No Fernando de Noronha's complete guide, I share many helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions when organizing a trip to the archipelago. Just say Things to do in Fernando de Noronha!
Of course, many of the best things to do in Noronha are somehow linked to the sea. Be enjoy beaches like Sancho's; do snorkelling and spotting fish, turtles and sharks; or even boating and diving excursions. But not only.
There are also unmissable sunsets, pleasant walks and even inspiring talks. Moreover, there is no shortage of delicious restaurants to try (and some without the prices salty from Fernando de Noronha).
Note, however, that this is not a top with the best of Noronha. It's just a set of activities that I recommend among everything I've done on the island - from walks to meals, to beach visits and activities at sea. The list also includes some activities that I did not do, such as diving or attending the Tamar Project lectures; but whose quality is undeniable.
Here are some suggestions for things to do in Fernando de Noronha. Appropriate for your tastes and interests. And make the most of your stay on the archipelago!
Things to do in Noronha
#1 Spending the morning at Sancho Beach
Sancho Beach is surely one of the most beautiful beaches of Noronha (and considered by many to be the best in Brazil). It is a huge beach designed by artist's hands, with a curvaceous configuration that gives it an additional elegance; and is protected by an 50 meter escarpment that offers incredible views of the beach. Being there is a privilege.
I can assure you that the first time that Sancho Beach was bare before my eyes I did not contain a sense wow! Alongside the nearby Bay of Pigs, Sancho is undoubtedly one of the most visually impacting places on the island. It's worth devoting some time to.
#2 Doing snorkeling in the Bay of Pigs…
It does not have the sands of Sancho or Cacimbra do Padre, but what it lacks in size remains in beauty. There is no way to reach the Twin Brothers Viewpoint and not open your mouth in amazement: the Bay of Pigs is beautiful!
The color of the water, in different shades; the rocks kissed by the waves and where the fish take refuge; the tranquility of the waters, almost without waves; The beauty around. I don't know what fascinates me most about Pigs Bay, but I think it's the combination of all that makes it so special.
I fell in love with her so much that I went swimming in its waters several times during my stay on the island. And this despite the access is not the most expeditious, at least for those who travel by bus.
#3 Swimming with Turtles and Sharks (on the beaches of Porto and Sueste)
It is true that you can find turtles and sharks on some other beaches, but either in Porto Santo António Beach want in Sueste Beach It is incredibly common to spot both.
For those not afraid of sharks, it is an intense and remarkable experience, but safe as long as tourists behave with common sense. There are no reports of shark attacks on humans, except for one or two cases where it was the man's fault (the story is told of a surfer who literally landed on a shark with his board; and another in that a tourist stupidly teased a shark with a cock of Selfie - in both cases the shark defended itself by attacking).
In any case, avoid sharks' preferential feeding hours - early in the morning and late afternoon - when trying to corner the sardine shoals near the beach.
I saw only two specimens of sand shark (or nurse shark), one of which is very large, on Sueste Beach. And several turtles, both in the Southeast and Porto (these smaller). But it was worth it.
#4 Learning to Dive
Fernando de Noronha is a fantastic place to go diving. And take a course PADI In the archipelago's underwater paradise, having the privilege of learning to dive in places where visibility can outstrip the 40 meters, is a must-see opportunity.
Several companies offer dives in different dive sites off the archipelago; courses; and diving baptisms for inexperienced divers - usually in the shallow waters of Porto beach. Try it.
#5 Peering at Dolphin Bay
From Sancho Information and Control Point (PIC) you can follow a direct trail to the beach access stairs. But those who choose this path do not know what they lose!
There is another trail that passes through a viewpoint with incredible views of the Dolphin Bay. This is a privileged vantage point where, with the naked eye or (preferably) binoculars, it is possible to search the waters for species that cross the waters of the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park, such as the impressive whales. humpback or the docile dolphins. Unmissable!
#6 Watching Turtle Birth
Watching the unbridled rush of baby turtles towards the Atlantic Ocean immediately after their birth should be a unique experience. I've had a chance to see the turtle nesting in Costa Ricabut never the birth.
Talk to the technicians of the Tamar project in Fernando de Noronha to inquire about this possibility. The green turtle spawns on the island from December to July. I visited her in late August and there was only one turtle nest on the entire island (at Praia do Americano).
#7 Taking a Boardwalk (FlatSub)
With so much to offer, deciding what to do in Fernando de Noronha is not always an easy task. But in my experience, one of the most interesting activities on the island is board boating. As it turns out, it is a Noronha invention locally called the FlatSub.
Basically, it's like doing snorkelling pulled slowly by a boat, usually between Porto beach and Morro Dois Irmãos. The board can be tilted to control depth, allowing it to surface or dive sporadically.
No less relevant is the fact that dolphins often follow the boat; or better yet, the dolphins join the group as we did snorkelling with the board, literally swimming with us. That's what happened to me. And it was beautiful - from the high moments of the whole trip.
In the end, as a bonus, almost every boat offers a delicious fish barbecue (and possibly also rump steak) on board.
#8 Walking the streets of Vila dos Remédios
Fernando de Noronha is best known for its beaches, for underwater life and for having a natural park classified by UNESCO. But be sure to pay attention to the historical sites - though some of them in ruins - of the island.
The so-called Historical Complex of the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago is part of the Fortified System (composed of the Fortins of Santo António, Nossa Senhora da Conceição, São Pedro do Boldró and the Redoubt of Santana); the historic center of Vila dos Remédios, where it pontifies the Church of Our Lady of Remedies; and Quixabá village, the chapel of São Pedro dos Pescadores and the so-called Air France building, in the northeast of the island.
#9 Attending Night Talks at Project Tamar
He had planned to attend at least one of the evening lectures at the TAMAR Project headquarters in Boldró on issues related to the archipelago's ecology. Unfortunately, with the tiredness that my daughter and I were getting into in the late afternoon, we were never motivated enough to get on the bus to Boldro to attend one of the lectures.
I would love her to attend the shark talk at Fernando de Noronha, to relax and lose her fear; but unfortunately it was not possible. In any case, I think it wise to keep this recommendation: go to the evening lectures at Project Tamar.
#10 Watching Sharks at Shark's Cove
Shark's Cove. The name is self explanatory. This is where dozens of sharks gather near the coast, so it is extremely easy to spot them. And this happens especially during high tide.
And so, on a day when the high tide in Fernando de Noronha was around 16: 00 hours - time of day when sharks start to get choppy - I moved to Shark Cove hoping to see them. . And it didn't take long to wait.
As soon as I reached the top of the hill, and benefiting from the transparency of the Noronha waters, I began to see huge immobile figures at the bottom of the sea, others wandering over the shallows just off the coast.
Little Ines, my daughter, didn't like the sight very much. But at least out of the water, she had no reason to feel insecure. I loved seeing the sharks… and highly recommend it!
#11 Taking a dip in the Galician hole
Much to my patience, the Galician hole is one of those places that look really good in the Instagram. Perhaps this is why there is almost always a line of people waiting in turn to get into the small natural pool and take the usual picture.
That said, it is a place of great beauty, located right in Praia do Cachorro Beach, next to Vila dos Remédios. The natives show off their dexterity by jumping into the puddle of seemingly impossible places (they seem to hit the rocks!); and tourists enjoy the scenery and photograph. Go early (and at low tide) and you won't regret it!
#12 Taking the Watchtower Trail
Many people come to Fernando de Noronha wanting do the Atalaia Trail. It's a short walk followed by snorkelling in a natural pool, only possible at low tide, with controlled access by Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. It is the most famous and busy among the trails of Noronha.
On the day I had the opportunity to swim in Atalaia's pools, there wasn't much marine life. In a way it was a disappointment, because I saw nothing new there; but I believe that, being lucky, the ride can be really worth it.
#13 Sunset at Pedra do Bode (or at Conceição Beach)
Sunset is a special moment in Fernando de Noronha. And as the weather collaborates, there are several places where it can be enjoyed to its fullest.
First of all, Bar do Meio, at the beginning of Praia da Conceição, where the most famous Noronha parties take place at dusk (pity to be so expensive - which is why I never stopped there). And then the no less famous Fort Boldro Lookout, where daily a small crowd of tourists gather to celebrate the late disappearance of the star-king.
For my part, I have other suggestions for watching the sunset in Fernando de Noronha.
As a substitute for Bar do Meio, also at Praia da Conceição Beach, the area around Duda Rei bar is less pretentious and equally pleasant to watch the sunset with its foot in the sand. As a substitute for Forte Boldró Lookout, the promontory that divides Bode Beach from Praia do Americano offers equally incredible views, with a fraction of the tourists.
Go for me!
#14 Alligator Lunch and Dinner at Manaka Sushi
Of all the restaurants I've tried in Fernando de Noronha, Jacaré is probably the best value for money on the whole island. Has buffet Free at lunch for $ 37 (very cheap by Noronha standards) and the food is homemade and of quality.
It is in the center of Vila dos Remédios, and is one of the best places where to eat in Fernando de Noronha. At least for those who don't want to spend a lot.
Very distinct proposal is Manaka Sushi! I know there are better and more famous restaurants in Fernando de Noronha, but I liked Manaka Sushi so much that I can't resist recommending it. That's where I ate one of the best sushi and sashimi combo I've ever had a chance to try, at an acceptable price by island standards (combined 50 generous pieces for 230). So much that I came back.
If possible, choose to have dinner on a day when at least two distinct “island fish” (such as tuna and mackerel) are available. Manaka Sushi is in New Forest.
#15 Acai Brick in All Natural (or Acai and Roots)
Being a passionate about acai and being used to eating in Pará, where you eat in the purest way, not always the acai from the rest of Brazil pleases me. Anyway, any excuse is good for eating acai; and Fernando de Noronha did not escape the rule.
Bio Bistro is said to have acai without any syrup (like guarana), as you eat in Pará, but I had no chance to taste it. Instead, I ate excellent bowls of acai at All Natural (more “home-made” and of excellent quality) and at Acai and Roots (more “massified” but equally excellent). These are two good addresses for those who - like me - like acai!
Other activities in Fernando de Noronha?
If you have read articles in other Blogs On what to do in Fernando de Noronha, you will surely notice that two of the island's most famous activities are not in this compilation. I refer specifically to the Gastronomic Festival of Zé Maria (a dinner buffet famous and expensive in the namesake inn) and the Island Tour tour.
Not including them in these recommendations is a personal choice, based on my assessment of the best activities to do in Noronha, given the quality and interest of the experience and its value for money. It is a subjective opinion, of course.
For complete Noronha tips, including when to go, how long to stay, Environmental Preservation Rate information, and trail scheduling, see the Fernando de Noronha's guidebook. Below is a short summary of how to get there and where to stay.
There is only one way to get to Fernando de Noronha: by plane. Azul and Gol have several daily flights between Recife and Noronha (just over an hour's flight) - and there are also flights from Natal. From Portugal to Recife, the most direct way is to fly from Lisbon with TAP.
Where to stay
For more detailed information on the different regions of the island, see the post specific where to stay in Fernando de Noronha, in which I explain the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
My top pick for accommodation in Fernando de Noronha is Vila dos Remedios, followed by Floresta Nova and Floresta Velha. Note, however, that price can strongly condition your choices.
In particular, I like the inns Corvette e Flamboyant Residence (Village of Remedies); from the inns Naiepe e Dry Stones (in the New Forest); and yet Pousada Filó and from Noronha 350 (New Forest). Alternatively, the Conceição House It sits on Conceição Beach and is an absolute charm.
Finally, if you want to spend a few unforgettable days (and are willing to pay for it), I recommend without hesitation the extraordinary Pousada Maravilha, Pousada Morena e Teju-Açu Ecopousada, three of the most luxurious inns of Fernando de Noronha. Gonna love it!
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