Brazil isn’t a country that lacks for natural beauty, which extends to the brilliant blue seas that meet its borders. One of the more exciting places to explore the underwater world is Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands located off the northeastern coast of Brazil. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a wealth of marine life, in part due to the protections sanctioned by the Brazilian government in the form of a National Marine Reserve, established in 1988. The seabed looks vastly different from what healthy reefs look like, with heaps of boulders and rubble piled on the sand, but the reef life is teeming nonetheless. Here you’ll see a variety of marine life, including sea turtles, rotifer dolphins, moray eels, rays, and plenty of corals and aquatic plants. Bathwater warm temperatures and crisp visibility are the prevailing traits at Fernando de Noronha, making this South American dive destination one for the bucket list!
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