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Best Time to Dive in The Azores

The best time to dive in the Azores is from mid-July to mid-October, when the water is warmer and calmer, visibility is at its best and chances of pelagic encounters are high on the offshore sites. For those who aren't interested in offshore dives, conditions are enjoyable from May to October, although during the early part of that period, only local dive sites are accessible. The best chance of seeing blue sharks, one of the biggest draws of the Azores, is from July to early October. See below for our specific regional advice on when to dive throughout the Azores.

When to go

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Sao Miguel
Santa Maria
Pico & Faial
Best time
Low season
Off season

Where to go when

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