Two beaches in Fernando de Noronha island were voted the most beautiful of Brazil. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Approximately 70% of it designated as a national maritime park, and a restriction on the number of visitors, may be Brazil’s premier eco-tourism destination; at least for those with the time and money to visit it (flights, hotels, and entrance fees are quite steep, and direct flights are limited).
Fernando de Noronha Island Details
The only way to get there for tourists is by plane. There are daily flights from Recife and Natal. The flight is between 30 and 45 minutes.
The arlines that fly to the island are Azul (www.voeazul.com.br) and Gol Airlines (www.voegol.com.br).
Be prepared to pay hefty prices!
Environmental Preservation Fee - This is the Taxa de Preservaçao Ambiental or TPA. If you can read portuguese you can pay it in advanced here, but it's probably easier to just pay it at the airport when you land. The fee varies by the number of days, here is a short sample of the daily fee (BRL$) per person:
National Park Fee - In order to visit the trails and beaches inside the national park (which are the most of the beaches) You will have to pay R$ 89,00 if you're Brazilian or R$ 178,00 if you're a foreigner. This fee is on top of the TPA (see above). This fee doesn't get you a guide, a tour. or anything. This is simply a fee for a permit to enter the national park. If you decide to do an organized tour, you will still need to pay this fee. You will need this permit even if you decide to explore the island on your own. DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT IT. You can pay in advanced for this fee here. We recommend paying for it online you don't have to stand in line. You pay this fee at the ICMBio offices which are in the main village.
- The official site to island is this one. They have maps and other information.
- You can get to all of the beaches with public transportation + a short hike. A lot of people rent buggies, but that's not necessary. There is a bus that crosses the island (from the port to the Sudeste beach) every 30 minutes. It gets you to the starts of most trails, and also to the airport.
- Except for Caipim Açu can get to most beaches and hike most trails without a guide.
- The first thing you should do after you check into your hotel is go to the ICMbio offices and sign up for a slot to visit the Atalaia Beach. Access to this beach is highly restricted. Only a few people are allowed to visit it per hour and you must sign up to be able to get there. You don't have to pay extra, but you do have to sign up. ICMBio has two offices in the island. Ask your hotel which one is closest to you. You can also pay the National Park Fee at these offices. If you paid the National Park Fee online, bring your printed receipt and your passport with you to the offices.
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