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Fernando de Noronha archipelago (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)

Fernando de Noronha archipelago (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)



Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km offshore from the brazilian coast. The archipelago got its name from the Portuguese merchant Fernão de Loronha, to whom it was given by the Portuguese crown for services rendered regarding wood imported from Brazil.
It is a nationa maritime park. In 2001 UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site because of the importance of its environment.

The islands of this archipelago are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains. It consists of 21 islands, islets and rocks of volcanic origin. The main island has an area of 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi), being 10 km (6.2 mi) long and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) wide at its maximum. The base of this enormous volcanic formation is 756 metres (2,480 ft) below the surface.
The main island, from which the group gets its name, makes up 91% of the total area; the islands of Rata, Sela Gineta, Cabeluda and São José, together with the islets of Leão and Viúva make up the rest. The central upland of the main island is called the Quixaba.

The life above and below sea is the main attraction of the island. Sea turtles, dolphins, albatrosses and many other species are frequently observed.
L'archipel a été découvert en 1500 par le navigateur portugais Gaspar de Lemos, Elle est un exemple de préservation de l'environnement  et possède le statut de Parc Naturel.

Il est aussi sur la liste du Patrimoine Mondial de l'Unesco.

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Bahia de Santo Antonio (F de Noronha N Brazil)

It is a natural anchorage place, just off the breakwater, which provides protection for the dinghy when landing. However, this anchorage is reported to be rolly. In the winter months (July) the seas here are generally calm.
A stone pier was built for tieing up small ships. Bigger ...
12 Jan 16

Cabo de Sao Roque (Rio Grande do Norte)

sandy point, about 55m high, with vegetation on its summit. It is closest to the continent of Africa. It also marks the separation of French Guiana (where the coast is low and swampy) and the State of Rio Grande do Norte that offers to S, a massive coast with many coves and bays.

Finally, ...
6 Apr 15

Iate Clube do Natal (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)

The Iate Clube do Natal marina is in the town of Monsenhor Gil (Brazil).

Visiting yachtsmen welcomed. Good general repair facilities. Water, showers (cold water), bar and restaurant. (Pool & recreational facilities not open to visitors). Wifi and laundry services available. ...
13 Jan 16

Porto do Natal (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)

The port of Natal is situated at the mouth of the Rio Pontengi. The river flows into the sea through an opening in the barrier reef. The barrier reef forms a natural breakwater for the port.
The prevailing winds most of the year are from the ENE to SE.Formalities can be carried ...
13 Jan 16

Ponta da Tabatinga (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)

Ponta da Tabatinga is about 18 miles SSE of Natal. It is of a reddish color and marked by a light.
7 Apr 15

Cabo Bacopari (Rio Grande do Norte)

Cabo Bacopari closes baia Formosa and shows a light.
7 Apr 15

Bahia Formosa (Rio Grande do Norte Brazil)

It is possible to anchor in baia Formosa, in depths of 7 to 9 m.
Sheltered from S and SE winds.
7 Apr 15

Ponta da Trincheira (Rio Grande do Norte)

Ponta da Trincheira lies 19 miles SSE to Cabo Bacopari. A light is on a reef that lies close E of the point.
7 Apr 15

Port do Cabedelo (Paraiba Brazil)

Cabedelo is situated approximately 100MN south of Natal where the Rio Paraiba enters the sea. It's location makes it a useful arrival/departure point for Brazil. It is situated on the eastern bank of the Northern Paraíba River Estuary, just 18 km from João Pessoa City, Capital ...
13 Jan 16

Jacaré yacht village (Paraiba Brazil)

It is best to proceed up the river to Jacare, but beware of the many shoals and strong currents. It is advisable not to use a "danforth" type anchor as it can more easily be tripped when the tide turns. Beware of the unlit fishing nets strung across the river. At Jacare, yachts ...
13 Jan 16

Ribeira Adventure Club (Sao Paulo Brazil)

Bow-to and Stern-to moorings for about 10 boats plus anchor space. Water, electricity and internet use available. Drinks and tapas at Luciano’s small bar. Speaks Spanish and English. Regular water taxis.

Although the channel leading up to this mini-marina is not sufficiently ...
13 Jan 16

Fortaleza port (Ceara Brazil)

This is the most important city on the north coast and is also a busy fishing harbour.

For the unsuspecting, the bay is littered with wrecks (those not buoyed show above the water), and the water shallows quickly, so care should be taken on entry. Lights on the buoys can ...
12 Jan 16
Local Area

NE Brazil

Brazil is the only country in the world that lies on the equator while having contiguous territory outside the tropics. It occupies a large area along the E coast of S. America.
Brazilian territory also includes a number of islands and islets.Southern Brazil has subtropical or ...
6 Apr 15

SW Atlantic Ocean

Le relief sous-marin de l'Atlantique au Sud de l'équateur est beaucoup plus simple qu'au Nord.On y trouve la dorsale Médio-Atlantique,avec, en vis-à-vis des éléments de reliefs mentionnés,le bassin Brésilien , profond de 6000 à 7000 m, et le bassin Argentin, profond de 5000 ...
23 Mar 15

Todos os Santos Bay (Bahia Brazil)

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14 Jan 16
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