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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Author: Roberto Garrido (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)





The Brazilian Atlantic Islands of Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas are the peaks of a south Atlantic submarine ridge. Both islands are territories of Brazil. The sea around them are important breeding and feeding grounds for tuna fish, sharks, turtle and marine mammals. They also have the highest concentration of tropical seabirds in the western Atlantic. Baia de Folfinhos is home to the biggest concentration of dolphins while Atol das Rocas has a fantastic coastline dotted with lagoons and tidal pools that are rich with fish.

The Brazilian Atlantic Islands were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 25th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in The islands were recognised for their importance in the protection of biodiversity and the endangered species of Southern Atlantic. The Brailian Atlantic Islands are a repository for the maintenance of marine biodiversity.

Photos of Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Morro do Pico, the highest peak on Fernando de Noronha, at 321 meters
Morro do Pico, the highest peak on Fernando de Noronha, at 321 meters
Author: Tadeu Pereira (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Praia Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
Praia Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
Author: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 3 51 28.6 W 32 25 30.4
Inscription Year: 2001
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX, X

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Visiting Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go there. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Sao Paolo with online booking facility.

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Click here also for a full list of hotels in Brazil or hotels worldwide. If you prefer budget accommodation in hostels, guesthouses or inns, check out hostels worldwide for budget accommodation providers with online booking.


Conceicao Beach, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Conceicao Beach, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Author: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Local Tours of Brazil

Brazil is an exciting location, and often the only way to enjoy it fully is to join a local tour. Here are some local tours of Brazil that you may want to include to your itinerary. They save you time and cost of doing it yourself. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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