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DIVING IN FERNANDO DE NORONHA BRAZIL


Scuba Diving in Fernando de Noronha Brazil
Scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha Brazil

Located about 340 miles (550 km) east of Recife,  off Brazil's northeast coast, Fernando de Noronha is one of the best scuba diving locations in South America.  With visibilities of up to 120 feet, beautiful blue water, and an amazing array of marine life, it is the biggest scuba destination in Brazil, though still relatively unknown by North America.  When we were there, we met only a couple from Norway and a couple from the UK who were not Brazilian on our scuba diving trips, and except for one Swedish guy, no other non-Brazilians on the entire island.  We did a total of four dives in two days on the island - two deep dives - Cagarras Fundas and Ponta de Macaxeira, and two shallow dives - Resurreta and Ilha de Meio.  Click here to see our dive reviews.

Fernando de Noronha Scuba Diving Home to resident pods of Spinner Dolphins, the waters of the Fernando de Noronha marine preserve are also filled with sea turtles, rays, sharks, and a huge array of much larger than average tropical fish.  On our four dives, we spotted several spotted eagle rays and stingrays, two huge green morays, four big spiny lobsters, three 8-foot nurse sharks, and a partridge in a pear tree.  Not to mention a huge array of tropical fish.  The only thing we really missed was coral - the rocky slopes of Noronha don't really give off much color, though the fish are brightly colored.  We saw a pod of dolphins from the boat one day, but weren't lucky enough to encounter any under the water.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA DIVE SHOPS

There are currently three dive shops on Fernando de Noronha.

Aguas Claras -  In business since 1985, they are the only PADI 5-Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Center on the island, and the largest operator on the island.  They have three boats, including a military-style high-speed inflatable boat, and two larger more traditional vessels.

Atlantis Divers  - Established in 1994, they claim to be the largest and most structured dive organization in Brazil.  This is the dive shop we dove with on our trip.  The dive guides spoke good English, and made it fun.  We would dive with them again.  They have two big catamarans and a smaller 32' boat for experienced divers.  They also have a new liveaboard dive catamaran.  They are associated with all the major dive associations, including PADI.

Noronha Divers - A NAUI Gold Scuba Center, Noronha divers is not associated with PADI.  They have been diving on the island since 1995.  They use a couple of custom-built dive boats that take 40 and 50 passengers, respectively.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA DIVE SITES

Fernando de Noronha Dive Site Map

Click Here for Detailed Dive Site Descriptions

DIVE SITE REEF REPORTS - (Our dives in Fernando de Noronha)

Cagarras Fundas
Ponta de Macaxeira
Resurreta

WATER CONDITIONS

The water temperature in Noronha is about 80F all year round.  A 3mm shorty is usually fine, but many people were wearing 3mm full suits as well.  The visibility ranges from 120 feet in the winter months (April through November) to about 50 feet in the summer months (December to March).  The waters around Noronha are often very choppy, so make sure to take Bonine or 24-hour-Less-Drowsy Dramamine, even if you don't usually get sick.  This can sometimes limit the dive sites that you can dive in a particular day.


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