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Brazil: Fernando de Noronha

The only populated island in a protected volcanic archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean, Fernando de Noronha is almost off the map. But those who go there (and numbers are restricted), especially divers and surfers, are well rewarded. Craggy cliffs jacketed in close scrubby vegetation close in on gorgeous little bays of sugary sand, and the waters here, warm year-round, are sapphire-clear. Much of the area is designated a marine park, for good reason: sharks, dolphins, turtles and stingrays and a multitude of fish species thrive here. There are no luxury facilities here: it’s a dream destination for lovers of nature, especially the undersea world.

Our holidays to Fernando de Noronha

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Active Brazil

Active Brazil: Remote Bahia and Fernando de Noronha

15 days from £2384pp

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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What our experts say

I was a little underwhelmed on arrival after hearing so many rave reviews of the island, as I was expecting it to be more extravagantly lovely. But its appeal lies in its lack of development – it is quite wild and unspoilt, with beautiful empty beaches. The number of tourists at any one time is apparently limited, which shows – you feel mostly in the company of Brazilians, and there are no gaudy tourist attractions. 


Laura Rendell-Dunn

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