Abrolhos Archipelagoclick on the photos to enlarge them.

The Park is located in approximately 91,000 discontinuous hectares on Bahia south coast, within a group of coral reefs, volcanic islands and tidal channels. The largest area covers the Parcel and the Abrolhos Archipelago, formed by Redonda, Siriba, Sueste and Guarita volcanic islands. The Timbebas reefs composes the second area. The reefs form two arches: one by the shoreline and the other less extensive and external.

Abrolhos National Marine Park, first Brazilian park of this genus, was created in 1983 to guarantee the coral reefs, the local fauna and flora preservation, due to its ecological importance.

“When you approach the land, open your eyes”. Sixteenth century Portuguese navigators warned about Bahia south coast, and repeating the warning created the word abrolhos, which gave this region’s name.

Humpback whales.

Every year, between July and November, they travel five thousand kilometers from the South Atlantic, in search of Bahia extreme south warm waters. They are the Humpback Whales, which flee from the rigorous winter and the icy waters of Antarctica to spend their "honeymoon" - reproduction and breeding - in Abrolhos.

Better known as singing whales or acrobat whales, the Jubartes captivate in the docile way with which they approaches the boats, exhibiting daring acrobatics and emitting sounds that seem to be the mating dance. Watching the whales is the favorite leisure of hundreds of tourists arriving for the Humpbacks season. In 1997, the Baleia Jubarte Institute registered the presence of 1,200 whales in the region.

The Alcobaça city is one of the main gateways to Abrolhos, and it is where the tours to Areia, Timbebas, Parcel de Fora and Coroa Vermelha reefs and the region mangroves leave from. Those who visit Alcobaça can take boat or schooner trips to these ecological paradises, which invite and stimulate the practice of diving.