Whale Coast

Whale Coast (Costa das Baleias) has the largest and most diverse set of coral reefs in the South Atlantic, the Abrolhos Archipelago, mangroves, stunning beaches, history and comprises the municipalities of Prado, Alcobaça, Caravelas, Nova Viçosa and Mucuri.

Tourism on the Whale Coast

The tourist route of the Whale Coast begins at the southern border of Bahia, on the border with Espírito Santo, and extends for 200 km of beaches to Prado, a city south of Porto Seguro.

There are five small coastal municipalities (Mucuri, Nova Viçosa, Caravelas, Alcobaça and Prado), with populations ranging from 21,000 (Caravelas, Alcobaça) to 38,000 (Nova Viçosa).

Isolated from the rest of the state until the first half of the 20th century, the Costa das Baleias only began to integrate into the state and national economy in the 1970s, with the construction of the BR-101 motorway.

This is also why it still preserves a significant part of the coast, with stretches of rivers, waterfalls, mangroves and beaches.

In the urban centres there are traces of the Portuguese colonial occupation, a cuisine rich in fish and seafood and good accommodation facilities.

Whale-watching tourism gives the route its name.

The activity is practised in the region of the Abrolhos National Marine Park, an area with the greatest biodiversity in the South Atlantic, 70 kilometres out to sea.

Tourism and Travel Guide

Whale Coast

Characteristics of the Humpback Whale

Learn about the characteristics of the Humpback Whale. Abrolhos National Marine Park is the birthplace of the Humpback Whale The humpback whale, also called humpback or black whale, belongs to the Balaenopteridae family and is known for its docile temperament, the acrobatics it performs (jumps, head and flippers exposure, etc.) and […]

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