A Responsible and sustainable destination
Unique fauna and flora and sustainable conservation program recognized worldwide make the Brazilian destination a #mustgo.
Brazil is known for its paradisiacal beaches, crystal clear water and nature. What sets Fernando de Noronha apart from this vast list? The answer lies in responsible tourism.
The vegetation in Fernando de Noronha, an island that belongs to the state of Pernambuco, is formed by species from the northeastern wild, which lose their leaves in the dry season. Vegetation displays trees on the highest areas and shrubs on the flatter surfaces. The Dry Forest, found at Ponta da Sapata, represents 25% of all undergrowth and trees of the main island of the archipelago. This vegetation is used by sea and land birds to build nests. The only occurrence of island mangroves in the South Atlantic Ocean deserves special attention. And the Brazilian government has taken this preservation project seriously for many decades. Located in the bay of Sueste, in an area of 1500 m2, this mangrove receives water from the largest catchment basin on the island, the Maceió stream.
Noronha’s fauna is also diverse. There are 40 species of birds recorded in the archipelago which is home to the largest reproductive seabird colonies among the tropical South Atlantic islands. In the shallow waters there are colorful fishes like donzela de rocas; sargentinhos; coroca and also some moray eels. In deep water, frade fish can be found; budião; ariquita; piraúna and borboleta (in English, butterfly). The dogfish, the peaceful lambaru and stingrays can be seen resting in the background. Dolphins are also an importante attraction, which can be observed from the Dolphin Bay, together with turtles that spawn on protected beaches. The only record of parela pequena (small sparrow – Puffinus assimilis) occurs in the archipelago. And all this is just a small example of the vast fauna of this ecosystem.
Due to this ecological vastness, a daily fee is charged for permanence in the archipelago, which allows the preservation of the environmental reserve.
“Hike along cliffs to gorgeous beaches like Sancho, dive with sea turtles or climb Morro do Pico, a 1,059-foot-high volcanic pinnacle” – Tim Neville for The New York Times – 52 Places to Go in 2014 “Witness a city in transformation, glimpse exotic animals, explore the past and enjoy that beach before the crowds.”
6 reasons to consider Fernando de Noronha for your next vacation trip:
1. It is a destination where nature conservation is taken seriously.
2. It has the only island mangrove in the South Atlantic Ocean.
3. 40 bird species inhabit the archipelago.
4. There you will be able to observe several colorful fish in shallow water.
5. Larger species such as stingrays can be observed in deep water.
6. Dolphins can be seen in their natural habitat without human interference.