The beauty of Santo Aleixo Island in the municipality of Sirinhaém

mapa da lha de Santo Aleixo PE
map of Santo Aleixo Island, Pernambuco

Santo Aleixo Island in the municipality of Sirinhaém is located right between the famous and trendy beaches of Porto de Galinhas, in Ipojuca, and the Carneiros, in Tamandaré.

A still little-known small strip of land of volcanic origin of only 36 hectares, surrounded by beauty on all sides.

Despite being quite small, the island offers three beaches with different characteristics.

The middle beach, located where the speedboats dock, has warm, calm waters.

On the left beach, located closer to the rocks and on the ocean side, the sea is a little rougher and colder.

The beach on the right, known as Praia da Ferradura for its peculiar shape, is the quietest and most beautiful with a few corals, where natural pools form at low tide.

Ilha de Santo Aleixo em Sirinhaém

On the three beaches it is possible to do some activities with kayaking and snorkelling.

Santo Aleixo Island is a private property and belongs to the municipality of Sirinhaém, located between Porto de Galinhas and Praias dos Carneiros. You can go on your own, as we did, or take a round trip excursion from one of these cities.

Therefore, there are no hotels, inns or restaurants on site and no fixed kiosks are allowed. The only bar is floating and anchored on the island, with food and drinks being prepared in the water and served on the sand.

Como chegar na llha de Santo Aleixo em Pernambuco
How to get to Santo Aleixo Island in Pernambuco

The transfer leaves from Barra de Sirinhaém to Santo Aleixo Island.

Only one company makes the tour and it starts from 9am until 10:30am by Mosteiros Tur, so you need to get there early to guarantee it.

The price of the speedboat Barra de Sirinhaém – Ilha de Santo Aleixo is charged per person.

To get to the island, located just two kilometres from Barra de Sirinhaém, just take a speedboat that will drop you off in less than ten minutes.

llha de Santo Aleixo - vista aérea
llha de Santo Aleixo – vista aérea

The whole tour lasts about 5 hours and includes the transfer, plus kayak, stand up paddle, chairs and parasols on the beach.

However, snorkelling masks are not provided, they rent them. So bring your own!

As the island is small, you can get to know it quickly by walking along the rocks. I recommend taking trainers or those non-slip trainers.

On the way, you will pass by Ferradura beach, perfect for snorkelling. You can stay there as long as you want and if the tide rises, you can return to the restaurant area with the company’s boat.

As there is only one place on the island for lunch, order soon. Prices are normal for the region.

The return trip to Santo Aleixo Island – Barra de Sirinhaém starts at 2pm, is quick and done in speedboats, in order of arrival. Then you can return to Praia dos Carneiros or return to Recife (around 65 km away or 1h40min).

Enjoy a short trip to Maragogi in Alagoas, which is close by!

Pernambuco Tourism Guide

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