Ilha dos Frades, Salvador

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Ilha dos Frades (English: Isle of the Friars) is an island in the Bay of All Saints. It is administered as part of the city of Salvador in the state of Bahia. The island is located in the center of the bay. It is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) in length, covers 1.335 hectares (3.30 acres), and shaped like a fifteen-pointed star. Ilha dos Frades has preserved vegetation of the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica), including native Brazil wood. The island is protected as part of the Environmental Protection Area of the Bay of All Saints.
Ilha dos Frades served as an important part of the slave trade in Bahia. Enslaved Africans were transported from the port at Salvador to the interior Recôncavo region of Bahia. the island became part of the illegal slave trade in Brazil in the 19th century; enslaved people were brought directly to the island and led to the interior of Bahia. The practice only ended with the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888.

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  • Small beach which when we arrived was totally empty with one woman offering cold drinks and snacks from a box...colourful place but lacking any atmosphere, ideal for swimming 
    Small beach which when we arrived was totally empty with one woman offering cold drinks and snacks from a box...colourful place but lacking any atmosphere, ideal for swimming  more »
  • It's beach on an island. Nothing real special about this beach but I would do it again, why? Coz the boat cruise is what makes the trip all worth it :-) Once you done there, you're off to another... 
    It's beach on an island. Nothing real special about this beach but I would do it again, why? Coz the boat cruise is what makes the trip all worth it :-) Once you done there, you're off to another...  more »
  • a trip to Ilha dos Frades is an amazing option for a day off. tours from R$ 50 will take you all day long to amazing beaches close to Salvador. the boat has live music and board service, with fruits.....  more
    a trip to Ilha dos Frades is an amazing option for a day off. tours from R$ 50 will take you all day long to amazing beaches close to Salvador. the boat has live music and board service, with fruits.....  more »
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  • Wonderful place, like in a dream. You can rent a boat to go on island.
  • I so wanted to see the island but it's privately owned so no tourists allowed. Beautiful view and bird sounds. Swimming is permitted. A scene out of a movie.
  • While visiting Salvador for a friend's 45th birthday, a boat was chartered to go to Ilha dos Frades. The day from beginning to end was beautiful. Enjoying a great time with friends on the water. Then we arrive on the island and it was amazing. The beach is just heaven and we had a very tasty seafood lunch. While frollicking in the water, it was time to go and no one wanted to leave. It was one the best days ever.
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