Why Visit Fernando de Noronha

  • The Marine Park is extremely important as breeding grounds for tuna, shark, turtles and marine mammals.
  • This World Heritage Site offers world-class diving and snorkeling.
  • 340km (approx. 210 miles) off the Brazilian coast, the area can only be accessed by plane or boat, giving the archipelago a certain exclusivity.
  • Fernando is home to one of the largest concentrations of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic.
  • The opportunity to view Green Turtles coming ashore to dig a nest and lay eggs, or watching the hatchlings making their way to the ocean.
  • Gorgeous white sandy beaches with dramatic rock formations.

TOP MAMMALS

  • Spinner Dolphin
  • Humpback Whale
  • Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
  • Short-finned Pilot Whale
  • Melon-headed Whale

TOP BIRDS

  • Noronha Elaenia (endemic)
  • Noronha Vireo (endemic)
  • Eared Dove (endemic race)
  • Black Noddy
  • Sooty Tern
  • Fairy Tern
  • Masked Booby
  • Brown Booby
  • Red-footed Booby

When to visit
Fernando de Noronha

The rainy season is from February to July but temperatures are fairly constant with average highs of around 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit) and average lows of around 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). During the rainy season you can expect bright sunny days punctuated by torrential downpours.

About Fernando de Noronha

Located 340 kilometres from the coast (approx. 210 miles), the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha consists of 21 islands and islets of volcanic origin. The only island open for tourism bears the same name as the whole archipelago and makes up 91% of the total area. The islands of this archipelago are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains. The main island has an area of 18 km² and is 10 km long and 3.5 km wide. The base of this enormous volcanic formation is 756 metres below the surface. The islands have two endemic birds; the Noronha Elaenia and the Noronha Vireo. Both are present on the main island. In addition there is an endemic race of Eared Dove. The life above and below sea however, is the main attraction of the island.

Whether enjoyed from the Inner Sea (facing Brazil) or the Outer Sea (facing Africa), the island is a collection of inspiring sights. Its clear and warm waters are the nursery and home to a large number of fauna; colourful fish, birds, coral reefs, sea turtles and cetaceans (most common among these are Spinner Dolphin and Humpback Whale, followed by many others such as Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Short-finned Pilot Whale and Melon-headed Whale). Fernando de Noronha has been a national marine park since 1988, is also a designated World Heritage Site and a point of national pride. There are a host of different activities including guided snorkelling, a boat excursion to see the resident pod of Spinner Dolphins, SCUBA diving (be sure to bring along your certification), surfing to name a few – or simply take some time to relax on the gorgeous sandy beaches.

Featured Lodges

Pousada Maravilha

The hotel offers a 360-degree view of one of Fernando de Noronha’s most beautiful sights – the Sueste Bay. It seems like Mother Nature strategically planned every detail here: the shades of turquoise in the water, the whimsical shape of the mountains, the bay of tranquil waters that welcomes so many sea turtles. Everything at Pousada Maravilha frames the view: the infinity pool, the wide balconies in each of the eight suites (with hot tubs and hammocks) and the spectacular dining area, which houses one of Noronha’s best restaurants. No matter where you stand, the Sueste is always in view. Among the hotel’s exclusive services are the spa and a number of excursions tailored to meet the personal needs of guests who wish to experience Noronha the way the island deserves.