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Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades)
Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades)

Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades)

Salvador, BA, Brazil

The Basics

Excursions to Frades Island by speed boat, catamaran, and schooner typically give you a full day of free time to explore at your own pace. Laze the day away on a white-sand beach or climb 122 steps to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe for sweeping views. Some island-hopping tours of the Bay of All Saints combine Ilha dos Frades with a stop at Itaparica Island, known for its coral reef and mangrove forests.

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Schooner Trip Only Ilha dos Frades, Leaving Salvador-Bahia.
Schooner Trip Only Ilha dos Frades, Leaving Salvador-Bahia.
star-4.5
$24.55 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good boat trip with a great team
Great trip we loved it !!! Natural island with not many tourists ! Lots of beautiful spots and beaches
Eve_G, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Salvador da Bahia

star-5
Carefree music on the bay
Ryan_N, Oct 2020
Schooner Tour to Frades Islands and Itaparica, Leaving Salvador - Bahia
Once I found the window inside the terminal building it was all smooth sailing. The boat was spacious and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. Once we got underway and the drinks started coming and the band started playing i was able to relax and enjoy the bay.
star-5
Good time
Matthew_H, Feb 2020
Schooner Tour to Frades Islands and Itaparica, Leaving Salvador - Bahia
Great experience. Enjoyed both islands and the boat ride. Wear sunblock. Only option on both islands was swimming in the ocean and lounging on the beach, but both locations were great and the water was warm.
star-5
Great time!
Davide_O, Feb 2020
Schooner Tour to Frades Islands and Itaparica, Leaving Salvador - Bahia
Good service and itinerary. Announcements could be better on the boat. Staff was friendly and helpful the whole way through. Muito obrigado!
star-5
Great day out
Delia_N, Feb 2020
Schooner Tour to Frades Islands and Itaparica, Leaving Salvador - Bahia
Great trip. Boat was not crowded, staff were friendly. A band of ‘musicians’ even joined us for part of the way and although they weren’t great, they generated a lovely atmosphere. Lovely day out

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Calm, warm waters make Ilha dos Frades an excellent option for families who want to swim and snorkel.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a beach towel, bathing suit, and a change of clothes.

  • Food and beverage options can be expensive on the island, so pack a picnic lunch if you’re on a budget.

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How to Get There

Ilha dos Frades is only accessible by boat, which typically depart from the Salvador Nautical Terminal. The trip is about 1.5 hours and most ships serve food and drink to make the ride more pleasurable. Private boats are also available for a higher fee.

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When to Get There

Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades) enjoys a tropical climate that remains relatively constant throughout the year. The heaviest rainfall tends to occur between April and June, while the period between September and January tends to be the driest.

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Discovering the Beaches of Frades Island

The well-equipped Ponta de Nossa Senhora is the most famous beach on the island; here, you’ll find cold beers, fried fish, and dozens of umbrellas and public showers. Paramana Beach offers access to a natural swimming pool during low tide, and boasts a forested backdrop. If you’re looking for something more secluded, head to Viracao beach, where coconut plantations and rocky crags line the quiet shores.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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