This is a large estuary 30 miles south of Salvador de Bahia. Morro do Sao Paolo is an historical and picturesque village without cars. The high cliffs between Morro and Gamboa are bright pink, and the clay is said to have healing properties for various illnesss. Gamboa is a real-live fishing village with a good atmosphere.
There is a 10 real tourist tax in Morro.
There are three good anchorages.
1) In a suitable depth just after passing the large ferry terminal of Morro do Sao Paolo, about 1/2 mile into the estuary. This can be subject to some swell in NE winds and there is a fair amount of passing boat traffic.
2) A more peaceful anchorage is off the village of Gamboa, about 3 miles into the estuary. Anchor in 7 metres in good holding of sand and mud. Beware of the very rapid shoaling towards the shore and the charter boat moorings.
3) A particulary calm anchorage is to be found amother 1/2 mile beyond Gamboa, at Curral.
The approach is straight forward, but going up to Gamboa is best done in daylight. Where the channel narrows, it deepens. The sand banks on the eastern side are steep-to, those to the west shelve more gradually and need watching.
There is a riverside trail from Gamboa to Morro but it is not regarded as safe for use by foreigners due to the ajoining neighbourhood.
The yacht club previously operating in Morro has been closed due to the large number of thefts. It is advisable to pay a
minder when using a dinghy to visit the town. The is a rickety wooden jetty and bar on the site of the yacht club.
It is advisable to use a bright anchor light as the crowded school boats start before first light.
Last updated January 2011.
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