Fernado de Noronha Island
Fernado de Noronha Island
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D J
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Americans beware!! They charge Americans double for the Ilha Tour. You must show ID to book and when you hand over your American Passport the taxes and fees instantly double whereas my Brazilian spouse only had to pay the regular price. Total and complete discrimination.

I agree with previous posts. Lots of trash everywhere and half the plant life is dead. Portions of the island look baron and desolate. The “locals” look like they are going to murder you. We booked AirBnB and there are what appear to be blood stains on our bed covers. Tiny TV in our tiny room only plays radio stations. Cannot watch actual TV. Tiny refrigerator in room gives you no room for all the necessities you’ll need to bring with you. Wear cool clothing because the A/C unit barely blows air.

Don’t even try to walk to the beach. The route down is something from American Ninja Warrior. One slip and you’re dead.

Speaking of the beach. You’d expect a lot more. No chairs with umbrellas - you get nothing but the scorching sun. Prices for food are outrageous and the food is basic.

I was told this place was paradise but feels more like hell.
Written December 20, 2023
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Luiz Elias
Sao Paulo, SP12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Everyone who goes to Fernando de Noronha knows the planning e costs to execute a trip to the island.
You have to pay in advance tickets to the natural parks but you may only book each walk in the park after going to the visitor center. What they do not tell you is that you get a ticket number in order to book each walk.
My family and I got to the visitors center as adviced but were not able to book a single trail because these were all taken!!!!
So if you are a lucky person and want to gamble on whether or not you will get here and not been able to to do the sights, this is the right place
Written July 21, 2022
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Sandra K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We had high expectations that we were going to paradise. Instead we found a dirty island full of bin bags and rubbish left on the streets. What does the council and government do with the gazillion of taxes they charge to everyone entering the island and staying there?
Restaurants, accommodation and bars rip you off and charge prices equivalent to Monaco or Amalfi coast. But nowhere near the cleanliness and good service offered by those places. With the same amount of money we could have had a 5 star holiday anywhere in the world.
They promote you will swim with lots of fish and encounter abundant marine life! Not true either! We saw a few turtles and no fish at all.
There are posters and signage promoting "Noronha plastic zero" what a joke, the locals use and throw plastic bottles everywhere.
We were deceived and disappointed with everything.
5-6 days is the average stay in the island, but you aren't able to book the cool experiences online ahead of your trip. Then guess what? By the time you go in person to book the best experiences, they are booked out or available for the week after - when you had already left the island!

Had left a huge amount of money that won't be reinvested locally in any infrastructure, bin collection or fixing the holes on the roads. That is the sad reality of what happens in Brazil. It doesn't need to be like that at all!
Written April 11, 2023
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nigelpars0ns
London, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Lovely island but everything costs 2-3 times the mainland (even the coconuts, 5 times more expensive!), so unless you have money to burn, avoid it....the airfare alone for a 1 hour flight was more than £200; we thought we had paid the eco tax in advance online, but turned out that tax was just to go to dive sites and a few selected beaches, so we got hit for another £200 just to enter the island for 4 nights (for 3 people), but there's no sign of any of the money being invested....according to the locals it all goes to Pernambuco state on the mainland and just disappears....maybe something to do with Brazil being one of the more corrupt countries in the world. But the diving was good (but expensive!)
Written July 28, 2018
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GilP P
London, UK53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
This whole Island of Frenando de Noronha is OVERATED and OVERPRICED---beaches were good and clean, BUT so are so many, in other parts of the world, that do do charge tourists nearly $200 per person island tax !!!---where is the money going? definitely NOT in the infrastructure !!---roads ( except main ) are mud and pebbles and very bumpy. What gives the restaurants the right to charge prices like this? Food at the restaurants like TripAdvisor rated O Meregulao expect to pay$75 per dish AND besides the view, it is not even a classy restaurant !
Good cheap restaurant with reasonable food on SAn Miguel ( kilo/kilo place). Not a rip off like most restaurants on the island.
The Baia do Sancho is a bit different in the fact that you have to scale down a vertical ladder in the rock chasm to reach the beach, which was exciting. The problem is you cannot get back up as so many people want to get down, and one one person can go at a time, you end up waiting ages before the ladder is clear for you to ascend. Beach, once down is good, but again not fabulous. It is the eccess that is different !

The only great thing about this island was the Local Hospital and the exceptional services of the local nurses who were super pleasant and helpful, and the brilliant caring doctor Dr. Juan Gabriel, without whose care i would probably not be alive
today !---Thank you soooo very much !
Written November 6, 2018
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Fatma131
Braga, Portugal32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Island itself is beautiful yes ,
It has very nice beaches yes ,
It has a good biodiversity yes ,
but
VERY VERY VERY EXPENSIVE
Don’t trust in the price bases online. We almost payed twice JUST to enter to island (300€ for two pax , 5 days )
If you are having good ways to walk , without garbage or glass pieces on the ways , or a dead rat on the beach ( we saw at Praia de cachorro )
It might compansate the price .
No sir , with all aspects ( hotel , water , food in supermarket , restaurants , Tobacco etc ) with everything , this island is expensive.
It is not for budget traveller , it is not for normal traveller either . You are rich , and want to experience poor village with a very beautiful beaches and nature , you should visit. Other wise , not recommended because of robbery in this island for the tourist .
Written October 10, 2018
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MatteoMilan_Italy
Milan, Italy45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
We decided to spend 4 days in FnN as we had been enchanted by some photos and other tourists' tales.

Now: the fact is that the island is a gem itself. It features some of the best beaches we have ever seen in our lives (beaches: not sea; I'll come to that later on), sceneries are gorgeous, the island is really safe and peaceful, and you will never find yourself in a crowded spot, due to restrictions in the number of tourists admitted at one time.

BUT.
There is a big BUT. If you want your stay not to be spoiled, you must accept a very basic way of living. Hospitality is EXTREMELY poor, even though very expensive.
Unless you can make it to the Pousada Maravilha, the only decent - and actually beautiful accommodation (we couldn't, as in high season the minimum stay was longer than our needs), be prepared to sleep in a very simple Pousada, in a room not larger than 12sqm or 130 sqf, typically with minuscule windows, no mosquito nets, noisy AC, microscopic bathroom; in our case it wasn't clean at all, but it do not think this was unusual, looking at other Pousadas. Linen and towels should be changed every fourth day... when they remember. Of course, do not even think of cable tv (ok, this is not a need in a tropical paradise), or a table or a drawer in your room (any furniture except the bed would not fit).
The price for all this luxury: over 300 euro or usd per day (day, not week) in high season (on top of quite pricey park taxes - well over 100 euro pp per week)
Restaurants are ok; be prepared to spend 25-30 euro pp in a basic place, 60 to 80 euro pp in a good restaurant with a glass of wine.
Needless to mention...forget of a usable wi-fi.

What to say? All in all our stay has been spoiled.
We are not resort type tourists, we like small family hotels better...but clean and with comforts.

As the sea features abundant wild life but is typically rough and it's colors do not make the hit parade, if you are looking for a tropical paradise maybe opt for French Polynesia if you want breath-taking sea and beaches with high-end hotels. If you want a more convenient location (unless you are Australian) and more value-for-money, Caribbean islands such as BVIs or Anguilla have a lot to offer in terms of beaches, sea and food.
If you are in search of some adventure, on the other end, Hawaii are your place.

I am sorry to disagree with most of the reviews, but Fernando de Noronha is not superior in terms of nature as compared to other tropical islands or Mediterranean islands such as Sardinia; at the same time, it lags way behind in terms of services and value-for-money.
Written January 5, 2017
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Dean A
United States31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Lots to say:
1. Noronha is expensive for what you get. Yes, a beautiful island (not Hawaii or Tahiti beautiful, mind you), and I'm glad we went. BUT (especially if you've been to other really beautiful spots) you may feel like "I'm paying HOW much for this?"
2. That said, for Brazil, it's a unique spot. YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR TRIP THERE! Some tours sell out (the morning Hawaiian canoe one to see the sunrise, for example, or the buggies you can rent to get around the island's rough (really rough) roads. UPON ARRIVAL, at 4pm, make sure you're at the office to reserve the trails/hikes/beach. You get "one" a day. Not ALL beaches require a reservation, but for example we were there for 5 days, and only got a spot to go to Atalaia on the last day we were on the island. (Long hike for 25 minutes in the water.)
3. I highly recommend the island tour the first day to get a feel for the place. We used Atalaia tours and "Tapioca" was our guide, who was great. You'll see many of the beaches, and a large percentage of the island.
4. Pay your "island tax," your "access cost" for the restricted parts of the island before you go online. Much easier. ALSO, submit your information for your "green pass," with your COVID shots, and you'll not have to deal with that on arrival. COVID testing NOT required (as of Jan 2022) as long as you submit the info for the green pass.
5. As of Jan 2022, you MAY be randomly selected for a "pre departure" COVID test. One in three visitors are. Mine was for the day prior to our departure, and while a short wait at the airport (only place to get it done), it does shoot a hole in a day. Only if you test positive, will you be given the results 3-5 days later. Truly bizarre and inexplicable requirement. I got no good answer that made sense.
6. Ocean tides are important, and almost all beaches are very much affected by them, including some swimming holes which can be either fun, inaccessible, or dangerous, depending. Find a good site that give you reliable info on the tides to make informed choices. Some hikes and places (like "Air France") aren't affected by the tides tourist-wise.

So, a mixed bag. I'd always wanted to go, and was glad we did. The prices, and the island with their fees, restrict how many people are there, which is nice. The somewhat sad thing is that the vast majority of Brazilians will never be able to afford to come. That, and rich people are not always the most kind people to be around, but to be fair, we met some really cool people while there.
Written January 10, 2022
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Irina G
Bucharest, Romania33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The island is absolutely gorgeous, it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is easy to go around the island and you will also find nice shops and good restaurants. The island is very safe and you can go snorkeling for hours without worrying about your bag on the beach.
It is the perfect destination for someone who loves hot weather and beaches. I recommend 10 to 14 days to enjoy it properly.
Written December 17, 2019
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Gregory D
Seville, Spain28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Being a nature reserve, you get the very best of an unspoint island. Certainly has clear waters and things to do, but beware. The weather plays a part in most of the activities on offer. Only the optimum season will offer a fair chance of having the weather you are searching for
Written February 27, 2019
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