Fernando de Noronha is 215 miles off the northeast coast and was declared a Marine National Park in 1988 This stunningly beautiful archipelago has 3 of the best beaches in Brazil, excellent snorkelling and world class diving in crystal clear waters rich with marine life, backed by tropical landscapes.
The main island is sparsely populated and visitor numbers are controlled. Much of the main island and the surrounding sea is a national park and there is 30m to 40m of underwater visibility, 230 species of fish, 15 coral varieties and 5 types of shark. The rainy season is from February to July.
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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.