Giant Turtles in Fernando de Noronha

One of the best places in the world to see and swim with giant turtles is in Fernando de Noronha, an island off the Northeast coast of Brazil and a separate country on the TCC list. You can get right up to them and actually touch them but with the crystal clear water it makes for great pictures and a lot of fun.

The giant turtles swim around very slowly and aren’t afraid of people so you can get a long look at them and photograph them very nicely. It is also really cool because they continually come up for air so every now and then you see their little heads pop out of the water.
Fernando is an amazing place and one of my all time favorite places that I’ve been. I will remember it for many reasons but swimming and snorkeling with turtles was certainly one of the highlights.


  1. How far is this place from Rio? Are there flights from Rio that do 1-2 day trips there?

  2. You can only fly to Fernando from Natal and Recife. Those are both much further north than Rio is (check the map) and would be very difficult and time consuming to get to for a day or two-plus its expensive-you would want it on your original airpass. I did tell you about this place before you booked your trip.

  3. He is sooooo cute! I wanna go.

  4. You want atleast two full days due to the expense of getting there. The Turtles are massive, although the day i went the water was a little murky, probably because i went sometime after lee. So you didn’t see them till literally about two feet from you. Fernando is a beautiful place but certainly not a party like Rio, best to take a date.

  5. Sharon N says:

    I love your turtle pictures, they are excellent

  6. Yes now I remember. It was quite expensive to get there. And yes the water was most likely murked up by Lee.

  7. these turtle pictures are really good!thanks for the info.

  8. Fernando is a special place, enjoy!

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