As most of you know, I took a little break last week and spent five days disconnected from the rest of the world in Fernando de Noronha, a small island off the coast of the northeast of the country. If you have never been there, I highly recommend booking a trip. Because of the limited number of tourists allowed on the island at a time, spending a week there may end up costing a lot more than flying to the Caribbean for a week from São Paulo, but it is absolutely worth it. The island is so beautiful and surreal that several times I found myself thinking I was in Avatar's computer-generated Pandora.
I posted more information and pictures of Fernando de Noronha along with a few travel tips after the jump. Make sure to check them out. I already cannot wait to be back there.
I stayed at the pousada (a small hotel or bed & breakfast) picture above called Teju-açu (which is how the natives call a cute little lizard that is everywhere at the hotel). There are only 6 bungalows with 12 rooms, so it is very private and quiet. The pool is great for when you get back from the beach late in the day, with candles lit around it at night. The rooms were pretty amazing, and the entire staff couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating, renting all the equipment we needed (from a buggy to scuba gear) and booking all of our activities. The wireless internet, for those of you wondering like I was before I got there, doesn't really work at all, which was actually great because it forced me not to work.
According to the driver from Teju-açu who picked us up at the airport, there are over 200 pousadas in Fernando de Noronha, with prices ranging from R$250 a night to about ten times that. None of them, however, are located in front of the beaches. At first it seemed strange that there were no hotels right by the water, but the fact that the entire coastline is preserved with no houses or hotels is one of the things I liked the most about the island. The beaches also feel very private since there is a limitation on the number of tourists that can be on the island at a given time. Also, all businesess need to have a partner that is a native islander to be able to operate in Fernando de Noronha.
Unless you own a boat, you have to fly to get to Fernando de Noronha. Gol and Trip Airlines operate daily flights to the island, leaving from Recife. The flight takes about an hour, and once you land you have to pay an environmental preservation fee based on how many days you will be spending on the island. To avoid waiting in line at the super tiny airport, make sure to pay the fee online a few days before flying there.
Fernando de Noronha is all about the marine life. If you have never scuba dived before, I recommend taking at least the basic course on the pool before flying to the island, and doing your check out (meaning your first actual dive) there. My bf convinced me to do it, and it made all the difference. We went diving two mornings, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. On my first four dives ever, I ended up in a cave with eight massive stingrays, saw several reef sharks, and even got to swim with a giant turtle which was a lot bigger than me. Insane. I also threw up on the boat after my last dive, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.
If you are a diver or plan on diving there, I recommend booking it with Águas Claras. If it is your first dive, ask Samuca to take you. He has been diving in Noronha for 13 years, and was incredibly nice to me and my bf. However, if diving is not your thing, with over 20 meters of visibility under water, you can see plenty in Noronha just snorkeling.
If you want to lay by the beach and just relax, you can do so anywhere because every single beach is breathtaking. Make sure to stop by Praia do Leão, Sancho, and Boldró. The highway on the island is the smallest in the country and only 7 km long, so a good tour around the island doesn't really takes more than a day.
Every night around eight there are free open lectures on the environment and wildlife at Projeto Tamar. We ended up not going to any but that is something I definitely wish I had done. Since we woke up to go diving every morning at 6:45, and spent the entire day in the sun, by 8:30 most nights we were in bed and ready to go to sleep.
If you have been to Fernando de Noronha, please leave additional tips and recommendations on the comments sectio below. If you have never been there, it is now the number one place I would tell you to visit in Brazil.
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