Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades)
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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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.
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.
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.
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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