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Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

Toronto, Canada
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Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

What's the best spot to go scuba diving in Portugal?? I'll be travelling all over mainland Portugal and some of the Azores as well and am looking for the right spot to dive. As well, I heard about some shipwreck diving spot somewhere in Portugal, does anyone know anything about that?

Also, what are some of the better surfing spots?

Obrigada!

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1. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

For sea life it's the Azores, to which island are you going? There's a shipwreck diving spot at Porto Santo island (Madeira archipelago) and also at Sesimbra (close to Lisboa) it's the River Gurara. https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/162185

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2. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

You have very different diving opportunities in Portugal:

North of the country: an experience at the rough seas of the Atlantic coast, not very known but with some hidden secrets, such as a sunk submarine (try CS diving center at Marina de Leixões, in Matosinhos).

Berlengas Island: just an hour north of Lisbon you can take a dive trip there and be amazed. This natural park and marine reserve is full of life and very scenic. Try Halyotis dive center in Peniche.

Sesimbra: The busiest diving spot near Lisbon, maybe the busiest in the whole country. Many different dive centers opperate here. The diving area is a marine reserve full of life, from shoals of fish, Gorgonia "gardens", lots of invertebrates, etc. One of the dive spots here is the "River Gurara" wreck.

Portimão (Algarve): Here you can find a recent dive project called "Ocean Revival". It is based on the recent sunking of a couple of battleships just for the sake of diving, after preparing them for safe dive visits. Even though very recently sunk, marine life has already started colonnizing them. Try Subnauta dive center for this.

The Azores: If your looking for the "great blue", open ocean diving and big fish spoting, this is where you want to go.

Hope this helps...

Toronto, Canada
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3. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

very helpful! thank you

Rome, Italy
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4. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

I am looking at either the Azores or Madeira this June. Which location is better for Marine life?

Lisbon, Portugal
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5. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

Santa Maria in Azores has Manta Rays...http://divecenter.mantamaria.com/

JHL
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6. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

Very good information.

Thanks.

Luxembourg
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7. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

thanks - great info!

Lisbon, Portugal
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8. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

In the mainland try Berlingas islands very nice . The tallship Santa maria manuela has a trip planned there end of the month I saw it on there site www.santamariamanuela.pt

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9. Re: Best Scuba Diving Spot In Portugal???

Thanks

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