Bahia's Beautiful Beaches and the Tamar Turtle Sanctuary
Bahia de Salvador, Brazil
- Praia do Forte: Once a sleepy fishing village, today it's one of Bahia's most happening resorts, with a mix of protected wildlife areas and stylish seaside restaurants.
- Tamar Turtle Sanctuary: Dedicated to protecting endangered sea turtles and other wildlife, this vast refuge conducts regular tours of its aquariums and small lagoons.
- Lunch at Guarajuba Beach: Enjoy lunch at a village restaurant, then soak up some sun, go for a swim, or take a walk by the brightly colored fishing boats along the shore.
About this Bahia de Salvador tour
The country with the largest rainforest in the world has become keenly aware of the importance of protecting its endangered species, and this tour takes you to a wildlife refuge that has been highly successful in protecting sea turtles and their habitats.
Before the Tamar Project created a place where sea turtles to nest and live in peace, Brazilian fishermen armed with machetes would patrol beaches up and down the coast and slaughter the unsuspecting sea creatures, eating the meat and eggs and selling the shells as souvenirs. But in the late 1970s, a group of students created Project Tamar (from the Portuguese for "sea turtle") in Praia do Forte, and it became one of Brazil's most popular eco-destinations.
Over the past 30 years, more than 15 million hatchlings, representing five different sea turtle species, have been released into coastal waters. On this tour you'll see them shuffling over the sand and swimming in 600,000-gallon saltwater tanks, and learn more about Tamar's research and conservation programs.
Thanks to Tamar, sea turtle sightings on the beach at Praia do Forte are increasingly common, and you might even see some at Guarajuba Beach. Thanks to Tamar, they've come out of their shell.
Eco-luxury is the new eco-tourism
When the Tamar Project's researchers first came to Praia do Forte in 1981, the tiny town was a small fishing village of about 500, with no electricity. It's changed quite a bit since then, while maintaining its ties to nature; today, eco-friendly hiking trails and protected beaches mingle with stylish restaurants and high-end shopping, with soothingly warm tidal pools.
On a cruise ship? Meet your driver on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There is moderate walking involved. Approximately 45 minutes at Praia do Forte and 40 minutes at the Tamar Project. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Full Day, Food and Wine, Walking Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife, Beach
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems or you are pregnant, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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