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Fernando de Noronha Scuba Diving

3-7 Nights

Your Scuba Diving Special takes you to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the finest dive sites in the South Atlantic. The remote marine park around a volcanic outcrop atop a mid-ocean ridge boasts abundant marine life and fabulous visibility for experienced and novice divers alike, with beautiful beaches to relax after dives.

Your Scuba Diving Special takes you to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the finest dive sites in the South Atlantic. The remote marine park around a volcanic outcrop atop a mid-ocean ridge boasts abundant marine life and fabulous visibility for experienced and novice divers alike, with beautiful beaches to relax after dives. 


  • Destinations: Fernando de Noronha
  • Duration: 3-7 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Ecotourism - Beaches - Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Fernando de Noronha
Recife or Natal to Fernando de Noronha
The journey to the world-class scuba dive sites around the Fernando de Noronha archipelago must start from Recife or Natal, the two cities of north-east Brazil with flights to the main island. On arrival in the early afternoon you will be welcomed at the airfield for transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and recovering from your journey. There are many beaches to explore if you like, and taking your snorkel and mask at all times is highly recommended! Your first experience of the crystal clear waters of Noronha can come straight from one of the finest beaches in Brazil such as Boldro or Baia dos Porcos. A hike might be necessary, with wonderful viewpoints along the way.
Day 2 : Fernando de Noronha Scuba Diving
Fernando de Noronha
Your scuba diving days around Fernando de Noronha will generally be day dives, setting out by boat from the main pier in the early morning when waters are calmer, returning at some point in the afternoon. The archipelago is a protected marine reserve, with only the main island inhabited. Dive sites and dive routes are strictly controlled by the park authorities in order to maintain their pristine natural state. Fernando de Noronha scuba diving then involves day dives rather than live-aboard. The equatorial climate means that diving is possible all year round, with different dive sites having better conditions in different periods of the year, with July to December the best for beginners.
Day 3 : Noronha Marine Life
Fernando de Noronha
The list of marine life creatures that you can hope to encounter during your Fernando de Noronha scuba diving days is enormous, and many have no fear of humans, in common with similar mid-ocean archipelagos. Spinner dolphins are almost guaranteed to accompany your boat at some point, possibly in huge pods. Hopefully you can also see them up close under the surface. Green and hawksbill sea-turtles; numerous species of reef and lemon shark (Noronha is an important shark nursery and cleaning point); eagle, manta and other rays; occasional humpback whales; moray and other eels; octopus and squid; colourful lobster and prawns; and many more.
Day 4 : Noronha Fish
Fernando de Noronha
Noronha is also home to some 230 species of fish, including the largest of them all! Whale-sharks are regular visitors to the waters of the archipelago, and many visitors have had the fortune to swim with them and with visibility up to 50m, the chances of seeing them increase greatly. There may be huge shoals of smaller fish, with Noronha providing the pleasure of swimming through the middle of thousands of jackfish or snapper ; More regular-sized large fish include the goliath grouper, while the colourful reef is home to parrot, angel and rainbow fish. Tuna, barracuda and sailfish including blue marlin also visit the Noronha waters although they may be too fast to see...
Day 5 : Noronha Dive Sites
Fernando de Noronha
Noronha has around 25 dive sites with suitability for a wide range of divers. Protected shallow waters such as Buraco do Curacao & Cagarras Rasas are perfect for beginners. Laje dos Dois Irmaos and Pontal do Norte have huge rock formations. Colourful drift dives between Rato and Meio islands have eroded rock formations. Buraco do Inferno is a small cave with a ceiling bubble. Cabeco da Sapata is a submarine mountain with swim-through and neighbouring Caverna. Luias is a labyrinth, Cagarras Fundas is a huge rock wall, while Cordilheiras has a canyon amongst its jaggy peaks. Pedras Secas has canyons, arches and tunnels that make it one of the Top 10 Dive Sites on the Planet.
Day 6 : Noronha Diving Options
Fernando de Noronha
Options for diving in Fernando de Noronha include many different types of dive. From the recreational reef dives for Baptism, Open Water and Advanced PADI course in warm tropical waters, to technical dives and courses, there are scuba options for everyone. Technical diving around submarine cliffs, canyons and caves is another speciality, while amongst many wreck-diving options is the Corveta V 17, a Navy warship that is one of the finest wreck dives on the planet. Divers can also specialise in photography or video diving, with the islands being regular visits for all the famous wildlife and diving reportage. Night-dives can add to the atmosphere as well.
Day 7 : Final Day Activities
Fernando de Noronha
If your time scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha and your flight away means that you need a final day free from under-water diving, then there are there are plenty of other activities in and around the archipelago to keep you occupied. Noronha has some of the finest beaches in Brazil, with Baia do Sancho, Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Leao the very finest. Surfing at Cacimba do Padre is another world-class activity, while hiking, horse-riding and island jeep tours are popular. The Dolphin Bay tour to see the dawn displays of the spinners is another Noronha essential. Snorkelling in the Atalaia natural pools or with the turtles at Baia do Sueste is another option.
Day 8 : Heading Away from Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
After finishing your dives, you must leave the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and return to Brazil! The afternoon flight takes you back to Recife or Natal, with connections to the rest of Brazil necessary from those cities. If you plan to visit any other parts of Brazil, whether to scuba dive or for tourism above the surface, then we can include your time scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha as part of a larger package. The diving section can also be adjusted to your requirements and the time that you have available for diving. However you prefer us to organise your trip, it is sure to leave you with the kind of memories that only a world-class dive site such as Fernando de Noronha can provide!
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * On Request On Request On Request On Request
Domestic Flights ** US$ 350


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
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.