Fernando de Noronha is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places on earth. The island is located off of the North Coast of Brazil and is just 10km long and 1.5km wide. It is a great getaway for travelers who love the beach and want to spend a sumptuous time wearing the most beautiful Brazilian beachwear.
Fernando de Noronha is a national park and a conservation area that strictly limits the number of tourists that visit per year in order to preserve the unique ecosystem that thrives there. The number of visitors allowed to visit is no more than 500 people per day so the island remains relatively untouched and free from tourist swells.
With three of its beaches ranked among the top five best beaches in Brazil, Fernando de Noronha is in a league of its own when it comes to pure paradise. From soft sand beaches framed by jagged cliffs, gorgeous marine life and the world’s highest concentration of wild dolphins the archipelago is a world apart from anything else! Here is the complete guide to Fernando de Noronha.
Things You Will Find in This Guide
How to get there?
Best time to visit
How to get around?
Things to do
Where to stay?
How to Get There?
Fernando de Noronha is located in the northeast region of Brazil. The island has a tiny airport, and you can get there by short flights from Natal and Recife. The travelers do not spend more than a week on this island because it’s more expensive when it comes to food, accommodation, and drinks compared to the other cities in Brazil.
Best Time to Visit Fernando De Noronha
There is no best or worst time to visit Fernando de Noronha as the temperature does not varies much. This island is never cooler than 18o C or never hotter than 30o C. So, congrats ladies as you can wear Brazilian bikinis whenever you visit the island.
However, most travelers avoid visiting the island from May to August due to the rainy season. Therefore, it is the off-peak season. On the other hand, travelers from different parts of the world especially Europe visit during April because the ocean remains calm during this time and this is the perfect month for diving.
Noronha has recently become a haven for Brazilian celebrities, and as a result, prices have increased. But if you’re looking for a deserted island experience with a bit of luxury where you can spend most of the time showing off your Brazilian Bikinis, then this is the place for you!
How to Get Around?
Unlike any other places in Brazil taxi in Fernando de Noronha works on fixed rates. The taxi fare may vary from 20-45 BRL (about $5.00 - $ 11.25 USD) depending upon the destination – drivers have a card showing the prices. It is the perfect mode of transport for visitors who love to travel in comfort.
The bus is the only public transportation that runs from one end of the island to the other. It is the cheapest mode of transportation, and each trip will cost you R$ 5.00 BRL (about $1.25 USD). If you are a budget-friendly traveler, then buses are the best option for you. You will find buses every 30 to 40 minutes from 7 am to 11 pm.
Renting a buggy is for fun lovers. If you want to make your itinerary to Fernando de Noronha more interesting and memorable then you should surely go for this mode of transportation on this beautiful island. A rental buggy will cost you around 250 BRL. “Pousadas” will usually organize a buggy for you, and all renters will deliver it to you.
Things to See and Do
Exploring the paradise island is one of the most exciting and breathtaking things you can do in Fernando de Noronha with jaw-dropping views and picture-perfect scenes around every corner.
Other than hanging out on many of its beaches and wearing your Brazilian bikinis all the time, you can also go diving, surfing, hiking or snorkeling with turtles.
The most intriguing part about Fernando de Noronha is that you will find the highest concentration of dolphins in the world due to the islands’ warm water. For the best dolphin watching, head to the Bay of Dolphins. This area is part of the National Marine Park, so the only way you’ll be able to get there is by walking a path along the cliff’s edge to the lookout.
Explore Praia Do Sancho
This beach is the finest example of tropical beaches. It does not have any fancy setting like deckchairs, beach bars, and showers. However, the location is tricky to reach as you will have to climb down the ladder through a deep cliff. Due to this reason, the beach is awarded as the Best Beach in Brazil. It is even a very good place for afternoon chilling and doesn’t forget to pack your Brazilian bikinis because this beach is the perfect location for it.
Praia do Sancho:
Go on Hiking
There are plenty of trails leading to deserted beaches between the cliffs, caves, and hills that are completely inaccessible unless you’ve got your hiking boots on. Hiking along the coastline will offer sweeping oceanic views and if you go during December to April, head to Praia da Cacimba do Padre beach to surf or simply watch the surfers catch some waves. At the end of the day, don’t miss out on a spectacular sunset at Boldro Beach.
Sunset at Boldro Beach:
Cruise the Island
If you want a unique view of Fernando de Noronha, hop on a boat tour. You’ll get a different perspective of the long white beaches, jungle-like vegetation and towering cliffs. Plus most tours usually include a visit to some hidden canes or islands. You can also tie in some snorkeling time.
Try Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is another popular activity and if you haven’t done it, you can either take lessons there or at least snorkel – you won’t want to miss out on the mesmerizing display of Noronha’s marine life which includes dolphins, rays, sharks and turtles.