DE NORONHA DIVE SITES
of the dive sites of Fernando de Noronha Brazil:
do Caracao - 72 feet (22m)
Free of currents, in a calm portion of the inside sea,
this is a great dive site for beginning divers. Stones
roll down from the surface to the bottom at 70 feet, and
continue along the sea floor. The rocky bottom is
covered by seaweed and sponges of various colors and shapes.
Look for turtles, nurse sharks, and a wide variety of tropical
das Cabras - 53 feet (16m)
One of Noronha's most colorful dive sites, this is a
drift dive through Rata and Meio islands, where you start
in the outside sea and drift with the current into the inside
sea. Formations of eroded rocks look like a
submerged city in ruins, creating an interesting appeal.
There are a huge variety of animals that can be seen here,
including turtles, barracudas, black jacks, manta rays,
hammerhead sharks, queen angelfish, lobsters, octopus, and
a lot of corals and sponges.
do Inferno - 55 feet (17m)
Named "Hell's Cave" for the small cave of the same name
that exists on the rock, but the name is deceiving
for such a calm dive. Beautiful rocky formations with
a small grotto of volcanic pebble substratum, whose ceiling
forms a bubble where it is possible to breathe without a
regulator. This is a large area with a diversity of
distinct dive options, and features such animals as french
angelfish, coneys, turtles, nurse sharks, manta rays, basking
sharks, and sting rays followed by trevalley, feeding on
the small animals removed from the bottom of the rays.
da Sapata - 145 feet (43m)
The Cabeco - a small submarine mountain - rises out
of the sandy sea floor nearly to the surface, housing large
schools of horse-eyed jacks (pompano), grunts, chromis and
triggerfish. In the deeper portion, a passage allows
you to cross from one side to the other. Intense currents,
coming from the outside sea, guarantee above average visibility.
Big sharks are often sighted here, as well as turtles and
other traveling fish. This is an advanced dive site
for experienced divers, due to it's depth and strong currents.
The unique topography of this site allows it to be explored
from bottom to top, making this an excellent multi-level
das Caieiras - 59 feet (18m)
A submarine mountain, consisting of two different mounds
covered with fire corals, rising nearly to the surface,
this Cabeco is inhabited by turtles, juvenile sharks, large
schools of yellow chubs, Florida pompanos and rays.
It's not difficult to find more than one nurse shark sharing
a burrow. This is a calm dive site with excellent
visibility, suitable for divers of all levels.
das Cordas - 130 feet (40m)
Named after the fishing boats that would anchor here,
and in rough seas would lose their anchors, you can find
these anchors today, complete with ropes up to 15m in length.
Giant groupers are common here, along with rock hinds and
other traveling fish.
Submarino - 65 feet (20m)
This is a great dive for turtle lovers, as it's a meeting
place for turtles that frequent nearby Baia do Sueste.
The rocky sea floor is covered by seaweed and sponges, where
huge green turtles can often be seen resting and feeding.
The dive circles the cabeco (submarine mountain that rises
nearly to the surface). Here you'll find
many lairs with big fish, lobsters, barracudas and huge
schools of sea chubs and other fish.
Fundas - 100 feet (30m) -
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A huge vertical wall dive, with the rocky pillars extending
from the surface to the sandy bottom, features a large concentrations
of great sponges in vase form. It is habitat for some
unusual reef fish sighted in the archipelago, such as Queen
angelfish, rock beauty, and gray angelfish. Remarkable
biodeversity exists on this site, according to our divemaster,
is known locally as "bird shit", for the propensity of white
droppings on the surrounding rocks. An excellent place
to watch rays feeding on the rocky bottom covered with seaweed.
Rasas - 53 feet (16m)
This shallow dive site is excellent for first time divers,
checkouts, and refreshers. Huge stones covered with
fire corals where one can find a wide variety of ornamental
fish. The big rock formations are crowded with shrimp,
damselfish, surgeons, sponges and corals, where barracudas
frequent cleaning stations (places where small fish and
shrimps clean the skin of other fish, removing its parasites).
Caverna da Sapata - 90 feet (27m)
A huge underwater cave with a sandy bottom, where stingrays
usually rest. In the end of the cave, where it's opening
is illuminated by the deep blue sea, rests a lead plate
of the first Globo Reporter documentary produced in the
Marine National Park. The cave is ample and easy to
enter, with a rocky seaboard covered with corals, many sponges
and fish. Occasionally visited by giant grouper, big
jewfish and sea turtles, with a good chance of finding rays
inside the cave.
- 82 feet (25m)
Named "Rocky Mountains" for it's resemblance to the
famed mountain range, the relief changes dramatically to
an underwater canyon. Look for territorial fish, nurse
sharks, reef sharks, rock hinds, and eagle rays.
V 17 - 210 feet (63m)
Regarded by experts as one of the world's best wreck
dives, an almost completely intact navy warship rests perfectly
in navigational position on the sandy seafloor, at a depth
of about 180 feet, it's distinct bow cannon covered by sponges.
The shipwreck is surrounded by a conger-eel garden, and
big traveling fish are usually sighted, as are mackerel,
manta rays, eagle rays, mahi mahi, tunny fish, and even
occasionally mighty whale sharks. Advanced technical
divers can penetrate the vessel and sight devices still
preserved in the interior of the ship.
da Viuvinha - 50 feet 15m)
Surrounded by mounds covered by fire coral and various
polychaetes, look for schools of fish, octopus and lobsters
swarming this small island.
do Frade - 75 feet (23m)
The only harbored spot in the outward sea, there is
a distinct difference between the area surrounding the island
and the open ocean, allowing a calm, tranquil plunge to
it's visitors. Diving starts at 20 feet, where beginner
dives can be conducted, and continues among rocky grottos
and formations until reaching 78 feet at the sandy bottom.
Here, sea chubs, sharks, eagle rays, stingrays, turtles,
lobsters, and schools of yellow chubs are frequently found.
This is an excellent place for sea turtle sightings.
do Meio - 40 feet (13m)
A series of three caves that are easily penetrated.
The first one possesses a restriction in it's interior,
where introductions to cave diving can be conducted.
Inside of this one, large anemones and an infinity of shrimps
are usually found, while at the opening find schools of
small fish, moray eels and red lobsters hiding in small
burrows. Also frequently spotted here are nurse sharks,
octopus, and a wide variety of fish.
- 72 feet (22m)
dive site encircles the island of the same name, with a
passage between gigantic rocks inhabited by a school of
grunts. The island's profile, providing small caves,
attracts schools of ornamental fish, lobsters, and other
crustaceans. Chromis, sergeant majors, black triggerfish
and schools of yellow chubs fill the water.
- 80 feet (24m)
One of the best dive sites in Noronha. it is subjected
to currents of varying intensity, requiring the diver to
have good technical skills. The dive site is a rock
formation covered with corals, featuring a great concentration
of crevices and passages, forming a labyrinth covered by
sponges, where schools of fish seek shelter. Big fish
like black grouper and jewfish love this site, and eagle
rays and nurse sharks are also sighted. A huge variety
of flora and fauna.
dos 2 Iromaos - 80 feet (24m)
A rock where the famous waves of Cacimba do Padre beach
form during the surf season, this is the biggest coral covered
rock formation in the archipelago. Here, cleaning
stations attract reef sharks, transforming the point into
the main place for sighting this species. Innumberable
schools of chromis and small fish are also concentrated
in this area. There are frequent sightings of fine
beaked sharks, horse-eye jacks, hawksbill turtles, silky
sharks, and other traveling fish. Known to be Latin
America's best congregation of corals of a single species.
de Fora - 45 feet (15m)
Located between Meio Beach and Concecao Beach, this
is a great option for a tranquil and safe dive when the
inside ocean is calm. The white sand seafloor contrasts
with the formations of rocks, while some small passages
make this a good option for beginning divers. A natural
nursery with several juvenile species, including gqueen
angelfish, flounders, turtles, octopus and other small species
looking for shelter under the rock.
do Leao - 33 feet (10m)
This is an old shipwreck which has been completely demolished.
Shipwreck pieces are spread over the seafloor, and serve
as shelter for schools of fish and crustaceans that mix
between seaweed and small rocks. The dive site is
sheltered by a bay, and is ideal for beginning divers when
the predominant wind comes from the outside sea, however
it can have a variety of currents, which at times require
some technical skills.
da Porto - 25 feet (8m)
A huge greek cargo ship that ran ashore on Porto Beach
in the 1920s. Despite being dynamited, the boilers,
parts of the engine and a helix are still preservered, and
teh propeller and rudder are easily identified. It
presents a hardware tunnel where colorful schools of fish
shelter, especially pretty in the afternoon. Ideal
point for night and late-evening dives or shipwreck diving
without a boat. Great for checkout courses and snorkeling.
Secas - 55 feet (17m)
One of the world's top ten dive sites, this is one of
the most desired dive sites in Fernando de Noronha.
A spectacular rocky formation with tunnels and canyons,
offering maximum visibility, and a rocky bottom covered
with sea life, surrounded by arches, canyons and small caverns.
Exclusive eroded rock formations rise to the surface, and
are constantly punished by the undulations of the sea.
A 60-foot tunnel lined by hydrocorals and sponges gives
way to a canyon filled with schools of grunts, black margates
and squirrelfish, frequently disturbed by big trevallies
that feed here. Sea turtles and sand sharks are usually
sighted around the point, where the diving finishes, in
a place where the waves break in the surface, creating quite
a scene. A great variety of corals, sponges, and fauna.
de Macaxeira - 130 feet (40m) -
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The dive starts along a huge wall that reaches from
the coast of Rata island to the sandy seafloor. With
prime visibility due to it's location, the point has strong
currents at times, and requires advanced skills from experienced
divers. At depth, you'll find diverse schools of fish
in backlighting, composing a scene different from any other
point of the archipelago. Look for nurse sharks, schools
of pompanos (horse-eyed jacks), and rock hinds.
do Norte - 150 feet (45m)
A huge submerged rock that looks like an underwater
skyscraper. This is a beautiful dive that begins at
sand level, with large fish sightings, slowly ascending
to 20 meters, making a nice multi-level dive. One
giant boulder appears at 72 feet as you descend, and extends
through a cliff. The high visibility and high depth
turn this point into an ideal place for experienced divers.
Snappers, black groupers, and large sharks are usually sighted,
as well as rock hinds and hawksbill turtles.
- 40 feet (13m) -
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of the area's most visited dive sites, this is a dive conducted
between Rata and Meio islands, where the predominant current
from the outside sea flows into the inside sea, making this
an excellent spot for drift diving and for first-time divers.
However, even the most experienced divers can be amazed
by this site. Crevices in the rock are covered with
sponges and lobsters, showing off multicolored schools
of fish and frequently big travelers. An old anchor
provides an additional attraction. Great for night
Ginete - 59 feet (18m)
Located in the hillside of the Sela Gineta Island, the
dive takes place throughout a wall surrounded by sand at
the sea floor. It is a drift dive, starting at the
outward sea, and ending on the inward sea, passing between
Rasa Island and Sela Gineta. Many schools of fish
of diverse species, including sea chubs, sergeant majors,
squirrelfish, turtles, and lobsters.