As you’d imagine, there are plenty of highlights in a country as huge as Brazil, but if we were asked to cherry-pick one particular highlight, it would be planasub.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

SNORKELLING MEETS WAKEBOARDING, BRAZILIAN STYLE

Introducing a watersport somewhere between snorkelling and wakeboarding and about the most fun you can have with your swimmers on. The spiritual home of planasub is the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO Natural Heritage site consisting of 21 small volcanic islands off the coast of Northern Brazil. Only the largest island, also called Fernando, is inhabited, and visitor numbers are strictly controlled to help preserve the pristine environment. Offshore, things are even better, as the island's waters are a Maritime National Park famed for their incredible - sometimes 50 metre - visibility.

'DIVING' WITH DOLPHINS

This just happens to be the perfect place for some planasub. So, what's the deal? Well, a speedboat heads along at a gentle pace with four or five ropes of differing lengths of the back. Attached to said ropes are small plastic trays like see-through boogie boards. The planasubbers, wearing mask and snorkel, grip on to the tray and glide along on the surface, looking down at the wonderful marine life below, and by tipping the front, can dive down James Bond style for as long as they can hold their breath. It's brilliant fun, completely original, and if you're lucky one of the islands' resident pods of dolphins might come along for the ride.

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Beware. Planasub is dangerously addictive. We've had clients who have spent an entire week's holiday underwater.

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Where to stay

Pousada Teju-Acu

Pousada Teju-Acu

Fernando de Noronha has been described as ‘the Emerald of the Atlantic’, and we certainly think we’ve found a hidden gem in Pousada Teju-Acu.

Pousada Maravilha

Pousada Maravilha

Pousada Maravilha has often been called Brazil’s most exclusive and remote hotel, being the first to offer comfort and a certain degree of luxury in this largely forgotten island in the Atlantic.

Toca da Coruja

Toca da Coruja

Located in the former fishing village of Pipa, Toca da Coruja is a boutique jungle gem surrounded by private gardens and rainforest.

Vila Kalango

Vila Kalango

Vila Kalango is a chic shack situated on the wide and sweeping beach of the relaxed town of Jericoacoara and is the perfect spot to hone the kitesurfing and windsurfing skills.

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Will and Alexandra are our North East Brazil experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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