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The Marau Peninsula

Why visit the Marau Peninsula?

The Marau Peninsula lies south of Salvador, 3.5 hours by road and 45 minutes by plane. Its main draw is the 40km stretch of beaches with swimming and surfing spots, but there are also mangroves, islands, coconut groves and fishing villages to be explored. It is comparatively little visited and is a good place to unwind away from the busier beaches further north.
Reasons to include the Marau Peninsula include:

  • Take a boat trip to the mangroves at Camamu Bay and see Tremembe Waterfall, where the Marau River cascades 5 metres into the sea
  • Go swimming, snorkelling and surfing, and enjoy the seafood at one of the many beaches
  • Sip a cocktail at a beach bar on Barra Grande, the peninsula's main settlement, as you watch the sunset
  • Opportunities for hiking
  • See coral reefs on a scuba dive in the huge natural pools at Taipu de Fora
  • Visit the freshwater Lagoa Azul and admire the far reaching views from Moor do Farol (lighthouse hill), the highest point on the peninsula
  • Sit and watch the world go by at a cafe in Taipu de Dentro fishing village
  • Choice of pousadas and hotels

When to go to the Marau Peninsula

You can visit the Marau Peninsula at any time of year, as the weather is consistently good. High season runs from December to March and also includes July, when Brazilians take their winter break. There are generally fewer visitors in other months, although this region only gets really busy at New Year and Carnival.

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Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.


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There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.



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