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Azores

The Azores isolated location in the North Atlantic means they are one of the best places for whale and dolphin watching in the world. For divers, the volcanic geography, nutrient rich terrain, clear Atlantic waters and remote location mean optimum diving opportunities. Diving day and night, in sandy, rocky or mixed sea beds, in caves or shipwrecks… The potential of the Azores is almost endless in terms of diving spots and types of diving. It offers adequate spots for various experience levels. From beginners to professionals, the adventure may start with simple snorkeling in order to leisurely enjoy the abundant marine life of the archipelago’s crystal clear waters. On the other hand, diving an off shore seamount or in blue water is a guaranteed adrenaline rush and requires an adventurous spirit. The marine life in the Azores is diverse and abundant with some colorful subtropical fish species. Pelagic fishes like tuna, barracudas, jacks, sardines and mackerels are best spoKed from July to September when the warm Gulf Stream raises the sea temperature to about 20-23ºC. Manta rays are spotted every year in seamounts during July, August and September. Morays, stinggrays, dusky groupers, comb groupers, wrasses, parrot fishes, trigger fishes, breams and damsel fishes are common in most dives. Caves and rocky crevices are a good place to find nudibranchs, sponges, mollusks, lobsters, shrimps and other interesting crustaceans. Diving the Azores is truly a unique experience!

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