Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in theAtlantic Ocean, 354 km (220 mi) offshore from the Brazilian coast. Themain island has an area of 18.4 square kilometres (7.1 sq mi) and had apopulation of 3,012 in the year 2010.
The area is a special municipality ( distritoestadual ) of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco (despite being closer to the state of Rio Grande do Norte) and is also a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.
Its time zone is GMT-02:00.
The local population and travellers can get to Noronha by plane or cruisefrom Recife (545 km) or by plane from Natal (360 km). A small environmentalpreservation fee is charged from tourists upon arrival by Ibama (Institute ofEnvironment and Renewable Natural Resources).
Official website: www.noronha.pe.gov.br (Portuguese)