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This small hotel is a great base for all your diving needs on the island of Santa Maria, where encounters with pelagic species are frequent.

Located a short distance from the airport, the Santa Maria offers tranquil surroundings. Its 50 rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, en suite bathroom and a terrace overlooking the gardens. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis court and games room. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in public areas.

Manta Maria Dive Centre

Located in the marina at Vila do Porto, the dive centre is SSI, PADI, CMAS and TDI affiliated. Nitrox is available and they are Rebreather friendly. The professionally run centre operate daily boat dives with their fleet of three custom fitted diving boats, designed for comfort and safety for up to 14 divers. Transfers to /from the dive centre are included in your pre-booked dive packages.

The local dive sites are varied and suitable for all. Underwater highlights include exploration of caves, tunnels and sea mounts, however it’s the nature reserve Formigas and the Dollabarat Bank that divers hope to get to experience. Here, the marine life is abundant and you can expect the highest number of pelagic sightings including several species of shark, barracuda, tuna manta and devil rays.

To the northwest, the site of Baixa do Ambrósio is famous for its mobula ray aggregations during the summer months – suitable for divers and snorkellers, a magnificent sight with visibility around 40 metres.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Non-divers
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Tech
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat
  • Dive boat: RIB

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Dive Santa Maria

Dive from the beautiful island of Santa Maria and expect large pelagic marine encounters at sea mounts rising from the deep, as well as seasonal visitors such as devil rays at Baixa do Ambrósio.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Santa Maria

The 'Sun Island' is warmer, flatter and drier than the others in the archipelago. It offers local dive sites to suit all levels, as well as blue water diving with devil rays at Baixa do Ambrósio and plenty of pelagic encounters in the natural reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat.

  • Ideal for viewing: sickle-fin devil ray, dusky grouper, yellowmouth barracuda, common dolphin, loggerhead turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray