Diving

 

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Island of Santa Maria, there are a number of different  types of dive around the island.This is directly related to the diverse geologic formations of the Azorean Archipelago, caves, tunnels and sandy bottoms around the coast; in low lying areas close to the coast or in submarine mounts of peaks further from the coast.

 

 Some Diving Locations…

To the West

  • Ilhéu da Vila | Beginners
  • Baixa da Cagarra | Experts
  • Cabeço João Lopes | Experts
  • Ambrósio | Experts
  • Baixa de Fora | Intermediates

 

To the East

  • Pedrinha | Beginners
  • Baixa da Cré | Beginners
  • Baixa da Maia | Intermediates
  • Pedrinha da Maia | Intermediates
  • Pinheiro | Experts

 

Important  Note:

For safety reasons, proof of certification or experience are a must, in our center as is the completion of a medical questionnaire.

Thank You for your understanding.

 

Natural Reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat Bank.

Due to our close location to the Natural Reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat, considered by many divers as the best diving location in Europe; is our featured diving spot par excellence. 

The Reserve is located 20 miles northeast  from the island of Santa Maria. The islets of Formigas consists of 8 low lying rocks that rise above the water surface that feature a light house. Around the rocks there are various diving locations, the most sought out being the shipwreck “Olympia” on the southwestern side and an area with cracks and high gradients on the southeastern side.

Approximately three miles to the southeast, the submarine mount Dollabarat rises to about five meters bellow sea level. It is visible trough an intense blue turquoise resulting it’s spectacular rock formation. The main featured is the large flatrocks covered in carpets of kelp.

Both locations, situated in the “Open Sea”, are subject to strong currents and are home to great depths. For this reason, diving is recommended to expert divers and only under good atmospheric conditions.

A vast number of sub aquatic species may be observed here: Greater Amberjack, Sea chub, Moray eel, Conger eel, Dusky Grouper, Island Grouper, Barred Hogfish, Black Coral, etc.; but the big attraction is the diversity of the Pelagic species that pass trough here: Greater Amberjack, Atlantic Bonito, Yellow Mouth Bararcuda, Skipjack Tuna, Manta Rays, Wahoos and sometimes several species of Sharks. It should be noted that the highest number of sightings of the Pelagic takes place in this area of the Archipelago.

Important  Note:

For safety reasons, proof of certification or experience are a must, in our center as is the completion of a medical questionnaire.

Thank You for your understanding.