Fernando de Noronha is a destination much requested by Brazilian and foreign tourists. Why this? Simple, it is a place that provides diverse experiences in just one trip!
That's it. There are hundreds of reasons to be enchanted by the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which is formed by a set of 21 islands that belong to the state of Pernambuco, in the northeast of Brazil.
Among them, there is only one that is inhabited (around 3 thousand inhabitants), which also bears the name Fernando de Noronha. The other islands of the archipelago can only be visited with an official IBAMA license.
This inhabited island is relatively small, with only 17 km². But that's not a problem, since the average time of stay in Noronha is five days, allowing it to be possible to do all the attractions available on the spot.
Going to Fernando de Noronha is also a great opportunity to experience the natural and social history of Brazil. This is due to the fact that the archipelago covers several historical sites, such as Vila dos Remédios, the ruins of São Pedro do Boldró, the village of Quixaba and the Department of Flight Protection of the Aeronautics. If you like history, these places can charm you!
And the beaches of Noronha? They are always on the list of the world's best beaches. In addition, the destination has one of the best dive sites in Brazil, requested by both professionals and those who never practiced it.
But you may be wondering, still...
This question is easy to answer! In Noronha, you can practice sports and ecotourism activities, get to know the local flora and fauna, visit the island's environmental protection projects and experience many cultural attractions.
Another reason to know Fernando de Noronha is that the place is a stronghold of wild nature. This is because, even after more than 500 years of discovery, the archipelago remains extremely preserved.
To get an idea, it was only in the mid-1990s that started the ecotourism exploration of the island. But the intention of keeping the fauna and flora practically intact remains, over the years.
The reason for this care is also about the constant pursuit of providing visitors with a positive ecological experience. And this includes the tariffs charged on the island, such as the Environmental Preservation Tax (TPA), which serve to promote awareness, preservation for the next generations, and the maintenance of the natural beauty of the destination.
In this sense, there are some environmental rules and restrictions for those who want to visit the island. Mainly because Fernando de Noronha was regulated as a National Marine Park, in addition to being registered by Unesco as Natural World Heritage.
In the year 1988, a federal decree created the National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha (Parnamar). The goal is still to protect all marine and terrestrial species of the archipelago and to collaborate for environmental education and biological research.
In Noronha, there is strict control of the number of tourists present at the same time on the main island. There, they can sleep up to 240 people. And all this effort is to prevent any harm to the environment. It is for these and other reasons that there are rules of behavior that must be respected by the visitors of Noronha.
Within the area of the National Marine Park is prohibited, for example:
🚫 feed the animals;
🚫 Swim with the dolphins;
🚫 visiting islands or cliffs;
🚫 collect organic materials (seeds, fruits or shells);
🚫 camping or diving without the guidance of an accredited company.
Fernando de Noronha's strongly preserved environmental wealth meant that the destination guaranteed, internationally, a seal of environmental quality. This factor contributes to maintaining the responsibility and commitment of both visitors and residents to strive to protect the archipelago.
In addition, at the end of 2018, a decree established a ban on the entry, marketing and use of plastic containers, or even their counterparts, in the Fernando de Noronha State District.
The rule includes plastic bottles, cups, straws, and even disposable plastic bags, those distributed in supermarkets. Packaging and styrofoam containers and other products composed of polyethylenes, polypropylenes and the like have also been banned.
In Fernando de Noronha, it is possible to get in direct contact with the varied and exotic fauna of the archipelago. And this opportunity occurs because its waters shelter thousands of species of fish, corals, sponges, and mollusks. Among the most beloved animals of visitors to Noronha, we can highlight:
In Noronha, we can observe sea turtles at close quarters. Especially during the rainy months. It is during this period that the female tortoises occupy the beaches to deposit to do the spawning.
Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), an extremely endangered species, use the Noronha archipelago to grow and feed. It is very common to find them while diving!
And, on top of this event, the Tamar Project does a great job of monitoring the Hawksbill sea turtle on the island. In addition, their researchers develop free daily lectures on the characteristics and importance of this animal to the ecosystem.
Noronha dolphins are known as Spinner dolphins because of the large jumps with spinning that run out of water.
On the island, the best place to see them in their natural environment is in the Belvedere of Baía dos Golfinhos. These animals use this area to breed and raise their young. In the afternoon, they move to the high seas to feed themselves. Dolphin Bay is the only place in the Atlantic Ocean where Spinner can be seen in large groups!
On the other hand, the flora of Fernando de Noronha presents predominant species of the northeastern wilderness. In addition, it is home to another rare occurrence in the Atlantic Ocean: the insular mangrove, a unique ecosystem in the world, home to several species of animals and plants that rely on its resources both in and out of water.
Bringing this information, you may be thinking that Fernando de Noronha is always full of visitors, who seek these unique experiences with nature.
But are there periods of greater or lesser demand for Noronha?
The dream of exploring Fernando de Noronha is common for many people. But another point that unites its admirers concerns the price variation in Noronha when there is a greater demand for the destination.
What can be anticipated is that the values of the products and services practically do not change between the high and the low season. This scenario changes only in the New Year and in Carnival when prices change more. Even so, the island is strongly sought throughout the year!
For the purposes of trade, these periods end up being predetermined.
✅ Low season: it happens between the months of March and June.
✅ Average season: in the month of February and from August to December.
✅ High season: January, July and holidays, mainly in the carnival and in the new year.
Regardless if you go to Noronha in the high or low season, we've listed some tips for you to plan your trip budget peacefully and safely!
✔ There are restaurants serving dishes made on the island, which are at a reduced cost.
✔ Better to stay in hostels or in Airbnb (more information throughout the text), to be able to cook and save even more with the lodging.
✔ Prefer to ride a bus or bike. In addition to saving money, you can meet new people and still stay healthy!
✔ Search and enjoy promotional packages for Fernando de Noronha.
✔ And, that joking tip: when you go to the beach, why not take those little things in your backpack and still save on lunch ?!
Even if you are thinking of going to Noronha spending little, the chances of you having unforgettable days are giants!
Therefore, do the best planning of your trip and know the best time to visit Fernando de Noronha, taking into account everything you expect from the trip.
Finally, other important information: on the campaign Mais Noronha, prices on the island reduce by up to 30% during the months that attract fewer tourists. This movement has meant that, until these periods, the island is very busy.
Regardless of the time chosen for the trip, the best time to visit Fernando de Noronha will be when you are there!
But of course, like everywhere else in the world, in Noronha, there are varying weather conditions during the year. The most important question to ask is: which Noronha do you want to find?
On the island, there are two well-defined seasons. From August / September to February, the climate is dry. Between the months of March and the end of May, we have the rainy season.
However, even in the rainy season, it does not mean that there will be precipitation every day. Or even during the whole day. So don't worry when planning your trip in the rainy season. The sunny days are quite common and the rains well located.
During the rainy season, our main tip is to bring hiking shoes if you have nature walks that are included in your schedule. This will help you to walk the tracks, which may be muddy.
And the temperature? This hardly changes during the year. Noronha has a tropical climate, and it maintains an average between 26ºC and 28ºC, predominantly of hot days and refreshing winds, at night. Do not forget that little coat!
For those who like to surf, the ideal is to plan the trip for the months of January and February, when the swell is happening. Mainly because, at this time, the waves are so conducive to the sport that makes Noronha Brazilian Hawaii.
Now, if you are in search of that sea that looks like a natural pool, prefer to go to Noronha between the months of September and October. In this period, besides the sea being expressively calmer, the visibility of the waters reaches an impressive 50 meters. It's really an invitation to dive!
And make no mistake about it. It is very easy to get a sunburn, in Fernando de Noronha. Without even realizing it, because there is always a breeze coming from the ocean that ends up cooling the body. Be sure to bring sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and your favorite moisturizer.
There are so many emotions when talking about the main tours of Fernando de Noronha!
We could cite several attractions that cater for all tastes and audiences.
But we were able to gather all these feelings into four stunning activities and demanded by the visitors of the island, including their tours.
First of all, it is good to know that the beaches of Fernando de Noronha are divided between the sea from the inside (facing the mainland) and the sea from the outside (facing the ocean).
The beaches of the inland sea have extremely crystalline waters. And on this side, too, what happens is the sunset. On the other hand, the beaches of the sea are dominated by colors of blue and green, which represent a spectacle of its own!
The following are the main beaches of Noronha that you need to know.
The highlight is Praia do Sancho, which is the most famous, with calm and crystal clear waters. In addition, it has a great diversity of underwater life, sheltering diverse coral banks. Praia do Sancho is still considered one of the best spots in Brazil for snorkeling.
Another peak that the majority of visitors consider charming is Praia do Meio, which has an average extension and lies between the beaches of Cachorro and Conceição. Imagine a sea of calm waters, as if they were natural pools amid the rocks. Still, in Praia do Meio, you will find Pião rock, an interesting geological formation that balances between smaller rocks.
There is also Praia da Cacimba do Padre, which represents the crystalline sea of surfers, with breathtaking rock formations! It is one of the largest beaches on the island and houses another well-known point of Noronha: Morro Dois Irmãos.
Finally, Cachorro Beach, which is the most frequented by the island's residents. There, you will find clear, soft sand that meets calm, crystal clear waters. On the beach, there is still a freshwater fountain! And to further improve, it is possible to rent snorkel and surfboard, bodyboard, and stand up paddle for fun.
In the sea outside, one of the most amazing beaches in the Atalaia, which has volcanic features in its landscape. It holds an aquarium of marine life, being a nursery for several species.
Located 2.5 km from the center, it has crystalline waters that are great for diving, besides the incredible cliffs! To get a sense of its beauty, Praia da Atalaia was voted the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor appraisers.
Praia do Leão is considered one of the three most beautiful beaches in Brazil, being the highlight of the sea from outside. This is due, in particular, to the clear sands, and by the stones that end up forming small natural pools of blue and green color.
In addition, Praia do Leão is a stronghold of sea turtles for the spawning period between January and June. Its name is due to a large rock formation, which looks like a sea lion.
Enseada da Caieira has natural pools that are found amidst the dunes and rocks and also houses an abundant marine life. There is a belvedere that reveals all the beauty of this place.
The Ponta da Air France is a beach of hectic waters that is in a historical region of Fernando de Noronha. The bath is not allowed, but it is very worth to visit it, even if it is to contemplate its beautiful landscape. An interesting point of the Ponta da Air France is that it is located exactly where the sea inside and the sea out meet.
Finally, the Praia do Porto de Santo Antônio reserves an amazing tour in your itinerary. On this beach, it is possible to practice diving on the cargueiro Eleani Stathatos, a Greek ship, shipwrecked in 1929. The feeling of being able to float by this boat almost 12 meters deep is really a differentiated experience!
Those who like to walk outdoors and through nature will be amazed by the trails of Fernando de Noronha. A great example is the historic Jardim Elizabeth Trail, which gathers several historical points of the island. Among them, the Forte e Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Memorial Noronhense.
Another example is the Baía do Sancho trail, where it is possible to contemplate suspended paths of ecological wood, making the trip as safe as it is surprising. In this tour, you can see a great variety of preserved vegetation, besides the native fauna and flora.
Already the Trilha do Farol is quite quiet and lush. In it, you can see amazing viewpoints! And it also has the Capim-Açu trail, which is the longest one of Fernando de Noronha. It is located on slopes that lead to Ponta do Capim-Açú.
And, if you want to watch seabirds diving into the sea in search of food, we indicate the Costa Esmeralda Trail, which has a two-hour walking time.
Finally, the trail Pontinha Pedra Alta, which starts at Enseada da Caieira and goes to Vila do Trinta. In this tour, visitors can see the place of the first shipwreck in Brazil in 1503.
As seen, Fernando de Noronha is an ideal destination for those who already practice or want to practice diving. Its natural pools with crystalline blue color make the sport even more surprising, due to the great visibility. The chances of spotting colorful fish, corals, turtles, dolphins, and even sharks are very high!
And some diving modalities are available to island visitors. In the dive in tow - Planasub or Aquasub *, one can appreciate the beauty of the waters in the middle of the fun. This modality was invented in Noronha, and the equipment is the same used in a free dive (mask, snorkel, and vest).
The participants hold on board and are pulled lightly by a boat. The sensation is of sliding on the surface of the water! For those who have more experience, you can dive into apnea up to 4m deep, holding the board. Undoubtedly, it is an unmissable opportunity to admire the beauties of the North American sea.
The baptism dive in Fernando de Noronha is structured for visitors who have never dived. The mode uses the breathing cylinder, and before beginning baptism, participants receive basic guidance from the instructors.
In baptism diving, one can reach up to 12 meters deep, and the time inside the water is, on average, 30 minutes. The sensation of immersing for the first time is, literally, a baptism to the wonders of the seabed! But be aware: choosing among the 26 dive sites in Noronha to perform this activity, and it will depend on the marine conditions of the day.
Another modality practiced on the island is autonomous diving, which can only be performed by accredited divers. In Fernando de Noronha, there are 25 dive sites for all levels of accreditation and depth, encompassing lush caves and plenty of marine life diversity.
Now, if you just want to enjoy the sea beauties on a calm sea, it is possible to practice snorkeling and fins in Noronha.
And Praia do Sueste is ideal for those who want to swim safely. On this tour, visitors can experience the sensation of swimming between sea turtles and lemon sharks. It's indescribable!
▶ Visitors who have health problems, such as cardiac, hypertensive or respiratory disorders, cannot take this tour.
▶ It is not allowed to practice diving in the 24 hours before the return flight, due to the atmospheric pressure and altitude.
▶ It is also not advisable to eat heavy foods before diving.
▶ Pregnant women cannot perform a dive.
▶ Children over 10 years can dive, with the written permission of the person in charge.
The amazing island of Noronha also has attractions for those who want to have lots to do in Fernando de Noronha with the family. There are several nice options that also serve to learn about ecological and sustainable tourism.
Then, check out the main tours to enjoy with the family!
A good walk with the family is the Ilha Tour, which passes through the main points of Noronha. We could even say that this tour is the main tour for anyone who is going to see the island for the first time.
Among the stop points of Ilha Tour, we can highlight the Baía do Sancho, where it is possible, to snorkel and glimpse the marine fauna and flora. Another highlight of the tour itinerary is the Praia do Porto de Santo Antônio, which covers the famous Buraco da Raquel. Then there is a stop at the Capela de São Pedro, which provides one of the most beautiful sceneries on the island.
The Ilha Tour is made on a 4x4 vehicle and actually runs throughout the archipelago. It is a great option for all the family to know the beaches, besides offering some stops for the bathing of the sea. In addition, the tour can be done with other visitors or privately. Privately, the tour is made on a buggy (a type of a car)!
Another ideal family attraction involves environmental projects such as Tamar, which are a great attraction for group fun. This is because Fernando de Noronha is a reproduction site of the green turtle, which spawns on the sandy beaches of the place.
This natural event takes place between December and July and is monitored by Tamar Project professionals.
The Praia do Leão, which concentrates 80% of the spawning, is the main preservation area of the archipelago. At that location, an average of 8,900 turtles is generated per year!
Another tip for a walk with the family in Fernando de Noronha is the Tubarão Museum. There, it is possible to understand a little more about the life and characteristics of this amazing animal.
In addition, there is an on-site restaurant, which serves as one of the main dishes, the bolinho de tubalhau, which is composed of cassava and shark meat. It is very yummy, and for sure the whole family will love it!
The museum also features outdoor sculptures, which are great for recording some photos. And there is also a small shop that offers the most varied souvenirs.
It is important to know that cruise traffic is no longer allowed in Fernando de Noronha. Mainly because of the great negative impact on the preservation of the island.
Another reason is that cruise travelers eat and drink on ships, and not consuming on the local commerce. They even did not pay the stay fee, charged only to overnight visitors.
It is necessary to be informed about how to arrive in Fernando de Noronha, before finalizing the planning of your trip. This factor can be of even greater importance, depending on where you are coming from.
We already know that usually, the fastest way to get to a place is by plane. And the same happens for those who wish to go to Fernando de Noronha, inclusive, for those leaving Recife, the capital of Pernambuco.
If you are coming from other Brazilian states, or even from another country, the only option is to take a flight to the cities of Natal or Recife. From there, take another flight to Fernando de Noronha.
That is a fairly common question, too. On the island of Noronha, there are available micro-buses that circulate every day, from 6 a.m. to 0 p.m., on the only federal road of the place: the BR-363.
Other individual transportation options that can be paid or rented are taxis, buggies, motorbikes, and bicycles. But do not forget to search for the prices of these transports, that way you won't have surprises when you arrive on the island. ;)
🗺 Airport of Fernando de Noronha (Vila do DPV, Km 3) - Contact: (81)3619-1311.
🗺 International Airport Governador Aluízio Alves, in Natal - Contact: (84)3644-1000.
🗺 Airport Guararapes, in Recife - Contact: (81)3464-4188.
🗺 Taxi Nortax, in Fernando de Noronha - Contact: (81) 3619-1314.
Noronha offers several lodging options for its visitors, and the choice will depend on some factors such as budget, the tours that will be carried out and some personal preferences.
On the island, it is possible to find from luxurious hotels to hostels. But rather, it is good to understand a little about the characteristics of places to stay:
🛎 in Vila dos Remédios, which is considered the center of Noronha, visitors have at their disposal a greater number of restaurants, shops, and historical tours than in other places of the island.
🛎 The Floresta Velha and the Floresta Nova are villas that are very close to the beaches of Conceição and Cachorro.
🛎 In Vila do Trinta, you can also find options for restaurants, bars, markets, and conveniences.
🛎 Vila Sueste is close to the airport and the beautiful Baía Sueste, which has one of the calmest waters of the island.
Once you understand what's available on the island, it's time to leave for the choice of where to stay.
Fernando de Noronha has several projects that offer luxury and comfort. The island offers hotels and inns that have exclusive services, characterizing them as true resorts.
There is lodging in Fernando de Noronha that does not require large investments and, at the same time, they are comfortable. In Noronha, you can find inns and hotels that understand the need to save money and, at the same time, guarantee a differentiated experience. It is a balance that is worth researching.
There are several options for bed and breakfast inns in Fernando de Noronha. This form of accommodation was created in 1990, with the intention of implementing well-established rules on lodging on the island.
That is, the houses of the habitats of Noronha were adapted to receive the tourists, with areas exclusively reserved for the comfort and privacy of the visitors.
The Airbnb stay application is already known around the world, and also marks its presence in the accommodations of Fernando de Noronha. The tool provides full or shared spaces of property owners so that travelers have the opportunity to rent them.
Already the hostels are spread all over the island and have unbeatable prices. Their infrastructure is quite acceptable, with everything you need to make the most of Fernando de Noronha.
If you want to know where to eat in Fernando de Noronha, you probably need to consider Vila dos Remédios too. It is in this place that is the gastronomic pole of the island. Whether it's a buffet a kilo, restaurants to dine or even snack bars for a quick bite you'll find in that Village.
The dishes mainly include regional food, with simple and tasty meals. Our highlight is the seafood, which is present in most of the menu of the archipelago.
Now, if you are thinking of investing in that unforgettable dinner, know that most of the time, you need to book your place in advance. In the same way, it happens with the gastronomic festivals that take place in Noronha.
Of course, the values of the dishes are important. That's why we suggest researching the prices of the restaurants of Fernando de Noronha when planning your trip.
The nightlife in Fernando de Noronha offers good options for fun and relaxation. Enjoy the late afternoon and visit the Bar do Meio, which offers a great image of the island's sunset.
To enjoy with friends, Espaço Cultural Muzenza is a great option. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the local program brings together tourists and residents of Noronha to dance Brazilian songs. The place is also known for promoting samba after Sunday Mass, further enlivening the night of Noronha!
Another great option to have fun is the Bar do Cachorro, where it is possible to dance forró and maracatu. The bar is close to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Church. But do not worry about decorating the path, because any resident of the island will know to indicate the location of this amazing bar!
Our last tip to enjoy the night of Noronha is, rightly, to talk to the natives. They always know when and where the best events on the island will happen.
Packing the suitcase for Noronha is not a very complicated task. Knowing that the days are predominantly warm and the nights a little colder, just not worth forgetting the refreshing clothes and the jacket for the night walks.
We recommend you bring:
✅ backpack or beach bag;
✅ snorkel mask;
✅ bikini or swimwear;
✅ sunscreen and repellent;
✅ hat and sunglasses;
✅ sneakers and slippers (no high heel!);
✅ towels and beach towels;
✅ eye drops for bathing days at sea;
✅ Camera (underwater too!).
* In Fernando de Noronha, there are no exchange offices. Try to carry a minimum amount of cash.
All visitors of Fernando de Noronha are required by law to pay the Environmental Preservation Fee of the Fernando de Noronha State District. This fee is intended to maintain the environmental conditions of the archipelago.
The amount will depend on the number of days of stay on the island. For example, for those who will stay five days, the value (2019) is R$ 361.71. Children under five years old are exempt from this fee. For more information access www.noronha.pe.gov.br. At this address, you can view the amounts per day and make the online payment.
In addition to the Environmental Preservation Fee, you must pay to enter the areas covered by the Parque Nacional Marinho. The Access Card is valid for ten days and includes several beaches and trails, such as Praia do Sancho, Atalaia Beach and the Baía do Sueste.
The value (2019) is R$ 106.00 for Brazilians and R$ 212.00 for foreign visitors. It is also possible to pay it online: www.parnanoronha.com.br.
☑ Children under 11 years and adults over 60 do not have to pay.
☑ Children over 5 must request an Access Card.
In Fernando de Noronha, there is an agency of Banco Santander, a Bradesco station and a Caixa Econômica Federal terminal.
The island also has two 24-hour boxes: one at the airport and another at the Tamar Project headquarters, in Vila do Boldró.
Some events take place during the year in Noronha. Some examples are the Surfing Championship, which takes place in January or February; the Festa de São Pedro, in June; the National Championship of Sport Fishing and the Street Race, which take place in August; the Crossing to Swim in May; and Eco Cine Noronha, which takes place in October.
🔴 There's a public hospital on the island.
🔴 The voltage of the archipelago is 220 volts.
🔴 Tourist Information: www.noronha.pe.gov.br.
🔴 The maximum time of stay in Fernando de Noronha is 30 days.
🔴 The area code of Noronha is 81.
🔴Tourist information points: Information and Control Stations (PIC) of Parque Marinho, installed in the accesses of the Baía dos Golfinhos / Sancho e Sueste, besides the kiosk in the Praça Flamboyant.
🔴 Cards accepted on the island : VISA, Hiper Card, Master Card and Dinners.
With all this information, it is easier to plan your long dreamed trip to Fernando de Noronha! If you need help setting up your schedule on the island, count on the Bonitour team and our Roteiro Fácil. ;)
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