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Diving in Fernando de Noronha
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is one of the best places in the world for diving. The island’s crystal clear waters, with a visibility of up to 50 metres, host many species of fish, skate fish, sharks, turtles, eels, barracudas, dolphins, sponges and algae, including also rocky formations, coral reefs and shipwrecks.

Even those who do not have any experience in diving can experiment the thrilling sensation of observing the local sea fauna in their natural habitat. Along the seashore on the beaches of Atalaia and Sancho Bay and at the natural aquariums formed by rocks at Porcos Bay, it is possible to see a wide range of coloured fish.

Diving fees vary according to the time of the year. Divers must also pay a special fee established by the government protection agency, IBAMA. Diving operators installed on the island supply transportation and all the necessary equipment. For accredited divers, local operators offer a wide range of courses, but booking in advance is recommended.


Main diving points

Shipwrecks
At a depth of 64 metres, the Ipiranga war ship is considered the most preserved shipwreck in Brazil. The Greek ship "Eliane Estatatus" is at the bottom of Santo Antonio Bay, near the local port, at a depth of 8 metres. Since it is quite close to the seashore, visitors are able to swim there to visit it.

Laje Dois Irmaos (Dois Irmaos Slab)
It is close to the twin rocks known as Dois Irmaos (Twin Brothers), in front of Baia dos Porcos (Bay of Pigs). Is possible, there, to reach diving depths of 8 to 15 metres.

Cabeço do Sapata Cliff
A huge rocky wall reaching down 40 meters into the ocean.

Iuais
Slab which rests at a diving depth of 23 meters.

Pedras Secas Cliff
Set of rocks that extend from the surface of the sea down to a 15-meter diving depth. Visibility there is excellent.

Frade Island
A diving depth of 20 metres. It is located in front of Atalaia beach.

Meio Island
Grottos and caverns at a diving depth of 15 metres.

Pontal do Norte (Northern Point of Land)
A huge cliff, where it is possible to reach a diving depth of 42 metres.

Flora

The predominant vegetation in Fernando de Noronha is composed of species of the typical arid vegetation of the Brazilian Northeast, which loose their foliage during the dry season. In general, local vegetation...

Fauna

In Fernando de Noronha there are a number of natural pools, which allow for direct contact with the rich and exotic local sea fauna. The islands' waters are full of fish, sponges, algae, shellfish and...

Diving in Fernando de Noronha

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is one of the best places in the world for diving. The island’s crystal clear waters, with a visibility of up to 50 metres, host many species of fish, skate fish,...

Surfing

2-meter high waves with peaks up to five meters high, such as at Cacimba, Boldro, Ruro and Abras Slabs, are sought by surfers from all over the world, especially from November thru April. Some stages of...

Beaches

The most sensational thing about Fernando de Noronha is that all of the island’s beaches are very pretty and very well preserved. Local seawaters are a greenish blue tone and incredibly transparent. Some...

Boat tours

This is the favourite tourist attraction. Boats sail along the Inside Sea, offering an incredible view of the beaches on the main island of Fernando de Noronha and also the small islands surrounding it....

Buggy tours

Hoodless buggies are the most used vehicles in Fernando de Noronha. They are used as taxis or for tours around the island. Drivers, usually local inhabitants, may act as tour guides and may take visitors...

Observing the Dolphins

“Rotator” dolphins may be seen from the top of the cliff overlooking the "Baia dos Golfinhos" (Dolphins Bay). It is here that they seek refuge, feed and reproduce. The best hour for observations is during...