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Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park
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Ottawa, Canada
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“great...but...”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

a great snorkelling experience however there is quite a bit of hassle involved. all visitors must have a National Park pass - which must be purchased at a separate location (the island needs to get more organized and this should be offered at the airport when you pay your eco-tourism fee or at the park). accessing different locations on the island requires transportation and this gets pretty expensive.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Don't believe the hype”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful spot, with great beaches and marine life, but is let down by several things. Firstly, the expense of getting there and staying there is very high and is not value for money- visitors have to pay around 48 Reais per day as an environmental tax, plus 1,500 R is what foreigners have to pay to enter the national park, double what brazilians have to pay. It is shocking, considering that there are loads of buggies being used on the island belching out exhaust. Basic pousadas are very costly and restaurants overcharge for mediocre food.As a foreigner travelling solo, I found the service at some restaurants to be bordering on hostile. That said, the family running my pousada were delightful, as was the man running the tourist office. My advice -- unless money is no object, give Fernando a miss and explore other parts of brazil at much lower cost.

Visited February 2014
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Byron Bay, Australia
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“Fernando de Noronha is a tourist trap. Definitely not worth the price”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

I´ve just come back from a trip to Fernando de Noronha in Brazil and I´m really disappointed for many reasons:

1- Paved and dirt roads are in very poor conditions with many holes
2- Rubbish everywhere on the island, including the marine national park where there are horses roaming, grazing and destroying the terrestrial vegetation
3- Boipeba Island is the best and cheapest. Fernando de Noronha is far from being the best diving spot in Brazil.
4- People hardly speak English and are obsessed with money. As soon as they realize you are a foreigner you may be deceived if you trust too much.
5- Bad condition of historical monuments. They are nearly destroyed.
6- The administration of the park does not seem to be concerned about sustainability since water comes mostly from desalinization and energy comes fossil fuels
I´ve got pictures of everything I said and I can show you in case you´re interested. Therefore if you want to visit beautiful islands and beaches in Brazil the places I would strongly suggest are: Boipeba, Morro de São Paulo, Praia do Espelho and São Miguel dos Milagres. Stay away from Fernando de Noronha. You might get frustrated otherwise.

Visited December 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“English speaking guide”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

Had a great time in Fernando de Noronha. Marine life was very nice. Difficult thing for us was trying to find a tour guide who could take us to various snorkelling spots who also spoke English. We found an excellent guide named Sabina. Her number is 9705-0584. She was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the island. I'd highly recommend her for land or water trips.

Visited August 2013
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