Having dived all over Europe, we are going to claim that Azores
diving is hands down the best European diving around. And hardly
anyone knows about it!
There is excellent diving throughout the islands which is a
combination of local sites and offshore sites. The local sites are
great - interesting underwater rock formations with plentiful
marine life throughout the year though from June to October is best
as that is when the pelagics come in due to the warm currents of
the gulf stream. Each island has a large number of such sites.
And then there are the offshore sites that are only really
accessible in the summer months. It is the marine life to be found
at these sites that turns the Azores from a very good diving
destination into a world-class one. At these sites, it is all about
diving in the blue with virtually guaranteed manta rays and blue
sharks and occasional makos and even whale sharks and hammerheads -
the Azores are quickly developing a reputation as a centre for
shark diving and we can see why.
We can organise resort-based Azores diving trips or even
island-hopping diving expeditions taking in multiple islands so you
can get to see as much as possible in the time that you have.
On top of the waves rather than under them, the islands are also
famous for whales and dolphins though if you want to see the blue
whales and other migratory species the best time of year is March
to May which doesn't coincide with the best time for diving. During
the summer months you can still find sperm whales and large numbers
Away from the water there are all manner of activities on offer
from biking and trekking to horse riding and cultural visits and we
can organise all of this too.
All in all, this is as good as it gets in Europe and that is
very, very good as it turns out. This is the best European diving.
We want to return very soon.