There are some places on the planet where nature is generous and presented us with breathtaking landscapes. Here in Brazil, Fernando de Noronha is one of these perfect places.
To get to know the magic of this paradise of transparent waters, let yourself go to the depths and enjoy one of the best diving destinations in the country and the world. There are so many attractions underwater that we chose some tips for you to enjoy the experience 100%.
The visit to Fernando de Noronha can happen throughout the year. But the period when the sea is calmer and with better visibility is between September and October.
Baptism, courses and equipment
Those who come without diving experience in Noronha have nothing to worry about. All over the island, you will find many types of packages and courses to start on scuba diving, which can be autonomous (with air cylinder) or free (in apnea or towing). The baptism is done up to 12 meters deep with an instructor. Hire some accredited company and be sure to have a safe experience.
Equipment such as mask, neoprene clothing, flippers, snorkel, cylinder, underwater cameras and diving vests can also be rented by day.
Snorkeling and free diving
With just a mask and snorkel, visitors of all ages can have a free dive in calm waters and great visibility.
There are also tours with towing dive options. Using snorkels and an acrylic board, you are pulled by a rope of a boat and go through several wonderful areas.
In Noronha, diving can be done in the inside ocean, facing the continent, or outside, facing the open ocean. Both regions have a wide variety of fish schools, barracudas, sea turtles, corals, octopuses, squids, lobsters and several species of sharks.
The inside ocean: Laje Dois Irmãos (with up to 25 meters in depth), Buraco do Inferno (underwater cave with impressive coralline rocks), Cordilheira (35 meters of a majestic rocky wall), Caverna da Sapata (rocky wall with many sponges and fish), Morro de Fora (quiet diving point and ideal for beginners).
The outside ocean: Luias (large blocks of stones make hallways full of biodiversity), Pedras Secas (set of rocks with formations of canyons and arches), Ilha do Frade (refuge of southern stingrays and nurse sharks), Caieiras (three rock formations are home to sea turtles and other marine species), Buraco das Cabras (one of the most colorful diving spots of the region).
Another place for diving are the wrecks of the archipelago. Approximately 60 meters deep, you will find one of the best preserved wrecks in the country, the Corveta Ipiranga. This underwater oasis has almost intact multiple objects in its interior, such as cabinets and kitchen utensils, and has a variety of fish such as pollocks and black jacks.
In the Baía de Santo Antônio, you’ll find the Greek ship Eleane Stathatos. The ship sank in the 1930s and is 7 meters deep, and you can get to the place by swimming from the sea coast.
Now that you know the best tips, set a date to your trip to this little Brazilian paradise!