Located in the South of Bahia, Cairu is an archipelago municipality formed by several islands, such as the island of Tinharé, which houses the famous village of Morro de São Paulo, and the Boipeba and Cairu Islands, where the administrative headquarters of the city are located. Here you may see a map to better understand the region.
Cairu was one of the most important villages of Colonial Brazil and nowadays offers a variety of beautiful scenery, typical cuisine (with dishes made of crab meat), and buildings dating from the 16th century. In its historical center, it is possible to walk around Praça da Matriz, be impressed by the mansions and multistory houses and rejoice in the beauty of the baroque Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário church and Santo Antônio Convent.
The most popular attraction in the city is the Morro de São Paulo village, famous for offering paradisiacal beaches with warm waters and countless options of parties and bars at night. To enter Morro de São Paulo, it is necessary to pay a fee, and cars are not allowed.
Morro de São Paulo is coveted by people coming from all over the world, and has an extensive stretch of sand that is home to the main beaches, divided into Primeira, Segunda, Terceira, Quarta and Quinta Praia. Even though they are close to one another, each of them has its own peculiarities.
Primeira Praia is the one closest to the village of Morro de São Paulo and the one most frequented by the natives. Segunda Praia is the most famous one and has excellent infrastructure for restaurants and bars, in addition to evening activities. It is from Terceira Praia that tour boats depart and it is also there where it is possible to dive with a snorkel to see fish and coral. Quarta Praia and Quinta Praia are more remote and perfect for those looking for tranquility, the shade of coconut trees and crystal clear waters.
In counterpoint to the agitation of Morro de São Paulo, you can also visit the tranquil and peaceful Island of Boipeba. It has paradisiacal beaches with white sands and natural pools with crystal clear waters.
The nearest international airport to Cairu is the Salvador International Airport. From there it is possible to take an air taxi to Morro de São Paulo.
From the Marítimo de Salvador Tourist Station, behind Mercado Modelo, you may get on catamarans and speedboats that go directly to Morro de São Paulo.
To visit beaches and islands near Morro de São Paulo, you can go on the Volta à Ilha de Tinharé boat trip. All tourism companies in the region offer the tour, which departs daily from Terceira Praia.
Walking is the easiest and nicest way of visiting the historical center, beaches and villages.
The DDD (area code) for Cairu is 75.
Municipal Department of Tourism: +55 (75) 3652-1699
Several places take credit cards but some tours accept payment in cash only.
In Morro de São Paulo, there are no bank agencies, but there are Banco do Brasil and Bradesco ATMs, in addition to a Lottery Retailer from Caixa.
To enter Morro de São Paulo, it is necessary to pay a fee.