Fernando de Noronha Paradise's Branch Por Marcia Pavarini Texto and photos
Yeah…, Noronha! How many times people get excited upon hearing that name and dreaming going there, a unique island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and then ended giving up because of the high prices of this little paradise? Starting with the difficulty of the trip, to reach this remote destination, far away from any other place, is necessary to connect through Recife, Natal or Fortaleza. Beyond that, an official permanence permit is compulsory. The island charges a preservation fee for each person per day.
Correct, the island is expensive, but nothing that you cannot afford. Make a search for airfares prices and accommodation, use your imagination. You can save up to 30%, doing the tours by yourself and using the facilities of some self-catering guesthouses, cook your meals. Any way there is a lot of restaurants if you prefer. Believe me the trip worth every penny spent, and ends up returning you a pay-back ... well, the payback will be the memories of a lifetime trip .
The pristine nature, beaches of white sand, turquoise waters, green mountains and the amazing underwater fauna makes Fernando de Noronha one of the top diving spots in the world an amazing place for well-travelled tourists also.
Traveling to Fernando de Noronha is to enter in another world, watch dolphins, diving or snorkeling in crystal clear waters, empty white sand beaches and admire the nature of Brazil most beautiful volcanic Island. Folklore dances take place almost every night in downtown, the tiny Vila dos Remedios.
Its 16 stunning beaches are grouped into two sides: the sea inside, facing the continent, and the sea outside, facing the ocean, where the sea is rougher. The high waves of the beaches of the Goat, Boldró, Cacimba do Padre and Quixida attract surfers and international championships. Sancho Bay already is one of the favorites for divers. Many natural pools are formed at low tide. The largest is one on the beach of Atalaia.
The sea surrounding the island is among the richest of the Brazilian marine fauna and their visibility (especially in September) is awesome, can see the fish at many feet depth from the top of the boat, all the way down . So,So, you cannot think of Fernando de Noronha without diving, snorkeling, or at least getting wet. Travelling to Fernando de Noronha and not looking the underwater is losing more than half of the beauty the island has to offer. The waters, with more than 30 mts of visibility, are an invitation to discover this charming eco-paradise.
Even non divers are enchanted by the beauty of the sea and decide to take a diving course, given by professionals, on the spot. Don’t worry, nothing is crowded here. PADI offers the normal initiation and advanced courses, with few classes and a baptism in the sea, you are done. If approved, they will take you for diving, by boats, groups of around 8 persons to the highlight spots. You will see walls, drop off, sharks, turtles, lots of fishes, and much more. Spearing or fishing is forbidden.In a lucky day of scuba diving you can touch a giant grouper, not afraid of humans in the cave of “Sapata cape”.
Beach buggy is the best way to envoy the island, by land. The rental cost is around US 40 a day, negotiable.
There are plenty of programs to have fun and enjoy most of the island, morning, afternoon and evening. From empty beaches, diving, hiking, historic ruins, natural pools, horseback riding, Luau (Festivals by the seashore, at the moonlight) and the ballads in Vila dos Remedios. Please don’t miss anything The basic tour, which almost everyone does, is circling the island on a boat. Encounter dolphins, is sure , but diving with them is prohibited, for no interfer with their habitat. They are , always, in the same place ,the bay of the Dolphins. If you are lucky the dolphins will come to you on the boat, appearing from nowhere, jumping, rotating in the air and diving again. These Noronha dolphins’ specimens are called: dancers. To admire them, is possible, also, from the land, is required to go early by buggy, to the hill in from of that bay of the dolphins( Baía dos Golfinhos). Nevertheless by boat you are much closer to them.
A 500 mts walk separates the most beautiful two beaches of Fernando de Noronha and, probably, the most beautiful of the Brazilian coast: SANCHO and Baía dos Porcos. Beach of Sancho is a postcard view close to the “ twin brothers hills”, the giant boulders, separated by a cliff in a desert rock formation, it can be reached by a short swim of 50 mts. The “Baía dos Porcos” is separated from Sancho’s beach by a short trail in the volcanic soil. These are the highlight beaches for the island, the views are hypnotizing. Is the photographer dream.
The most spectacular natural swimming pool of the island is inside that beach. It is formed at low tide and conceal the fish,moray, eels, lobsters and other sea fauna, all in a lagoon, of just 30 centimeters water depth. Just need a mask, enjoy … Atalaia beach is the only one in Brazil with placed time to visit. Every day, the National Park authorities fix how many people can visit, depending on the tide and the maximum time allowed for each visitor, around 30 minutes.
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Watch the sunset is a mandatory program in the evenings. Could be from the beaches, or viewpoints ... from anywhere is a magic moment. You don’t need dying to visit paradise! Fernando de Noronha is the branch here on Earth.