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Deep Blue Ocean: 6 Best Diving Spots Of Portugal

The blue waters of Portugal hide an incredible world of colors, shapes and sensations. Corals, stones, large fish, jellyfish, and octopuses create beautiful underwater garden available for everyone who wants to enjoy it. Small shoals of groupers, codfish and lonely barracuda can be observed during most dives. The Portuguese coast is famous for its amazing grottoes created by nature, and offers many scuba diving centers where you can get training or hire diving equipment. So, here are the best diving sites of Portugal…

Madeira

Diving Garajau Nature Reserve Madeira

The major reasons of choosing Madeira Island for diving are mild climate all year round, crystal-clear water and high probability of meeting with dolphins and rays.

In the coastal waters of Madeira you can observe various types of fish and shellfish. Besides, this place is known for its fascinating underwater landscapes with rocky reefs, caves and also flooded vessels. The most popular scuba diving spot is Parcial do Garajau Marine Park. This wonderful place is home for sea bass, barracuda and mackerel. Another attractive place is the T-reef located 400 meters away from the marine park. It consists of two rocks, the foot of which is situated 30 meters under the water, and their peaks – 12 meters above the water level. Underwater cave is only 50 meters long and offers great spot for beginners.

 

Sesimbra

It’s believed that Sesimbra is the most suitable place for beginners. You can see there squids and congers. Warning! It’s worth to be careful with octopuses. The most impressive diving sites are Ponta Furada, Pedra do Leao, Ponta da Passagem and Baia de Armação.

Diving Garajau Nature Reserve Madeira Funchal

Azores

Azores allow observing cachalots, and several species of dolphins in the natural habitat. Underwater world of Azores also includes jellyfish and soft corals. Scuba diving in these waters is not easy, so it’s recommended to dive there together with experienced divers. Among the greatest spots is Santa Maria – the warmest of the islands. It offers manta rays and whale sharks, as well as treatment in the waters of the geysers. The islands of Pico and Fayal are worth visiting if you want to see blue sharks, and Corvus – for those who love giant fish. If you are interested in wreck diving, set off to the island of Graciosa. The sunken ship Terceirense is 70 meters long and located at 21 meters deep at the entrance to the port of the island.

Grouper Garajau Nature Reserve Madeira

Algarve

Two decommissioned ships of the Portuguese navy were flooded not far from the coast of Algarve, near Portimao. It’s planned to create one of the world’s largest artificial reefs and open an underwater park for divers in this place. The depth of the dive will be about 30 meters. This project will receive about two thousand tourists a year. The liner ‘Oliveira e Carmo’ and the ship ‘Zambez’ will form the basis for the future reef. However, nowadays it’s just excellent scuba diving spot.

PORTOBAY FALÉSIA . PortoBay Algarve Nature Week

Troia Peninsula

Troia Peninsula is a perfect scuba diving spot. In this zone you will find the natural reserve Estuário do Sado – one of the most charming places in Portugal. It’s a rich and productive ecosystem with a diverse flora and fauna. This is a place of nesting and wintering for various birds, such as storks, flamingos and ducks, as well as spawning and growth of various fish.

There’s also a water mill, Moinho de Maré da Mourisca, where flour is produced and bread is baked. This place is famous for a family of 30 dolphins, which periodically come there in search of food. You can watch them from the ground, from the air, and under the water – on special platforms.

Portinho-da-arrabida 2014

Among the other Troia’s scuba diving spots is Portinho da Arrabida. The water is so transparent there that visibility under the water is over 10 meters around. The underwater world of Portinho da Arrabida is presented with a variety of species of fish, as well as the 175-meter long sunken ship River Gurara, which lies at a depth of 25-32 meters.

Sagres

Quiet waters, underwater caves, mysterious sunken ships and a variety of flora and fauna make Sagres one of the most beautiful and challenging places for diving in Portugal. There’s also a sunken warship of the times of World War II, which offers spectacular underwater panoramas, but the depth of 35 meters allows only experienced divers. Speaking about marine inhabitants, you can see there moray eels, octopuses, crabs, dolphins and a lot of fish. Also there are 2 islands where you can observe the sea stars and perches.

Club Naval dive site Madeira

As you see, Portuguese coast is a real jewel for the fans of scuba diving. It has prepared a plenty of incredible underwater landscapes, rich marine life, as well as mysterious sunken ships. The most impressive scuba diving is waiting for you on the South Coast of Portugal. So, using a car rental at Faro Airport, you can quickly get to any diving spot you need and to enjoy an amazing Portuguese underwater life.

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