Discovering Brazil’s Islands – Fernando de Norohna – If you’re looking for a heaven on earth, this group of Brazilian islands is the closest you’ll get. Fernando de Norohna is a protected marine park and UNESCO-recognized site. In fact, UNESCO describes the islands’ beauty as indescribable – and they aren’t wrong. This group of islands is about 211 miles of Brazil’s northeast coast. You can only get there via plane. You’ll depart from either Natal or Recife and arrive in the islands in about one hour. Due to UNESCO’s protection of the islands as a marine park, only 500 guests are allowed to visit per day. Tourist taxes are levied on visitors, which helps to maintain the park, as well as deter long stays.
In addition to the 500 allowable guests per day, Fernando de Norohna has about 3,000 local residents. In the islands’ record books, it’s even said that Charles Darwin himself stopped by in 1832.
The best times to visit are between September and March during the dry season. From April through August, the rainy season arrives, and with it comes a plethora of animal and insect life.
Fernando isn’t high-end luxury like some of Brazil’s resorts, but that’s part of this marine park’s charm. You might witness the imbalance between supply and demand, because most everything necessary to accommodate guests on the island has to be imported. You’ll find the most lavish of digs at the Pousada Maravilha Resort. The views from their infinity pool must be seen to be appreciated.
And, after all, this is a marine park. You’ll discover scuba diving like no other place in the world. The protection by UNESCO, excellent visibility, and warm, clear waters, provide a haven for the marine life. You’ll find various shark, turtle, and dolphin species, as well as barracuda. If you’re definitely going out for a dive, Atlantis Divers are a great company to work with. They have knowledgeable guides, provide any gear you need, and have several different dives to choose from. And it doesn’t matter your level of experience – there are dives for beginners to advanced divers. If you’re an advanced diver, consider the navy shipwreck dive. The ship sunk in 1983 and lies just a little over 200 feet below the surface.
Are you ready to discover Fernando?