Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago off Brazil’s northeast coast and it has one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever been too so far. Baia do Sancho Beach was voted many times as the most beautiful beach in the world. In fact Sancho is an one of a kind place that was worth the efforts to get to the island. On the top of that, the whole nature resources of the archipelago are very well protected and completely preserved. Fernando de Noronha is a national marine park and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s common to see along the coast of the archipelago sea turtles, dolphins, rays and baby sharks. It’s a magical experience. If you are into hikings, snorkeling, scuba diving, or breathtaking views this is the place to be.
Three to four nights in the island are enough to cover the main spots.
There are two ways to fly to Fernando de Noronha. You can leave from Recife or Natal. Because of the concerns to keep the nature beauties of the island untouched, Fernando de Noronha has a limited number of visitors and many rules to make sure tourism does not affect the animals that live there, which makes the destination one of the most expensive destinations in Brazil. Still it is worth every penny. There are plenty of options of tours. We decided to skip them and explore the island on our own. We rented a boogie and hired a local to show us around the main spots of the island on the first day. After that, we knew exactly where to go and how to go to places. Having our own transportation was very important because it gave us freedom to do all the things we wanted to do on our own time with no rush.
The first thing you should do once you get to the island is get a boogie and get your pass to visit the parks. There are different locations where you can buy them. We bought ours at Sueste Beach. Once you get your pass you have access to all the beaches and the most important thing, you have a map with the hours and all the island attractions. To protect the beaches, some parks have a limited number of people that can visit daily, so it’s important to book you visit to those beaches as soon as you get your park access card. Once you have your own transportation and access to the parks you can explore the island on your own, no need for tours. You probably will want to snorkel, so the next thing to do is rent a snorkeling kit. It’s super cheap and you can find a rental store at Vila dos Remédios. Remember Fernando de Noronha is tiny, you can drive across the whole island in just one day.
One of the highlights was snorkeling with sea turtles and baby sharks at Sueste beach. This was one of our favorite things to do on the island. It was a memorable experience. And the baby sharks are inoffensive, they won’t hurt you if you keep distance. Remember that touching the animals or any of the natural living habitat is strictly prohibited.