Diving is the biggest attraction of Fernando de Noronha.
The waters are so transparent that the visibility on the seabed can exceed 40 meters.
Excellent for contemplating a natural system with approximately 230 specimens of fish, fifteen varieties of corals and five types of sharks.
The following can be practiced in Fernando de Noronha: autonomous, technical and free diving (apnea) and even baptism (Discovery Diver), where the visitor can make a dive guided by a certified instructor, and enjoy the beauties of the sea of Noronha, besides knowing the diving as a sport. Underwater fishing is completely prohibited.
Dive sites in the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha
1. In the inside sea
1.1. Cabeço da Sapata
With depths reaching 42m. it is a wall with a very large variety of passing fish that reaches the surface. Suitable for experienced divers. It was the place where the Corvette Ipiranga collided before sinking.
1.2. Caverna da Sapata
The cave is located right at the curve of the tip of Sapata, being at a depth of 18m. Normally when entering it, it is common to see some stingrays that usually rest in the sand and a large grouper that has inhabited the cave for several years.The cave is 15m high by 30m long.
1.3. Laje Dois Irmãos
Next to Dois Irmãos hill, it has an average depth of 23m, with rocks, sand and lots of marine life. From time to time, it is possible to bump into some beaked sharks.
1.4. Eleni Estathatos Shipwreck
It is possible to reach it from the port and swim, as it is only 100m away. It was a Greek cargo ship that sank in the 1920s, making it a great place for night dives or late afternoon dives.
1.5. Coverta Ipiranga Shipwreck
Considered the most complete shipwreck in Brazil and one of the most beautiful in the world, the Corveta Ipiranga sank in 1983 due to a navigation error. It is stationary at a depth of 64m, but diving on it usually does not go beyond 53m due to the long decompression.
Only experienced divers are allowed to dive the site, with a prior assessment carried out by the operator.
2. On the outside sea
With the small depth due to the low tide, many divers go snorkeling. Excellent for macro and close-up photos, due to the great variety and quantity of fish and even small shark pups.
2.2. Underwater Head
Meeting point with the turtles that frequent Sueste Bay. Many burrows and large fish. Depth reaching 25m.
Point similar to Pedras Secas, it is a submerged slab at 23m with several types of fish and great variety of organic life. Considered one of the best dives in Noronha.
2.4. Pedras Secas
They are a set of rocks that outcrop on the surface, where the local depth is around 15m, with many sponges, sharks and sandpaper (Lambarú), large barracudas, rays, turtles.
It has several entrances forming small “canyons”, and usually the visibility is excellent. Care should be taken with the currents in the place. At some times of the year, gigantic schools of sardines appear that are circulating the rocks.
3. Other diving spots
3.1. Ilha do Meio
Several burrows and caves, 15m deep, offer shelter to several shoals and nurse sharks (lambarús).
3.2. Resurreta / Canal da Rata
Good drift-dive, with depths between 8 and 15m. Relatively calm cove on the edge of a clear water channel.
With a rocky coastline, great for beginners in deep diving, where the depth reaches up to 30m. It is divided into “Deep Cagarras” and “Shallow Cagarras”. These are deep dives in protected coves.
3.4. Buraco do Inferno
Large area with several options for underwater navigation. Beautiful rock formations that resemble mountain ranges. Depth reaching 25m.
3.5. Pontal do Norte
Large submerged rock, like a skyscraper, which allows a beautiful dive that starts in the sand, with large fish, lots of marine life and depth reaching 42m.
3.6. Buraco das Cabras
Volcanic rock formations with several schools of small fish; usually with a drift that ends in the Canal da Rata. Depth up to 15m.
3.7. Frade Island
Excellent spot for meeting turtles, with emphasis on the part of the island facing the open sea. Several types of corals and sponges and depth up to 20m.
Main diving spots in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago