What to do on Tinharé Island?


Morro de São Paulo is a beautiful tropical paradise located on Tinharé Island. It is one of the districts belonging to Cairu, in a region known as ‘’Costa do Dendê’’.
Its coastline extends for over 10 kms and some parts are semi-deserted. Morro de São Paulo is the main district on Tinharé Island and its crystal-clear waters surrounding the reefs are ideal for snorkel, fishing, swimming, windsurfing and surfing the waves at Pedra do Moleque Beach, the best surfing spot. The most popular beaches are Gamboa, Coroa, Ponta da Pedra, Porto de Cima, Prainha do Forte, Primeira Praia, Segunda Praia, Terceira Praia, Quarta Praia and Praia do Encanto.
Most tourists prefer to walk up to ‘’Fonte Grande’’, in order to know a bit of the history of Morro de São Paulo; while others enjoy going on foot all the way up to the lighthouse, where they can appreciate a breathtaking view to the First and Second Beach.
It is common to meet public figures of the Brazilian jet-set, artists that mingle with the natives, at the innumerous bars and restaurants found in the centre of town.
Environmentally-friendly tourists are marvelled by this little piece of paradise, where it is only possible to move on foot or horseback, tough nowadays it is possible to find some jeeps departing from the Second Beach, but they are not allowed to circulate into town.
The ‘’morros’’ are green hills covered by exuberant vegetation, springing from the ‘’Mata Atlântica’’ or tropical forest surrounding the village, where the greatest part of tourism infrastructure is found as well as the historical monuments that date back from the beginnings of colonization, such as the Old Fort which in 1750 boasted 51 artillery pieces spread along its 700-metres’ wall and was guarded by 183 men.


A Walk to Gamboa Beach

A Walk to Gamboa Beach

You can access this beach on foot directly from Pousada Fazenda Caeira, at low tide, by walking up to Morro de São Paulo’s port and then descending onto the beach through a green path. You can find palm trees lying on the shoreline all the way to Gamboa Beach. When the moon is full, it is recommended to wait until late afternoon, by the sea, in order to appreciate the sunset on one side and, on the other, you will be able to see the moon poking from the hills. It is also a good idea to walk along the narrow path formed by the rocks found on the beach, bearing in mind that that at high tide access might turn out to be difficult. After walking for over 30 minutes along the beach, you will reach the village of Gamboa, which still has all the characteristics of a typical fishermen’s village and is not as developed as its neighbouring district Morro de São Paulo. This might be the reason why some locals have preferred to move here in order to lead an even simpler lifestyle. In spite of the fact that there are some ‘’pousadas’’ and restaurants that serve delicious traditional dishes, Gamboa remains up to these days a quiet fishermen’s village. For further information, please visit the following website: http://www.morro.travel/aprenda-sobre-morro/praia-gamboa-morro-sao-paulo.htm

Garapuá-Praia do Encanto Beach

Garapuá-Praia do Encanto Beach

A day-trip by jeep which offers daily departures at 10hs a.m and there is plenty of adventure, emotion and enthusiasm. A jeep will pick you up at the hotel reception to drive you through the interior of the island so as to get to the paradisiacal beach of Garapuá -located at approximately 11 kms from Morro de São Paulo - in less than 40 minutes. This is an ideal experience for those interested not only in nature but also in culture and traditional cuisine, since you will get to see the tropical vegetation of the island as well as the simple but happy lifestyle of the locals. As Garapuá is a fishermen’s village, you will have the chance of trying the fresh seafood that is served in home-made dishes at the beach restaurants, such as grilled lobster, moquecas and fish in banana foil. The beach in Garapuá is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Bahia: it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. You can also visit its floating bar, located at 10 minutes from the shore, surrounded by crystal-clear waters where snorkeling among little colorful fish is a must. Another thing you cannot miss is feeding the little friendly monkeys that inhabit the palm trees of this beauty spot. On the way back to Morro, you will make a stop at Praia do Encanto (The Enchanted Beach) so as to have a tropical drink at one of its luxurious hotels. The trip ends at about 16hs. For further information about Garapuá, you can visit the following website: http://www2.uol.com.br/guiadolitoral/garapua-2740-2010.shtml
A more natural alternative to visit Garapuá and Praia do Encanto is on horseback. Fazenda Caeira has its own horses for riding along the beach until the awesome fishermen’s village of Garapuá, at low or high tide, which is an ideal plan for discovering the breathtaking beauties of Tinharé island, in close contact with nature. The tours are guided and it can take up to 1.5 hour to get to Garapuá and another 1.5 hour to come back to the hotel.

‘’Volta à Ilha’’ day-trip to Boipeba Island

‘’Volta à Ilha’’ day-trip to Boipeba Island

Speedboat tour through the Tinharé Archipelago discovering the natural beauties of the islands. Boats depart daily right from the hotel entrance, on the Third Beach, at 9.30hs a.m. You will have the chance of visiting, on a single day, the natural pools of Garapuá and Moreré, both with their own floating bars surrounded by crystal-clear waters, ideal for snorkelling among little colourful fish. Additionally, delicious fresh seafood is served at the beach restaurants of the paradisiacal Boipeba Island, particularly on Cueira and Boca da Barra beaches. The trip also includes a stop at Cairu, where the council headquarters sit, in order to visit its historical buildings such as St. Anthony’s Abbey. The last stop is made at Canavieira, a beauty spot famous for oyster farming, where you can taste oyster gratin or have a swim in the Rio do Inferno soft and sweet waters, before going back to the hotel. The approximate time for return is at 17hs approximately.


Please note that excursions can be booked at the hotel reception 24hs in advance. Prices, subject to changes in High Season, do not include either meals or beverages.