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About Madeira

The Island of Madeira has pleasant diving conditions all year-round and is famous for its diverse marine life as well as underwater scenery which includes rocky reefs, caves and submerged vessels. Scuba diving, snorkeling, cave diving and wreck diving are available on Madeira for divers of all experience levels. There is a great variety of dive sites to explore here. Most popular dive sites Some of the most popular dive sites off the Madeira Island include House-reef (known for its diverse marine life), National Park Garajau (offers the cleanest waters in Madeira and a wide range of marine life), T-Reef (two pinnacles that rise from 30m/98ft, covered with yellow anemones and offering a fascinating view of barracudas, stingrays, morays, schools of amberjacks and trigger fish), Lazareto (a volcanic reef with a good amount of marine and plant life), Pronto (a shipwreck), Ponta do Garajau, The Bowbell.

When to go to Madeira

Scuba diving off Madeira Island is available year-round. The best time for diving is between June and October. The area is known for its mild climate, warm summers and extremely mild winters. The average air temperature in the summer is around 24C/75F and 18C/64F in the winter. The average water temperature is around 22C/72F in the summer and 16C/61F in the winter. The water visibility is generally between 3-8m/10-26ft but can be over 30m/98ft. From April to May it is Sperm Whale watching season here. What to see The waters off Madeira are teeming with life that includes a variety of species like barracudas, monkfish, dolphins, rays and even mantas. Diving enthusiasts and tourists visiting Madeira can enjoy whale wathing who usually show up in the nearby waters sometime between April and May. A few species of dolphins along with very rare Beaked Whales are also common to see in the waters of Madeira.