Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago that belongs to Brazil. This paradise is formed by 21 islands and islets with a total area of 17 km². The archipelago is 545 Km off from Recife (city in the northern part of Brazil), in the pure Atlantic Ocean, where just a bit more than 3,000 inhabitants live. The main island (10 Km long and 3.5 Km wide), gave the name to the archipelago. In 1988, the uninhabited part of the archipelago was declared Marine National Park due to the protection of some endemic species and because of the high concentration of dolphins (Stenella longirostris) at Baia dos Golfinhos, being the place of the world where the observation of this species is more regular. In 2001 Fernando de Noronha was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the interest of its environmental importance.
Fernando de Noronha is placed over an extinct volcano. Being a volcanic site, its beaches are abrupt, wild and covered by lush vegetation that reaches the sand. Its situation in the Atlantic Ocean provides the surrounding waters with a high amount of nutrients, making them extremely rich to feed a high diversity of species. All the beaches of the island have emerald waters and are paradises for diving and for relaxing.
Hosted at the most exclusives pousadas of the island, you will enjoy a relaxing and a full of wonderful visual stimuli holiday. Our best election was described by Condé Nast Johanses as a pousada which preserves the environment and that is inspired by the spectacular setting, being an elegant place at the same time that sustainable. It also belongs to the Brazilian Luxury Travel Association and to the Luxury Group.
Diving and Snorkelling. Fernando de Noronha is one of the best places in the world for diving, being Pedras Secas one of the top ten dive sites of the world. The archipelago has an immense underwater quality; high concentration of tropical fishes, barracudas and other pelagic schools, moray eels, turtles, rays, 14 species of sharks, dolphins, lobsters, sponges, caves, arches, canyons, sunken vessels…
Dolphin Sightings. Baia dos Golfinhos is one of the best places in the world to see dolphins in their natural habitat. The waters surrounding the archipelago are the most suitable for the breeding of this cetaceans, having its observation almost 100% assured.
Surf. Fernando de Noronha is the Meca for surfers. The best time to surf is between December and March. The waves are not giant (up to 5 meters high), but they are fast, powerful and have a great turquoise colour.
Kayak. Tours around the island to look at the impressive views from the coast.
Trekking. There are 5 main paths on the island. They pass through beaches, through inland vegetation and through some of the XVIII century fort remains. There are also plenty of birds to observe.
Horse riding. A nice impression of the island’s beauty can be achieved on a horseback ride.
Buggy tour. A fantastic option to move around the island could be renting one of those vehicles, to easily explore the whole island.
Due to flight connections, to reach Fernando de Noronha you need to make a technical stop. We recommend you to stop at Rio de Janeiro having the chance to know one of the most visited cities of the southern hemisphere and the second largest and probably most attractive city in Brazil. Rio, “the Carioca landscape between the mountain and the sea” was, in 2012, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its natural settings, its exuberant carnival, its music and its beaches. In addition, one of the 7 new wonders of the world, the giant statue of the Redentor Christ is placed on top of the Corcovado mountain. After this visit, you will get to the final destination on a small plane.
The geographic situation of Fernando de Noronha provides the archipelago with a tropical climate, always accompanied by a cool sea breeze, getting an average annual temperature of 28⁰C. The dry season goes from September to February, therefore, the rainy season from March to August. The rains are weak and occasional. The average seawater temperature is around 27⁰C.
Essential. Passport (valid and to expire not less than six months after entering the country), high protection sun cream, sun glasses, swim suits, hat or cap, mosquito repellent.
Language. Portuguese is the official language. English is used in the tourism industry.
Time difference. UTC -3:00, 4 hours less in relation to Spain (5h in summer time).
Currency. Real (BRL). Aprox. 1€=3’5R$, 1$=3’2R$. Dollars are accepted in many places.
Banks/ATM/Credit card. There is a bank on the island, but it does not exchange currencies. There is also a pair of ATMs, but there is no guarantee that they do work. We highly recommend taking enough money with you.
Electricity: Current here is 110/220V. You will not need any adaptor, as they are European type.