What better way to spend a quick five days in Brazil than by enjoying the tropical paradise of Fernando de Noronha? You'll do it all during your visit to this volcanic island and protected ecological reserve, from sailing around the coast to visiting its idyllic beaches to snorkeling and diving at offshore reefs. Throw in an off-road buggy ride and a nature hike, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect island adventure.


  • Sail around Fernando de Noronha, stopping to swim at secluded beaches
  • Snorkel and swim off postcard beaches like Baía do Sancho
  • Go on buggy rides and nature hikes around the island

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Recife, Transfer to Fernando de Noronha, Boat Tour Fernando de Noronha
Day 2 Island Tour by Buggy Fernando de Noronha
Day 3 Fernando de Noronha Scuba Tour Fernando de Noronha
Day 4 Emerald of the Atlantic Hiking Trail Fernando de Noronha
Day 5 Transfer From Fernando de Noronha to Recife & Depart  
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Recife, Transfer to Fernando de Noronha, Boat Tour

Fernando de Noronha
Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) on Fernando de Noronha

Welcome to Brazil! Upon arriving in the northeastern coastal city of Recife, you'll take a 1.5-hour connecting flight to Fernando de Noronha. Part of a volcanic archipelago located off the country's northeast coast, this is Brazil's largest island in the Atlantic. More than that, its unspoiled natural beauty and diverse aquatic ecosystems have led to the island being declared a national marine park. Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will be waiting to take you to your pousada (guesthouse) in town.

There's no time to waste, as you'll immediately head back out and enjoy Fernando de Noronha's postcard beaches, lagoon oases, and exotic marine life on a boat tour. It leaves from the north and follows the stunning coastline around the island. During the cruise, you'll be treated to views of the smaller isles in the archipelago like Rata, Rasa, and Sela Gineta. You'll also pass the iconic Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers), which are actually two similar rock formations set side by side.

The boat will continue around the island's south side, passing Ponta da Sapata on the way to Golfinhos Bay, where you can do some dolphin spotting. On the way back to port, you'll stop at Baía do Sancho (Sancho's Beach), where you can put on your mask and hop in the water to go snorkeling. This golden crescent fronting turquoise waters is not only considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island but in all of Brazil.

Day 2: Island Tour by Buggy

See the island by buggy
See the island by buggy

Fernando de Noronha's status as an ecological reserve means there are rules regarding the protection of its flora and fauna. Luckily, today's exciting full-day tour allows you to zip around the island by beach buggy without upsetting the delicate balance of the island's ecosystem.

The tour leaves in the morning, and you'll hit various beaches and attractions throughout the ride. Among other highlights, you'll stop at the famous beach of Baía do Sancho for a swim, then head to Porto Beach to snorkel with turtles, sharks, and rays. You'll also see the incredible rock formations at Porcos Bay, hit the surf at Cacimba do Pare, laze on the wide, golden sands at Praia do Leão, and enjoy sweeping views of the coast at Golfinhos Bay. The tour ends at Mirador do Boldró, where you can watch the sunset over the twin peaks of Dois Irmãos.

Day 3: Fernando de Noronha Scuba Tour

Go diving with sea turtles
Go diving with sea turtles

Thousands of tourists flock to Fernando de Noronha each year to enjoy its postcard beaches. However, there's also great diving just offshore in crystalline waters around coral reefs. That's exactly what you'll be doing on this half-day scuba tour.

In the morning, you'll transfer from your guesthouse to the scuba site. After a safety lesson and strapping on your equipment, it will be time to hit the water accompanied by an instructor. Over a few hours, you'll glide through this underwater universe alongside dozens of species of exotic fish, turtles, octopuses, lemon and nurse sharks, and occasionally even dolphins. It's the perfect marine experience, whether you're a novice diver or a seasoned pro.

Day 4: Emerald of the Atlantic Hiking Trail

Hike around beaches and coves
Hike around beaches and coves

While it's true that boat rides and snorkeling/diving tours are the most popular activities on Fernando de Noronha, this island also offers excellent hiking. In the morning, you'll transfer to a trailhead and embark on a light walking tour. Not only will you enjoy the stunning volcanic landscapes on foot, but you'll also see many exotic birds, including frigates, flycatchers, and red-footed boobies.

The trail you'll follow is called Esmeralda do Atlântico (Emerald of the Atlantic), and it will lead you to some beautiful beaches and rock formations. These include the golden sands of Cacimba do Padre Beach, right next to the islets of Dois Irmãos. You'll then continue up the coast to other stunning beaches like Americano and Praia do Boldró. Of course, there will be ample time for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 5: Transfer From Fernando de Noronha to Recife & Depart

Until next time Brazil!
Your short but sweet island adventure has come to an end. At the appropriate time, you'll transfer to the airport, where you'll catch a flight to Recife and take your connecting flight home. Adeus!

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Map of Highlights of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil - 5 Days
Map of Highlights of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil - 5 Days