Fernando de Noronha
Diving and snorkelling in clear ocean waters, guided hiking and glorious sunsets, Fernando de Noronha archipelago offers all this and more.
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands about 200 miles off the northeast coast of Brazil. It's the site of three of the country’s best beaches and a pristine UNESCO world heritage site. Imagine turquoise ocean water, rocky islets, deserted coves, a profusion of marine wildlife and an absence of crowds and you’ll get the picture. The airport and most guest accommodation is on the main island, also called Fernando de Noronha, which makes up over 90% of the total area.
- Diving and snorkelling: The clarity of the warm ocean waters is ideal for diving and snorkelling. Expect to see abundant fish, turtles, rays and sharks and, if lucky, whale sharks and there are caves and shipwrecks to be explored.
- Dolphin watching: Spinner dolphins are best observed in the appropriately named Baia de Golfinos. They are named after their practice of spinning around as they jump out of the water, a wonderful display that you can watch from the beach or a boat.
- Hiking, horse riding & cycling: Walking trails showcase local flora and fauna, take you to historic forts and up to viewpoints. Some routes can be walked independently while trails within the national park require a guide. There are opportunities for horse riding and biking, great ways to appreciate the natural beauty of the island.
- Boat trips: Trips to deserted beaches and to some of the smaller islands of the archipelago are a lovely way to see a little more of Fernando de Noronha as you take it easy, with stops for swimming and ample photo opportunities along the way.
- Lazy days and sunsets: Fernando de Noronha's beautiful beaches are the perfect place to rest and soak up some sun, a great change of pace from Brazil’s busy cities and resorts. Towards the end of the afternoon, you should make your way to a viewpoint to watch the sunset over the ocean, a lovely way to round off the day.