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Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Brazilian Atlantic Islands
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Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves comprise two islands with rich marine life off Brazil's coast.

The peaks of Fernando de Noronha are also the only known occurrence of insular Atlantic Forest - a subtype of Atlantic Rainforest.

The marine area holds large volumes of tuna, sharks, dolphins, turtles and tropical seabirds.

Map of Brazilian Atlantic Islands


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Community Reviews

Francineide Rodrigues, Brazil 06.03.09

Besides being a World Heritage Site, the archipelago of Noronha is a Marine Reserve and an Environment Protected Area.

This means that severe legal restrictions to building, living and even visiting the island. Tourists pay a daily fee to visit the island; the longer the stay, the higher (per day) the fee.

Noronha is not only a beautiful place, but it is one of the most protected and best preserved Heritage Sites in the world.

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Deon Tulleken, South Africa 12.09.06

I spent a few hours on atol das rocas in April 1999 when we anchored our yacht offshore. We offered the researchers on the atol a bottle of whiskey and they allowed us to surf a small wave nearby and walk around for a few hours.

This is undoubtetly one of the most remote and beautiful places i have ever been !!!!!!!!!!

Would love to go back someday.

John Stark, Australia

During 1979, while sailing from south Africa to Brazil on my yacht, I and 3 crew were shipwrecked and stranded for 20 days on Atol das Rocas. With little food and water we miraculously survived. We were spotted by a passing Brazilian Airforce aircraft, reporting our mishap to the Naval base in Natal, Brazil. We were rescued the following day by the corvette 'Iperanga' which I believe had since sunk off Fernando de Noronha after running aground. When we were on the Atol there was only 1 palm tree, a recent TV documentary showed about 10, I would love to return to the Atol someday.

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Site Info

Full name: Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

Unesco ID: 1000

Inscribed: 2001

Type: Natural

Criteria: 7   9   10  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2001 - Inscribed 
  • 2000 - Requested by State Party to not be examined Postponement requested for Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park


The site has 2 locations.

  • Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Biological Marine Reserve of Rocas Atoll Rio Grande do Norte State, Brazil
  • Brazilian Atlantic Islands: National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha Pernambuco State, Brazil