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Mantamaria Dive Center

#2 of 16 things to do in Vila do Porto Features Animals
| Marina de Vila do Porto, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-507, Portugal
+351 918 685 447
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Fantastic!!!

Fantastic experience! We recommend diving with Mantamaria. It's Amazing experience. Next year we... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2017
Fábio S
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Really bad experience

Before I came I had written an email one month in advance saying that I was not an experienced... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2016
Irene K
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Oslo, Norway
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Our diving center is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on the Island of Santa Maria, the southeastern most island of the Azores archipelago. This location offers ideal conditions for diving, not only because of its fantastic water visibility (up to 40 meters) and temperature (22-24ºC), but also because of its high level of biodiversity. This is considered by many as the best diving location in Europe, a 2 hours flight away from Lisbon. Santa Maria Island: There are a number of different types of dives around the island of Santa Maria. This is a direct consequence of the diverse geologic formations of the Azores archipelago - caves, tunnels and sand bottoms on the coast, small islets close to the coast or seamounts in the open ocean. Worth mentioning is the ‘’Baixa do Ambrosio’’ where a yearly concentration of mobula rays, unique in the world, occurs in the summer. Natural Reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat: Considered by many as the best dive site in Europe, this marine protected area lies in the open ocean, 20 nautical miles northeast of the island of Santa Maria. A vast number of marine species can be observed here - this is indeed the place where the largest number of pelagic species has ever been recorded. Boats: Manta - 7.10m, semi-rigid, 2xSUZUKI 90HP, 14 Persons Badejo - 8.00m, semi-rigid, HONDA 225HP, 20 Persons Rilusa - 7.10m, fibreglass, VOLVO PENTA 150HP, 8 Persons B-Trox Filling Station: This modern BAUER Pure Air certified filling station offers complete safety of operation and an exceptional air quality with up to 40% oxygen enriched air (Nitrox) Transport: 9-place van
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Feb 9, 2017
“Fantastic!!!”
Oct 16, 2016
“Beautiful dives!!!”
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| Marina de Vila do Porto, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-507, Portugal
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Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic experience! We recommend diving with Mantamaria. It's Amazing experience. Next year we will return! Great team!More

1  Thank Fábio S
Mantamaria, Gestor de Front Office at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Sir, It was a pleasure to have you diving with us. We are are pleased to know that you enjoyed diving with us. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We hope to see you again in a near future....More

Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Before I came I had written an email one month in advance saying that I was not an experienced diver and that I was a "fun diver" only with experience from Thailand. I also said that my dream was to dive with Manta Ray and...More

4  Thank Irene K
Reviewed October 16, 2016

People are very kind and helpful. We were 4 friends, we ve done 6 dives and 2 in Formigas and Dollabarat. Between the 2 dives in the day, they always have warm tea, melon from Santa Maria and cookies. In Formigas and Dollabarat they prepare...More

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Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Hi Mr. G. Words can not express how thankful we are for your comment. It is nice to know that some people recognize our effort to receive you, the best we can! It is easy to have pleasant people like you "on board". Thank you...More

Reviewed October 16, 2016

Very nice and very professional team. The location of the dive centre close to the harbour is also a plus. Great spots for diving.More

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Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

HI Mr. T. Thank you so much for your comment and nice words. We always try to do our best to please our guests. We are glad you enjoyed our dive spots! Hope to see you in a near future. We wish you all the...More

Reviewed October 13, 2016

We enjoyed two weeks of diving with Mantamaria, a well-equipped and with very kind and professional staff dive center directly at the port of Vila de Porta. There are so many different dive spots around the island, you will never meet the same Manta, Mero...More

2  Thank marcelk891
Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Hello Mr. M. and Mrs. C. Thank you for your comment, nice words, sympathy, and openness. We are so happy that you enjoyed our services and company. We try our best to please our guests, and we are glad you liked it. It was a...More

Reviewed October 12, 2016

Amazing diving with Mantas at Ambrosio point. People from Mantamaria is pleasant, close and professionals.More

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Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Hi Mr. C. Thank you for taking a time to write us a comment. Thank you for the nice words and empathy at the dive center. It was good to meet you and have you diving with us! We hope to see you in a...More

Reviewed October 10, 2016

We did 3 days of beautiful diving with Mantamaria, with Ana as our guide. The sea was a bit post-hurricaine, but it became more calm over three days. I definitely recommend some form of anti-sea sick medicine. All the sites had good visibility and lots...More

2  Thank Jeff245
Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Hello Mr. J. Thank you so much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoy to dive with us! Everything is unpredictable, and much more the weather, although, we sure have sickness pills for emergency/singular cases! Once again thank you for your nice words....More

Reviewed October 8, 2016

Great diving places. The weather is somewhat unpredictable and less experienced divers should probably practice a few dives in advance to fully enjoyed. Not the best place to "remember" things as it is really open Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy... RGM Ps. Bring sick pills if you...More

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Reviewed October 6, 2016

Beautiful diving with much life submarine ans wonderful mantas. Very good trip with nice team, and a nice island to visit.More

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Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Hello Mr. C. Thank you for taking your time and write us a review. We also thank, for the pleasant words and your sympathy with us! It was nice to meet both of you!!! Hope to see you in a near future! Mantamaria team, wishes...More

Reviewed October 1, 2016

Mantamaria Dive Center is well-equipped and the staff is very kind and professional. You'll not regret choosing this dive center to discover the wonderful underwater world of Santa Maria island.More

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1  Thank Ricardo C
Mantamaria, Gerente de recepção at Mantamaria Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2016
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