Boipeba is one of the islands of the Tinharé archipelago, in the county of Cairu, in the south of the state of Bahia.
Surrounded by the ocean on one side, and the Inferno River estuary on the other, this island is of rare natural beauty, home to a great variety of ecosystems. mboi pewa - is a Tupy Indian word which means flat snake, in reference to a sea turtle, giving the name to the island of Boipeba. Boipeba is home to a dense Atlantic rainforest, and with its salt marshes, sand dunes, extensive mangroves, and paradisiacal coconut-palmed beaches and reefs, it is a world of ecological diversity. The reefs are found up and down the coast, sheltering the beaches from waves and ocean currents. The wide reefs are full of canals and shallow pools. Flora and fauna are rich in varieties of coral, algae, fish, mollusks, sea urchins, starfish, and other sea life. There are sea turtles found in the region, and spawning eggs can be seen on beaches around the island. The forested areas of the island are home to numerous species of birds, armadillos, fox and reptiles, as well as other animal life. Boipeba being a natural wildlife habitat, and given the necessity of protecting the Tinharé and Boipeba ecosystems, the state of Bahia created the Area of Environmental Protection (APA in Portuguese) of the islands of Tinharé and Boipeba, in June 1992. In joining forces together as Amabo, the Association of Residents and Friends of Boipeba, residents of Boipeba put together a proposal of Sustainable Development for the island. With this proposal, Amabo would like to help better the lives of the local population, developing economic activities, especially tourism, without destroying the environment.
From Salvador take the ferry to Bombdespacho (45 minutes) From there get the bus Valença (2 hours) From Valença get the slow boat (4 hours) or the speedboat 1.30 hour ($37) You can also get a boat via Morro de São Paulo
There are no cars on the island (excepting the ambulance and the police motorbike) There are 3 tractors used to transport people to further reaches of the island Many of the interrnal roads to the far side of the island are very sandy and can not be easily cycled The east and south of the island can be easily navigated by walking along the shore and a short jungle path
Snorkelling is good There is no scuba diving operating on the island at present. Enjoy the beaches - busy by the port and increasingly empty until you reach Miereles.
- Suntan lotion before you go
Many of the restaurants serve portions to share (so do not be too alarmed at the prices)
On the beach from the main port is a good place to get sandwiches if you are not ready for a full on meal.
There are a range of options centred by a) the port b) miereles
Abaquar Hostel is a good lively and affordable option 5 minutes from the beach and port (the road to it is opposite the hostel. It does fantastic breakfasts which are likely to get you through to late afternoon (fruit and eggs from the garden over the river). Good for a party every other night. Run by Peter and Fernanda (Belgian & Portuguese couple)
- Pousada Alma Viva, Rua da Igreja (Praça Santo Antônio), ☎ . Built in 18th century, this accommodation keeps an old fashion style. This pousada is quite small, it has only 4 rooms.
- Pousada Casa da Edinha, Rua Ipiranga (After Rio Ipiranga Bridge), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. breakfast and air conditioning are included, all our 4 rooms are very spacious (6mx6m) has two large double beds (king size), dresser, closet, desk, large bathrooms and private balcony with hammock.
- Morro de São Paulo - for a busier tourist experience
- Salvador - if you have approached from the south