Updated: Mar 16, 2019
Diving in the Portuguese Azore islands is a journey of discovery, with a vast array of marine life, and wonderful mountain hikes your children won't get bored here. Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. Located 850 miles (1360km) from mainland Portugal, it's in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Scuba 4 Families - Ponta Delgada - Azores Dive Review:
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Accessibility of Location (Ease of Travel)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Value for Money (Dives are 35-40 Euros each plus 15 for kit)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Customer Service of Dive Club
We hired a private dive guide who put the girls at ease while I could take some photos underwater. When diving with children don't be afraid of asking in advance for special attention. At dive sites S.Roque and the Wall, we saw a common seahorse, Selma and trigger fish, Octopus, and beautiful flower anemones. With soft volcanic sandy bottom its a great place to take beginners for practicing skills. In July water temperature was 20 degrees so 7mm suit recommended. The staff were all very friendly, and quickly resolved any technical issues that presented themselves.
Due to its location the Azores has an abundance of life, from multi-coloured nudibranchs to record breaking mako sharks - the slogan of the Azores is ‘expect the unexpected’. Coastal diving offers various highlights such as slipper lobsters, 9ft (3m) pregnant stingrays that glide in the current streams and dusky groupers the size of a door. However it is the offshore diving that is really astounding, the rich and deep Atlantic water lures in shoals of pelagic life such as barracuda, marlin, wahoo, tuna and jack fish. The Azores is also one of Europe's premier shark diving destinations, where blue, mako, hammerhead and even whale sharks are seen in visibility that exceeds 120ft (40m).