Fernando de Noronha
Best months:
November to February

Fernando de Noronha

North East Region, Brazil
LAST UPDATED 15/08/2008
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introduction

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Roberto Garrido: Dois Irmãos - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; November 01, 2006

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in Brazil, part of the State of Pernambuco and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 354 km offshore from the Brazilian coast. Its pristine beaches, landscapes and wildlife attract tourists worldwide.

surfing

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Bjørn Christian Tørrissen: Praia Sancho, seen from a cliff on the south coast of the island; 4 May 2006

Technically a municipality of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, Fernando de Noronha is an offshore volcanic archipelago offering some of the most spectacular diving and surfing in South America. The entire chain consists of 21 islands and all are covered by a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the unique examples of flaura, fauna and geological formation. Eco tourism has become increasingly popular during recent years and several world class waves have been discovered. Many more await the adventurer and it is likely that with careful ecological management, it will be possible for some of the more remote islands in the group to be explorable by divers and surfers alike. Protecting natural resources is a bit of a new game in South America so feel free to use your own moral compass to dictate whether an action you are about to take is correct. Dont play the ignorant 'nobody said we  couldnt do that routine' when it comes to causing potential damage here - these islands are a unique and rare gift to the world of surfing only just now being discovered.

where to stay

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Francisco Seixas: Bandeira-fernandodenoronha; Bandeira-fernandodenoronha

Finding a place to stay in Brazil shouldn't be too difficult - there is plenty of choice, it's more about timing really. December to January is the holiday high season and the busiest months, carnival season too (February and March) and Holy week can also be pretty booked up and prices will shoot up so if you're heading here then book in advance, especially in the bigger cities like Rio and Salvador.

Hotels are easily found throughout the whole of Brazil and are anything from multimillion dollar resorts charging a premuim per night right down to very modest and cheap pads. Do make sure you ask all the right questions when booking to make sure this hotel is the one for you as the 1-5 star system is not enforced here so quality guidelines are a little vague - do some research to avoid disappointment. During peak periods you may be required to book a minimum stay of 4 nights and have to pay the full balance up front.

Guesthouses are known as "Pousada" here and canbe found throughout most coastal towns around Brazil These are more like large houses offering a more intimate stay. Meals will be at set times of the day and menus often limited. They often also have evening curfews meaning if you're not back by a certain time you will be locked out! This option can vary in quality somewhat so it might be best to ask if you can take a look at a room before you part with any cash, or go on recommendations.

In the more remote areas you can often find ranch style accommodation in the fom of "Fazendas". these can be a real pleasant place to stay based on sleeping in barracks on the land with place to camp too. They often offer places to swim, ride, play football and do all kinds of ranchy style activities.

Motels here aren't what they should be! Here they are known as sex hotels and charge an hourly rate, it's quite discreet but be careful what you ask for!

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