My first time in the island paradise of Fernando de Noronha was in 2004, and since my inaugural visit I have returned time and again. It is one of Brazil’s most exclusive destinations. I fell more in love with this untouched island oasis with every day of my stay, and I am sure you will too.
The island and her surrounding territory are a protected national marine conservation park and are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The archipelago is made up of 22 incredible islands and is home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds to be found in the Western Atlantic. Its rich waters are teeming with marine biodiversity and are vital in their production.
Sustainable tourism is a priority in this ecological sanctuary. The local government agencies only allow 460 people to visit the island at one time. A small environmental preservation tax is charged to all tourists by IBAMA (The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). This leads to not only a pristine ambiance, but also an exclusive and romantic getaway.
There is only one paved road on the island extending for 7 kilometers. Most everything in Noronha is accessible via walking or hiking along marked trails. Or you can always take a guided horseback ride to hidden beaches.
I suggest you take a 4×4 island tour on your first morning in Fernando de Noronha. It gives you perspective and information regarding all of its most stunning locations from friendly local guides. My first island tour was in the back of an open air jeep, and I must admit that some of my morning was spent eating the red dust from the dirt roads. Now almost 7 years later, there are many different options from a dune buggy to luxury Land Rover to experience the islands top spots.
The island boasts endless deserted beaches and lagoons. My favorite beach is Baia do Sancho and will literally take your breath away. The sand is like suntanned powder between your toes. The various black volcanic rocks dot the edges of the horizon and link the emerald green waters with open blue sky.
I personally am a scuba diving fanatic, so I spent much of my time on the island underwater. I encountered so many types of colorful fish, manta rays, huge fluorescent moray eels, sharks, sea tortoises, and spinner dolphins galore! It is truly an aquarium for people with pristine and clear waters. Visibility can get up to 125 meters and it is a snorkelers and divers paradise.
There are many options for activities such as horseback riding, renting a dune buggy, sailing trips, historical walking tours including a visit to the historic Fort Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, sea kayaking, or surfing.
In short, Noronha is pure relaxation in a secluded vacation paradise. You can spend your days exploring deserted beaches and relishing a swim in the cool clear waters. In the evening, return to your exclusive eco-friendly hotel and watch the sunset over the ocean from the open air restaurant.
Fernando de Noronha allows you the opportunity to experience some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches in a pristine environment. It is easy to slip into island time and find yourself not wanting to leave.