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Longitude 31 - Escola de Mergulho

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Lajes das Flores, Portugal
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Certified by the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, I.P., The "Longitude 31" offers the possibility of starting in Recreational Diving on Flores Island, Azores
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Longitude 31 - Escola de Mergulho
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Mariano S wrote a review Aug 2019
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It was a very good experience diving with Filipe, he was always taking care of the group and super friendly. I would recomend him for sure.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ana M wrote a review Aug 2019
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I can't thank enough Longitude 31 for the experience they gave me. Filipe was beyond exceptional. I panicked when the time came to jump in the water. Filipe held my arm and hand while I tried to lower my anxiety levels in the water. He held my hand for a good 20 minutes while I got used to the snorkel, the water and the ocean floor view. Even though I skipped the dive baptism, he helped me overcome some of my fears in the water. Next time I'm snorkeling, I am doing it without hesitation, and then I'm coming back for my dive with Filipe. I felt safe throughout the entire time. I cannot thank Filipe enough for his patience, professionalism and kindness. Muito obrigada, Filipe. Eu e o João voltaremos certamente.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Susana F Silva wrote a review Jul 2019
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Excellent diving center with an amazing team of locals, that take you to wilderness places and are will to share the sea historical events and island secrets that you will not find in a normal guidebook. Amazing professionalism, with excellent gear and of course the Flores humor on board that only locals can provide you!!! Friendly and with a family spirit environment we totally recommend you to dive with Filipe and the two "Joaquins"!!!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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JoaoS wrote a review Jun 2019
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They have lots of great dive spots around the island so if the weather is good enough to go out diving, you are guaranteed to have an interesting dive. We went diving at the Papadiamandis wreck, lots of life, no current and we got to see a very sociable moray eel and couple of dusky groupers that live on the wreckage right next to the ship propeller.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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PedroSterlingSilva wrote a review Jun 2019
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I was given Filipe's contact by the "official" Flores diving centre, which, it seems, no longer operates. Filipe is a PADI instructor who operates this little side line mostly as a hobby. His main job is mooring the big ships at Lajes harbour. The first day we had to dive from Fajã Grande due to bad weather from SE. There were 4 divers and a skipper on a smallish boat. Filipe's equipment is quite new and in excellent order. Even the tanks. I have my own gear, so just really needed a wetsuit, tank and weights. We did 2 morning dives and both were ok. Watch out for the Portuguese Man'o Wars. Filipe was awesome and drove me back home. The second day, I dove with Filipe and a friend of his, from Lajes this time, on Filipe's own boat, which is bigger and better suited. We also had a skipper and we did another 2 dives, this time in the afternoon. The only thing was that we'd arrange for him to pick me up at 1pm, which became 1:30pm (he did message me), and then there was the coffee, drink and chitchat at the harbour's café, and the boat was still not in the water and I had dinner booked for 8pm and I don't like being late so I was stressing a bit. We finally got in the water at about 3:30pm for the first dive and 5:30pm for the second. Fortunately, His friend wasn't so hot on air consumption so we still managed to get back at around 6:30pm and, by the time he dropped me home, I got showered and out of the door (7:20pm) to walk and try and hitch a ride to the restaurant (fruitless), I just about managed to get there in time, albeit a bit sweaty. (As a side note, I thought hitching a ride in such a small place with scarce public transport- none on weekends- would be easy but I was so very wrong. No one stopped, some pointed that they were turning but carried on straight, and even walking back at night, no one stopped and asked if perhaps I needed a ride. Quite disappointing, really!) The last day, sadly, we only did 1 dive. Again, Filipe was very kind to come and pick me up (and drop me off) but late again. We dove with a french guy who hadn't dived in a couple of years (I found out after) and, personally, I'd have given a more concise briefing than the quick and somewhat lacking one I witnessed, but that's just me. He actually wasn't too bad bar the usual issues. The other thing, as in other places, is a lack of signals for marine life (fish books and charts help a lot too), and a bit of disregard for fin damage. Although there aren't corals around here, there is algae and tiny marine life which certainly get affected by divers standing on it and hitting it with their fins, so there ought to be a greater awareness, I believe. Things I saw: cavaco lobster, proper lobsters, some big groupers, a couple of barracuda, plenty of morays, sardines, damsel fish, parrot fish, a couple of triggerfish, the infamous yet beautiful Portuguese Man'o War and a couple of wrecks (SS Papa Diamandis and Slavonia). On the whole, a great experience, even if out of season, Filipe is a great guy and I really recommend diving with him.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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