PORTUGAL DIVING HOLIDAYS

A diving holiday to Portugal may be to dive the wrecks on the mainland along the Algarve coast. But for world class diving you have to travel into the Atlantic to a small collection of islands, The Azores. A set of nine Atlantic Ocean islands, located due west of Portugal, about a third of the way to the USA. The nine islands were formed by ancient volcanoes which left their mark upon the stunning landscapes. The hills and mountains are often rich in vegetation and have a surprise around each corner maybe a deep crater, a sparkling lagoon, a steaming geyser, a sea of flowers or an incredible view over the ocean.

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Why You'll love Diving in Portugal !

  • Numerous underwater arches, tunnels, caves, and cliffs for underwater photography
  • Pico has a fascinating history, adding to the experience on the island
  • A vast array of activities to keep non-diving partners and families entertained

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, Sao 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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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 seperated 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.

The island of Pico is named for its imposing mountain, being one of the most beautiful and underrated island of all the Azores. Only second to S. Miguel in size the 'Mountain Island' stands majestically amongst the Azorean central group. Pico sits approximatelyt 4.5 nautical miles from the Azorean island of Faial and 11 miles from S. Jorge Island. Pico is approximately 167 square miles in size.
 
Pico has a fascinating history, adding to the diving experience on the island which will also offer a great experience to the non diver. Her history involves decades of whale hunting and famous wine traditions. Whale hunting, long gone, gave way to a movement of fair treatment study and observation of whales, dolphins, and other sea mammals. Whale and dolphin watching trips can be organized from Madalena or Lajes. Volcanic eruptions ended 300 years ago and Pico is considered a dormant volcano, adding to the mystique of the island, and serving as a magnet for scientists.
 
 
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