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Dive Locations

3 recommended locations:


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

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

São Miguel

The ‘Green Island’ of São Miguel is a land of volcanic crater lakes, steeped in myth and legend. With exceptional visibility, the variety of shallow rocky reefs, arches, caves, wrecks and deeper oceanic dives offer an abundance of rich marine life in subtropical waters.

  • Ideal for viewing: Atlantic stingray, devil ray, common octopus, conger eel
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

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Dive trips

Best enjoyed as an island hopping trip, the Azores is also perfectly suited for a long weekend excursion or a longer stay. Famed for its whale watching and blue water diving, this is a location that offers excellent pelagic encounters.
4 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

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

Sperm Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins

Help a team of researchers and scientists in the Azores with an ongoing study of sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins, learn about their habitats and behaviour, and have the chance to dive with blue sharks.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,525 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

Visit the Azores

The ‘Green Island’ of São Miguel makes a great short break, with the island's beautiful scenery complementing the intriguing underwater world. Diving adventures include arches, caves, gorges, volcanic cliffs, rocky reefs and wrecks.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Pico - Mantas & More

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 £1,425 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The Azores has a short dive season from June to around October.


  • High season

    Jun to Oct: The summer months are the best time to dive the Azores, with warmer temperatures and calmer seas
  • Low season

    Nov to May: Outside the summer months, many dive operators are closed and conditions can be difficult

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Sep: Blue sharks and manta rays around Pico Island
  • May to Sep: Best months for whale-watching in the Azores
  • Jun to Oct: Devil rays aggregate at Baixa do Ambrósio, Santa Maria

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