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Fantastic Liveaboard in the Azores Archipelago

  • From

    € 3.375,00 /diver

  • What's the plan?

    10 days; 8 days onboard, 2 days onshore, ~15 dives

  • Base location

    Santa Maria Island, other locations available

  • Diving area

    Azores Archipelago, always trying to include the most iconic offshore dives.

  • What else do you get?

    Airport - Hotel - Marina - Hotel - Airport transportation
    Eight days/ seven nights liveaboard, cabin for 2
    Four meals per day onboard, vegetarian and gluten-free, when requested
    Two days/ two nights in a 3-star hotel, room for 2, continental breakfast
    Number of dives depending on the routes chosen by guests
    Tanks – AIR
    Portugal Dive polo

  • All packages include local support during your stay

    - Minimum five divers/ passengers;
    - Routes and dive spots selection depends on weather and sea conditions;
    - Required AOWD/ Level 2 certification. OWD's are welcome but might not dive all spots;
    - Guided dives.

The package

"Embark on an extraordinary liveaboard adventure in the Azores Archipelago. Explore the untouched beauty of the Azores' underwater world aboard our luxury liveaboard. Dive into crystal-clear waters, encounter diverse marine life, and witness the stunning volcanic landscapes. Our expert guides and comfortable onboard amenities ensure an unforgettable experience as you navigate through remote dive sites, discover hidden caves, and immerse yourself in the unique wonders of the Azores. Join us on a liveaboard journey that combines adventure, relaxation, and awe-inspiring diving in this remarkable destination."

Day 1

Santa Maria Island;
You will arrive at the Santa Maria Airport (SMA). and proceed to your 4-star hotel.
The island of Santa Maria, with warm white sand beaches invite you to relax, resting from the flight that took you there. Before landing maybe you noticed the vineyards that cover the slopes like an amphitheater and look like gigantic stairs.
You will have the pleasure of visiting some interesting sites of the island. But not today.

Day 2

Your dream comes true. Liveaboard first day;
At the Marina Vila do Porto you will embark in a fantastic catamaran where you'll spend the next seven days. It is going to be an unforgettable liveaboard, sailing and diving the Azores crystal waters.
But first, you need to know the basics of living and diving onboard; Your crew will explain everything you need to know.

She's a beautifully equipped Fountaine Pajot sailing catamaran, based on the model Helia 44; 13,30m/ 43.5ft length and 7,40m/ 24,3ft beam, displaces 10,8 tons. Capacity for 8 divers plus crew, accomodates the guests in four cabins, each with a dedicated WC. One WC is shared with the crew. Silent and ecological sailing with solar power and wind generator.

Featuring a tailored diving experience, sailing close to the Azores islands in a fantastic catamaran; you’re guaranteed the most relaxed and unique diving and sailing vacation. With a maximum of eight guests onboard, your week will be unforgettable.
This package is an all-inclusive program; (e.g. accommodation, food, soft drinks, insurance) - no hidden costs.

Days 3 to 8

Let's go diving!
You will dive in the morning, you will dive in the afternoon, you will dive and dive, and dive. We expect you will jump into the water to dive 15 times; depending on weather and sea conditions. But one thing is for sure: you will dive a lot!

There are many dive spots waiting for you. And we will talk about where to dive while we sail. However we can guess that the following will be in te group of the chosen ones.

Recife Dollabarat
As soon as we anchor the boat, on the days of calmer sea, we can see the shallowest part of this low only 5mts deep. Shadows of marine life that "fly over" this low. We start the dive in the shallowest part at 5mts, and if we explore our surroundings, we see areas with depths of 8-10mts but that quickly fall to 20-30mts. Excellent place to observe abundant pelagic background life "in the blue".

More about this fantastic dive spot here.

Ilheu das Formigas
As soon as we start to see a small lighthouse in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by small islets (translated from the Portuguese "Ants Islets") with only 11 meters of height and 165 meters of lenght, it means that we are arriving at the marine reserve of the Islet of the Ants.

Even before launching the anchor we can already see some schools of fish that abound in these crystal clear waters such as Bermuda Sea Chub, Grey Triggerfish and Amberjacks.
This location offers a wide variety of dive sites ranging from the "Olympia" shipwreck located on the south-western slope of the islands (between 30 and 50 meters deep), a small bay only 8 meters deep and about 50 meters south of the Lighthouse, or dips along the wall of the Ilheús (being the East side the most visited) and still several casualties to the North of the Ilheús.

What all these places have in common is the possibility of encounters with large migratory pelagics such as the beautiful Skipjack Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Barracuda, Atlantic Bonito, Yellow Barracuda and the Rust.
Sometimes this scenario is even more complete with the presence of Sharks, such as the mythical Hammerhead Shark and the Galapagos Shark, or by several Manta Rays and even the gigantic Manta (Manta birostris).
In addition to the large "blue" shoals, there is abundant wildlife in this area, especially large fish such as Wrasses, Groupers and Whiting, among the slopes and crevices.

More about this fantastic dive spot here.

Baixa do Ambrosio
This reef is one of the most sought-after spots, even though it is considered a deep dive. The reason for that is that the bottom is found at 50mts. Many opt to stay on the rope between 2 and 15mts, to observe the huge shoals of fish, devil rays, etc. For the more experienced divers the bottom also offers life in abundance. We can see great Stingrays, Red scorpion fish, shoals of Amberjacks and Bluefish. This place is also fantastic for snorkel, although there may be moderate current.

More about this fantastic dive spot here.

The Azores Archipelago has much to offer underwater. You have dozens of different dives to choose from. If you want to start your planning, take a look at the other sites and dive spots here.

By now you have realised that diving is going to be, how can we describe it, tremendous. And it is the natural reason why many divers consider the Azores to be one of the best diving destinations in the world. Book now your liveaboard in the Azores, with Portugal Dive, and check it out.

It is a dream come true - the sea, the Atlantic Ocean like you have never seen it before, the diving, surprising you every time you jump into the water, the boat waiting for you, the living, the talks, the sharing. It is a dream come true, and it's perfect!

Day 9

Marina de Vila do Porto, Santa Maria;
We are convinced you didn't want this day to come.
It is your last day onboard "your" beautiful sailboat and dive base over the previous seven days. Having to leave, you go loaded with fantastic memories and the strongest wish to come back to the sea once again. Whenever you decide to do it, we will be here.

Today it's also surface interval day — time to know a little better the Santa Maria Island. So we've prepared the perfect way to spend the time you have left. We will take you on a ride around the island. During the tour, there will be several stops so that you can enjoy the island's sights and landscapes, and in the middle of the itinerary, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 10

Santa Maria;
Time to say goodbye. You will go to the Santa Maria Airport (SMA), and start thinking on your next dive trip to Portugal.

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A liveaboard experience in the Azores Archipelago is an exceptional way to explore the wonders of this pristine marine environment. Here's a description of the marvels you can expect from a liveaboard in the Azores: 1. Remote and Pristine Locations: A liveaboard takes you to remote and untouched dive sites in the Azores Archipelago that are often inaccessible from land. These locations offer some of the most breathtaking underwater scenery, where you can witness the untouched beauty of the Azores' marine ecosystem. 2. Diverse Marine Life: The Azores are known for their remarkable biodiversity, and a liveaboard allows you to encounter a wide range of marine species up close. From encounters with playful dolphins and majestic whales to swimming alongside graceful manta rays and curious sharks, the Azores' waters are teeming with life. 3. Underwater Volcanic Landscapes: The Azores' volcanic origins have shaped the underwater landscapes, creating an otherworldly setting. 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