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Diving in Santa Cruz

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When to go to Santa Cruz

Diving is possible all year round. Air temperature varies between 24C/75F during the summer and 19C/66F during the winter. The sea temperature ranges between 17-23C/63-73F which is pleasant for scuba diving with a 5-7mm wetsuit. The water visibility can reach 20m/66ft.

Scuba diving in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a municipality, a parish and a city in the eastern part of the island of Madeira. It is the second most populous municipality next to Funchal. Santa Cruz Airport is located here. The city offers a variety of cultural exhibitions throughout the year, most of them by regional and local artists. This location is famous for night dives that can be absolutely spectacular here. Crabs, octopus and a variety of fish can be seen at night. Underwater divers can explore lots of reefs, gullies, crevices and caves teeming with interesting underwater creatures. There is a wide diversity of species such as goliath groupers, rays, moray eels, nudibranchs, starfish, anemones, tunicates, chitons, sponges, lionfish, dolphins, manta rays and huge schools of perch.