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Brazil
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52 reviews
38 helpful votes
“A fantastic place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2010

It's an archipelago, there are 17 beaches, plenty of colored fishes, like an aquarium. One of the best place in the world for diving. The pousadas are realy nice; Sea food is the main ingredient of local cuisine, but there are other specialities too;
Good tavel agencies for local tours.
Web site: www.noronha.pe.gov.br

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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103 reviews
47 helpful votes
“True paradise on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2010

I travel a lot every year, but Fernando de Noronha, will always be my favorite place. It was a true paradise. So beautiful and with an amazing animal life. I will never forget my stay here, despite us staying at a horrible B&B.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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105 reviews
110 helpful votes
“A Paradise in the Atlantic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2010

We stayed 5 days/4 nights in Fernando de Noronha in July 2010.
Most tourists to the islands come on a pakage tour, and they are all pretty similar. As are the Pousadas, barring a few very expensive ones, and a few below average level. They would cost some 250 Reais tot 600 per night, for a room. Most rooms will have airco, which should be very necessary in high season: February and March. That is when it is hot, the weather is good, and the waves are super strong at Praia Cacimba do Padre: surf time!
In July we had two super days, one very bad with pouring rain all ady, and a so so day with some rain and sun.
The scenery is spectacular, everything every close to each other, and still an island visit (day-trip) is tiring, as you are on the move all the time. Driving, getting to the beach ( including a hairy climb down to Praia do Sancho) swimming, snorkeling, drying out, imbibing, and waiting for the sunset. Islands trip can be organized by a tour company, but for a couple it is better to hire a buggy with friver - ask your Pousada owner - as you are free, not tied to other people in the bus etc.
And when you driver is an avid snorkler - as was - ours, you are in for a super day. Turtles galore, colofull fish, great spots, at the right time of day with regard to the tides, etc. Worth the little haggle, and in the end it may be cheaper than joining a 150 reais tour. Of course we treated the driver to drinks and a lunch, but there some cheap kilo-restaurants and that is where they take you. This Island tour is a must.
The boat tour is just that. Takes a whole morning, including a long wait at the pier. OK, you see dolphins close up, and do one snorkel. We were not too impressed.
The diving: go inquire at "Atlantis", down at Vila do Remedios. There are lost of wrecks, but realize this is not the place for colorful 'Great Barrier" type of coral. The underwater fauna, turtles and fish though is super.
Eating: inquire for the latest spot at your Pousada, places come and go. Or have a look on this Website, as well as for Pousadas.
Do not forget to budget the Islands admission; we paid 136 EUR total, two persons, 4 nights. Creditcards accepted
Worth going in all? Yes, even when you have a rainy day!

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SP-Brazil
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45 reviews
32 helpful votes
“Just returned - tips on restaurants - Stay Away - BB "Pousada Aleffawi"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2010

Just returned from Fernando de Noronha after 6 days in FN - great food at fair price, found at the following restaurants - Pousada Maravilha, Morena and Varanda. Restaurants with pretty bad service and NOT reccomended (my own experience) - even though locals tend to appoint - Restaurant at Pousada Ze Maria (tend to "forget" orders and Flamboyant. Food prices are comparable to any metropolis - entrees at US$30/40.

Bed & Breakfast - stay away by all means from POUSADA ALEFFAWI - they acknowledge that they have 2 rooms with "perfum" of sewage returning to the bathrooms (rooms # 2 and 7) and we were the unfortunate ones to stay in room #2...

Be careful when selecting your BB once, payments are asked upfront. There are ten charming BB and others to choose from. negotiate well with your travel agent to secure a good deal, if not satisfied.

Tip - visit the island from June to Nov - island is green and sea is calm. Avoid Brazilian holidays as prices triple.

Scenery is comparable to Polinesean Islands and Hawaii (nothing more, nothing less - lots of sea turtles, stingrays, small sharks, barracudas - similar to those in Oceania), but be ready for poor service (very).

Diving - recommend "Aguas Claras" - great people, infrastructure, professionals.

Plan ahead of time your visit otherwise you may be frustrated!!!!

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Brazil
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1 review
“Brazils Paradise Island -Fernando de Noronha”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

The archipelago of Fernando de Nornha is made up of 21 Islands – 1 inhabited larger island and 20 other non inhabited islands. It is an eco friendly destination with only 420 tourists permitted on the island per day. You pay a daily tax for the privilege of staying here – but it is well worth while for 4 or 5 days! Whether you are just looking for the best beaches in Brazil to soak up the sun, or the adrenalin rush of huge waves for surfing, this has to be the hidden treasure to visit.

Sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales, octopus, many species of tropical fish are all to be found here. You can take a ‘baptism course’ in Scuba diving and head down into the depths of the most colourful and vibrant underwater wildlife scene you are ever likely to experience.

Or you can simply float in one of the natural rock pools with your head down and your snorkel up, to see microcosmic beauty. Sunblock is banned from the rock pools to preserve the wildlife there, but as you are only permitted to snorkel in them for 25 minutes, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Trekking around the Island isn’t too strenuous are time consuming as it is only 17km2 but there are many amazing sights to behold – stunning beaches, glorious sunsets, indigenous flora and fauna species. Boat rides around the other islands as well as other tours can be taken including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, tow diving are all part of the fun of de Noronha.
Contact me for the source of information I used to book my trip.

What more can I say other than – “when can I go back?”

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