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Diving in Vila Franca do Campo

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When to go to Vila Franca do Campo

The climate of the Azores is referred to as dry-summer Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. It is possible to explore the dive site all year round, but the optimal time to dive is May through October. The best time for spotting pelagic species is May to October. The average air temperature is about 25C/77F in summer, and the average water temperature for the whole year is around 22C/72F. The visibility is excellent, over 30m/66ft.

 

What to see

The destination of Vila Franca Do Campo is one of the spots with a higher density of marine life. It is famous for dolphins, which are often seen, as well as whales, white sharks, and turtles.

Scuba diving in Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca Do Campo is located 0.5km/0.3mi from São Miguel, the Azores' biggest island. The closest airport is João Paulo II that is located in 30 km from Vila Franca do Campo. It is a tiny island shaped like a horseshoe that encircles the lagoon, which used to be a volcano crater at the top of a mountain thousands of years ago. Now the walls of the former crater are covered with forest, and the whole island has the lagoon at its core, which has just about perfect conditions for swimming, snorkeling and diving, and is also registered as a Nature Reserve. The islet is also famous for hosting Red Bull World Series Cliff Diving Competition. Seven diving spots are located near Vila Franca Do Campo, with beautiful landscapes of corals and small caves, a plethora of marine species at a depth of under 30m/98ft and pristine visibility.

 

Most popular dive sites

Subtle reefs and multiple caves filled with schools of different fish can be spotted at the Ilhéu Oeste site, which is also famous for its good conditions for night diving. Stretches of black corals, a multitude of colorful fish, stingrays, and groupers can be found in the Baixa Do Campo site.