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How To Get To Boipeba

Most popular Itinerary from Salvador to Boipeba

By Ferry/Bus/Boat: First, take the ferry (pronounced “fehi bowchy” ) from the São Joaquim terminal in Salvador to Bom Despacho on Itaparica island. Boats run hourly during the day and take 45-50 minutes. Cost is around R$5,00.

You will exit the ferry into the bus station where you can get a ticket to Valença with Cidade Sol bus company. This costs around R$ 38 and the trip takes about 2 hours. You can also get a taxi all the way to Valença for about 250R$ which will take you about 1.5 hours.

From Valença take a short R$15,00 taxi ride to the ‘cais’ or port where you can choose between a 1-hour fast boat to Boipeba or a bus and boat option which is cheaper but takes around 3 hours in total.

Another option is to part from the harbor in front of the MERCADO MODELO in Salvador on a boat with destination MAR GRANDE. This only takes about 30 minutes and there are boats leaving every half hour. It’s not only fast but it also only costs around 5 reais. Once arrived in Mar Grande you can take a taxi-bus until the roadhouse at Nazaré and take the bus to Valença or opt for a taxi for about 250 reais for 1.5 hours of traveling.

Tips:

1) Boats from Valença to Boipeba run every couple of hours during the day but timetables change frequently and it is practically impossible to find up to date information online, let alone in English. Best to contact our Hostel in advance to check the latest situation.

2) If you’re not sure about how to get to us, please contact us so we can help you to get to us!

 

Other options:

By Airplane :

Salvador – Boipeba

There are small taxi planes leaving from the airport of Salvador to the island of Boipeba.

The journey takes about 30 minutes and according to the travel direction there are three schedules.

Salvador-Boipeba: 8:30, 12:30 and 15:30

Boipeba-Salvador: 9:15, 13:15 and 16:15. 

Ticket prices are around R$ 610,00.

Make sure to check availability beforehand, because the company doesn’t have many airplanes and sometimes they don’t fly at all.

By Airplane :

airplane-to-boipeba

Salvador – Boipeba

There are small taxi planes leaving from the airport of Salvador to the island of Boipeba.

The journey takes about 30 minutes and according to the travel direction there are three schedules.

Salvador-Boipeba: 8:30, 12:30 and 15:30

Boipeba-Salvador: 9:15, 13:15 and 16:15. 

Ticket prices are around R$ 610,00.

Make sure to check availability beforehand, because the company doesn’t have many airplanes and sometimes they don’t fly at all.

By Bus:

Salvador – Valença

From the airport in Salvador you can take a taxi to the São Joaquim Terminal where you can cross the All Saints Bay by ferry to Bom Despacho, on Itaparica Island. Count about 1 hour crossing for about 6 Reais per person. 

There, buses leave for Valença or Graciosa. The trip should take about 2 hours. If you’re going to Valeça first,you’ll need to take another Taxi to the docks. The bus stop in Graciosa however is right in front of the speed boats taking you to Boipeba. 

Trips from Valença cost around 45 Reais and from Graciosa it ‘s around 32 Reais.

Another option is continuing by bus for another 1.5hours to Torrinhas to take a 1 hour boat trip to Boipeba for around 23reais.

By Bus:

Bus-Salvador-Boipeba

Salvador – Valença

From the airport in Salvador you can take a taxi to the São Joaquim Terminal where you can cross the All Saints Bay by ferry to Bom Despacho, on Itaparica Island. Count about 1 hour crossing for about 6 Reais per person. 

There, buses leave for Valença or Graciosa. The trip should take about 2 hours. If you’re going to Valeça first,you’ll need to take another Taxi to the docks. The bus stop in Graciosa however is right in front of the speed boats taking you to Boipeba. 

Trips from Valença cost around 45 Reais and from Graciosa it ‘s around 32 Reais.

Another option is continuing by bus for another 1.5hours to Torrinhas to take a 1 hour boat trip to Boipeba for around 23reais.

By Boat from Valença:

Daily, between 10:00 AM and 16:00 PM, fast boats leave from the pier in Valença to Boipeba. The trip take about one hour. From Monday to Saturday at 12:30 PM, boats leave from the pier in Valença to Boipeba. The trip will take about 4 hours, going through the mangroves, passing in front of the city of Cairu. From Monday to Saturday at 11 AM (and 2 PM in summer), a bus leaves from the pier in Valença for Torrinha, making a connection to a boat which leaves from Torrinha for Boipeba. This is about a 2 hour trip.

By Boat from Valença:

boat-transport-Boipeba-island

Daily, between 10:00 AM and 16:00 PM, fast boats leave from the pier in Valença to Boipeba. The trip takes about one hour. From Monday to Saturday at 12:30 PM, boats leave from the pier in Valença to Boipeba. The trip will take about 4 hours, going through the mangroves, passing in front of the city of Cairu. From Monday to Saturday at 11 AM (and 2 PM in summer), a bus leaves from the pier in Valença for Torrinha, making a connection to a boat which leaves from Torrinha for Boipeba. This is about a 2-hour trip.

By Catamaran to Morro de São Paulo and fast boat to Boipeba :

Boipeba can be reached daily, weather permitting, from Salvador by catamaran to Morro and from Morro to Boipeba by fast boat. The catamaran is leaving from Salvador in front of the “Mercado Modelo” at 9:00 AM and 14:30 PM to arrive at Morro approximately 2.5 hours later. There you can take a fast boat to Boipeba.

By Catamaran to Morro de São Paulo and fast boat to Boipeba :

ferry-boat-boipeba

Boipeba can be reached daily, weather permitting, from Salvador by catamaran to Morro and from Morro to Boipeba by fast boat. The catamaran is leaving from Salvador in front of the “Mercado Modelo” at 9:00 AM and 14:30 PM to arrive at Morro approximately 2.5 hours later. There you can take a fast boat to Boipeba.

By Car :

Drive to Valença:

Valença offers more options for parking areas, banks, and shops. At the pier, you take one of the boats to Boipeba.

Drive to Torrinha:

Leaving from Bom Despacho, take the BA 001 and you will pass the town of Nazaré, Valença, Taperoá, and Nilo Peçanha.

Just after Nilo Peçanha, there is a left turn off to Cairu, and after 12 km on that road, there is another right turn off to a 7-km dirt road to Torrinha.

You can park your car in enclosed, covered, safe parking areas.

From Torrinha, speedboats take you to Boipeba. It is about a 25-minute trip downriver through the mangroves.

By Car :

Boipeba-map

Drive to Valença:

Valença offers more options for parking areas, banks, and shops. At the pier, you take one of the boats to Boipeba.

Drive to Torrinha:

Leaving from Bom Despacho, take the BA 001 and you will pass the town of Nazaré, Valença, Taperoá, and Nilo Peçanha. Just after Nilo Peçanha, there is a left turn off to Cairu, and after 12 km on that road, there is another right turn off to a 7-km dirt road to Torrinha. You can park your car in enclosed, covered, safe parking areas. From Torrinha, speedboats take you to Boipeba. It is about a 25-minute trip downriver through the mangroves.

From Boipeba pier to the hostel :

When you arrive on the island it’s very easy to find us.

From the pier you just walk less than 5 minutes to the main square Santo Antonio and find the small hospital at the end of the square.

Just in front of the Hospital you’ll find Rua do Areal, where the Abaquar Hostel is Located.

If you do get lost, just ask any local for Ponte do Areal, you’ll find us just after this bridge on the left side.

From Boipeba pier to the hostel :

abaquar-entrance

When you arrive on the island it’s very easy to find us.

From the pier you just walk 2 minutes to the main square Santo Antonio and find the small hospital at the end of the square.

Just in front of the Hospital you’ll find Rua do Areal, where the Abaquar Hostel is Located.

If you do get lost, just ask any local for Ponte do Areal, you’ll find us just after this bridge on the left side.

Transport on the Island

Donkey Wagon

 

We are lucky enough to live in a clean environment, on an island where there are no cars and no asphalted roads!

As an alternative to cars, vans and trucks we use Donkey Wagons to move goods and supplies around the island.

You could also use this type of transport to visit the island yourself, although most people just walk as the Donkeys move at a rather slow pace.

 

 

Donkey Wagon

Donkey-Wagon-Transport

 

We are lucky enough to live in a clean environment, on an island where there are no cars and no asphalted roads!

As an alternative to cars, vans and trucks we use Donkey Wagons to move goods and supplies around the island.

You could also use this type of transport to visit the island yourself, although most people just walk as the Donkeys move at a rather slow pace.

 

Tractor

Transportation on Boipeba is made easy nowadays! Our local bus service in the form of our island Tractor will bring you even to the more remote beaches of the island!

The tractor goes from Velha Boipeba to Moréré and will bring you to your destination for 10 reais waiting for a minimum of 8 people before it leaves.

There’s also the possibility to do a charter to other destinations, you’ll just have to negociate with the driver.

Recently the island introduced Motorbike and Quad Taxis as an alternative to the tractor,but this type of transport is slightly more expensive.

Tractor

Tractor-transport-boipeba

 

 

We are lucky enough to live in a clean environment, on an island where there are no cars and no asphalted roads!

As an alternative to cars, vans and trucks we use Donkey Wagons to move goods and supplies around the island.

You could also use this type of transport to visit the island yourself, although most people just walk as the Donkeys move at a rather slow pace.

 

Speed Boat to Moréré

Leaving from the port or the beach of Boipeba the journey takes about 25 minutes until the beach of Moreré and costs from 80.00 reais.

This option depends on the conditions of the sea mostly between the months of April to August.

Speed Boat to Moréré

long-boat-boipeba

Leaving from the port or the beach of Boipeba the journey takes about 25 minutes until the beach of Moreré and costs from 80.00 reais.

This option depends on the conditions of the sea mostly between the months of April to August.

Walking

Obviously the best way to really enjoy nature is by walking through it’s splender.

Be ready to do some long hikes if you want to explore the whole island, even though it’s rather small, we do have about 20km of pristine beaches to discover!

Most places can easily be reached by following the inland paths, although for some areas we do recommend hiring a local guide, especially if you want to go into the mangroves, because this kind of places can be slightly dangerous because of the tides and it’s natural setting.

From Velha de Boipeba to Moréré you should count a 1 hour walk and Cova da Onça is a 4 hour trek, so please be prepared if you want to undertake this journey!

Walking

boipeba-island-walks

 

Obviously the best way to really enjoy nature is by walking through it’s splender.

Be ready to do some long hikes if you want to explore the whole island, even though it’s rather small, we do have about 20km of pristine beaches to discover!

Most places can easily be reached by following the inland paths, although for some areas we do recommend hiring a local guide, especially if you want to go into the mangroves, because this kind of places can be slightly dangerous because of the tides and it’s natural setting.

From Velha de Boipeba to Moréré you should count a 1 hour walk and Cova da Onça is a 4 hour trek, so please be prepared if you want to undertake this journey!

The Climate

Dry Season:

The biggest part of the year it’s dry season or summer season.

The weather is very sunny with an average temperature around 25°C . In the middle of the summer, December, January and February temperatures tend to rise to around 30°C!

Don’t worry, When it get’s hot you can still enjoy a nice sea breeze and most beaches have enough shade to be out of the sun when it’s on it’s highest point.

In the evening the temperature drops a little bit and at the Abaquar Hostel we provide rooms with Fan or Air Conditioning.

Rainy Season:

 

Usually in May and June we can expect more showers and slightly lower temperatures.

When visiting Boipeba during this time, you might consider to bring a light rain jacket and a warmer sweater.

Most of the time the showers are periodical, so it’s rare to be in the rain all day long.

Usually we hide a few hours in our Lounge Bar, playing board games with a coffee or a beer until it passes!

As we all know, after the rain comes sun again!

Rainy Season:

Usually in May and June we can expect more showers and slightly lower temperatures.

When visiting Boipeba during this time, you might consider to bring a light rain jacket and a warmer sweater.

Most of the time the showers are periodical, so it’s rare to be in the rain all day long.

Usually we hide a few hours in our Lounge Bar, playing board games with a coffee or a beer until it passes!

As we all know, after the rain comes sun again!

Health

How to get Medical attention when needed:

Like on every tropical island there are lots of musquitos, but the good news is that so far there’s no case of Malaria, Dengue Fever or Chicungunya to be found on Boipeba.

The only vaccination that you need for Brazil is Yellow Fever, although there’s no Yellow Fever in our Area.

When needed there is a basic but efficient hospital on the island for first aid and minor injuries. 

The hospital is government funded so it is for free.

For major injuries they will arrange transport to the mainland.

There is also a pharmacy on the island .

Banking on Boipeba

How to pay on the Island of Boipeba:

Unfortunately there is no bank on Boipeba which will change travelers cheques and foreign currency.

There’s also no ATM that accepts Visa cards, but recently there’s more and more shops and restaurants that start to accept Credit Cards.

Otherwise there are all the major banks in Valença where you can stock up on cash before travelling to Boipeba.

Just to make sure you make the best of your stay on Boipeba, bring at least a minimum amount of cash with you, especially if you want to eat on the markets and kiosks.

In The Abaquar Hostel you can use your credit card and we also accept Euros and American Dollars.

Shopping in Boipeba

What can you buy on Boipeba:

Although Velha Boipeba is the center of Boipeba it has no supermarket.

There are however lots of small shops and a market where you can get all the basics.

For a bigger variety of fresh vegetables and better cuts of meat or for more unusual items you will need to go to Valença,where you can find (allmost) everything you need…

There are also a few local craft shops where you’ll find some great souvenirs and t-shirts to take home to your family and friends.

Internet on Boipeba

How to stay connected on the Island of Boipeba:

Nowadays we have the privilege to have internet on the island from one of the best providers in Brazil… but remember we are on a remote island so due to weather conditions sometimes the internet and electricity fails .

Unfortunately there’s no phone coverage on Boipeba, so mobile phones will only work through internet connexion and on some beaches, as you might be able to pick up a signal from the mainland.

In The Abaquar Hostel we have a land line available for our guests.

Rua do Areal
Velha Boipeba
Ilha de Boipeba
Bahia – Brasil

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