Scuba diving in Berlengas
Berlengas archipelago is located and is a part of the South European Atlantic Shelf west. Berlengas is a zodiac of islands spread over several miles to the West from Peniche coast, Portugal. Berlenga Grande island is the biggest one. It's a protected natural park offering the divers of all experience levels a perfect underwater experience and an impressive diversity of dive sites. The rocky and volcanic seabed is a home to abundant marine life. Different schools of fish inhabit the caves and grottos. Groupers, congers, starfish, cray-fish, octopuses and mantas are frequent inhabitants of these clear waters. Situated in the exposed area of the ocean Berlengas is a place of multiple wrecks lying on different depths and is also known as "Shipwreck cemetery". The wrecks offer divers adventurous immersions as well as best photography and orientation experience. The depths of the site range from 5m/16ft to 40m/131ft. Visibility ranges from 10m/32ft to 30m/ 98ft staying at its best from August through October. Currents vary from spot to spot. Depending on the depth and dive site divers can meet different species of marine creatures such as crayfish, crabs, barnacles, prawns, lobsters and sharks. There are dozens of hydrarians and anemones on the walls which can be subjects of underwater photography.
When to go
The climate of Berlengas is influenced by the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean sea. The high season to dive here is from June to October when the average water temperature is 19C/66F and the average air temperature is around 25C/77F. The winter and spring are foggy and rainy.