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Diving in Pico Island
When to go to Pico Island
The best time to dive at Pico Island is from May until October, although diving is possible all year round. Winter water temperatures vary from 12-17C/54-63F, while air temperatures are 11-15C/52-59F. It is more comfortable to dive in the summer, with water temperatures at 18-24C/64-75F and air temperatures at 21-30C/70-86F. There may be fog and rain from September to April. The nights are cold on Pico Island throughout the year. The depths of the dive sites range from 6-50m/20-164ft. The currents are weak, and the visibility is 15-30m/49-98ft.
What to see
There is a full spectrum of marine life in the waters of Pico Island: small crabs, octopi, lobsters, eagle rays, barracudas, whales, dolphins, blue sharks, moray eels, various types of blennies, gobies, small wrasses, damselfish, scorpionfish, and nudibranchs.
Scuba diving in Pico Island
Pico is an island in the central part of the volcanic Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 1000km/621mi west of southern Portugal. The place is unique, with a special ancient charm, virgin nature, and beautiful landscape. Pico Island provides many opportunities to de-stress by getting involved in the local environment. The underwater volcanic area has caverns, walls, and canyons with diverse marine life because of the warm Gulf Stream current. The destination is good for whales and dolphin watching, macro and wide angle photography, night diving, cave diving, and technical diving, with thousands of wrecks. The dive sites are suitable for all diver levels, and can be reached from shore.
Most popular dive sites
The most famous sites are the Princess Alice Bank (a submerged seamount, about 92km/57mi from shore), shark diving in Condor Bank and Azores Banks (about 35-46km/22-30mi from shore), and Caldeira da Cal (good visibility and variety of depths).