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Ferries and catamarans

The main ferry dock, principally for car ferries although also for catamarans and passenger boats, is the Marítimo de São Joaquim (Av Oscar Pontes 1051, T071-3254 1020, http://www.twbmar.com.br) . It is known colloquially as ‘ferry-boat’ (pronounced ‘fairhee bort)’. The terminal has a bank, cafés and some small shops. Ten car ferries per day arrive here from the little town of Bom Despacho on Itaparica as well as catamarans from Morro de São Paulo (two hours).

Salvador’s other boat terminal is smaller and serves only passengers. It lies opposite the Mercado Modelo, five minutes’ walk from the historic centre, and is known as the Terminal Marítimo de Mercado Modelo or Terminal Marítimo Turistico. Ferries and catamarans run between here and the Baía de Todos os Santos, including the village of Mar Grande on Itaparica (every 30 minutes) and there are catamarans from Morro de São Paulo (five a day in high season; three in low season; the last leaves at 1400).

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