One of the best resources for planning your trip to Barra Grande and Taipu de Fora is Turismo Taipu (tel. 073/3258-9051 or 071/9962-6222). The owner, Tatiana Pugliese, speaks excellent English, has lived here for years, and knows the area like the back of her hand. She and her staff can set up transfers, accommodations, and sightseeing. For a great map of the region, see www.pousadapontadomuta.com.br/chegar.htm.
By Car -- There is effectively no car access. Cars aren't allowed on the ferry. From the south, the only road access is hard-core 4*4 territory.
By Bus & Ferry -- From Salvador, the best route is to take the ferry from Salvador to Bom Despacho on Itaparica island (approx. 1 hr.). From there you can connect with a bus that will take you to Camamu 180km (112 miles) away. Both Viação Camurujipe (tel. 073/3255-2508) and Aguia Branca (tel. 073/3255-1823) run a daily service to Camamu from Bom Despacho Valença (approx. 4 hr.; tickets cost R$20). Then from Camamu you catch another ferry to Barra Grande. You can either take the regular ferry (every hour, btw. 7am and 5:30pm, R$6 per person), which takes an hour and a half or a fast boat that will get you there in 35 minutes; departures at 7am, 9am, 1pm, and 4:30pm. Tickets are R$25 per person.
By Plane -- Unfortunately, the direct flights to Barra Grande from Salvador or Morro de São Paulo have been canceled, due to a licensing issue with the Barra Grande airstrip. Only guests of the Kairoa resort can make use of their private air transfer from São Paulo. The other option is to fly to Ilheus. There are daily flights by TAM (tel. 071/4002-5700) and Gol (tel. 0300/115-2121). From Ilheus you need to travel to Camamu and take the ferry.
Only during New Year's and Carnaval does this region get really full. To visit during this period book a few months ahead. Better to go in the off season, when you have the beaches practically to yourself.
There are no banks or bank machines in Barra Grande. Most pousadas and a number of restaurants accept credit cards (mostly MasterCard and Visa) but it is a good idea to bring plenty of cash. You will find the Lan House Barra Internet cafe in the main square, across from the church. Open daily from 8am to 10pm; R$8 per hour.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.