Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, part of the State of Pernambuco, around 354 km offshore from the Brazilian coast. As an unique ecological sanctuary, Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a large part of the area is a National Marine Park. It has three wonderful beaches (Sancho, Porcos and Leão) that regularly feature in Brazil's top beaches list. However the life above and below sea is the main attraction of the island. Sea tortoises, dolphins, albatrosses and many other species are frequently observed.
Thanks to the deep clear water surrounding the island, Fernando de Noronha is a great location for scuba diving. Warm water and exuberant subaquatic fauna and flora can be found during dives from 25 to 40 m deep. A Brazilian warship, the corvette NAeL Ipiranga, sank in 1987 and is lying in pristine condition at around 190 feet.
Things to see and do
* Praia do Leão and Baía do Sancho
* Dolphin watching
* Diving & snorkelling
* Boat tours
* Kayaking & trekking
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Real (R$) (BRL)
Language – Portuguese
Population – 3,500 approx
Land Area – 18.4 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 55
Port Location – There are two ports located on the island; Porto Sto Antonio and Porto do Chachorro.
Transport Links – Flight times are available from Recife (540 km) and Natal (350 km). Flights by Trip Airlines, Varig and TAM operate daily to Airport of Fernando de Noronha.
During high season travel operator CVC has 4-6 days cruises from Fortaleza, Natal and Recife.