Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute, Bahia, Brazil | | Jose Palazzo

We are open for all tourism and visitor

The Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization, operates two Visitor Centers, at Praia do Forte, Bahia State, and Vitória, Espírito Santo State, both listed on TripAdvisor (respectively and here.

With bilingual (Portuguese/English) interpretive exhibits about humpback whales, whale research, and ocean conservation, they receive both tourists and local community year-long but especially during whale season in Brazil (July/October), acting as hubs for whale watching operations in both localities, using their auditoriums for interpretive talks and capacity-building meetings directed at Tourism professionals.

The Institute has worked with local sanitary authorities to develop specific protocols to ensure visitor and employee safety at both visitor centers. Among adopted measures are the mandatory use of masks for visitors, masks and face shields for monitors and other staff, and alcohol cleaning; reduced working hours (now Wednesday to Sunday); limitations on visitor numbers per group and spacing to ensure adequate distance between visitors and visitors/staff.

Also, the Institute os working with whale watching operators and authorities to devise protocols for the safe resumption of boat-based tours, also with reduced numbers per trip

The Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute is mindful of the economic stress generated by the pandemic on coastal communities which relied partially on Ecotourism for their livelihoods, and is currently undertaking a review of the situation in order to help foster speedy and safe recovery once the pandemic is under control.

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