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Diving the Azores?

Discussion in 'General Europe' started by GregT943, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. GregT943

    GregT943 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I know the Azores aren't exactly mainland Europe but I figured this was the right place for this post. Does anyone have any experience diving the Azores? I'm trying to find a good dive trip to do this September and I read a few articles about the Azores, but I'm having some trouble getting some first hand info from people who have dived there. How is the diving? Any recommended dive shops? Best time to go? etc. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Guys
     
  2. Redshift

    Redshift DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Haven't dived there but being Portuguese I hope I may be of some assistance, at least until you find someone who's been there.

    Diving in the Azores can be excellent. Very good visibility, marine life, some wrecks and caves... But there are 9 islands there and I guess you need to start by choosing one. Don't know if you'll keep to those with direct flights or if you are willing to take additional flights. I guess that doesn't really matter as there are interesting things to see on all the islands.

    There are also some ocean banks and if you want to try to visit them then the choice of island matters.
    Here's a video of the Princesa Alice Bank Banco Princesa Alice on Vimeo I'm sure there are a lot more on youtube. You can also search for Dollabarat.
     
  3. willem tel

    willem tel Angel Fish

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    I was in San MIguel for a diving trip
    I liked it very much
    but I now someone els with 1000 dives who thougt is was not so great for film !!!!
    for me it was nice clear water fich and corals
    but maybe th diving shool makes the difference
    I was in villa Franca
    with esprito AZUL
    two marine bioligist if I remember well Carlos and Nelios
    it is al wel organized and respectful and safe
    Nelios is also the clown of the shool always lafhing and maken jokes and having fun
    but quality comes first
    if some one go's there please give him my regards of the hobbit king
     
  4. Bryan Cunningham

    Bryan Cunningham Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Canada and Antigua
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    We arrange dive trips to the Azores. Limited diving season, June to September. We can arrange direct flights, not stopping in Portugal. Please feel free to explore our website, SCUBA DESTINATION DEALS - HOME We have a link to Azores, dive facility and general information. My boss actually grew up there, so we know the islands in great detail.
     
  5. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hungary
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    The Azores must be a wonderful place, a friend went there for a whale swimming expedition and made awesome photos...
     

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