Scuba diving in Dori
The wreck diving spot Dori is known to be one of the Azores' most popular sites, and is often referred to as a must-see site. It is recognized by many as the best dive site on São Miguel Island. Now lying on a sandy seabed at a depth of 20m/66ft in the deepest point, with shoals of fish wandering through its interior. During WWII the Dori participated in the famous Operation Overlord, the largest-scale military operation in history. The ship sank on January 16, 1964, but, although more than fifty years passed since that time, some parts are still almost intact, such as the stern, stairways, big pipes, and the larger structures of the ship. The big military wreck is convenient to explore. Because of the shallow depth, this site is interesting for both divers and snorkelers.
When to go
It is possible to visit the site year-round, but the best time is from May to October. The average air temperature is about 13C/55F in winter and 23C/73F in summer. The water temperature varies from 17-23C/63-73F.
What to see
The 150m/492ft-long wreck is home to an exceptional multitude of species, such as Moroccan white sea bream, octopi, nudibranchs, axillary sea bream, yellowmouth barracudas, and Almaco jacks.
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