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Turquoise and Azure seas

Fernando de Noronha is bathed by what the locals call the Inner Sea (Mar de Dentro) to the northwest facing the South American continent, and the Outer Sea (Mar de Fora) to the southeast facing the African continent. From the beach, the Outer Sea is characteristically deep blue, while the waters of the Inner Sea appear turquoise green.

The archipelago sits about 200 miles off the easternmost tip of South America, at 3 degrees south of the equator.

The air and water temperatures average 27 and 24 degrees C respectively, year round.

Environmentally friendly

The islands and surrounding waters are protected parkland and nature preserves. Limits are imposed on the number of visitors allowed in the archipelago at any one time (about 400), and an ecological preservation tax is levied on every non-resident based on the length of the stay (it gets more expensive the longer you remain on the island).

The marine life is strictly protected with research programs for the various sea turtle species and for the spinner dolphin colonies who call the islands home.

Refuse is sorted at the point of collection for composting or for shipment off the island. Even isolated beaches accessible only by hiking paths have bins for sorting trash.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Authentic and unspoiled
  • Cons:It takes a bit of effort to make it there
  • In a nutshell:A good balance between development and ecological preservation
  • Last visit to Ilha de Fernando de Noronha: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:36 AM

    We may be visiting with Brasilian friends, will be back to see more about Brasil. Thanks for sharing. Martin

  • Mailo's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Marcia, que bella pagina sobre la isla de FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Gracias por toda esa informacion.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Ola Marcia! Acho Noronha um lugar mais bonito do Brasil!! A sua pagina e maravilhosa mesmo, trouxe umas lembrancas inesqueciveis! Ah, saudades... :)

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Wow, If that's not a gorgeous place................... Thanks for sharing!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 9:46 AM

    away from the big cities, good ole mother nature ;-)))

  • GandalfOnTour's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 5:22 AM

    Excellent photos, makes me wish I was not in an office at the moment!!

  • Apr 27, 2006 at 10:39 PM

    A stunning picture and info of the dolphins. Thank you so much! Greetings.

  • sakuyaini's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2005 at 11:07 AM

    What a wonderful place! Now I can start dreaming again! Thank you for creating such a wonderful page about Noronha!! I love your pictures, and just about how you describe everything.

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2005 at 5:21 AM

    Fernando is mervellouse and your page too...perfect

  • schlumpf's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2005 at 8:13 AM



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