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Though the remaining 30% of the archipelago that extends from the harbor area to Cacimba do Padre beach does not belong to the Marine Park, it has been designated as an Area of Environmental Preservation by the Brazilian government so it is a good idea to follow the rules no matter where you are when visiting Fernando de Noronha. The following activities are not allowed within the confines of the park area:

• Fishing by Non-Residents.

• Importation of Animals or Plants. The island has a big problem with wild cats – we have adopted over 10 stray cats over the last decade, and we currently have five island cats living safely in our second home in Sao Paulo. If you would like to contribute to this cause, and motivate a more effective action from the island’s administration, we encourage you to fill out the island’s questionnaire suggesting actions such as: Additional organized castration campaigns and pet adoption campaigns, etc.

• Chasing, Harassing or Feeding any animals.

• Interfering or Removal with Vegetation, Collecting Seeds, Roots or Fruits.

• Collecting or Removal of Shells, Corals, Stones, Animals, or Even Parts of Organisms.

• Visiting Areas of the National Marine Park (PARNAMAR – FN) from 6pm to 8am.

• Swimming, Snorkeling, Stopping a Boat, or Diving anywhere near Baia dos Golfinhos (Dolphins Bay) – There are buoy devices marking the area that is dedicated to dolphins.

• Littering and Leaving Waste on Beaches or Trails.

• Visiting Any Other Islands or Islets of the Archipelago.

• Camping, Seeping Outside or Building a Fire.

• Visiting Restricted Areas Without Previous Authorization From ICMBio (restricted areas are marked and gated).

• Anchoring Boats in Any National Marine Park Area with the Exception of Sancho Sandbanks.

• Writing of Graffiti on Any Rocks, Trees or Signs.

• Snorkeling Inside the Tidal Pools of Baia dos Porcos.

• Setting Foot or Snorkeling in Tidal Pools of Buraco da Raquel and Ponta das Caracas.

• Walking Over the Reef Formations of Atalaia, Leao or Sueste Beaches.

• Entering Sueste’s Mangrove – The ONLY Mangrove Formation In an Atlantic Ocean Island in the Southern Hemisphere.

• Disrespecting the “Buoi Device Limits” of Sueste Bay or Baia Dos Golfinhos (Dolphins Bay).

• Wearing Fins, Sneakers, Insect Repellent or Sunscreen in the Waters o thef Atalaia Tidal Pools and Caieira Tidal Pools (Both are reached en route on the Atalaia Complete Hike).

• SCUBA Diving Without Booking Through One of the Three Registered Dive Operators on the Island.

• Swimming With Spinner Dolphins.

In case any of these rules are violated, fines and apprehension will be enforced by local ICMBio office located at the Visitors Center ‍‍‍of the main island – Address: Alameda do Boldro s/n. Tel: + 55 81 3619 1210. Please do your part to also report any violations you may witness while visiting the island to the above office as well.

ICMBio is the federal environmental office that regulates and monitors sustainable visitation of the National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha (PARNAMAR-FN) and all the other National Parks in Brasil.

  • The island does not have a bank that exchanges foreign currency or travelers checks. Shops and residents will informally buy US Dollars or Euros for an exchange rate that is usually lower than what you will find on the mainland. It is always advisable to bring enough local currency for the activities you plan on doing. Main restaurants and a few shops accept Visa and Mastercard while AMEX is only accepted in a few places.
  • There is ATM at the airport and another at the Visitors Center of the island. They take all major cards, but they are often on the broken down or out of money. When that happens, THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION for retrieving cash.
  • The hospital will treat emergencies. Cases that requires more specialized attention will be transported to Recife by airplane.
  • The island has one drugstore at Vila do Trinta and a convenience store called Maezinha at Vila dos Remedios. Both of these stores will sell repellent lotion, aspirin, and other popular medicine for seasickness, and stomach viruses – at inflated prices.
  • Tap water is a mix of collected rainwater and desalinated sea water so it is always advisable to drink mineral bottled water, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.
  • Shipping to the island is rather expensive and therefore prices of anything that is heavy or perishable – such as fruits – will be much more expensive than mainland prices.
  • Voltage on the island is 220V.
  • The island does not follow daylight savings time so you should adjust your watch one hour forward. When the mainland is on daylight savings, the island and Sao Paulo will be in the same time zone. It is always good to check that upon arrival so you don’t miss any scheduled activities (or breakfast time at your accommodation of choice).
  • Environmental talks/presentations conducted every night at the Visitors Center start at about 8:30pm and last until 10pm every night. Themes are different every night and you should check the schedule right in front of the souvenir shop and coffee place of TAMAR – Visitors Center. Lectures are done in Portuguese but some people find it interesting because of the slide/dvd show of images. They are available every night during the lectures.
  • If your first port of entry in Brazil allows you to go to a bank, we suggest you go to the island’s main web page at www.noronha.pe.gov.br and print the form that allows you to pre-pay the environmental tax before you land in Noronha. By doing this, you will speed up your “immigration” process and you will be able to get to the luggage area faster and therefore leave the airport (which is not air conditioned yet) slightly faster…
  • There is always the chance of landing in Noronha without your luggage, especially if you are coming straight to the island with very short connection time between flights. Make sure you bring key items on a carry-on such as bathing suit, a couple of shirts, tooth brush and paste, hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. That way, if you need to wait one day for your bags, you will not miss out on any pre-planned activity.
  • Most pousadas will not include airport pick-up in the room rate. Air-conditioned vans are available for that type of service and they charge about R$15/person. Buggy-taxis will also be available right outside the airport but they might be tight depending on the amount of luggage you bring. Taxi rides vary from R$15 – R$25 per ride.
  • The island’s official map is given at the airport and more comprehensive maps with information of the fauna and flora may be found at the Visitors Center/TAMAR souvenir store. We have translated the official map to English and we’ll send you this map when you make your reservation through us
  • Mosquitos can be ferocious on the island. Bring repellent!
  • The island is quite cool because of the constant breeze but don’t be fooled – we are only 4 degrees from the Equator so remember to always wear sunscreen and hats.
  • Our water is collected during our rainy season and also gets contribution from a desalinization plant so please be careful with your consumption.
  • Although we are a small community and there are almost no crime reports on the island, small thefts happen every now and then, especially because there are a high and cons‍‍‍tant number of people coming in and out on a daily basis. There is no need to carry valuable items around but if you do, keep them at a close distance. If you chose to leave valuables in your room, do not do so in reach of an open window.
  • Frogs, little lizards (known as Mabuias), ants, roaches, and small mice are quite popular here because we are on an island! If you find them at your pousada, it is not a sign of lack of cleanliness – it is simply a sign of nature and remember – treat them nicely – because they have been here a lot longer than you and you are the one visiting their habitat…
Get prepared for your Visit !!!‍‍‍

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Location – The island of Fernando de Noronha is located on the Northeast of Brazil, 360km away from the city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte; and 545km away from Recife, Pernambuco. The island is approximately four degrees away from the Equator, making it quite hot and humid throughout the year.
  • Layout – The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is composed of 21 islands. Only one is inhabited – the largest island which is also called (funnily enough) Fernando de Noronha. The main island has about 17-sq-km and sits on top of a volcanic submarine mountain, whose base is 60km wide and 4km deep.
  • Climate – The archipelago has only two seasons: rainy season, usually from February to June; and dry season, usually from July to January. Prevailing winds come from east and southeast (trade winds) and the average annual temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. Sea currents move westward and the water temperature is about 24 degrees year-round. There are currently about 4,000 residents in Fernando de Noronha, most of whom live off the four main sectors: Public service, commercial activities, tourism, and fishing.
  • A National Marine Park (PARNAMAR) – Approximately 70% of the archipelago’s total area was turned into a National Marine Park back in 1988, because of its striking scenery, exceptional geographic location, presence of endemic species, its strong genetic potential, and also constant claims from National and International Environmental entities. In 2002 it was also designated UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. Because of these titles and accolades, and in order to preserve this archipelago and perpetuate its sustainable visitation by e‍‍‍cotourists from all over the world, there are certain rules that need to be followed during your stay in Fernando de Noronha.

‍‍‍RULES AND REGULATIONS OF FERNANDO DE NORONHA´S NATIONAL MARINE PARK:

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