Fernando de Noronha, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

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Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago 220 miles just off the coast of Brazil. It is comprised of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The municipality takes its name from Fernão de Loronha, a Portuguese merchant who received the islands from the Portuguese crown as a reward for services rendered. In 2001, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Getting There

The Fernando de Noronha Airport serves daily flights from Recife at 1:40 PM and from Natal at 1:10 PM. There are also domestic flights from other major Brazilian cities.

It is also possible to travel by sea on cruises coming from Recife, Natal and Fortaleza.

Climate and Geography

The islands have a tropical climate with a rainy season from March to August. They are parts of a submerged mountain range of volcanic origin, the base of which is 2,840 feet below the surface of the water.

Attractions

There are nice beaches in Fernando de Noronha like Praia do Leão, Pig Bay and Baía do Sancho. Visitors can go swimming and watch beautiful sunsets from these beaches. There are also dolphins at Dolphins Bay and sea turtles on Sueste Bay. 

Tourists can go snorkeling at Praia da Atalaia, but only at low tide. Trekking is also possible in the National Marine Reserve. There are free trails in the Environment Preservation Area.