Schooner Bay Cruise
Amerigo Vespucci boldly went where no European had gone before when he landed at the entrance to the bay on Nov 01, 1501, All Saints’ Day, hence the name All Saints’ Bay. Aboard a motorized wooden schooner we take to the waters of the bay for a full day cruise of the largest tropical bay in the world.
how it works
After our transfer from the hotel, we board a comfortable motorized schooner at the city passenger terminal and cruise to two of the 50 islands in this sparkling bay, a day of rest and relaxation with great views of the city both on the outbound and homeward journeys. Our first stop is Frades (or Monk's) Island, 1hour and 45 minutes crossing in a northwesterly direction from the city. Virtually uninhabited, the island is home to some of the best beaches in the bay. We stop at the beautiful Ponta da Nossa Senhora do Guadalupe beach, one of only seven beaches in Brazil to receive the coveted Blue Flag credential. Here we have ample time to swim in the warm inviting waters, or relax in the sun or the shade, and there is never a cold drink too far away! Those wishing to climb the steps to the tiny Guadalupe are rewarded with tremendous views of the bay. We then continue our cruise to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch, this time a short 45 minutes crossing southwards. Further time to relax o the beach here before returning to the schooner. Upon return to the schooner, we raise anchor and set off for Salvador on the eastern shore of the bay, arriving late afternoon with the sunset flooding the city coastline in late afternoon glow. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.
what to see
Wonderful views of the bay
Ponta da Nossa Senhora Beach on Frades Island
Rest and Relaxation aboard a traditional wooden schooner
Full bar service on board at own cost
Discover the essential sights of Salvador on a half day tour tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to what is now the third largest city in Brazil. The tour focusses on historical and geographical aspects of the city and serves as a fine orientation for those wishing to further explore the city
Lower City Tour
The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city
Full Day Cachoeira
We leave the city behind to explore the farming hinterland on the western side of the All Saints’ bay. This is the land of sugar cane plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets, a day of insights into the life in rural Brazil in the cradle of Brazil´s African heritage.