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Top Day Trips from Salvador da Bahia

By Viator, May 2018

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With its UNESCO-listed center and rich Afro-Brazilian heritage, Brazil’s third-largest city has plenty to engage travelers, but it’s also the gateway to Bahia’s beautiful beaches and historic towns. Here are your options for day tours from Salvador.

All Saints Bay—19 miles (30 kilometers) northwest
Salvador sits directly on All Saints Bay (Baía de Todos os Santos), whose glittering waters are dotted with sandy beaches and palm-fringed islands. Set sail on a schooner cruise and enjoy swimming off Ilha dos Frades, horseback riding on Itaparica Island, or sip caipirinhas on deck as you soak up the scenery. 

Morro de São Paulo—37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest
A tropical paradise at the far end of Tinharé Island, Morro de São Paulo is the beach destination of choice for those looking to escape it all. Even getting to the remote island is an adventure, including a ferry ride across Camamu Bay, a bus ride across the island, and a speedboat transfer to the beach, where you can spend the rest of the day swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying water sports.

Praia do Forte—50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast
A scenic drive from Salvador takes you along the stunning Atlantic coast of Praia do Forte, where pristine white sand beaches are fringed by coconut palms, and the sun beats down all year round. Highlights of a visit include Forte Beach, Guarajuba Beach, the Sapiranga rainforest, and the Tamar Project, a sea turtle conservation program. 

Cachoeira—66 miles (106 kilometers) northwest
At the heart of the Recôncavo region, the small town of Cachoeira has impressive colonial architecture and offers fascinating insight into Brazil’s history and cultural heritage. Full-day tours from Salvador often include a visit to neighboring São Félix, famous for its candomblé dancers and handicrafts, or a tour of a traditional tobacco plantation.

Mangue Seco—128 miles (206 kilometers) northeast
The tranquil fishing village of Mangue Seco offers welcome relief from the busy streets of Salvador, with dazzling white dunes, lush mangrove swamps, and an abundance of fresh seafood. To get there, cruise across the Royal River (Rio Real), then ride a dune buggy along the coast. 

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Paradise Morro de São Paulo Island Tour from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, null
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Paradise Morro de São Paulo Island Tour from Salvador

The location is formed by beaches which are known by numbers, instead of names, and a friendly charming village where cars cannot circulate. Morro de São ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Praia do Forte Day Trip From Salvador da Bahia, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Praia do Forte Day Trip From Salvador da Bahia

In the morning, visit one of the most visited destinations in Bahia, located on the north coast of Bahia, the charming village of Praia do Forte, a touristy ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Schooner Trip to the Frades and Itaparica Islands, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Schooner Trip to the Frades and Itaparica Islands

The Tour to the Bahia Islands is rocked by the sea and unforgettable scenery, the 1-hour schooner ride takes you to Frades Island, a paradisiacal beach with ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
White Sand Dunes of Mangue Seco Full Day Private Tour from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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White Sand Dunes of Mangue Seco Full Day Private Tour from Salvador

Travel to Mangue Seco to for a day of adventure, beaches and nature. This remote location is not accessible by car, so you'll cross a river by canoe to explore ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Pousada Rancho Fundo Day Trip from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Pousada Rancho Fundo Day Trip from Salvador

Get out of the city into the fabulous nature and relax a day in the tropical garden of Pousada Rancho Fundo. Let us spoil you away from stress and city live!

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $176.31
Full-Day Beach Hopping Tour from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Full-Day Beach Hopping Tour from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Take a drive up the coast on this beach hopping tour all the way to Praia do Forte. See the best beaches and sights of the north coast on this day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $152.64
Tropical Island Tour Including Itaparica Island, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Tropical Island Tour Including Itaparica Island

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Discover the sights around Salvador from the water on this 8-hour cruise across All Saints Bay (Baía de Todos os Santos). On board a traditional schooner, ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
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Private Tour to Praia do Forte and Praia de Guarajuba from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Cruises
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Private Tour to Praia do Forte and Praia de Guarajuba from Salvador

A trip to Salvador of Bahia wouldn't be complete without a visit to the stunning coconut coastline of Praia do Forte in Bahia. Take a private ride into the ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
Cachoeira Countryside Flavor Private Tour from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Cachoeira Countryside Flavor Private Tour from Salvador

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Travel back in time and spend the day following the path of the slaves that arrived to Salvador of Bahia in the 1500s. Explore the city's various ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.00
Schooner Tour to Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica from Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
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Schooner Tour to Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica from Salvador

Enjoy a full and varied day trip by exploring Baía de Todos os Santos. You'll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, relax and catch some rays while ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

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