Visibility in Noronha reaches up to 50 metres making it ideal for all types; first time divers, wreck dives – a notorious island for sailors due to the amount of rocky outcrops, intermediate level diving going down 8-23 metres and advanced dives which can reach a depth of up to 40 metres. With a large variety of options here for snorkelling, there is something for everyone, from snorkelling off one of the beaches to snorkelling around one of the many islets and islands that make up the archipelago.
As whole Brazil’s Atlantic coastline doesn’t offer a lot of coral, though you will find numerous rock pools and shallow rocks which are home to a number of colourful fish. The best place though is Fernando de Noronha, a small island 250 km off Brazil’s north east coast.
Its surrounding water were designated a national marine park in 1988, which has meant a more protected reef and an increased number of fish. There is often superb visibility, reaching up to 50 metres, but the island is difficult and expensive to reach.
Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s best hideaway. It offers a range of attractions that include snorkelling, diving, walking as well as wildlife. Its beaches have been voted the best in Brazil. An archipelago ideal for self-indulgence and relaxation, yet it also offers numerous activities for the more active.
The Marau Peninsula is a natural paradise situated between Itacare and Morro do Sao Paulo. This is a remote place with endless windswept beaches, rock pools ideal for swimming in and a place to get away from it all.
Morro de Sao Paulo is a small island situated off the southern coast of Salvador. Remotely perched at the northern tip of Ilha de Tinhare, Morro’s appeal stems from its relaxed pace (there are no cars on the island) and its unique geography: three jungle-topped hills on a point at the meeting of the mangrove-lined Canal de Taperoa and a clear, shallow Atlantic.
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