Whale watching in Abrolhos

Every year, from July till November humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the coast of Brazil to procreate and to breast-feed their nestlings. In this period males exert themselves in order to conquer a female. They perform real shows of acrobatics with impressive jumps, in which more than half of their gigantic bodies come out of the water. The best place to see this phenomenon is no doubt around the archipelago of Abrolhos, 70 km of the coast of South Bahia. In addition, the archipelago is part of an marine reserve that harbors a rich and unique marine live sustained by extensive coral banks.

Starting point for whale watching in Abrolhos is the town of Caravelas, from where boats leave early in the morning for open sea to sail the 70 km to the archipelago. There are several agencies that organize boat trips to the archipelago. They offer programs of 1 or more days which combine whale watching with a visit to one of the islands of the archipelago and scuba diving. Ecotravel has selected a program with a 1-day visit to Abrolhos that provides an ideal opportunity to see the whales and observe the unique marine life of the archipelago. However, for those who want to spend more time in Abrolhos Ecotravel can extend the program with 1 to 3 overnights on the boat.
Day 1: Arrival at the airport of Porto Seguro. You are picked up by your guide for a transfer by car or van of about 250 km to the town of Caravelas, the main gateway to the Abrolhos archipelago. Duration of the trip: app. 3,5 to 4 hours. Check in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2: After an early breakfast in the hotel the guide picks you up to take you to the pier from where boats depart to Abrolhos. The boat trip to the archipelago takes around 3 hours. The boats maintain a certain distance when whales are sighted, in order not to disturb the animals. In Abrolhos you disembark at the only island that is open to the public, accompanied by a licensed guide. The island is home to several species of seabirds that have their nest there and nurture the chicks until they are able to fly. The visit is an excellent opportunity to observe the birds at short distance. After lunch on board there is an opportunity to go snorkeling in the calm shallow waters between the islands to observe the unique coral species, of which several only occur in Abrolhos. The coral banks are home to many colorful fish and other interesting creatures like mollusks, sponges and crustaceans. For those that want to see more it is possible to make a dive accompanied by an experienced dive master. In the afternoon the boat returns to Caravelas, which offers another excellent opportunity to see humpback whales. Arrival in Caravelas is around 17:30 hr. The guide will take you back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. The guide with car picks you up at the hotel for a 3 hours drive back to Porto Seguro. Check-in hotel Porto Seguro, or transfer to the airport.

For those who want to spend some more days in Porto Seguro Ecotravel provides an interesting additional program.

• Overnights in double/triple rooms with breakfast
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
• Meals as mentioned in the program, excl. drinks
• All entrance fees to sites described in the itinerary
• Bi-lingual guide during tours and transfers, mentioned in the itinerary

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