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Fernando de Noronha Archipelago

6 Days / 5 Nights

Your tour of the North-East of Brazil begins on arrival in Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, with a short stay in the historic hilltop city of Olinda just up the coast. A flight takes you to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, with some of the finest beaches and the most amazing marine life in the whole of Brazil, including spinner dolphins, sea-turtles and shoals of tropical fish.

Your tour of the North-East of Brazil begins on arrival in Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, with a short stay in the historic hilltop city of Olinda just up the coast. A flight takes you to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, with some of the finest beaches and the most amazing marine life in the whole of Brazil, including spinner dolphins, sea-turtles and shoals of tropical fish.

  • Destinations: Recife & Olinda - Fernando de Noronha
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Beaches

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Day 1 : Arrive in Pernambuco
Recife to Olinda
After flying to the North-East of Brazil, you arrive in Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, a large modern city, with a long beachfront to Boa Vista and a host of canals connecting its islands. Olinda is the historic hilltop town just 6km away, with wonderfully preserved architecture in its colonial buildings. Their joint history involves sugar cane, slavery, colonialism, decay, rebirth through tourism, and the proud boast of being one of the most musically creative areas in Brazil. After arriving in your Olinda hotel, you can take an afternoon tour of the city whose churches and convents are over 400 years old, including the Misericordia and Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Sao Francisco and Sao Bento Monasteries, and the hilltop cathedral.
Day 2 : To Fernando de Noronha!
Olinda to Recife & Fernando de Noronha
The morning in Olinda can be filled with a wander around the cobbled streets. The whole city has a charm all of its own in the terraced houses lining every street, the bars and cafes, and the squares with their street markets. There are contemporary cultural highlights too, with the Museums of Sacred and Contemporary Art alongside museums dedicated to the mamulengo puppets and the Boneco Gigante (Giant Dolls) of the Olinda Carnaval, plus the accompanying frevo music. After lunch a transfer takes you back to Recife Airport for your flight to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. On arrival on the main island, you transfer to your hotel close by with the end of the afternoon free to enjoy sunset.
Day 3 : Around the Island
Fernando de Noronha
A tour of Fernando de Noronha can be done by vehicle or even hiking and riding horses along the trails leading across and around the island. There are 21 islands in the archipelago, and most can be seen as you journey around the main island, which is the only one inhabited by humans. The bird and marine life is special, as are many of the beaches you will see along the way, regularly voted as the very best in Brazil with white sands and turquoise waters generally deserted. Sancho Bay, Porcos and Leao are amongst the best to photograph, while Cacimba do Padre and Boldo have top class surf from December to March. Marine turtles nest on some beaches from December to July, when access may be closed.
Day 4 : Noronha Dolphins
Fernando de Noronha
One dawn in Noronha should be spent experiencing the spectacular dawn displays of Dolphin Bay. Every day hundreds of spinner dolphins enter the bay to frolick, jump and rotate up to seven times in the air above the shallow waters. Visitors watch from a safe distance up on the cliff above to allow these fascinating creatures to perform uninhibited. They leave the sheltered bay to swim around the island, and one of the boat trips around Fernando de Noronha gives you chance to meet them close up, as well as a look at some of the harder to reach beaches. Another option is to take a kayak trip around the Baia do Pico under the shadow of the island\'s tallest point, especially spectacular towards sunset.
Day 5 : Noronha Marine Life
Fernando de Noronha
At least one day in Noronha should be spent exploring the waters of the archipelago. The finest scuba diving in Brazil is here, with visibility of 30-40m, tropical waters and abundant marine life in the protected marine park. With marine turtles, spinner dolphins, huge rays, reef sharks, groupers and even migrating whales can be spotted, plus over 200 species of colourful tropical fish. Dive sites are limited to the island shores. Scuba courses and baptism dives can also be arranged for those without PADI qualifications, while snorkelling is always an option if you prefer, and can be done alone on various beaches. Fernando de Noronha also has deep sea fishing trips, for mackerel and blue marlin.
Day 6 : Final Noronha Sights
Fernando de Noronha to Recife & Away
After breakfast, you have your final morning free to explore some more of the island. On the southern side lie the Atalaia Natural Pools, where you can laze and snorkel in the warm, clear waters. A little further around is Baia do Sueste, where you can snorkel with marine turtles at high tide. After a final Noronha lunch, you head to the island airport for your flight away from the archipelago and back to Brazil. On arrival in Recife you can connect to flights onwards to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia with connections to overnight international flights from there. Fernando de Noronha is a unique place, although we can of course combine it with any other destinations as part of a longer Brazil tour.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * On Request On Request On Request On Request
Domestic Flights ** US$ 360

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Recife & Olinda
Fernando de Noronha


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

All Year Round

Glass-Bottomed Boat Tour - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 2 Hours
Every day at 7am, the glass-bottomed boat sets out to show passengers the wonders of the aquatic world around Fernando de Noronha. The crystal clear waters of this mid-Atlantic archipelago allow you to observe many different types of marine life as you pass around the bays of the islands. Dolphins are often seen in the deeper waters, with tropical fish feeding on the corals in the shallows alongside marine turtles, with rays hiding in the sands. Larger creatures such as whalesharks and even humpback whales are other creatures you can hope to encounter.
Scuba Diving - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: Mornings
Fernando de Noronha has the finest scuba diving in Brazil. This mid-Atlantic archipelago boasts visibility of 40m or more, and a wealth of marine life as well as a variety of diving. PADI-qualified divers can hope to encounter dolphins, whale-sharks, possibly even hump-backed whales, rays and sharks as larger creatures. Hundreds of tropical species feed on the coral including giant grouper and also marine turtles. Technical dives with swim-throughs, caves and wrecks sunk in deep waters make scuba diving in Noronha some of the best in South America.
Learning to Scuba Dive - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: Baptism - Mornings; Courses 3-5 Days
Fernando de Noronha has the finest scuba diving in Brazil, and beginners can experience this for the first time with PADI Open Water courses, or with a Baptism Dive. This mid-Atlantic archipelago boasts visibility of 40m or more, and a wealth of marine life to see while trying it for the first time. Hundreds of tropical species feed on the coral including giant grouper and also marine turtles are regularly seen in the shallow waters, as well as rays, and your qualified and experienced instructor will help you to make the most of your introductory dives.
Submarine Snorkelling - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 2hr Group/3hr Private; Morning or Afternoon
To see a little more of Fernando de Noronha from under the water, but don't scuba dive, this submarine snorkelling tour is a fantastic option. You enter the water with your board and snorkel & mask, and are gently pulled along behind the boat, in a similar way to water-skiing. From here you can dive down under the surface to observe the marine life from very close. The boat allows you to cover far more area, so you have more chance to encounter the magnificent marine life of Noronha, including rays, turtles and hundreds of tropical fish species feeding on the coral.
4x4 Island Tour - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 8 Hours
A 4x4 tour of the main island takes you to discover some of the delights of Fernando de Noronha, including some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, natural pools, and historical viewpoints. Trails take you down to remote beaches including Cacimba do Padre, renowned as the finest surf beach in Brazil as well one of the best. You can snorkel in the shallows with tropical fish feeding on the colourful corals. The end of each day brings a spectacular sunset, looking out west towards the Brazilian continent as the tropical sun drops into the Atlantic Ocean.
Island Boat Tour - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 3 Hours Morning or Afternoon
The essential activity for stays on the Fernando de Noronha archipelago is a boat trip around the islands. This is the only way to visit some of the secluded bays and beautiful beaches of the main island. Baia do Sancho is just one of those beaches, with a 40 minute stop for snorkelling in crystal clear waters and enjoying the scenery of one of Brazil's best beaches. Dolphins often accompany the boat tours, swimming alongside and even under it in pods of large sizes, providing yet another wonderful photography opportunity during your day out by boat.
Sunset Boat Tour - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 2 Hours
Sunset is a spectacular time in Fernando de Noronha, and there are various viewpoints around the island from which to see it. One of the best ways though is to see it from the water with a sunset boat trip. Setting out late afternoon, the proximity to the equator means that sunset is always around 6pm. A trip around some of the bays and smaller islands gives you the chance to get into the waters for a snorkel, before the pilot of your boat finds a suitably photogenic spot to watch the sun drop into the Atlantic Ocean.
Viewpoints Trail Hike - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 4 Hours
A morning trail hike along the northern coastline takes you to some of the most spectacular viewpoints of the main Fernando de Noronha island. Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Porcos are two of the beautiful beaches seen from above, set in turquoise bays. The Dois Irmaos rocks are also one of the postcard sights of the island. The hike is a light one, only 2.5km but with a tropical sun to contend with as well! This is why the hike begins early and finishes before lunch, leaving plenty of time for afternoon activities too!
Emerald Atlantic Coast Hike - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 5 Hours
A slightly longer hike along the island trails takes you to some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil at low tide. This 5hr hike includes passing along Cacimba do Padre, and Praias do Bode, do Americano and do Boldro, all regularly voted in the lists of the best beaches in the country. Some hiking on rocks when passing from beach to beach is necessary for you to find these empty stretches of sand for some wonderful photo opportunities. Low tide also brings plenty of chances to cool off in the emerald waters of the beaches as you hike.
Atalaia Natural Pools - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 3 Hours
A short trail from the main town of Fernando de Noronha takes you down the trail to the Atalaia Natural Pools on the south side of the island. Here a natural pool is formed by the ocean waves, which becomes a wonderful snorkelling spot at low tide. The shallow waters and sandy bottom make it photogenic as well as being a safe breeding ground for many marine creatures including harmless baby sharks. For this reason, sunblock is not permitted in the pools, and so being covered while snorkelling is essential in the equatorial sun!
Praia do Sueste Trail - Fernando de Noronha
Duration: 3 Hours
This trail directly south of the main town of Fernando de Noronha takes you to the Praia do Sueste, a sheltered beach that is visited regularly by the marine turtle population of the archipelago. They come in to feed in the bay, and you can snorkel with them and observe them on top and below the water. Due to environmental restrictions, the bay is not open all year round, but when it is, the small islands around the bay provide the perfect places for fish, eels and much more. You can also hike over the headland to Praia do Leao.