Photo Essay: Scuba Diving Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s best kept secret. Still pure and simple, with little touristic influence, this archipelago has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Center back in 2001 and it’s described as the most beautiful marine park in the World. To avoid the masses, the Government limits the number of visitors to 460 at one time, which together with the 3.500 locals living there permanently, makes it really cozy. Additionally, visitors have to pay an Environmental Preservation Tax that increases progressively with the length of the visit – so the average time people stay is 3-5 days.

I visited the archipelago for 5 days about 3 years (although I wish it had stayed longer!). The highlight of the the trip – besides for the breathtaking beaches and colourful sunsets – was its underwater world.

A couple of years ago, we obtained our Scuba Diving license and, since then, attempt to dive in each of our travel destinations. It’s a lovely way to experience the place from a completely different angle!

Diving with sea turtles in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

… Dive with sea turtles in a strong current…

Diving in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

… See colorful fish and exotic rock formations …

Scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

… And meet a friendly shark! Well, he kind of looked friendly – but I didn’t want to check out. Instead, I swam towards a group of large fish I had spotted from far away until they all turned to me and I realised they were barracudas.

Maybe the shark was a better idea after all.

Which is your favourite place to go scuba diving?

10 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Scuba Diving Fernando de Noronha

  1. This place is awesome! I hope you’ve liked it, I also have a blog about travelling but I only post about places in Brasil. Maybe you would like some of the places I’ve been. By the way, I loved your blog! Your pictures are just amazing

  2. @Meri I was afraid of it too, during the first days of the course. It feels weird and you're stressed thinking about what would happen if you suddenly have to air left! But after the course, you're prepared and feel much more decisive. You should give it a try!

  3. Gorgeous! I'm afraid of scuba diving (vague claustrophobia, I think…) but might have to just get over that… the sea life is incredible!

  4. Oh my goodness! Beautiful pictures. I went snorkeling with sea turtles in Barbados and oh my god I was so scared! If I had seen any sharks I might as well have died haha!

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