Since the early 80's Fernando da Naronha, has become a holiday island for the wealthy.
The only way one could get to the Island when we knew it, was by yacht or fishing boat from the mainland.
It's the most stunning of Islands and one is just dumb struck on approaching it .. The beaches are pristine , the sea hue's of blue and green. Its a true paradise Island.
The beach above, is pretty much the same as when we arrived and dropped anchor there. I am pleased to hear that its still much the same. Although now it has little b&b's.. and has become a richman's playground.
During the 30's the island was used as a prison island. It was so far away from the mainland.
I think , I could be a prisioner there forever.
One can be self sufficient. Abundant marine life. Exotic fish that I have never seen before or probably never will.
|Sunset over the Atlantic|
Both brother and sister were natural divers. they had learnt from their father and their father from his father. It is inbred in the Island folk.
The locals are natural fishermen. They tie a very small red ball onto a rope and tie it around their ankle, once they dive, the red ball floats on the sea , but you cannot see the divers. At first sight of this floating little ball, you cant take your eyes off it. Why is it coming your way! floating with the tide. Then just like that! The two swimmers came up out of the depths of the sea and came along side our yacht and greeted us in such a happy natural way. Brazilian's are a very happy people.
We were flying a South African flag at the time, so how were they to know that we could speak their language!..What a surprise for the two of them , when Mr.M spoke to them and invited them both on board.
Oh Boy, we had fresh fish morning noon and night. They took Manel to depth's of 15 to 18 feet or without bottles. Manel is still an excellent diver. Here the divers are using bottles...
In 2001 Fernando da Naronha became a UNESCO protected area , for its abundant Flaura and Fauna and sea life.. A very delicate ecosystem..
The people of the Island are so friendly and welcome you with open arms.
Do you have a favorite Island that you would like to visit.
Wishing you all a happy Thursday.