Travel to Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – Episode 733

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Travel to the island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil (podcast)

Hear about travel to the island of Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nina from about the “Galapagos of Brazil”.

Nina says, “Fernando de Noronha is one of the last places in the world I feel is really off the beaten track. It is a highly protected area of Brazil. They limit their tourism to 502 tourists a day. When you are there you are in this idyllic beach paradise and it feels like your own private island.”

Fernando de Noronha has a lot of biodiversity. It has the largest colony of spinner dolphins. Diving is popular there. If you are not a fan of being in the water or playing in the water then this is not your destination. Even in the “dry” season, it can rain for a half-hour a day as you are in the tropics. 

Nina is a first-generation Brazilian American who has been all over Brazil 20-30 times. She says that the beaches on Fernando de Noronha are some of the nicest in Brazil if not the world. Her favorite is Sancho Beach. For snorkeling, she recommends Bay of Pigs Beach (Baia dos Porcos). 

Much of the main island is the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park and some of the best beaches can only be accessed if you are willing to pay the national park fee. Even with that access can be a hike. For Sancho Beach, you need to climb down a ladder to access the beach. This after driving there in your dune buggy which is what passes for rental cars on an island with only one paved road and one public bus. 

The island has the ruins of an old Fort. At one time the island was used as a prison. You can also take a trail tour of the island. The fort gives you a great view of the whole island.

Outside the national park, the beaches will be more crowded but will have more infrastructure with cafes and beach chairs. Dog Beach has the best view of the “huge pico rocks” which give the island its skyline.

Because it is a protected ecological area you can’t even bring sunscreen that is not reef safe or small disposable plastic containers. 

Nina recommends you could add to your trip some time in the northeast of Brazil in cities like Recife, Salvador, Belém. Recife and Salvador are beach cities while Belém is where you can start a trip to the Amazon

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Show Notes
Fernando de Noronha
Spinner dolphin
Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park
Sancho Beach
Lion Beach – Picture of Leao Beach, Fernando de Noronha – Tripadvisor
Forte de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
Praia do Cachorro
Fernando de Noronha Tours
Middle Bar (Bar do Meio Noronha)
Caipirinha Recipe
Mergulhao (The Big Dive Restaurant)
Brazil Travel Guides and Itineraries – The Globetrotting Accountant



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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – Episode 733”

Marco Galasso


Hi Chris, how are you?

Hope you are ok?

My name is Marco Antonio Galasso from Itatiba City/São Paulo Brazil.

First I would like to congratulate your Podcast, Amateur Travel , I listen all episodes and specially at this time that where are restricted on travels.
I’m Food Scientist and Engineer and my wife has travel agency, the Le Chateau Viagens, for more 20 years.
Today I heard you Podcast about Fernando De Noronha Archipelago , and congratulation, that is one of the most beautiful places that I had ever been in my life.
I have been there five time, and the first was 21 years ago, a lot o things changed there but it still beautiful and great!
Chris I have some comments and reviews about your host Nina,
1st) Fernando de Noronha is destiny for Nature Lover not only for diving…..
2nd) Fernando de Noronha is not raining tropical island, to tell you the true, is very dry most part of the year and the raining period is concentrated in May/June/July..only.
3rd) rent a beach buggy is the best way to move inside the island, but also you can rent bike and motorcycle too, and a regular simple car.
4th) I miss some very good and important historical facts as well: originally was an Portuguese cologne but was invaded and dominated by the Dutch for more 20 years.
5th) things to do : not only beach and diving, you can have guide and make a day tour inside the preserved area, with great views and desert beaches…

There other point and information that a native person and Fernando de Noronha lover, like me, could say, but next time you need to complement this destination, I will be pleasure to help you !!
Thanks again and see you next episode.

Marco Galasso
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Cel: +55(11) 99943 5264

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