Dive Sites and Areas of The Azores

An archipelago located in the Atlantic ocean consisting of nine islands and well known for its amazing marine diversity and underwater landscapes. São Miguel Island is the main island of this area and hosts the main city Ponta Delgada.

Santa Maria Island is the southernmost island of the Azores and has become known as a good place in summer to see Whale sharks at Baixa do Ambrósio (Ambrosio Reef).

Princess Alice Bank is located southwest of Pico Island and is a seamount, approximately 32 meters from the surface, which is well known for its sightings of schooling Mobula rays as well as larger pelagics. Due to its remote location, strong currents can be found here, but this is also what draws in the marine life such as Tuna, Wahoo & even Blue Marlin

Formigas Islets is a group of uninhabited rocky islands to the southeast of São Miguel Island which is also a marine reserve. Apart from having great visibility, it’s a great place to spot Mobula rays, Galapagos sharks, Oceanic manta rays & possibly even Hammerhead sharks. It also allows divers to access the popular seamount Dollabarat Bank which hosts numerous plateaus between 5-40 metres, recommended only for experienced divers. Wreck diving is also possible on the nearby Olympia Wreck.

The Azores Diving Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • 4 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daniel S
  • United States United States

The diving was different, a bit cold, but still saw some really interesting things.

Diving The Azores in September on the Water And Wind

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Magali V
  • France France

Some Good dives but too cold after a while . Cold wond preventvus to really enjoy and visit many dive spots

Diving The Azores in July on the Water And Wind

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nicolai H
  • Austria Austria

Diving was great with plenty of pelagic fish as well as small critters, large variety of dive sites with wall dives, sea mounts and opportunities to dive in caves. The encounters with 40+ mobula rays were outstanding. Be aware of the water temperature which was usually about 21-23°C but can potentially drop to 17°C in the depth of certain sites in July.

Diving The Azores in July on the Water And Wind

Origin: US