Also known by the name of Fernando de Loronha, this small archipelago located 214 miles off the north-eastern coast was declared a natural marine park in 1988. To protect the environment, access to the island is restricted to 100 tourists a day, and swimming is forbidden at low tide. A small mountain 321 meters high overhangs the only inhabited island, which has various preserved beaches and extraordinary wildlife, particularly in the surrounding waters. During the rainy season, from February to July, the island becomes verdant, and the seawater crystalline. It is said that free diving there is exceptional. You can see dolphins from a viewpoint on the Baia dos Golfinhos. This little paradise is in the state of Pernambuco and its capital is called Recife.
A small mountain stands 321m high overlooking the only inhabited island, which has various preserved beaches and extraordinary wildlife, particularly in the surrounding waters.© Joao Bento / 123RF
The Fernando de Noronha archipelago was declared a National Marine Park in 1988 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.© Joao Bento / 123RF
During the rainy season from February to July, the island becomes very green and the sea crystal clear. The snorkelling here is just spectacular.© SPECIALIST STOCK LBRF / age fotostock
This little archipelago consisting of twenty-one islands lies some 214 miles off the north-eastern coast, around an hour's flight from Recife on the continent.© Erick Bernardo Molinares Urrego / 123RF
In the interest of protecting the environment, access to the island is limited to 100 tourists a day and bathing is prohibited at low tide.© Gunter Hoffmann / 123RF