Calling the archipelago of 21 islands that includes Fernando de Noronha Brazil an idyllic paradise is an understatement. This area is one of the most important ecological sanctuaries in the world and in 2001, together with Rocas Atoll, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the information for you about Fernando de Noronha Travel Guide…
Seemingly abandoned amidst the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the verdant mountains and sheer cliffs of Fernando de Noronha Brazil, a National Marine Reserve, jut out from the sea in all their lush, tropical glory. A beacon to divers from around the world, the waters surrounding the islands are home to a multitude of fish, manta rays, lemon sharks and spinner dolphins.
Every morning in the aptly named Baia dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dolphins), more than 1,000 spinner dolphins gather to frolic and dance in the early sunshine. Sea turtles are also prolific here, using many of the wide, secluded beaches as ground on which to lay their eggs.
The main island, Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, is the only one that is inhabited. To ensure the area’s natural landscape is not damaged, only 420 guests can visit the island at any given time. The untouched land, 70 per cent of which is national parkland, is dotted by a limited number of sustainable tourist inns that are nearly always at full capacity, particularly in December and January.
The island has two distinct sides, a gentle coast facing Brazil and a rockier, rough coastline facing the Atlantic. The island is bisected by a single road running from Baia do Sueste to the eastern port of Baia Santo Antonio, close to Vila dos Remedios where the majority of the population resides. Here you will find the town hall, a church, the post office, a dive shop and a bar. Vila do Trinta, up a small hill, has a few restaurants, a chemists and a grocer’s.
The most impressive structure in town is the Forte dos Remedios, a crumbling reminder of the Portuguese occupation. Dating back to 1737, its ancient cannons are half buried, its ramparts on the edge of collapse. Down some cobbled streets you will also find a quaint yellow-and-white baroque church, the Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, built in 1772, as well as the bright red colonial Palacio Sao Miguel.
The surrounding islands of Fernando de Noronha Brazil are largely characterised by their various formations. Meio Island, eroded to form a sort of inverted pyramid, is a well known landmark for sailors, its neighbour, Sela Gineta Cliff, is also recognizable for its similarity in shape to a cowboy’s saddle. Likewise, Chapeu do Sueste Island has been compared to a small mushroom and Ilha do Frade Cliff has been said to resemble a bell, not only for its shape, but also for the sound of the waves striking against its rocky base. Morro do Leao Cliff resembles a reclined sea lion, and the two imposing dark volcanic islands of Dois Irmaos Cliff are said to resemble a woman’s breasts.
Whatever you see in the cliffs, the image of a tropical paradise is the one that will remain with you forever.
A Brazilian archipelago made of 21 islands – the epitome of an unspoiled ecosystem.
Off the Brazilian coast between Natal, Recife.
It is known as the best dive spot in Brazil.
Spinner dolphins, turtles, sharks and other marine life.
There’s no bad time to visit this tropical paradise, even in the rainy season (from April-August) there are only intermittent showers.
There are two daily flights from Recife and also two from Natal. By sea you can make an unforgettable cruise on board of ships, which visit Noronha between October and February.