This itinerary offers you the chance to get up close and personal with blue sharks in the Azores as well as enjoying the unique seascape and diving experience around the central islands of Pico, Faial and São Jorge.
Pico, the ‘Grey Island’ gets its name from the dominant Pico Volcano, the highest point in the Azores and plenty of adventure is to be had topside, but it’s the underwater seascapes and marine life that attracts divers to this central island of the Azores archipelago.
Spend the week exploring the local dive sites, a labyrinth of arches, caves and caverns. Diving around Pico is still relatively untouched, ensuring you a diving experience that not many have had.
Day1: Fly to Pico, Azores
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation for a seven night stay on Pico island.
Days2-6: Adventure diving in the central islands
Your pre-booked dive package begins today. It includes ten local boat dives.
Explore the unique seascape and dive sites around Pico, Faial and São Jorge islands. Expect swim-throughs, an exceptional wealth of marine life and remember to keep an eye on the blue for larger pelagic encounters. Nitrox is available for certified divers.
In addition to the excellent local dives, trips are regularly scheduled to dive with blue sharks and the devil rays of Princess Alice Bank. These trips carry a local supplement and are subject to weather conditions.
Day7: Day at leisure
Today is yours to relax or enjoy an excursion at your own leisure.
Day8: Return to the UK
Transfer back to the airport for your departure flight.
You should note: Must be at least Advanced qualified with 50 logged dives. Blue shark trips and trips to Princess Alice Banks are subject to weather conditions and local supplements.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 daysfrom £1,165 pp
When to go: May-Sep: Saturday (recommended).
Included in the price/package:
Return flights from the UK
7 nights accommodation
10 local boat dives
Tanks and weights
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
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Located in the village of Madalena on the island of Pico, Baia de Barca consists of ten luxurious self catering apartments, with a spa and swimming pool, and offers a quiet and peaceful base from which to dive the Azores.
Offering spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic, this tranquil resort sits atop an impressive volcanic outcrop on the 'Green Island' of São Miguel, overlooking a picturesque black sand beach.
Located in the heart of Sao Roque on the island of Pico, this well presented bed and breakfast property offers great value for money. Transfers are included on dive days to and from the boat/dive centre.