Getting There & Away
Carvelas and Abrolhos aren't very easy to get to: many travelers find it more convenient to visit with an organized excursion like those run by Porto Seguro's Pataxó Turismo. The one-day (10-hour) trip costs R$150 per person, including transportation, but it's a long way to go for a single day. Prices for the more appealing two- and three-day excursions vary depending on the size of the group and the accommodations. Contact Pataxó for more information.
Renting a car in the Porto Seguro area and driving to Caravelas/Abrolhos is a popular option. Otherwise, unless you're willing to shell out for an expensive round-trip taxi, you're stuck with the limited bus schedule. Aguia Branca (www.aguiabranca.com.br) goes to Salvador (R$139, 16 hours) by way of Itabuna, with more frequent departures in summer and only a few times weekly in low season. Otherwise, access to Caravelas is via Teixeira de Freitas, 74km west. The bus station is in the center of town.
Local buses do a round trip between Caravelas and the neighboring village of Barra (providing access to Praia Grauçá), leaving every 30 minutes from 6:30am until 10:30pm.