Discovered in 1503, Brazil's Fernando de Noronha archipelago is known as a great destination for ecotourism and diving. The islands are located about 200 miles from the mainland and the entire area makes up a protected marine park. Ocean currents from East Africa flow past the islands, creating excellent dive conditions year round, making this a perfect destination for REEF surveyors who enjoy warm, clear water. Unique underwater structures including rock formations and reefs attract many diverse species of fish and other marine life. Renowned marine life authors and REEF Board of Trustees members Ned and Anna DeLoach will lead daily evening presentations focusing on fish identification and behavior. When not diving, attendees can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the island, including lush greenery and deserted beaches.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $2,829 per diver based on double occupancy. Non-diver and single occupnacy rates are also available - please contact REEF Trips for details. 

Accommodations: Accommodations on Fernando de Noronha will be in pousadas, which are simple bed and breakfast style guesthouses. Breakfast will be served each morning at the pousada.

Diving: The diving will begin on Sunday, Aug. 5 and end on Saturday, August 11. Average water temperature at Fernando de Noronha in August is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 9 nights of accommodation, 7 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, daily breakfast and lunch, round-trip airport transfers from airport in Fernando de Noronha, tanks, weights and weight belts.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, government taxes including approximately $20 per person per day permanency tax and approximately $30 marine park entrance ticket valid for 10 days. Taxes and entrance fee costs are approximate as the rates have been converted from Brazilian real to USD and are subject to change. Optional Nitrox available for additional fee. Optional gear rentals available for additional fee. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leaders: Ned DeLoach, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine identification books, and his wife Anna are known for their devotion to studying and photographing fish behavior. Anna is an award winning videographer and she and Ned regularly write for Scuba Diver Magazine, among other reputable publications.

How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. 

How to Get There: Fly into Gov. Carlos Wilson airport in Fernando de Noronha (airport code FEN), arriving on Saturday, Aug. 4. Flights to FEN have a layover in mainland Brazil (usually Recife or Natal) on the way. If traveling from the USA, it is recommended to fly through Fort Lauderdale (FLL) or Orlando (MCO) on Azul Airlines. Departure flights should be booked for August 13. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel.

Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport in Fernando de Noronha are included in the trip package. Participants will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Pousada Atoba via shuttle.