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Location

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of twenty-one tropical islands and islets located about two hundred miles from the Brazilian coast.

The island is divided into an Environmental Protection Area and a Marine National Park and is popular with Brazilians who claim it has the best beaches, diving and surfing in Brazil.

Visitors are strictly limited to four hundred a day, although visiting yachts are not included in this count. It's popularity is reflected in the prices and visiting is not cheap.

In the right conditions it provides a welcome stop if sailing across the South Atlantic ocean.

Position 3°51’S, 32°25’W.

Clearance

Read Brazil Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of Brazil.

Fernando de Noronha is an official port of entry and yachts are expected to arrive with appropriate visas for all crew.

The Port Captain monitors Channel 12 but you are not expected to announce your arrival.

Once anchored, head into the small harbour in Baia de Santo Antonio - watch out for local boat lines. Tie your dinghy to the pontoon (3°50.04'S 32°24.12'W) and report to the Port Captain's office, which is the first building on the right as you walk up from the harbour. The Port Captain will arrange your clearance and brief you on all applicable charges.

You will need to complete formalities with the Port Captain, Park Administration officials and the Military Police who handle Immigration. The Port Captain will either have officials come to his office or drive you to them and, bar timings as to who is available when, clearance is straightforward and easy. There are no customs officials on Fernando de Noronha.

On arrival you will need to provide your next port of call and your expected departure date - officials have no problem if this changes. Clearing out is a similar process.

The Port Captain Marcos (in role February 2017) is very helpful and will happily brief you on the island and arrange transport etc. Speaking Spanish is an advantage, otherwise he uses Google translate.

Last updated March 2017.

Docking

Visiting yachts are permitted to anchor along the shore between the harbour and the twin islands of Dois Irmaos. The best place to anchor is in Baia de Santo Antonio (3°49.84'S 32°24.52'W) itself, as it provides easy access to the small harbour and provides some relief from the swell. It is recommended to anchor well clear of local moorings and not to get too close to shore where the effects of the swell can be felt more.

Anchor in 12 to 18m over sand (and rock).

The anchorage is rolly and a stop is not recommended when large swell comes from the NE to N and even more so from the NW. At these times breaking waves come into the harbour making dinghy rides challenging. The officials have been known to close the port in a NW swell. Even with a SE swell you can expect some roll.

A night time arrival can be challenging due to unlit local moorings and boats.

Fees

Both anchoring fees and environmental fees are charged and payable in Brazilian Reals. The island has two ATMs where you can draw local currency and the Port Captain will show you where these are located - the easiest one being close to the Police Station where you complete immigration formalities. All fees are payable on departure.

Anchoring fees are charged from the day of arrival at 226.4 Reals per day / 75 USD (in 2017). Note that charges are per calendar day, not per night or 24-hour period. If you explain you are leaving before 7am - you will not be charged for your day of departure.

The environmental fee is not charged for the first day, but thereafter is charged at 68.74 Reals / 23 USD per person per day (in 2017).

To access the Marine Park you will need to buy a Marine National Park card which costs 198 Reals / 65 USD per person and is valid for 10 days (in 2017). This gives you access to the best beaches, although there are also a number of free beaches not in the Marine Park.

Restrictions

Pets are not allowed on the island.

Get current information on the regulations from the Port Captain's office as there are strict controls on anchoring and dinghy landings.

The Rocas atoll, 85 miles west of Fernando De Noronha is a marine park and one is not allowed to anchor or fish there.

Last updated March 2017.

EMPETUR
Tel:+55 081 3427 8183
For information on fees.

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