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About Algarve

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal and a very popular place to dive. The dive sites in Portugal are all located in the Atlantic Ocean. This part of the ocean is considered the least polluted on the planet and many Portugal beaches have been awarded the EU blue flag for quality of the water. The most popular destinations of Algarve are Quarteira, Armacao de Pera, Albufeira and Lagos. For divers of all experience levels Algarve offers reef dives, walls, wrecks and easy caves with an abundance of marine life. Octopus, cuttlefish, giant nudibranchs, sea bream, damselfish, wrasse, triggerfish and spider crabs can be seen here. The highlight of the diving industry in the region is Pedra da Âncora, a huge reef situated off Praia da Rocha. Its small galleries are excellent for sighting lobsters, zebra sea bream and other local fish, and it is also the place to see a huge anchor stuck between the rocks. Among the popular dive sites in this region The Caves of Atalaia, Kaolack/Vapor das Peles, Garden of Atalaia, Ocean Revival Park, and Mareta are at the top of the list.

When to go to Algarve

Scuba diving in Algarve is available all year long. The average air temperature is 28C/82F in the summer and 11C/52F in the winter. The water temperature ranges between 15ºC/59ft in the winter and 23ºC/73ft in the summer. The average water visibility is around 8m/25ft but it may fluctuate.