Best Spot Azores Dive Center

Best Spot Azores Dive Center

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Scuba Diving Trips and Offshore Trips for Mobulas. PADI Courses. Try Scuba Diving Dives. We are the only 100% AWARE and 5* IDC Dive Resort in the Azores that has first goal the client satisfaction and safety always focused in oceans protection and conservation. We love what we do so it´s easy for us to make your holidays even more special. With a dive group up to 6 divers you will get the best chance to enjoy your dives guided by marine biologists/dive leader. With a long experience with tourism and our staff is all the time getting in new training to give you all that you need. As a PADI 5* IDC DIVE RESORT and AQUALUNG PARTNER CENTER we will give you the best support in education materials and scuba equipment. Our company gives also support to Environmental Projects and we have our how local Environmental Education Project called "Jelly Fish Project" for which we donate 2% of our annual profit. Also we are 100% Project AWARE Partners donating 10€ for each student that makes an
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Rory Shiells
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Overall a very enjoyable experience diving with best spot.

They were well organised with probably the best set up in the marina of ponta delgada s.Miguel. They had a big team of dive intructors, dive masters and interns in training that helped out. On our first day we felt a bit rushed getting all our kit and paying for the dives, (recommend turning up early). Quite quickly though we realised the team were very friendly and personable once we got to know them.

We were relatively inexperienced divers at between 20-30 dives each before Diving with best spot but had our advanced diving qualification with SSI (we were glad as meant we had access to a greater variety of the more interesting dives).

We did total of 12 dives over 6 days, got to see a variety of life, their local wreck (dori) and an interesting array of arches and rock formations.

They had 2 boats and multiple instructors, wit normally about a 3:1 ratio client:guide. They were well organised and made sure people did not repeat dives in the same location and seemed to arrange groups according to ability/ air consumption.

Equipment was maintained to a good standard, they offered 7mm suits with under layers, they did not offer drysuits.

We would highly recommend this fun and professional dive school and look forward to returning for more dives.
Written June 18, 2022
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Hilde
Bilthoven, The Netherlands2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We went to Sãu Miguel, among other things, to go diving. Best Spot lived up to its name, both in terms of dive sites and the location of the home base, which is almost right in front off the Grand Hotel Atlantic, where we were staying :-). During our 14 day stay we dived 10 times (2 dives per day) each time in a different place. The dive guides are clearly experienced and professional. They keep a close eye on the divers and point out the beautiful things that can be seen underwater. The environment for diving is beautiful there. The white lava stones create an adventurous rocky landscape (tip: ask to see the Coloura Arches). In addition to these ‘local’ dives, we also made an off shore dive to see Mobula's (Manta's). A trip of about 2,5 hours by motorboat to get there. But it was worth it! It is a protected area so only 1 boat is allowed at a time. It is very well arranged. And wonderful to be able to admire those elegant animals this way in their own environment. We were given clear instructions not to scare the animals. Fortunately, stoet are just as curious as we are and some moved gracefully in our direction. That's just magical, what an experience. Everyone was happy and satisfied on the way back. Our skipper also looked out for whales and dolphins during the trip. And with success! As icing on the cake we also enjoyed multiple schools of enthusiastic dolphins, seiwhales and to top it off a hammerhead shark. If you're talking about value for money, this trip was it! :-) Many thanks to the entire Best Spot team for your helpfulness, friendliness and professionalism. It was great! We can only strongly recommend you. Jeroen and Hilde
Written August 11, 2022
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Ryan G
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
We had a great time diving with Best Spot Azores. My wife, my brother, and I did a single tank morning dive on May 8, 2020 while our cruise ship was docked in port. We didn't have a prior reservation but the staff was still very accommodating and as soon as we inquired about getting on their first boat of the day, they immediately said they had space and set to getting us the required gear and going through our cert and insurance cards. The staff was friendly and professional and the dive was amazing. Bruno and his crew took us to a spot called "the mirrors". The visibility was incredible and the sea life abundant. Several large morays, triggerfish by the hundreds, ornate wrasse and other colorful and beautiful fish. The water temp was a comfortable 63F with no discernable thermocline while wearing Best Spot's 7mm wetsuits with added vests. The wetsuits, BCs, regs, masks, fins etc that Best Spot supplied were all in good condition and all functioned properly and safely. We had a great experience and were very glad we got to go with Best Spot on our short trip to Ponta Delgada.
Written May 9, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review and for going out with Best Spot. It was a true pleasure to have the 3 on board for one dive. We hope that you keep diving and that soon you are able to make us another visit soon. Wish you the best. BS
Written May 16, 2022
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Marten V
7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We've had a great week of diving with the crew.

First of all they responded quick when I mailed them to get some information.
Very friendly and professional crew.

They're taking good care of you and your equipment. Even with the kids (10&11) who are Junior open water divers they took the time and never rushed.

Showed us great divespots with great sealife. E.g. Murray eels, Crabs, Octopusses, triggerfish. And many more.
The Manta trip is also worth it!

Really enjoyed diving with you!

Thanks again!
Written July 25, 2022
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aAonso Madeira
Madrid, Spain2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
I’ve completed my open waters program with best spot Azores and I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a first time experience of scuba dive.

Since the day I arrived at the school I felt a great support from every staff member. They focus on every technical detail and prepare every student with the best tools to be comfort in the sea.

To conclude, I would like to mention that Bruno and Suzi were the highlight of my trip due to their experience in the sea and connection with the student. Do not doubt in choosing this school for learning scuba dive!
Written August 6, 2021
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Thank you so much for your lovely review and kind words. It was a pleasure to have you with us for the Open Water Course and we hope that this will be just the beginning of a life full of amazing dives ;) We wish you the very best and hope you manage to visit us again in a near future. Keep diving!!! BS
Written August 9, 2021
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Anne Kathrine D
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
Best Spot Azores is a great center to dive with. Patient and friendly guides who help you throughout the whole of your diving experience. From choosing the right size of equipment to supporting you under the water. I can highly recommend this center for beginners. We felt like safety was a priority and that the guides were planning the dive to fit our skills and limits.
Equipment is also very good, comfortable and easy to use.
In addition, everything with equipment, navigation etc is taken care of for you, which means that we could direct our full attention to enjoying the dive sites. With regards to the dive sites; they are amazing, and the center can take you to multiple interesting sites to dive.
All in all was this diving experience above our expectations and I am happy to recommend this dive center to other divers.
Written July 31, 2022
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Christopher K
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Solo
Having done the confined water dives for my PADI Open Water in the UK, I chose to do the open water dives here in the Azores. Best Spot was well reviewed and did not disappoint.

Silvia and Camila instructed our group for the first two dives, making sure we were comfortable with the requisite skills (and in my case, the realities of diving from a boat). They also added a saltwater confined water dive for me, which was again very useful for getting the feel of the full equipment without the complexities of open water.

Rúben then guided our group for the third and fourth dives around Caloura (Galera and Arches), adapting the route to our confidence and air consumption (giving me an extra 20 minutes on the second dive). I’m not a marine biologist so can’t really comment on the wildlife, but I loved the underwater scenery. I chose the Azores having had a wonderful holiday in Iceland, so being able to “fly” through the familiar volcanic landscape was magical.

Overall, I was very pleased with the service Best Spot provided, and would highly recommend them to anyone else doing their PADI Open Water.
Written September 8, 2022
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ash
Los Barrios, Spain5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Strongly recommended. These guys are great at what they do, a super organised flowing machine which makes you feel relaxed and ready to enjoy a days diving.

Thanks for the great experience (again!!). This was our second visit to Sao Miguel and second time diving with Best Spot. Anyone wanting to dive as a regular, first timer or pro should give these guys a shout.

They get busy so bill ahead to avoid disappointment!
Written September 21, 2022
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Kev Wong
Edmonton, Canada11 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
The highlight of my trip to the Azores!

I visited Best Spot in July, soon after the Azores opened to international travel. Even as a solo diver they were kind enough to work with my preferences to help me book a full day offshore trip. My rented equipment was well-maintained and the RHIB we used very new. Suzi was very professional throughout and an expert in making you feel comfortable both in and out of the water.

Would recommend to anyone coming to Sao Miguel for diving - had an amazing experience here.
Written August 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review!!! We were very happy to know that you enjoyed your experience with us and that you had a great time diving with Best Spot Azores. We wish you the best and we would like to thank you for choosing Best Spot Azores. BS
Written August 10, 2020
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ignacio m
7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Amazing experience! Will came again for sure. The whole best spot team was super attentive, you can notice that they really enjoy what they do and they enjoy to show it. Also, loved the dive locations that they showed me as those are full of biodiversity 😄 loved to finally see a picapica fish.
Written July 2, 2022
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