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Diving in Machico

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When to go to Machico

Scuba diving in Machico is available all year-round. The average air temperature is around 24C/75F in the summer and 18C /64F in the winter. The average water temperature stays around 22C /72F in the summer and 16C/61F in the winter. The water visibility is generally between 3-8m/10-26ft but can reach as high as 30m/98ft and above.

Scuba diving in Machico

Located in the northeastern part of the island of Madeira, Machico is a historic city and a popular place for divers. The closest airport is in Madeira that is located in 7 km. Machico was the first capital of Madeira from 1440 to 1496. There is a marine reserve on the coast. Machico offers scuba diving, snorkeling, cave diving and wreck diving for divers of all experience levels. The waters are rich in marine life, that includes a variety of species like barracudas, monkfish, dolphins, rays and even mantas.The most popular dive-sites are Three Marias is the largest volcanic cone and Baixa da Cruz reef that are both planted with black coral.