in a group of people or have a high budget? You can also charter a van or take a taxi from Salvador to Graciosa.

How to get to Boipeba by plane

Although it is not the cheapest alternative, you can use the taxi or air charter service from Salvador International Airport to the south of Tinharé Island. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and then it will be necessary to make a crossing of just 5 minutes to Boipeba.

Length: Approximately 30 minutes

Price per passenger: R$850* flight + R$30* boat

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How to get from Salvador to Boipeba

The most common route to go to Boipeba from Salvador involves taking a ferry, bus, speedboat and sometimes even a taxi, it’s 5-6 hours to get there. So, set a full day in your itinerary to go and another full day to return.

Don’t worry, every effort is valid to reach this paradise. If it were easy, the place wouldn’t be as preserved as it is 😉.

To make your life easier, we made the most detailed step by step you will find on the internet, let’s go?

1) Ferry from Salvador to Bom Despacho:

First, you need to head to the São Joaquim Maritime Terminal in Salvador to take the ferry to the Bom Despacho Terminal on Itaparica Island.

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Viação Cidade Sol kiosk inside the São Joaquim Terminal in Salvador
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Price per passenger: R$5.60* on weekdays and R$7.40* on weekends and holidays. If you go to Boipeba by car, the value of the ferry can cost between R$50* and R$92*.

Company: International Travessias.

LMTM tips 🦊:

1) At the São Joaquim Terminal, in the departure waiting room, go to the Viação Cidade Sol kiosk and secure your bus ticket from Bom Despacho to the Valença terminal or to the Graciosa pier. In both cities you can take a speedboat to Boipeba Island.


2) Arrive at least 40 minutes in advance to buy your ticket or even more on weekends and holidays as there is usually a line. Take the opportunity to withdraw money, buy snacks and go to the bathroom at this terminal.

2) From Bom Despacho to Valença:

To our happiness, the Maritime Terminal and the Bom Despacho Bus Station are integrated. If you followed our previous tip and already left your bus ticket purchased with Viação Cidade Sol, there will be a bus waiting for you as soon as you disembark from the ferry.

On the bus, you can choose to get off at the Valença Bus Terminal or at the Graciosa pier. If you get off at Valença station, you will need to take a taxi to the maritime terminal, and then take the speedboat. I recommend going straight to Graciosa, as the bus leaves you in front of the pier, making the journey faster and cheaper.

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Inside the Cidade Sol bus that takes you from Bom Despacho to Valença

Duration: Approximately 2:10hs to Valença + 15 min by taxi or 2:30hs to Graciosa.

Price per passenger: R$38* bus + R$25* taxi if getting off in Valença.

Company: Viação Cidade Sol.

Important! It is only possible to board the Cidade Sol bus with proof of complete vaccination (according to what is recommended for your age) against COVID-19. It can be physical or digital.

3) Boat to Boipeba:

Pay attention to the boat departure times. The last departure time from Valença to Ilha de Boipeba is at 4:00 pm and from Graciosa at 4:30 pm. In high season, they stay open until 6pm sometimes. To arrive in time to catch the 4:30 pm speedboat in Graciosa you need to take the 12 pm (noon) ferry in Salvador at the latest.

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Time schedule for the speed boat that goes from Graciosa to Boipeba
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Duration: About 1:10 hours from Valença and 40 minutes from Graciosa.

Price per passenger: R$55* (Valença), R$55* (Graciosa).

Company: Dattoli/Island Tour (Valença), Expresso Boipeba (Graciosa).

Fox tips 🦊:

– In front of the Graciosa pier, Telma’s Bar and Restaurant has a bathroom and serves delicious homemade food for R$12.

– On the way back, I recommend that you choose the route Boipeba x Valença because Cidade Sol does not offer a return trip from Graciosa, and the bus that picks you up in Graciosa and takes you to Valença offered by another company is very uncomfortable.

– You can buy your return ticket from Boipeba to Valença at one of the kiosks in front of the Boca da Barra pier in Boipeba.

How to get from Morro de São Paulo to Boipeba

Traveling from Morro de São Paulo, it is possible to make a journey to the south of the island in approximately 1 hour by 4×4 car, followed by a short boat ride to Boipeba. I was told that this stretch of car is very uncomfortable.

If you have little time and want more comfort, the round trip by boat to visit the island is an option.

Price per passenger: 4×4 R$200*, Round the island by boat R$250*.

Company: Amo Morro do Sao Paulo

How to get from Ilhéus to Boipeba

Departing from Ilhéus, you can take a bus from the Ilhéus Bus Terminal to the city of Valença and then a boat to Boipeba.

Duration: Approximately 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Value per passenger: R$54.31* on the conventional bus and R$60.08* on the conventional bus with air conditioning.

Company: Águia Branca

How to get around Boipeba Island?

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Tractor – one of the means of transport in Boipeba
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Within the island the alternatives for locomotion are:

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  • Walking (which helps to get into the rhythm of Boipeba)
  • Boat
  • Tractor
  • Quad bike

Take a small bag to make your life easier, or you can hire someone to carry your bags in a carriola as soon as you arrive at the Boca da Barra pier.

Quad bikes are the Uber of Boipeba. If you want to schedule a transfer from Velha Boipeba to Moreré or a trip to Castelhanos, for example, you can contact Romilson.

Common questions

When to go to Boipeba, Bahia?

The tropical climate makes it possible to enjoy Boipeba all year round! Between April and August is the rainy season, which can hinder some tours.

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In everyday life it is a very peaceful destination, but this can be different during holidays, vacations, and carnival. Take this in consideration when setting your travel dates. Our tip is that you visit between September and early December, or between February and March, and avoid Carnival and Easter.

How many days to stay in Boipeba?

If you plan to stay at least 5 days in Boipeba, during this period you can get to know a little of the island and get into the calm rhythm that it puts us on.
Want to see the whole island? In this case, I recommend staying 10 days.

What to do in Boipeba?

The island of Boipeba offers a lot of amazing tours and experiences, such as: beaches, kayaking in the mangrove, bioluminescent plankton, diving, speedboat or sailing, hiking, percussion lessons, whale watching, and others. Check more tips of what to do in Boipeba below.

What to do in Boipeba at night?

Don’t know what to do in Boipeba at night? If you are in Velha Boipeba, you can enjoy the Casinha Latina, the Canoa Quebrada Music Bar, chat with friends in one of the tents in the center of the village or suddenly even participate in a samba circle by Dona Janice at Quintal Abayomi. Are you in Morere? Consult the schedule of Casa Filtro and Pontal do Bainema.

Where to stay

You should identify whether you prefer to stay closer to Velha Boipeba or to Moreré beach. My suggestion is that you stay a little in each region, so you will get to know the hustle of the small village of Velha Boipeba and the tranquility and connection with nature found in Moreré.



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Pousada Mangabeiras

Where to stay in Boipeba

Have you ever thought about staying at the top of the hill, right in the middle of the native forest of a paradise island and being able to enjoy a hot tub with a beautiful view? At Pousada Mangabeiras is the places!

Getting there is an adventure in itself, leaving from Boca da Barra Beach it is necessary to take a 20-minute trail and take an elevator – with a breathtaking view – through the woods to the inn.

⚠️ If you have mobility issues, let the hotel’s staff know.

Considered by many as the best hotel in Boipeba, Mangabeiras has spacious and cozy bungalows, guest house, restaurant, games area and a swimming pool that deserves at least half a period of your attention.

I discovered Pousada Mangabeiras thanks to Roteiros de Charme, which has a list of sustainable accommodations, one of our priorities on the blog.

The care at Mangabeiras ranges from biodegradable amenities (shampoo, conditioner and soap) to water that is offered free of charge in a glass bottle, thus avoiding the use of small plastic bottles. In addition, during the construction of the accommodation, no trees had to be felled and, unlike most inns on the island, they carry out selective collection and composting. Cool right?!

Fox tips 🦊: Although they have a person to carry your luggage from the pier to the inn, we recommend that you come with few luggage, so you don’t abuse the goodwill of the employee, right?!

Boipeba’s beach

There are 9 beaches on the island: Boca da Barra, Outeiro Beach, Pedrinhas Beach, Tassimirim Beach, Cueira Beach, Moreré, Bainema Beach, Ponta dos Castelhanos and Cova da Onça.

Boca da Barra

One of the largest beaches on the island, Boca da Barra has a wide stretch of sand where you can enjoy the day sunbathing, swimming in the sea, doing stand up paddle or kayaking.

Here the river and sea meet, which can be noticed by the difference in color in the waters.

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Boca da Barra, one of Boipeba’s beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

As it is the gateway to Boipeba, it has an excellent infrastructure to receive tourists such as restaurants and kiosks, in addition to being close to the center and shops.

Outeiro Beach and Pedrinhas Beach

Between Boca da Barra and Tassimirim beaches there are two surprises, Outeiro Beach and Pedrinhas Beach.

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Pedrinhas Beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Both are very small and with calm waters, ideal for those looking for a more isolated location still close to the village.

Tassimirim Beach

A 20-minute light trail from Boca da Barra is Tassimirim Beach. Quiet and with clear waters, it is the perfect place for snorkeling.

The infrastructure is simple, but there are options for eating and drinking at the kiosks.

Cueira Beach

After Tassimirim is one of the busiest beaches in Boipeba, especially when tours from Morro de São Paulo stop here.

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Cueira Beach, Ilha de Boipeba
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

For those who want to spend the day, there are several options for where to eat and drink in Cueira Beach, including the famous tent at Guido da Lagosta and a more affordable option, Barraca da Cueira of Sr. João.

Moreré

Moreré Beach is one of the most famous beachs in Boipeba, which in addition to being beautiful, has natural pools where it is possible to observe marine life in the crystal clear waters.

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Moreré Beach, Boipeba
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Here you will find accommodation, restaurants and kiosks. It is after Cueira Beach and you can reach Moreré: walking, tractor, boat or quad bike.

The cost of the quad bike transfer from Ponto do Trator to Moreré is R$25. I took the route with Romilson, you can talk to him on instagram @romilsonoliveir96 or the number below.

Bainema Beach

Located between Moreré and Ponta dos Castelhanos, Bainema Beach is the most deserted of Boipeba, it has an almost untouched beauty but does not have any infrastructure for tourists.

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Bainema Beach – One of the most beautiful beaches in Boipeba, Bahia
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

If you are going to visit, plan to eat at one of the neighboring beaches or even bring water and snacks.

Castelhanos Beach

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Boipeba, Ponta or Castelhanos Beach is perfect for spending a day in paradise, walking on the sandbank, enjoying the natural pools and enjoying the excellent options of kiosks and restaurants.

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The beauty of Castelhanos Beach, Boipeba
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

You can reach Castelhanos by boat, quad bike or even by trail. It is a special place to camp on the beach.

Cova da Onça

Cova da Onça Beach is located in a small fishing village called São Sebastião. This beach has almost no infrastructure for tourists, but it is great to renew your energies with a swim in the sea.

It’s far from the rest of the beaches, it is possible to arrive by boat, quad bike or trail.

What to do in Boipeba

The variety of tours and attractions is such that it will be difficult to choose what to do in Boipeba. To facilitate your plans, we list here some possibilities and contacts of the agencies that make the tours:

Bioluminescence

Did you know that you can see bioluminescent plankton in Boipeba? Kayaking at sunset, entering a mangrove swamp and watch the sunset to see this natural phenomenon was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. Although I have had the opportunity to see plankton in other countries such as Vietnam, Maldives, Thailand and the United States, I had never imagined that this would be possible inside a mangrove.

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Kayak tour in Boipeba with Ecomar to see luminous plankton in the mangrove
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

As seawater enters the river, much plankton end up trapped there, making the experience of seeing the bioluminescence in the mangrove unique. I swear, I’ve never seen so many! And, to finish with a flourish, you will admire the stars as you return to the beach.

During the tour organized by the Ecomar agency, a lot of information and tips are given about the environment and the importance of preserving mangroves and nature.

Fox Tips🦊: To increase your chances of seeing plankton, schedule your trip to Boipeba during the new moon.

Duration: 3 hours

Value: R$160*

Kayaking or SUP

Are you in Velha Boipeba? How about enjoying the sunset on a stand up paddle (SUP) in the middle of the Piã River or getting into a single or double kayak in the mangrove tunnels? Ecomar provides these experiences together with a lecture on the local ecosystem.

Duration: 2 hours

Price: R$120* kayak / R$140* SUP

Are you in Morere? You can take a kayak tour with Rodrigo of Vela Ecoturismo to visit and snorkel in the natural pools of Moreré or stroll through the mangroves of the Oritibe River.

Duration: 2 hours

Value: R$100*

Diving

Boipeba island is a great place to dive in Bahia, whether this is your first time or not.

For those who have never practiced this activity, Boipeba Mergulho performs the baptism. This activity takes place in Moreré, the meeting point is at the diving school that is in front of Restaurante Paraíso.

First you attend a class to learn the theoretical content, then an instructor accompanies your adaptation in an area of ​​one meter deep for 15 minutes, and then you are ready to dive.

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Corals
Photo: Boipeba Mergulho

For certified divers there are other options to diving in Boipeba, including a night dive!

Value: R$200*.

Watch the sunrise and sunset or the moonrise

It’s worth waking up early and watching the sun rise. You can do this at Moreré or Bainema beach and enjoy stretching or yoga. Some hotels also give you the opportunity to watch the sunrise from your bed, such as Pousada Mangabeiras and Casa Utopia.

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Sunset at Barra in Boipeba, Bahia
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

The sunset can be enjoyed at Boca da Barra Beach, at Mirante Quebra Cú (Yes, that’s the name! 🤣), or at Céu de Boipeba. If you are in Moreré, you can watch Oca do Monte toasting with an acerola caipirinha or even eating a delicious organic açaí.

Now, if you really enjoy the moonrise, it’s worth checking out and recording this moment directly from Cueira Beach.

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Moonrise at Cueira’s beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

River Bath

If you prefer a fresh water bath, don’t worry! In Boipeba, in addition to bathing in the sea, you can enjoy bathing in the river.

Among the options are the Catu River – close to Castelhanos beach, the Oritibe River – at the end of Cueira beach, and the Piã River which is in the rural area of ​​Boipeba. Although it is little visited by tourists, the latter is much loved by the natives.

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Elaine bathing in the Piã River
Photo: Carolina Rossi

I got to know Rio Piã during the Boipeba Roots tour by Quase Nativa, but if you’re short on time and still want to get to know it, she offers a tour that lasts 3 hours and costs R$60* per person.

Natural pools

Natural pools are a rock formation with accumulated water (fresh or salt) that resembles a swimming pool, a great place to enjoy fish, reefs, corals and other beauties of marine life up close. During low tide you can enjoy the natural pools in Tassimirim, Moreré, Bainema and Castelhanos.

Fox Tips 🦊: To make the most of this tour, take a snorkel with you.

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Moreré natural pools in Bahia
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

You can visit them on your own or take a guided snorkel tour in the natural pools of Tassimirim or Castelhanos with Ecomar.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours Tassimirim (on foot) / 5 to 6 hours Castelhanos (boat).

Price: R$160* Tassimirim / R$210* Castelhanos. These values ​​include equipment.

Want to visit the natural pools of Moreré? Vela Ecoturismo can take you by kayak to snorkel there.

Duration: 2 hours

Price: R$100* per person

Trails in Boipeba

If you love to take a good walk through nature, come well prepared, there is no shortage of trails in Boipeba for the adventurous. These are some of them:

Fox tips 🦊: I recommend that these trails be done with a local guide.

Important! Rivers and mangroves can only be crossed at low tide.

– Velha Boipeba to Moreré

The trail to Moreré starts at the end of Boca da Barra Beach, through a forested region to Tassimirim beach. Go to Cueira beach and cross the Oritibe River passing through a stretch of coconut trees to a small gate and you will arrive in Moreré.

– Trail to Castelhanos

The trail to Castelhanos is very striking, it passes through giant mangroves with roots of up to 3 to 4 meters that serve as housing for the crabs that breed there.

There is a risk of getting lost when doing the trail alone, and at the end of the mangrove you will still need to take a boat to Castelhanos beach. Therefore, I recommend that you hire a guide. Follow the contact of Caetano that was recommended to me.

Price: R$100* round trip

– Tour around the island

For those in a good mood, the biggest trail in Boipeba: Tour around the island.

The trail is a junction of the trail from Velha Boipeba to Moreré with the trail to Castelhanos. The tour around the island begins at Boca da Barra beach, followed by Tassimirim, Cueira, Moreré, Bainema, Castelhanos and finally Cova da Onça.

Fox Tips 🦊: Check out our article on Trail Clothing and get even more prepared for this adventure!

Boipeba Roots

If you like to connect with the local community and the essence of a destination, this tour is for you!

Boipeba Roots is organized by Manoela from Quase Nativa. The day begins at Quintal Abayomi where a delicious breakfast is served, followed by a conversation about ancestral wisdom with Dona Nilda, who is a holistic therapist.

Then we visit the flour house, where manioc flour is produced by hand and Mr. Rosilvado is the one who explains and shows how it is produced.

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Sr. Rosivaldo during Boipeba Roots Tour
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

The day ends with a swim in the Piã River and admiring the sunset from the Quebra Cú viewpoint.

Duration: All day.

Price: R$100* per person and includes breakfast. Does not include lunch.

Note: Lunch is held at Bar do Ramiro, near the Piã River. It was here that I ate one of the best homemade meals in Boipeba.

Speedboat Ride

If you have limited time and want to see the entire coast, a good option is to take the tour around the island in Boipeba. Do you want to get to know Castelhanos by boat or other exuberant beaches on the Tinharé archipelago such as Garapuá and Morro de São Paulo? Geisiel can take you.

Duration: All day.

Price: From R$150* to R$250* per person. A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour to take place.

Camping in Castelhanos

How about walking through the mangrove and camping on a deserted beach? I had the opportunity to live this unique experience with Kairu Adventure.

We left Moreré in 3 people, walked along the entire beach of Bainema, crossed the mangrove and the river until we arrived at Castelhanos beach. When we got there, we had the support of Barraca Luz do Oceano, we set up our tents and followed the boats leaving at dusk. Soon, the beach was all for us.

At night, the guide Alê prepared our dinner at the campfire and the stars enchanted us. At dawn, I decided to check if I could see the bioluminescence there, and once again this magical island surprised me… I ended up swimming with the plankton. Without a doubt this is one of the best things to do in Boipeba!

Company: Kairu Adventure

Price: R$200* per person includes the round trip on foot from Moreré, camping equipment and a guide. A minimum of 2 people is required.

Boipeba Viewpoint

Bar, restaurant, lodging, viewpoint and place of connection with nature, this is “O Céu de Boipeba“.

It is located between Boca da Barra and Tassimirim beaches, within the Atlantic Forest area and privileged location on the top of the hill. Perfect for enjoying the sunset and moonrise.

Opening hours: For those who are not staying, opening hours are from 3 pm to 7 pm. Dinner needs to be booked before 6:30 pm and is served from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

Value: Entry costs R$50*, this value being discounted from the consummation.

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Humpback whale watching

If you are visiting Boipeba Island between July and November you will be able to find the giants of the sea.

Ecomar carries out the humpback whale watching tour in an exclusive boat that sails for 2 hours to reach the point where they usually pass.

It is worth remembering that there is no guarantee that you will be able to see these animals, after all, we are talking about animals that are free in nature.

Fox Tips 🦊: Read our article on ethical tourism with animals!

Duration: 5 hours

Price: R$240* per person and includes water and fruit

Sailboat tour

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What to do on the island of Boipeba – sailing tour

For those who want to sail with more connection to nature and less environmental impact, the sailboat tour in Boipeba is ideal!

You can take a class, an hour-long experience, or go to Castelhanos in an activity lasting up to 5 hours.

Company: Vela Ecoturismo Moreré – Rodrigo

Price: R$200* for 2 people

Percussion class

Learn about percussion, a typical instrument from Bahia, with Janice.

During this experience, you will get to know a little about the history of this important figure from the Island of Boipeba, who is the matriarch of the female samba de roda of the island.

Company: Quase Nativa – Manoela

Monte Alegre Community

Close to Moreré is Monte Alegre, a quilombola community full of encounters and stories.

I had the opportunity to visit and even receive the blessing of Dona Maria (a healer of the region) with friends, but you can also get to know Monte Alegre during a tour of Quase Nativa.

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Monte Alegre Community
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Manoela has a tour that includes the Serrão Trail and the Quilombo de Monte Alegre. The trail is considered moderate, passing through two rivers that are on the way from Velha Boipeba to there.

Duration: All day

Price: R$80* per person

Bali Swing

Casa Utopia is innovative accommodation in Moreré. It was designed by Divino who is a trapeze artist, and that’s why it has trapeze hammocks on the balcony of the rooms and even a giant swing (Bali Swing) next to the bar.

@livemoretravelmore Curtindo a Casa Utopia em Moreré! #boipeba #baliswing #bahia #viagem #balanço ♬ Take You On – James Mercy & PhiloSofie

Opening hours: The balance is open to the public at the same time as Bar Mirante. Every day from 17:00 to 20:00. (Temporary closed for non guests)

Canoe Trip

Explore the Piã River and the mangroves like a native, in a Bahian canoe. This is another tour offered by Manoela and departing from Velha Boipeba.

Company: Quase Nativa

Duration: 2 hours

Price: R$80* per person

Volunteering

If you want an alternative to travel cheaper and live a unique experience, know that you can do volunteer work in Boipeba, Bahia.

Hostel Abaquar offers this opportunity through the Worldpackers platform. You can help with reception, cleaning, cooking and even teaching yoga.

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Phew! I think it gave me a good idea of ​​what to do in Boipeba, Bahia. Is not it?!

Exclusive tips

Now let’s see some exclusive tips that we have prepared for you:

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1) Interact with the Boipeba community: The island’s people are super friendly and full of interesting stories to tell. It’s worth opening up to this exchange, I’m sure you’ll make great friends and take a lot more luggage with you.

Note: In the photo to the side are Jorge (owner of Pão do Jorge in Moreré), Escuro (owner of this bar in Monte Alegre) and Divino (owner of Casa Utopia).

2) Divide your stay in more than one place: Stay some of your time in Velha Boipeba and some in Moreré, so you don’t have to worry about the means of transportation available between the tourist attractions.

3) Take little luggage and prefer a backpack: You will have to carry your luggage at various times, avoid carrying too much weight and opt for a backpack to facilitate locomotion. I even left my medium suitcase at the Airbnb that I stayed in Salvador, if you are setting up a base in another city in Bahia, you can check this possibility too.

4)  Follow the Tide Table: the tide directly influences some tours. You can check the high and low tide times through Windy.

5) Don’t say the word “such”: This is not a popular word on the island (Example: “the João said that…”). I made this mistake, but luckily it was cute people who warned me, hehe.

6)  Enjoy the markets in Velha Boipeba: Are you going to stay in Moreré for a while? So it’s worth going to a market in Velha Boipeba beforehand to guarantee a few things like loaf of bread, powdered milk, etc. In Moreré you won’t find a great variety.

What to bring to Boipeba

Here’s a smart list of things you need to pack to Boipeba.

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  • Flashlight (it is very useful at night as not every place on the island has lighting);
  • Sun protection clothing;
  • Sandal to make trails that pass through the mangrove (slippers can break!);
  • Microfiber towel (dries fast);
  • Cap/hat to protect yourself from the sun;
  • Sunscreen and repellent (preferably biodegradable);
  • Reusable bottle, cup and cutlery;
  • Biodegradable hygiene products;
  • Flip flops;
  • Brush to remove sand from the foot.

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Sustainable Tourism

Another tip of what to do in Boipeba and any other destination is: Practice sustainable tourism!

This paradise needs to be preserved and for that it needs our help. Here are some ideas on how to minimize the impacts of your trip, check it out!

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Plastic cup brought by the tide to Moreré Beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro
  • Avoid generating garbage. As in every island, waste management in Boipeba is extremely complex. Take your reusable items and say no to single-use plastic.
  • If you are going to buy ready-made drinks, always opt for drinks in aluminum cans, which have a high recycling rate in our country.
  • Use biodegradable products whenever possible.
  • Watch what you eat! Did you know that lobsters, shrimp, guaiamus and crabs cannot be sold at certain times of the year? They need time for them to reproduce. Check the closed seasons for each animal here.
  • Discover and support the social projects Vivá Moreré and Nossa Oka Moreré.
  • Support local entrepreneurs and producers.
  • Avoid big events on the island. Most of the locals do not enjoy these events because the island is not prepared to receive them. It is common to lack water, energy, and other things at these times, and waste management is very complicated to deal with this volume.

Well, I’ll stop here. I hope you enjoyed this guide made with such care to make your trip easier. This place has stolen my heart and will surely steal yours too. I wish you a fantastic trip!

Questions or observations about this paradise? Leave a comment ✍🏼.

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*The mentioned values ​​were collected in November 2021 for reference only and are subject to change.

Note: Our accommodation at Pousada Mangabeiras was a courtesy, as well as the Ecomar kayak tour and the camping in Castelhanos with Kairu Adventure. But rest assured, all opinions expressed here are sincere and reflect our experiences 🤗.

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