10 Things to Do in Fernando de Noronha That You Shouldn't Miss

July 24, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations. On land, hike the ecological trails of Jardim Elizabeth, the Esmerelda Coast or Sancho Bay, which culminates in a climb up a steep set of stairs carved into the split of a cliff.
Restaurants in Fernando de Noronha

1. Baia do Sancho

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
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5 based on 7 reviews

Baia do Sancho

Reviewed By Mell-Elle1 - London, United Kingdom

I don’t understand other reviewers complaining about the difficult access tand at the same time the excess number of tourists on the beach! One should be prepared to put some effort to get to a hidden exotic gem rated as the world’s best beach which understandably won’t be readily available at your doorstep.
When my friend and I were there, we were the only people on the beach and it was surreal! It was February, just after the rain, still very hot and the wet weather didn’t stop us from going down the metal steps between the cliffs. The natural surroundings are absolutely gorgeous, same goes for the water and the best part was the lack of people. Absolutely thrilled with this beach and won’t ever forget the experience!

2. Cacimba do Padre Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cacimba do Padre Beach

A 2015 Travelers’ Choice winner, Cacimba do Padre is famous for seashells and soft sand. Jutting out from the sea is the Two Brothers (Morro Dois Irmaos) rock formation.

Reviewed By Fernanda C

We stopped here while on tour in the island with our guide. It's a beautiful view but the ocean is just too strong for regular swimming. If you don't surf, you might just be better off watching the suffers and tanning. Still, it's a must see. There are good places for lunch nearby.

3. Conceicao Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Conceicao Beach

Reviewed By entrad - New York City, New York

Perfect crescent beach in spectacular setting with full-on view of Pico. Sand is silken and perfectly clean. Water is warm and turquoise and perfectly clear. The walk down rocky roads beats the line up to squeeze down the ladders to Sancho, which, in our opinion, is not as beautiful. Plus, Bar de Maio at the far end is a perfect place to have a drink, bite to eat and view of the sunset. Watch out for the big waves when the surf is up!

4. Baia do Sueste Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 784 reviews

Baia do Sueste Beach

Reviewed By Silviaoxx - Montevideo

This beach is really great to go diving, we even saw baby sharks in the shore. It is great for seeing turtles. One piece of advice, if you go with small children, hire a guide and they will take the children while you dive! The sea is quite rough on certain days, make sure you go on a clear day with good weather to improve visibility.

5. Baia dos Golfinhos

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 997 reviews

Baia dos Golfinhos

Reviewed By MJTKC - Parkville, Missouri

We visited the site 5 times during our 7 day visit. There was an ocean surge for many of these days so the Dolphins did not show up. On one day all was Ok in the ocean and they showed up. 270+. What a site to behold. A must see. Local personnel that study the Dolphins were very informative.

6. Baia do Sueste

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Baia do Sueste

Reviewed By Emilio N - New York City, New York

Well I really love this beach on Brazilian summer which starts on December, you can see lots os turtles. Do not go on the middle of the year, the water is not good at this time of the year. You have to hire a guide to swim with you, but they need to organize, as the "smartest ones" do not respect the line and cross that, so you have to wait long to go.

7. Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro

Alameda do Fortim, Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco 53990-000, Brazil
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
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4%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro

Reviewed By Jule2008 - Itatiba - SP

If you happen to be there one afternoon you will watch a regular sunset, without surprises. If you're running out of time, don't bother, you're not missing a lot.

8. Projeto Tamar

Alameda do Boldro, Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco 53990-000, Brazil +55 81 3619-1174
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Projeto Tamar

Daily 9am-10pm

Reviewed By Gazpacho16 - Banff, Canada

Beautiful sponsored project, but by the looks of it Petrobras, the main sponsor, has too much of its resources tied-up in the major fraud investigation it is under at the moment.
The exhibits are run-down, the signs are not updated, and the place definitely needs some maintenance and up-keep.
Don't get me wrong, they do a wonderful job protecting the turtles, but with a major sponsor like Petrobras, you would think their infrastructure would be a million times better.
It seems to me all Petrobras is contributing towards are the company logo signs the biologists display, every time they are in action looking after a turtle. As a matter of fact, it is nearly impossible to take a photo without snapping a darn "Petrobras" sign along with it.
Disappointed to say the least.

9. Leao Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil 81-83319660
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
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1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Leao Beach

Reviewed By Grantedwards358 - South America

The beach is huge and empty, not far from souewest beach access. Turtles lay their eggs here as it is a huge beach. The currents and waves can be strong so be careful, on rough days good swimmers and or life jacket recommended. It is almost empty and goes on for a long way, perfect for a remote, beautiful, beach time...

10. Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

Reviewed By juniorblues - Lisbon, Portugal

although it might not be the most beautiful landscape (it is a port) the ocean flora is great.
I went there on my first day at 6 am and the water was cristal clear and full of life.
There might be small sharks there, but they run away as soon as you enter the water so don't freak out.

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