Scuba diving in Boca da Caldeirinha
Boca da Caldeirinha site is located on the south-east of Faial island, near the city o Angusht Azores. Boca de Caldeirinha is also known as Caldeihra de Cal. The variety of depths and topography of the seabed makes this site one of the best coastal dive-spots on Faial Island. The primary depth of 5m/16ft makes snorkeling and shallow dives possible. The site gets its name from the volcanic crater which is opened to the sea from the South. The inner part of the crater is a natural protected area. Great visibility allows divers to enjoy the diversity of underwater landscape and sealife. Several species of moray eels, ornate wrasses (Thalassoma pavo) and parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) as well as large groupers and hogfish can be seen here. The average depth of the site is 18m/59ft with the maximum diving depth of around 50m/164ft. The average visibility is 10-20m/32-65ft. Currents are low (< 1 knot). The crater interior is an exciting spot which has a restricted access. On the depth of 10m/32ft between the crater and the sea there is a platform which then drops vertically along the wall to a 30-m/98ft depth. A small black coral encrusted cave is situated on the 50m depth.
When to go
The high season is from late July to September with the average air temperature of staying around 25C/77F, and the average water temperature reaching up to 22C/71F. Summer months are hot but not uncomfortable.