Tamar Reserve, Salvador da Bahia
The Tamar reserve is a project that has been going on for many years at the little beach town called Praia do Forte 80 kilometers north of Salvador.
The Tamar project protects the giant sea turtles off the brazilian coast and helps them protect their eggs in a way so that more new born turtles survive the first few hours of their life when many baby turtles are normally eaten by other animals.
You can visit the Tamar project for a fairly small entrance fee and it's quite interesting and educational.
Very child friendly if you bring kids along.
Praia do Forte itself is an attractive little beachtown that is well worth a day trip from Salvador and going there is a really good idea in my opnion.
At 50 Km. from Salvador, there is a town called Praia do forte.
The place is cute and there you have Projeto Tamar, it's a turtle reservation (more pictures at my travelogue).
I think is worth going for two days unless you stay at the Eco Resort which its said its great.
A 50 Km. de Salvador hay un pueblito llamado Praia do Forte.
El lugar es muy pintoresco y ahi esta el Proyecto Tamar, es una reserva de tortugas (hay mas fotos en mi travelogue).
Creo que vale la pena ir por dos dias a menos que se hospeden en el Eco Resort que dicen que es muy bueno.
You're unlikely to see turtles on the beach, unless you're in Praia do Forte during the breeding season.
But the compact grounds of Projeto Tamar have dozens of tanks, large and small, in some of which baby turtles are kept till they're large enough to fend for themselves. In others adult turtles are held for therapeutic reasons.
The souvenir shop on the grounds has quality merchandise; and while its goods are a bit pricey, a part of the proceeds goes to support the project and its research.
Praia do Forte is about two hours, by road, north of Salvador. It is home to Projeto Tamar, the world's leading effort to save the various endangered species of sea turtle.
The Project's grounds are small but fascinating. The part of the town adjacent to the grounds is filled with restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops (some with interesting items).
Unfortunately, the company I went with -- AdVal Turismo -- gave us barely an hour at the Project.
We were then taken to a nearby beach, at Guarajuba, for lunch (not included) and a three-hour stay. The beach was fine, but no better than 10,000 others in Brazil. For the R$40 (less than US$14) AdVal charged, I'd rather have spent the entire time in Praia do Forte.
Tamar Reserve is an ideal day trip (80kms north) from Salvador at Praia do Forte and is fun for everyone. It has been set up to educate us on what the reserve is doing to help conserve the endangered turtles and shows you it's breeding programme. There is also a good beach for swimming after your lessons.