It is very common to listen to the people of the island "Coming to Noronha and not diving is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope".
Actually, scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha is one of the main activities and attracts experienced divers from all over the world.
But did you know that you do not even need to know how to swim to dive in Fernando de Noronha?
There are several activities related to diving on the island and each one is indicated for a type of person, or the level of experience about the activity.
With more than thirty dive spots in Fernando de Noronha, there are many options for you to venture out.
Let's first talk about the difference between scuba diving and free diving.
Free dive is only done by mask and snorkel (and sometimes flippers), also called Snorkeling.
In Fernando de Noronha there are several possibilities to dive with or without a tank.
Snorkeling in Fernando de Noronha
To do free diving, just with mask and snorkel, you can simply get your equipment (or rent one on the island) and go to the Bay of Pigs or to Praia do Sancho and venture out.
There are several good places to do Snorkeling in Fernando de Noronha.
Remember that if you have no experience with the equipment, or with the sea, consider hiring a local guide.
Surely your ride will be much better. He will give you tips, help you with the equipment, instruct you on the best places and times and even show you animals you would not see without him.
Another option of free diving is the famous Tow Diving. This is an activity invented in Fernando de Noronha by the Tamar Project biologists who needed to cover a very large area to find and catalog the island's sea turtles.
They took a small boat, stretched a cable and began to be towed by the boat, only with mask and snorkel on the face. Soon, they invented one of the most fun rides on the island. Learn more about Tow Diving here.
Today this tour still has a longer option, where it is possible after the trailer, stop at Praia da Conceição to see the sunset on board. This tour is called VIP Sunset.
An important note. Between the months of December and March, the beaches become more rough and it is not always possible to go snorkeling. If you have not yet set your travel dates, read the post on Best time to visit Fernando de Noronha depending on your profile and interests.
Scuba Diving in Fernando de Noronha.
Now about scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha, there are several options.
If you have never dived or even dived but have not yet completed the basic course, you have the option of doing the Discovery Scuba Diving, the Open Water Diver Course or the Open Water Diver Check Out. Explaining ...
The Discovery Scuba Diving is a trip for those who want to know the dive. It has no value in terms of certification (it does not receive a card). You do not even have to know how to swim to do this activitie.
The instructor will drive you all the time (with physical contact) and you just need to breathe.
For the Discovery Scuba Diving it is possible to do with 1 or 2 dives, always with a maximum depth of 15 meters and 30 minutes of diving.
Important detail ... If you have already done Discovery Scuba Diving elsewhere, forget everything you have seen.
In Fernando de Noronha is a truly differentiated dive. It is done at a dive spot where experienced divers from all over the world are going to enjoy it too.
The chance to see several animals in the same dive is quite large. Turtles, rays, moray eels, shoals, sharks and even dolphins. Learn more about Discovery Scuba Diving in Fernando de Noronha.
Do you think 30 minutes of diving is too short? You can venture out and take the full course. To do the Open Water Diving Course in Fernando de Noronha you need a little more time.
There are 4 days of training, with 4 theory nights and 4 practice mornings or evenings. You do between 6 and 7 dives in total and at the end of the course, if approved, you receive an international c-card, which will give you access to any dive site worldwide (up to 18 meters deep, which is the limit of the open water diver course) .
We still have the option of Check-Out of the Open Water Diving Course. This is the option for you who already know you want to take the basic course.
In this case, you do all the theoretical part and practice swimming in your city before going to Noronha to save time.
With this first step completed before the trip, you should bring a document called "Referral" which is proof that you have successfully completed pool theory and practice.
Arriving on the island, you will make two dive trips (4 dives) to complete the training and receive your c-card.
The price of diving in Fernando de Noronha may seem high, but taking into consideration the cost of operating on a remote island, the value is reasonable.
Today we have 3 dive operators in Fernando de Noronha that can operate within the Marine National Park area. They are Atlantis Divers, Águas Claras and Noronha Diver.
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In addition to these, we have 2 more who operate the dive in Porto Beach in Noronha. The Sea Paradise of the Fernando Cabeção and the Mar de Noronha of the famous Bodão. This dive option in Praia do Porto is much cheapper as there is no need to get on board.
For those with family and not everyone wants to dive, is also a great solution. While one does the diving, others can enjoy the beach and the attractions nearby.
Besides these options, if you are already an accredited diver, there are several specialties courses on the island, Advanced Course, Nitrox Course, Night Diving Course, Technical Diving Courses, in short, several options.
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I could not forget to talk ... Is it possible to do dolphin diving in Fernando de Noronha ??? Yes, it is possible, but it depends on your luck. We do not have dolphins in captivity and therefore it depends on their will, whether or not they interact with us. I as a diving instructor, I had the pleasant opportunity to dive with dolphins countless times.
Yes, it is also possible to do shark diving in Fernando de Noronha, but it is not something guaranteed or organized for this purpose. Fernando de Noronha has several species of sharks and some of them usually frequent the dive sites.
Now with the options clarified, choose yours and do not forget to know the seabed in Fernando de Noronha.