The stunning Archipelago of the Azores consists of nine volcanic islands found in the North Atlantic Ocean. Situated around 1300 km west of Portugal and 3900 km from North America. The islands in the Azores archipelago are separated into three groups. The Eastern group includes Santa Maria and Sao Miguel, the Central group is made up of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western group includes Flores and Corvo. The distance between Pico and Faial is a mere 6 Km. Whereas the maximum distance between two islands is from Santa Maria to Corvo, measuring 600 Km.
The Archipelago is influenced by the Gulf Stream, providing the islands with ideal conditions for a resting place to some of the worlds largest pelagic species. Along with the abundance of fascinating marine life, an Azores diving holiday offers numerous underwater arches, tunnels, caves, and cliffs, providing a haven for sub tropical fish and stunning silhouette photography opportunities.
Sao Miguel is the island in the Azores with the most variety to offer visitors. The cosmopolitan town of Ponta Delgada offers the visitor a mixture of contemporary lifestyle with historic flavor. Sao Miguels monuments, turn of the century architecture, parks and cobble stone streets are interlaced with a modern marina, nice restaurants, shopping, bars, night-clubs, and ocean-front cafes.
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Strong currents promise experienced divers pelagic encounters in the summer months. Volcanic seamounts attract interesting marine life from miles away. Dollabarat Banks and Ilheus Das Formigas are some of the favourite sites in this area. Divers with less experience won’t miss out though – there are plenty of shallow sites closer to shore where octopus are typically spotted.
May to October is the best time to visit this are for pelagics. A myriad of whales (sperm whales, humpback whales, false killer whales) and a variety of dolphins can often be seen from the boat and heard underwater, but encounters while diving are not assured.
Extra dive holiday activities in Sao Miguel include whale watching, swimming with the abundance of dolphins, walking, trekking, and hiking, fishing, jeep safaris, bird watching, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, golf and many other outdoor and indoor activities with something for every family member.