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A divers paradise
As an unique ecological sanctuary, Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a large part of the area is a National Marine Park. And it has the most wonderful beaches. Three (Sancho, Porcos and Leão) regularly feature in Brazil's top beaches list.
Being a small island with limited water resources and a fragile ecosystem, there is a maximum number of 460 visitors allowed on the island. Visitors also pay an Environmental Preservation Tax that increases progressively with the length of the visit.
The relative isolation from the mainland, the limits on visitors and the preservation make Fernando de Noronha an expensive destination. But the "happy few" will be well rewarded by the delights of this island paradise and its fascinating underwater world.
The archipelago comprises 21 islands. Only the largest of them is inhabited, and visiting the other islands requires authorization from the environmental authority, as they are protected areas of a National Maritime Park.
How to get there
You can travel to Noronha by air; Trip Airlines from Receife (1h 20m) and Natal (1h 10m). Also with Varig, from Recife (0h 50m).
Lodges or Posadas as the local name is, are ranked with 1 to 3 dolphins, where 3 is the best.