On the island of Pico, 100 metres from Madalena Port, this small four star hotel is ideally situated for the bars, cafés and restaurants of the town.
Rooms are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning, TV and private bathroom; breakfast is available in the restaurant. The property features a bar, swimming pool and internet access is available.
Transfers are included on dive days to/from the boat/dive centre.
Dive the Azores
With more than 30 years’ diving experience, this British-run dive centre offers diving to suit all qualifications and experience levels.
The diving around Pico is still relatively untouched, ensuring a diving experience that not many have had. Dive sites vary in depth from six to 50 metres and visibility varies between 15 and 30 metres. The underwater topography consists of slopes and steps creating a series of walls, caves and swim-throughs for divers to explore.
Marine life consists of crabs, lobsters and octopus with barracuda and larger rays often seen. The big attraction for many divers are the schools of mobulas at Princess Alice Bank, a submerged seamount around 50 nautical miles from Pico - starting at 35 metres and dropping down to almost 3,000 metres. The exceptional visibility means that the seamount can often be seen from the surface and experienced divers are rewarded with consistent sightings of up to 30 mobula rays in formation.
Blue shark are also encountered in the waters Pico. These elegant looking sharks can grow up to almost four metres in length and feed on smaller fish and squid. Their schooling behaviour and social structure has led to the nick-name the ‘wolves of the sea’. When the sharks are in the waters off Pico, the dive centre runs trips for more experienced divers - these are blue water dives and require excellent buoyancy and depth control.
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The Azores is one of the best destinations in the world to dive up close and personal with blue sharks in open water, and with frequent mako shark sightings, this is definitely one for the logbook.
When to go: May-Sep
Duration inc. flights: 8 days
Price inc. flights: From £1,165 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
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Home to Pico Volcano, the highest point in the Azores, Pico Island is also known for whale watching. Diving here is spectacular, with magnificent topography and plentiful pelagic species. From here you can also dive with the mantas of Princess Alice Bank.
Ideal for viewing: blue shark, devil ray, humpback whale, manta ray, Atlantic stingray
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Shark diving, Manta ray, Whales