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Diving in Ponta Delgada
When to go to Ponta Delgada
Diving in Ponta Delgada is most advisable from June to September, as water and air temperatures reach 24-27C/75-80F. Winter is also suitable for diving as there are more marine creatures on display. Water temperatures are of 14C/57F. However, strong winds do not create favorable conditions. Currents are moderate. Visibility is 10-30m/32-98ft.
What to see
Marine life is very abundant in the area, what makes scuba diving in Ponta Delgada really interesting. Divers can spot tiny species camouflaging between sea grass. Divers can observe squids, thornback rays, sharks, moray eels, manta rays, and mny others.
Scuba diving in Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada is a lovely destination in Portugal, which charms every holidaymaker with its magnificent beaches and beautiful sunsets ans sunrises in local harbors. Tourists can either relax on seaside admiring azure blue waters or go sightseeing to explore city's history and culture. One should start their journey from the St. Sebastian's Church and then move to City Gates, constructed in early 18th century. Among the other prominent places are Santana Palace, St. Josef's Church and Igreja do Colegio. There are lots of well-preserved gardens in the area worth visiting – Antonia Borges Gardens and Jose de Canto Gardens. For the enthusiasts of active vacations diving in Ponta Delgada is the best variant. Multiple dive centers and clubs offer their facilities in order to help divers from across the globe. Diving around the area is presented by the variety of underwater attractions, such as unusual rock agglomerations, pinnacles, reef walls with descending corals, interesting caves and swim-throughs and arches. Scuba diving in Ponta Delgada is also great for underwater photography and night dives. Usual depth range is 10-20m/32-65ft, but there are some spots with maximum of 40m/131ft. Dive sites are advisable for divers of all levels.
Most popular dive sites
Scuba diving in Ponta Delgada is presented by multiple dive sites, such as Arcos de Cruseiro, Arcos do Hotel, Baixa das Castanhetas, Baisa do Frade, Dori, Illheu Leste, Ilheu Oeste, Panela, Porto da Caloura and Porto dos Capelas.