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The Pura guide to Boipeba
The whole coast of Bahia is considered by the Brazilians to be a stretch of Paradise with long beaches, warm waters and a very relaxed way of life.
In the last few years much of this paradise has been rather over developed – like the famous resort of Morro de São Paulo on Tinharé island which is now full of Europeans.
Ilha Boipeba (Boipeba Island) is somewhere which still firmly holds onto its claim to paradise. It is an island, without any roads or cars, with two very small villages still inhabited mainly by local fishermen and a well supervised, careful tourism policy.
Pura Aventura’s guide in Bahia owns a pousada on the island, a quiet place perched over the sea, with great views and excellent food. It is a perfect base from which to explore.
Boipeba features on our Bahia Blend holiday to Brazil
Our opinion of Boipeba
Boipeba feels remote, safe, friendly, unspoilt but without being a wilderness. It’s obviously set up for tourists (mostly Brazilian with some Europeans) but in a very low-key way. It doesn’t feel like a resort.
The beaches are beautiful, the water warm and calm and the scenery behind is also gorgeous. The walking is easy and the temperature isn’t overbearing thanks to the light breeze.
You can walk almost everywhere barefoot – the entire island seems to be made of sand and very comfortable (and easiest) to walk barefoot as long as the sand isn’t too hot.
For lazing around, there’s a great variety of beaches – some are perfect for families with children, others for couples, others for surfing etc.
For more active options, there’s a good list of things to do on land (walking, riding and cultural) and on the water (kayaking, exploring in a boat, swimming in the natural pools, fishing, etc.).
Activities can be organised at very short notice so there’s great flexibility to accommodate mood and groups.
The island offers a good mix of relaxation and beach with some activities. Hiking, snorkeling, canoeing and horse riding are all possible. You will also enjoy fresh seafood, plenty of local culture and a feeling of being somewhere really unusual and special.
Getting to Boipeba
Boipeba is about 60km south of Salvador in the Bahia state of Brazil. You can travel most of the way from Salvador to Boipeba by ferry or by air taxi. The last stretch will then be by small boat.
The quickest journey is by air taxi from Salvador (about 30 minutes) in a 6-10 seater aircraft. It’s a fascinating journey whether you’re looking out of the windows at the coastline below or watching the pilot close-up.
It’s probably not recommended for nervous flyers (only because you can’t pretend that you’re anywhere but in an aeroplane) or anyone who has a lot of baggage (there’s a 15kg limit). The airstrip itself is just across the water from Boipeba on Tinharé, so…
Everyone arrives and leaves Boipeba by boat (unless you fancy the swim) which pull up on the beach at Boca da Barra or at the jetty at the village.
If you have bags and are lucky, a porter from your pousada will carry your bags (often using a wheelbarrow) along the beach.
There are no cars on Boipeba. There are a couple of tractors which take goods and passengers (in a seated trailer) across the island between the villages of Velha Boipeba and Moreré.
Apart from that, you have the choice of walking, riding a horse, or paddling a canoe to get around.
See the Map of Boipeba to get an idea of the island’s geography.
Weather on Boipeba
The northeast is hot all year round, with an average temperature of 28C, but the sea breeze makes it less sticky than in Rio.
Rain is more common along the coast from May through July.
Map image we believe is by Elias Santos. You can buy a copy on the island.
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