Fernando de Noronha

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About Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha looks like it has been plucked straight out of a Bond movie. This stunning archipelago, consisting of 21 islands and islets lying 200 miles off Brazil's coast in the Atlantic Ocean, is jaw-droppingly beautiful; as are the best places to stay on Fernando de Noronha. Interestingly, it's named after a 16th-century merchant who was gifted the archipelago in return for importing Brazilian wood for the Portuguese government - plus, he was the one who actually found the islands in the first place!

Given its location, Fernando de Noronha is part of a unique special state district that's not attached to any other municipality; instead, it's run directly by the government. Be warned though that due to environmental preservation, visitors have to pay a daily fee to enter the island and another to see the National Park attractions. Since 2001, Fernando de Noronha has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of its environmental biodiversity.

It's strange to think about, but all of Fernando de Noronha's islands are in fact just the visible tops of submerged mountain ranges! These islands attract an incredibly rich array of wildlife: sea turtles, spinner dolphins, albatrosses, humpback whales, and more.

What not to miss

  • Whilst the islands are full of lovely beaches, we recommend in particular: Baia do Sancho, Cacimba do Padre and Conceicao Beach.
  • Head off to Projeto Tamar and hear about all the conservation work that they do on the island.
  • The Shark Museum is another fascinating spot for nature-lovers.

This archipelago can, unsurprisingly, draw a crowd so in order to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Fernando de Noronha we recommend planning your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Fernando de Noronha

For luxury

  • Pousada Maravilha is a stunning beach resort with romantic, tree-house style lodges overlooking the sea and boasting spectacular views. With a fine dining restaurant to boot, it's the ideal spot for a honeymoon.

For a guesthouse or holiday home

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • You can fly into Fernando de Noronha AIrport from Recife and Natal, with the journey lasting between one or two hours.
  • Fernando de Noronha is permanently warm, with the temperature basically staying around 27°C year-round. However, there's more rain in the winter (from February to July) so you might want to avoid coming at this time.
  • If you want to fully explore all that the island has to offer, hire a car with Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Fernando de Noronha

  • Pousada Maria Bonita 11 rooms from £238

    Fernando de Noronha

    This boutique hotel is located on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Guestrooms are cosy and inviting featuring unique design pieces, local textiles and natural accents; book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. Unwind by the hotel pool or sunbathe in the gardens; a stylish island retreat.

    Hideaway  -  With a charming private pool hidden inside the hotel grounds, hideout at this chic, rustic bolt-hole
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the simplicity of this hotel's pared-back interiors and peaceful gardens
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is in a great location for local exploring on Fernando de Noronha
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Santo Antonio Fort ruins, a historic landmark fort close to the hotel
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  • Pousada Maravilha 8 rooms from £329

    Fernando de Noronha

    A luxury beach resort on the island of Fernando de Noronha. Tree house style suites are rustic, romantic, and luxurious. Lovely pool and lounge area and fabulous local ingredients from the sea! White sand beaches, dolphins, turtles, and diving. The perfect spot for a honeymoon.

    Beach Life  -  Right on a stretch of pristine beach with azure waters
    Romantic Break  -  Great for couples after complete seclusion
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, CN Traveller
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  • Pousada do Vale 12 rooms from £330

    Fernando de Noronha

    This luxury pousada is located in Jardim Elizabeth, in the heart of Fernando de Noronha. Suites are bright and contemporary with box-spring beds, natural accents and a private balcony; book a duplex suite for split-level living space and two balconies. Book into the spa before dinner; a chic hotel.

    Total relaxation  -  With a range of spa treatments available plus an outdoor pool, restaurant and gardens, this hotel offers guests total relaxation
    Local exploring  -  With a central location on Fernando de Noronha, this hotel is a great starting point for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's romantic suites and the plush garden setting
    Sights nearby  -  Travel to the south of the island and visit the Mirante dos Golfinhos, a popular spot for viewing dolphins
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  • Pousada Zé Maria 21 rooms from £554

    Fernando de Noronha

    This luxury pousada is located on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Choose from suites or bungalows with classic interiors and a private balcony; book a luxury bungalow for a jacuzzi and terrace with sea views. Sample seafood at the restaurant before booking into the spa; a chic beach stay.

    Local exploring  -  The pousada is perfectly placed for local exploring on the island; book excursions through the hotel for great deals
    Beach Life  -  With a beach location on the pretty island of Fernando de Noronha, this hotel makes a great seaside getaway
    Families  -  Book a special bungalow for family-sized living space; kids love the hotel's swimming pool
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Santo Antonio Fort, where you can find the ruins of an ancient island stronghold
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  • Pousada Teju-Açú 12 rooms from £591

    Fernando de Noronha

    This eco-lodge is located a stone's throw from Conceição Beach in Fernado de Noronha, Brazil. Private bungalows feature luxurious four-poster beds and balconies with a hammock; book a Teju bungalow for beautiful sea views. Relax by the pool before dinner at the hotel restaurant; a chic seaside stay.

    Foodies  -  Foodies will be pleased with the hotel's fresh seafood restaurant; sample local Brazilian delicacies at the breakfast buffet too
    Beach Life  -  Located next to Conceição Beach, this hotel is an ideal place for a relaxed seaside break
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the comfortable beds, chic bungalows and attentive service at this hotel
    Sailing  -  Go on a boat ride and discover the beautiful coastline from a new vantage point; book through the hotel for great deals
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