First Impressions of Fernando de Noronha
I’ve just arrived in Fernando de Noronha for the start of my month-long expedition to study the impacts of introduced species on the flora and fauna on this small island off the north-east coast of Brazil.
The relatively large 120-seat commercial plane glided along the ex-US military runway before coming to a stop at the small terminal. From the air the island looked arid, as the dry season draws to a close, but the beaches and waters sparkled.
Tourists to Fernando de Noronha must play a daily tourist tax, and this must be paid in advance for your intended length of stay. Although tourist taxes are not uncommon, the mode and level of taxation on Noronha is unique.
For one week the cost of staying on Noronha is US$120, for two weeks US$300, and for one month a staggering Us$1,500.
The tax is returned to the mainland state of Pernambuco but also provides a powerful tool for limiting the number of visitors and the length of their stay. Researchers are usually exempt from the tax, however the day before departing we learned that some of our team members, including myself, will have to pay —> Read More Here