Natural pools and deserted beaches make the Maraú Peninsula an unmissable retreat

Maraú Peninsula
Maraú Peninsula

The Peninsula of Maraú is one of the locations in the Dendê Coast, in Bahia, a region located between the mouth of the Rio Jaguaripe and the Baía de Camamu.

There are 115 km of coastline that includes beaches, bays, mangroves, salt marshes, rivers, waterfalls and sanctuaries.

The Peninsula of Maraú in southern Bahia, between Morro de São Paulo e Itacare.

Just by referring to the two neighboring natural paradises, it is possible to imagine the richness of the region's landscapes and ecosystems.

The Peninsula of Maraú has more than 40 km of practically deserted beaches all year round.

Even in summer, when the inns are crowded, the beaches seem empty as tourists disperse along the vast coastline covered with coconut groves.

Maraú Peninsula Map
Maraú Peninsula

At low tide, dozens of natural pools are formed, full of fish, which appear between labyrinths of reefs.

In fact, it is important to consult the tide table daily because the landscapes are capable of being completely transformed with changes in the moon and tides.

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A Taipu de Fora beach it is considered one of the most beautiful in Brazil because it has a natural pool of one kilometer in length with fish of all colors.

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In summer, dives with lanterns are made to observe the marine fauna at night.

In winter, however, the rains are more frequent, but the trips take place normally and the periods of new moon and full moon, when the tide is low, are ideal for diving.

Barra Grande it is the largest village on the peninsula and still preserves the simplicity of the region, despite being home to the main inns, bars and restaurants in the region.

Maraú Peninsula Map
Maraú Peninsula Map

On almost all the beaches there are inns with 4×4 vehicles, speedboats, catamarans and good service, which organize tours throughout the region. One of the best known is made by boat through the islands of the peninsula.

When you arrive on the island of Sapinho for lunch, the best choice is the guaiamum, a freshly picked blue crab.

Another famous tour is to the beautiful waterfall of Tremembé, the only one in Brazil that flows into the sea. The boat comes so close to the drop that it is possible to touch it before disembarking.

The peninsula belongs to the APA (Environmental Protection Area) Maraú, a sustainable use conservation unit of the Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve in southern Bahia, which has a series of nature preservation laws.

Camamu Bay
Camamu Bay

The city that gives the region its name is located in the south of the peninsula, far from the beaches.

It was founded in 1705 by Italian friars who settled in the indigenous village of Mayra-hú and preserves the church, colonial houses and the ruins of a 19th century kerosene plant.

South of Barra Grande, in the heart of the Maraú Peninsula, is the Taipus area, an indigenous word for the rounded hills that are characteristic of the place.


Taipus de Fora is over 7 km long, with giant coconut trees, coral reefs and white sand, Taipus de Fora beach is the most sought after on the peninsula.

Taipus de Fora on the Maraú Peninsula
Fora Taipus

It was elected the sixth most beautiful beach in Brazil by the magazine Viagem e Turismo and the guide Quatro Rodas.

In recent years, the beach infrastructure has grown with inns, summer houses, bars-restaurants and other services.


The great attraction of the place are the immense natural pools that form at low tide between the coral reefs. With crystal clear waters, full of fish, they are suitable for free diving and underwater observation.

To fully enjoy the natural pools, it's best to go during the full moon and new moon times, when the tide is more dry, exposing the corals.


Taipus de Fora can be a great starting point for exploring the Maraú Peninsula.

Maraú Peninsula Map

There is regular transport to the village of Barra Grande, located 7 km to the north. Further west, the villages of Taipus de Dentro and Campinho are two alternative accesses to Camamu Bay.

South of Taipus, deserted beaches and coconut groves stretch for tens of kilometers. The Blue Lagoon, the Giant Bromeliad Forest and the Cassange Lagoon are some of the must-see places on the way.


The Blue Lagoon is located at the southern end of Taipus de Fora beach. It is a freshwater lagoon rich in lanolin, ideal for relaxing baths after the sea.

Blue Lagoon on the Maraú Peninsula
Blue Lagoon

The lagoon is at the foot of Morro do Farol, the highest point on the Maraú Peninsula. from where, in clear weather, you can see the entire length of the beaches, from Ponta do Mutá to Itacaré.

Lagoa Azul and Morro do Farol are easily accessible on foot from Taipus de Fora beach. is the largest tourism and travel guide for Bahia, Salvador and the Northeast.

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