1. Fernanda do Noronha
This remote archipelago of 21 islands off the North East coast of Brazil is reached by air (daily flights from Recife and Natal). Fernanda do Noronha
is a national marine reserve and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Great care has gone into managing the flow of visitors in order to minimise any impact on the pristine environment.
The beaches here are truly breathtaking – wild, white, clean, framed by rugged cliffs and lapped by brilliant turquoise seas. Spinner dolphins are a treat to observe off-shore; take a boat trip to see these acrobatic creatures in action. Visit between August and December for diving and snorkelling.
There seems to two sides to the character of Fernanda do Noronha; on one hand the simplicity of some of the accommodation and the wonderful sense of freedom could suggest a bit of a backpacker feel, yet there is no taking away from the feeling of luxury due to the sheer natural and wild beauty. It is a very special place and one that the Brazilian people consider their ‘jewel in the crown’. Many Brazilians dream of visiting this unique destination.