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Scuba Dive Madeira,
the Safe Port of the Atlantic

Porto Santo Island

  • From

    € 1.680,00 /diver

  • What's the plan?

    8 days program with 5 days diving, 10 dives of your choice, program for 2

  • Base location

    Porto Santo, Madeira or Funchal (other locations available)

  • Diving area

    Porto Santo (other sites available)

  • What else do you get?

    Transfer Airport - Place of stay - Airport
    8 days, 7 nights in a hotel or apartment at Porto Santo (room for 2).
    Tanks and weights.

    Topside experiences (tour of the island, others) not included but highly recommended. Please check the itinerary surface interval day)

  • This package includes local support during your stay;
    If you want to add something different or to change the timeline, just talk to us.

Diving Porto Santo

Portugal Dive invites your crew to come diving in Madeira, an archipelago in Portugal known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture.
Madeira has achieved a remarkable feat in the world of tourism. The World Travel Awards, often dubbed as the "Oscars of Tourism," have recognized Madeira as the Leading Island Destination more times than any other island.

Explore the underwater wonders of the Madeira Islands through scuba diving. Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters, discover vibrant marine life, and witness breathtaking volcanic formations. From the renowned Garajau Marine Reserve to captivating wrecks and colorful reefs, Madeira offers diverse dive sites for all experience levels. Join certified dive centers, dive into an underwater paradise, and create unforgettable memories in the stunning landscapes of the Madeira Islands. Plan your scuba diving adventure today.

The package

Diving from Porto Santo Island, unveils a world of underwater marvels in the Atlantic's embrace. Explore vibrant coral reefs, shipwrecks, and underwater rocky seabeds teeming with marine life. With expert dive operators and convenient access to dive sites, Porto Santo promises unforgettable aquatic adventures. After the dives, immerse yourself in the island's laid-back charm, bask in the 9 km long golden sandy beach, or explore its natural sites. Whether beneath the waves or on its sun-kissed shores, Porto Santo invites you to experience the magic of its pristine waters and serene landscapes.

Day 1

After a short flight over the Atlantic Ocean, you will arrive at the Porto Santo International Airport.
Your base location for the next 8 days is only a short ride from the airport.
This incredible diving package will take you underwater into the crystal clear and blue waters of the safe harbour of the Atlantic!

Days 2 to 6

In this ultimate diving program from the Porto Santo Island, you will be treated to unparalleled adventures exploring the fantastic Porto Santo coastal dive spots. Even if there are many others you'll thrill to dive there are two of the most remarkable shipwrecks in the Atlantic Oceanthat for sure will attract your attention.

The Madeirense shipwreck, resting peacefully on the ocean floor, offers a glimpse into maritime history.
Divers can expect to encounter the haunting remnants of this once majestic vessel, now adorned with colorful coral growth and teeming with marine life.
Amidst the rusted hull, schools of fish dart playfully, while curious moray eels peek out from hidden crevices, creating a captivating underwater tableau.
The cargo ship "Madeirense" lies about a mile away from the coast and about 34mts below the surface, it sank in October 2000. The ship, which was part of Madeira's maritime transport system, awaits for you a few meters deep. It has become a real artificial reef where you can move in and out of the ship's cabins, surrounded by thousands of fish. Here we can find marine spiders crabs, anemones and all kinds of marine life.
There are also reefs off the coast nearby and even an archaeological dive site where you can see ancient cannons. It is a unique diving spot of great peace, where the sunshine filters in through the transparent and turquoise waters to highlight the dazzling underwater world that surrounds the beautiful island of Madeira.

Meanwhile, the Corveta Pereira D'Eça shipwreck presents a different kind of underwater spectacle. As divers descend into the depths, they are greeted by the imposing silhouette of this naval vessel, its structure a testament to the passage of time. Here, amidst the wreckage, divers may encounter larger marine species such as barracudas and groupers, weaving through the corridors of this underwater relic.
Corvette General Pereira d'Eça is one of the three ships that were sunk close to the Madeira Islands.
She lies less than 1 mile away from the coast in a declared marine reserve area at a depth of 30 meters.
Like other ships that today host fantastic dives, this vessel was sunk with the objective of creating an artificial reef to attract many different species and enthusiasts of wreck diving.
The NRP General Pereira d'Eça (tack number F477) was a corvette of the João Coutinho class. The ship was named after António Pereira de Eça.
In June 2013, the Regional Government of Madeira formalized an application with the Ministry of National Defense for the assignment of two vessels in the process of being decommissioned for use as an artificial reef, including the corvette General Pereira d'Eça and the Corvette Afonso Cerqueira. The latter is another fantastic dive spot you can check here in
On 28 October 2014, it was announced that the corvette General Pereira d'Eça would be destined to serve as an artificial reef in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and was finally sunk in the bay of Porto Santo on 13 July 2016.

Both shipwrecks offer a unique and unforgettable diving experience, combining history with marine biodiversity. From intricate coral formations to majestic marine creatures, these dive spots on Porto Santo Island promise to leave divers in awe of the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

The General Pereira d'Eça, a prominent figure in Portuguese military history, served as a commander during the 19th century. Renowned for his valor and leadership, his legacy endured through the naming of the Corvette Pereira d'Eça, immortalizing his contributions to Portugal's naval heritage.

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.

The Madeirense, a storied vessel of the Atlantic, traversed the waters between Madeira and Porto Santo, connecting the islands and facilitating trade and travel. With a legacy steeped in maritime history, this ship played a vital role in fostering economic and cultural exchange, leaving an indelible mark on island life.

Day 7

Day 7 of the Porto Santo Island trip marks a surface interval—a cherished pause in our diving adventure to ensure safe travels home. But fear not, for this day holds its own wonders. Join our ultimate tour, where Porto Santo's charms unfold in spectacular fashion.
As we explore this small yet bountiful island, prepare to be awestruck by the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, a constant companion on our journey. But it's the island itself that steals the spotlight, boasting a treasure trove of surprises at every turn.
But that's not all—Porto Santo has one of almost everything. Whether it's the world-famous Porto Santo Golf Course, the therapeutic sands of Porto Santo Beach, or the fascinating Columbus House Museum, there's something to delight every traveler.
So, seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in the island's rich tapestry of culture, nature, and adventure. After five days of exhilarating dives, let Porto Santo unveil its secrets and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Porto Santo Beach, a gem of the Madeira archipelago, captivates with its golden sands stretching for nine kilometers along crystalline waters. Bask in the sunshine, indulge in water sports, or rejuvenate in the therapeutic sands. With its tranquil atmosphere and stunning vistas, it's a paradise waiting to be explored.

Porto Santo Island, a hidden gem of the Madeira archipelago, entices with its serene charm and natural beauty. From its pristine beaches to rugged cliffs, it offers diverse landscapes to explore. Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, this tranquil island captivates with its timeless allure and warm hospitality.

Topside experiences not included but highly recommended

Topside experiences (tour of the island, others) are not included. Please ask the team for more information and embark on one final memorable day!

Day 8

Time to say goodbye. It's departure day.
If you want us to take you to the airport remember to call your Portugal Dive Buddy.

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