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Discovering Fernando de Noronha’s Marine Ecological Sanctuary:
a Scuba Diving Experience for Non-Divers

  • The Fernando de Noronha archipelago was declared an ecological sanctuary by UNESCO for its marine biodiversity

Prepare for the “slow motion flying” experience of up to 40 feet (12 meters) beneath the water surface, as you scuba dive in one of the most biodiverse diving locations in the world. The pristine island of Fernando de Noronha, a protected marine sanctuary, was declared a Mankind’s Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO for its marine biodiversity. In these waters, which on the best days can have nearly the best visibility of all other diving spots in the world (165 feet/50 meters tops, half of this on average), you may swim among a myriad fish, turtles, sharks, shrimp, sea horses, and the occasional Spinner dolphin or manta ray. With year round warm waters and world class underwater visibility, Fernando de Noronha is a scuba diver’s paradise and considered to be one of the best diving areas in South America!

You don’t need any past scuba diving experience to enjoy this spectacular underwater adventure. Our professional diving instructors will brief us about the basics of scuba diving and make permanent contact with us while diving.

After we navigate for 20 to 30 minutes and reach our diving spot, it’s time to scuba dive! We’ll gradually immerse to a depth of up to 40 feet (12 meters) and explore as we swim, surrounded by plenty of colorful fish and corals. Some sea turtles also feel quite at ease with divers, so you may get lucky enough to have a close encounter with them. After an approximately 30-minute immersion, we’ll return to the surface, board our boat, and head back to the port, having had the awesome experience of exploring one of the best diving spots on the planet!

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Difficulty: moderate. No diver certification nor previous diving experience is required. Pre-requisites for this beginner dive include: general good health and basic swimming skills. The maximum diving depth is 40 feet (12 meters). Minimum age is 8 years old.

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Duration: a total of about 3 hours, including 1 dive lasting a maximum of 30 minutes.

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Guide: group diving instructor. Depending on the divers’ profile, there will be 1 to 5 divers per instructor.

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Vehicle: group transfer to the pier. Group boat with a capacity of up to 24 people, who will split into smaller groups for diving.

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Includes: diving mask, neoprene wetsuit (short sleeves and legs), fins, diving cylinder (tank), regulator, buoyancy compensator vest and weight belt.

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