Ilha de Fernando de Noronha Things to Do

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    When to go?

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    If you have the opportunity to choose the time you want to go to Noronha, then you should first of all avoid the high season period (from January to February), for many reasons: there are lots of turists, prices are higher, many activities are full (the park allows only 420 tourists in the island), it´s a rainny period and the tide is more aggressive (February is the best time for surf). July is also full of turists.
    March and April are the most rainny months...try to avoid them as well. But if you only have these months to get there, don´t worry, really...you are heading to paradise, there is no bad time for that!!!
    The best months to go are May (calm tide, low prices, good climate) and September (mainly for diving: dry period, the water can reach the visibility of 50 meters, the tide is still calm and there are still low prices).

    Morro Dois Irm��os, seen from Baia dos Porcos
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    Sunset

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    There are two main spots for observation of the wonderfull sunset in the island, that you must see!! One is the fortress called
    Forte dos Remédios , near the vilage with the same name, and the other is from the fortress Forte S. Pedro do Boldró in the beach of Boldró.
    The reason for so many fortresses, as you will be able to see, is that the island was, for a long time, used as a defense spot...
    The island was discovered in 1503, three years after the dicovery of Brazil, by Americo Vespúcio...for its privileged location and the fact that it was isolated by the sea, the island was for many ocasions included in military strategies, and also used as a place for exile. That´s why you´ll find fortresses, old canons and an ancient presidium...
    Nowadays, there´s only one person arrested in the island!! hihihih
    From the Forte S. Pedro do Boldró you will be able to have a nice view of the so called "Morro Dois Irmãos", which means "two brothers", since they are two mountains placed next to each other, with the same shape. The locals call it Morro "Fafa de Belem", which is a brazilian singer with huge breast hehehehe =D

    Sunset from Forte S. Pedro do Boldr��
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    Sancho bay!!

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Sancho bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil...you can access it on boat (swimming) or by trail, from Baia dos Porcos.
    It´s a secluded, calm beach..the water is turquoise to emerald, cristal clear, perfect for swim. There are lots of little fishes arround, with all colours.
    It´s also the best spot for snorkelling...there´s a huge reef wall covering the hill that separates it from baia dos porcos. Turtles, lots of corals and even moreas can be seen.
    Am I describing paradise or not? =D

    Sancho beach
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    From the plane!

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    You have not landed yet and there´s already a "must see" for you in Noronha: that would be the view of the island from the plane. Try to arrange a window for you, and prepare your camera when you are landing, because the scenery from above is amazing!!!!
    The plane contours the entire archipelago, ann if you are lucky to get a sunny day (which is not difficull at all) you will be able to see everything from above!!!
    When you are arriving, the right side is the best to see the island. =P

    From the plane....
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    Baia dos Porcos

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Baía dos Porcos is an amazing place...The name means "'Pig´s Bay", and it comes from its similarity with a cuban bay that has the same name, according to the american army that visited the area.
    The bay is small, secluded, between two hills, with a close view of the Morro Dois Irmãos. Among the rocks you will find many natural pools, where you can see lots of fish...the kind of aquarium you´d like to have at home! hehe
    You can do some snorkelling around the rocks, but the entrance to this small pools are completely prohibited, besides being dangerous.
    But the best view from Baia dos Porcos is from above the hill, between Sancho´s bay (take at look at the intro´s picture....that´s the one!!!).

    Natural pools: Baia dos Porcos
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    Cacimba do Padre

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    Wonderfull beach...you´ll get there by walk after passing Praia do Bode, Praia da Quixaba and then Cacimba do Padre. That´s a "must do" walk mainly by the beach, that reaches Sancho´s bay...you can do it with a local guide or by yourself since it´s quite safe, but beware with the tide! The access to Baia dos Porcos and Sancho can be done only at low tide, so inform yourself before, otherwise you´ll have to get a ride on boat!
    It´s one of the regions where turtles berry their eggs, so at a period of the year it may be closed or even have controled access.
    It´s the beach nearest to the Morro Dois Irmãos, a good place for a swim with cristal clear waters...from there you´ll get to the trail leading to Baía dos Porcos (Pig´s bay).

    Cacimba do Padre
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    Put on some hiking boots (& carry snorkel gear)

    by Quero Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Trails skirt both sides of the island. One strategy is to start out in the morning, carrying your snorkel gear along, and hike until late afternoon, stopping off to swim, sun, and snack. The beaches along the Mar de Dentro side have small bar/restaurants, but on the Mar de Fora side, it might be a good idea to carry a lunch along. Take your camera, too, since there are many lookout points all along the trails. The photo shows the lookout above the Praia do Leao on the Ponta da Sapata trail.

    Belvedere overlooking Leao beach

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    Praia do Leão (Lion´s Beach)

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Located in the southeast part of the island, in Mar de Fora (therefore, facing the ocean), Praia do Leão is the longest beach.
    It´s named after a big round rock at the front of the beach that, in a certain angle, looks a lion laying down (Lion´s beach).
    The entrance to the beach is usually closed, since it´s the place usually chosen by the turtles to berry their eggs...so don´t go there with the expectation to stroll around the shore! The entrance in the beach is prohibited from january to june, but that won´t by a problem since you will see it all from a hill, with a very nice view!
    All beaches from Mar de Fora have a stronger tide, since they face the open sea but even with strong waves the water has that transparent, deep turquoise aspect...just like this one....

    Praia do Le��o
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    Sunset 2

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    That´s the view from the fortress Forte dos Remédios ...it´s a very interesting place, besides being a viewpoint...
    This fortress was built in the eighteenth century by the Portuguese, as a very important defense point.
    From up there you will see the "Morro do Pico", a very strange peak that is the highest part of the island....people used to be able to climb up narrow iron stairs to the end of the peak, with one of the most wonderfull views (as I heard), but since it was a bit dangerous and also tourists were starting to write on the rock (childish behaviour uh?) the entrance was closed ever since and the stairs are falling apart.

    Sunset from Forte dos Rem��dios
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    Vila dos remédios

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    This little vilage is considered the main part for the locals. There´s an ancient jail, a museum and a little church called Igreja dos Remédios, that was built in 1772.
    Most of the hostels and restaurants as well are located near this village. In a 30 minute walk you will have seen everything hehehe...
    The island of Noronha is not very populated, all locals know each other...this contributes to the calm, friendly atmosphere of the island...=)
    The village itself is not big....there´s a little hospital, little markets, the lodging consist mainly by guesthouses. A perfect place to relax...

    Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Rem��dios
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    Dolphins!

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    A boat trip to see the dolphins and then get to Sancho Bay is something you can´t miss. The dolphins in Noronha are very strict to their schedule, they come from the ocean to Baia dos Golfinhos (Dolphin´s Bay) to feed and date a little =P at the exact 6:00 AM.......they leave the island at 6:00 PM, so you have two chances per day to catch them! And they are really worth it! There are hundreds of them (i´m not joking!), they follow the boat, jump, make a great show!
    And after all that, you will still be able to snorkel in Sancho Bay, with the most colourful scenery ever....

    Dolphins following the boat
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    Get sandy

    by Quero Written Oct 26, 2004

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    There are 16 public access beaches on the principal island of Fernando de Noronha. During certain times some beaches, such as Leao, are closed for turtle nesting. Others, like Conceicao and Boldro are key surfing beaches during the summer months.

    Me and my shadow (I call her Sandy)

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    Sancho from the trail

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Sancho is not only wonderfull from the shore, it also has a great view from above. You have to spots for observation: one is between Sancho and Baia dos Porcos, the other is up the following hill.
    The water is usually so clean that you will be able to see everything....

    View of Baia do Sancho
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    Praia do Cachorro

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Praia do Cachorro (Dog´s beach) is the beach righ in front of Vila dos Remédios, it has calm waters and is one of the most frequented by the locals. Located in Mar de Dentro, it stands between Baia de Santo Antonio (the portuary bay) and praia do Meio. Next to it, there´s the so famous Bar do Cachorro where you can hear some brazilian music at night...

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    Praia da Conceição

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    It´s a beach located near the main village, right next to Morro do Pico. It´s a longer beach, used by locals and surfers as well.
    A good place to rest a bit after a long travel and prepare the strength for the following day. =)
    There are some three or four little bars in the beach where you can eat some snacks.

    Praia da Concei����o
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