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THE LOCATION OF SANTA MARIA OFFERS IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR DIVING, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF ITS CLIMATE AND FANTASTIC CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER WITH VISIBILITY UP TO 40 METERS, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF ITS STRATEGIC LOCATION AS THE DOORSTEP OF THE NATURAL RESERVE OF FORMIGAS AND THE DOLLABARAT BANK, A ROCK FORMATION NORTHEAST OF SANTA MARIA, CONSIDERED BY MANY AS THE BEST DIVING LOCATION IN EUROPE.

THE IDEAL PERIOD FOR DIVING IN THIS REGION IS JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER, AT WHICH TIME A NUMBER OF KEY CONDITIONS COME TOGETHER TO MAKE IT AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE: GOOD AIR AND WATER TEMPERATURES (AVERAGING BETWEEN 26⁰C AND 22⁰C RESPECTIVELY), LOW RAINFALL, CALM WINDS COMBINED WITH THE APPEARANCE OF THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PELAGIC SPECIES – ESPECIALLY, LARGE MANTA RAYS AND WHALE SHARKS ALSO KNOWN LOCALLY AS “PINTADOS” (SPOTTED).

IN ADDITION TO THE GUIDED DIVING TOURS, OUR BOAT TOURS AROUND THE ISLAND OF SANTA MARIA OFFER A WONDERFUL PERSPECTIVE OF THE COAST, INCLUDING THE LIGHT COLOURED SANDY BEACHES, UNIQUE IN THE AZORES, PLACID BAYS WITH NATURAL POOLS OR, ALTERNATIVELY, SPONTANEOUS ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CETACEOUS SPECIES.

THE BEST WAY TO GET TO SANTA MARIA IS BY AIR WITH DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM LISBON AND THE ISLAND OF SÃO MIGUEL AS WELL AS BY BOAT FROM SÃO MIGUEL.

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