Water & Wind: Exclusive Liveaboard in the Azores

​The Azores comes into its own in summer, when divers have the chance to glide alongside all manner of large pelagics, from manta rays to blue sharks and even hammerheads if you're very lucky. ​With such incredible sights at its offshore dive sites, the daily return journeys to the mainland can feel like a waste of precious dive time, which is why Original Diving are so excited to have partnered up with the Water & Wind Liveaboard in the Azores.

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Louisa and Amy are here to help give you the inside track.

It's SO good that we just had to keep it to ourselves - Original Diving is the exclusive partner of the new Water & Wind Liveaboard in the UK.

Seven night itineraries depart from and returning to Sao Miguel. The vessel is a Helia 44 sailing catamaran, with just four twin en suite cabins on board, sleeping up to eight guests. She is also available for Private Charter for groups of friends or families travelling together. Communal areas include a lounge, dining area and space to recline on deck in the sun.

Guests can enjoy two or three dives per day to explore incredible offshore sites. At places like Formigas, Ambrosio and Princess Alice (the Atlantic's most spectacular dive site), visibility is usually excellent (50 metres isn't uncommon), and you have a good chance of clear sightings of big pelagic life - tuna, barracuda, great amber jacks, mobula rays and even whale sharks. You can also expect dusky groupers, stingrays, morey eels and lots of Atlantic fish life. Another hotspot is D. João de Castro bank where you'll feel as though you're diving in sparkling water due to rising bubbles caused by volcanic activity below. Cruising between the dive sites, there is always the chance of passing dolphins, turtles and much more...

The liveaboard is so new that she is still having her final touches perfected in the boatbuilders yard. We've included some images of her sister boat in the gallery to give you a taster of the style and size.

Please note that the minimum certification required for divers onboard is Level 2 (Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with at least 50 logged dives. Guests with less experience are welcome, but may not be permitted to dive all the sites on the schedule. The final day will be spent sailing, snorkelling, whale watching or exploring inland - this non-dive day is flexible, and will be designed to best suit the interests of the group.

Why we love it

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This exclusive Azores Liveaboard offers unparalled access to the best dive sites in the Azores in comfort.



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The Azores

Other places to stay in The Azores

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Convento de Sao Francisco

In the small town of Vila Franca do Campo on São Miguel lies one of the most interesting boutique hotels in the Azores, the Convento de São Francisco which is a converted 17th century monastery perched above the Atlantic.

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Pousada da Horta

Set in a 16th century fortress overlooking the bay at Horta on the island of Faial in the central Azores, the Pousada da Horta is a boutique hotel with a long history.

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Pocinho Bay Hotel

The Pocinho Bay hotel is one of the only high quality boutique hotels we came across in the Azores that can truly be considered stylish (though we only visited three of the islands so there may be more!). It is a very beautiful place.

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Baia da Barca

Baía da Barca is set in a beautiful location on the island of Pico right by the sea, you can while away the hours watching the waves crashing on the volcanic rocks below the hotel.

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Furnas Boutique Hotel

Set within the volcanic basin village of Furnas, with its boiling pools and famous botanical gardens, this small and luxurious hotel is a welcome addition to the town.

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White Exclusive Suites & Villas

White Exclusive Suites & Villas are part of a beautiful complex which is located within the remains of an old manor. Steeped in history and surrounded by the characteristic natural beauty of São Miguel Island, a stay here is perfect for families and couples alike.

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Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

Tucked in between the half mile of sandy Santa Barbara Beach and the lush mountains, Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort is a haven of bohemian luxury.

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Charming Blue

This contemporary and sophisticated hotel is located on Santa Maria Island - in the eastern group of the Azores archipelago and the southernmost island in the Azores. Right in the heart of Vila do Porto, Charming Blue provides you with a combination of comfort and personalised service.

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Adegas do Pico

Adegas do Pico is a set of twelve stone-built houses located in Praínha, a quaint, traditional Azorean village on Pico Island.

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