1 week with Dive Azores by Rafael Garcia

Video de Rafael Garcia com imagens captadas durante uma semana com a Dive Azores durante o mes de Agosto de 2012.
Very nice video by Rafael Garcia, with images captured during one week diving and whale watching with us in August 2012.
Una semana de buceo en Azores, Faial, por Rafael Garcia con Dive Azores...




Anthias anthias

This picture was captured by Tiago in July 2012 at the wreck P16 at 26m. Anthias anthias is the only specie of Anthias from the Azores and they can be found only at depths greater that 25m.


Azores, Blue Whale Hotspot

Blue whale season of 2012 has started with many blue whales and also fin and sei whales. March, April, May and June are the best months to observe baleen whales of Faial Island. For further information please check our web site at www.diveazores.net


Dive Azores | Whale Watching | Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving and Whale Watching off Faial island in 2011. Mergulho e observação de baleias e golfinhos. Plongée et observation de cétacés.


Dive Azores - Offshore Diving


Mergulho em baixas e montes submarinos com a Dive Azores a partir do Faial
Diving in Azores off Faial island

Azores - Offshore Diving "with Mantas and Sharks" from Tiago Castro on Vimeo.

Éstas imagens forma captadas no Banco Princesa Alice e em baixas próximas da ilha do Faial, com excepção das imagens de tubarões que foram captadas em mar aberto.

The images of this video where all filmed in Offshore Pinnacles or in the blue.
The images of schools of Jacks are from Pinnacles located near Faial Island.
The images of tuna fish, barracudas and mantas where recorded in Princess Alice bank.
The sharks shown are not observed in our regular diving trips or any other trips not specifically directed for this purpose. Blue sharks live offshore in deep waters and are highly migratory during all their lives. Dive Azores shark diving expeditions incudes also workshops about sharks’ biology, behaviour and conservation issues.

Did you know sharks are in dandger because of shark finning!
Did you know that 90% percent of the word population of many species of sharks is already depleted!
Help stoping shark finning...

To know more about shark conservation issues visit, http://www.projectaware.org/



Dive Azores - 2010 Photos


Here you can see some pictures taken during our 2010 season.
While diving in azores, off Faial island you can expect good visibilities and a good variety of dive sites volcanic topography and marine life.

Manta Rays at Princess Alice Bank; Jamantas do Princesa Alice
Mobula tarapacana

Lava arches in Pico island
Arcadas submersas na ilha do Pico

Common octopus / Polvo comum
Octopus vulgaris

Submerged canions at Monte da Guia / Faial island
Tuneis submersos no Monte da Guia / Faial

Parrotfish cleaning sattion in Monte da Guia Reserve 
Estação de limpesa de vejas na Reserva do Monte da Guia
"Boca das Caldeirinhas"

Dive Azores Dive Center

Joana and Tiago welcome you at Dive Azores

Dive Briefing

All aboard "PAIKEA"


Shark diving Azores


Many shark species cruise the open ocean but the chances of finding them at any given time are minimal. Fortunately, the Azores are in the migration pathway of some oceanic shark species that cruise the North Atlantic, such as blue shark (Prionace glauca) and shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus).

Shark diving from Faial takes place in bottomless blue water well offshore. A boat ride of approximately 1 hour takes the divers to Condor Bank, a seamount located about 10 miles Southwest of Capelinhos Vulcano.

Shark diving in Azores, during an offshore expedition off Faial Island


Dive Azores, some photos...

Here you have some pictures from our 2010 season.
We are still editing most of the pictures and soon we willl upload a lot more, including whales and dolphins, mantas, tunas and jacks from Princess Alice Banck and also blue and mako sharks from an ofshore Dive Azores diving with sharks expedition.
We are also preparing a video that includes all the above species and a lot more...

Any comments in the blog are apreciated and you can also use the contacts bellow,

+351 912585803

Aqui estão algumas imagens captadas durante a nossa época de 2010. Brevemente faremos o upload de mais fotos de baleias e golfinhos. Mantas, atuns e irios do Princesa Alice e ainda fotos ineditas de tubarão azul e mako captadas durante uma expedição da Dive Azores. Comentários no blog são bem vindos e podem também utilizar os contactos acima.


Whale Watching Azores

Observação de Baleias e Golfinhos - Faial 2011
No início de Abril começaremos a nossa época de observação de baleias e golfinhos. Os nossos vigias têm avistado cachalotes com frequência e já foram também avistadas várias baleias azuis. A primavera é a melhor época do ano para observar baleias de barbas nos Açores, como a baleia azul a baleia comum e a sardinheira, devido à maior abundância de "krill" junto à costa das ilhas.
Para mais informações sobre as nossas viagens e também pacotes com várias opções de alojamento (hoteis, residenciais, turismo rural, apartamentos) na ilha do Faial, por favor contacte-nos ou visite o nosso site.


Blue whales have already been sighted by our lookouts and this spring promises to be a very good baleen whales season. In fact this is the time when krill exists in more abundance closer to the islands and the south coast of Faial and Pico islands become a real "sanctuary" for blue whales, fin whales and sei whales.
We have from April until October packages with accommodation in Horta and around Faial Island. Our packages include: transfer from/to Horta airport, accommodation and whale watching trips.

There is a very good variety of accommodations types you can choose from. Hotels, bed and breakfast, apartments, guest houses and rural tourism in traditional Azorean houses are the most common options.
Please feel free to visit our web site or send us an email, if you consider your whale watching scuba diving in azores.


Our whale watching trips are always guided by experienced skippers and biologist that provides all the information about the biology and behaviour of the animals. Before each trip we conduct a detailed briefing about the trip and the cetaceans of the Azores. If you are planing you whale watching trip in azores, please contact us.

We practice responsible whale watching!

Here you can see some pictures of sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins. Two of the most common species you can see while whale watching in Azores off Faial Island.

you can also visit our web site at

Sperm whale "Breaching" 23-05-2010, North of Faial Island

Sperm whale "blowing" 21-05-2010, South of Pico Island

Sperm whale "diving/Fluking", 23-05-2010, South of Pico Island

Sperm Whale "Diving/Fluking", 21-05-2010, South of Faial Island

Bottlenose dolphin, 23-05-2010, North of Faial Island

Whale watching boat


The Season of The Giants, Blue, Fin and Sei Whales in April and May of 2010 in Azores

Blue whale, Baleia azul, Balaenoptera musculus www.diveazores.net

Fin whale, Rorcal comum, Balaenoptera physalus www.diveazores.net

Sei whale, Sardinheira, Balaenoptera borealis www.diveazores.net

This year we are having an amazing ballen whales season. From mid April until mid May we have observed in a daily basis groups of Blue Whales, Fin Whales and Sei Whales in Azores in the south cost of Faial and Pico islands. This are some pictures of our sigthings...

For any aditional information please send us an email to,


or visit

Este este ano tem sido excepcional para a observação de baleias de barbas. Desde meados de Abril até meados de Maio tem sido observados grupos de baleias azuis, baleias comuns e sardinheiras na costa sul do Faial e do Pico. Aqui ficam algumas imagens...

Observation de cetaceas aux açor en Avril et May ces magnific. A partir de Horta, de la isle de Faial on observe les ballenes a fanons plus gand du monde.


Whale Watching Azores 2010

We have started our 2010 whale watching season on the 2nd of April. The first trip was very good. The weather was calm and sunny and we have seen 4 diferent species of cetaceans. The highlight of the trip was a group of Orcas, 3 females and 1 big male.
We have spoted also a group of sperm whales, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Iniciámos a nossa época de observação de baleias e golfinhos de 2010 nos Açores de forma espectacular, com bom tempo e 4 espécies observadas na primeira viagem. Para além dos cachalotes, golfinhos comuns e roazes tivemos um encontro raro com um grupo de 4 orcas.
Delphinus delphis 02/04/2010

Physeter macrocephalus 02/04/2010


Dive Azores - Videos 2009

Diving with Manta Rays in Azores, 45 Miles off Faial island from Tiago Castro on Vimeo.

For informations on diving from Faial island, please consult Dive Azores Dive Center web site at http://www.diveazores.net/
Para mais informações sobre mergulho no Faial consulte o site da Dive Azores.

Azores Underwater from Tiago Castro on Vimeo.


Dive Azores - Videos 2008

Para informações sobre mergulho no Faial consulte o site
For informations on Diving from Faial island please click the link above...

Mergulhar no Faial / Diving in Faial

Jamanta / Manta ray / Mobula tarapacana

Whale Watching and Scuba Diving / Slide show /
Mergulho e Observação de Baleias e Golfinhos


Scuba Diving . Azores . Whale and Dolphin Watching

PT: Mergulho e Observação de Baleias e Golfinhos nos Açores
EN: Scuba Diving and Whale & Dolphin Watching in Azores
PT: Para informações em português acerca de possibilidades de mergulho observação de baleias e golfinhos e pacotes com alojamento nos Açores, na ilha do Faial, visite o site do centro de mergulho Dive Azores.
Tel: +351 967882214 / +351 912585803
EN: To consult packages including Scuba Diving and Whale and Dolphin Watching plus accommodation in Azores, Faial island please visite the web site of Dive Azores dive center clicking in the link above.

Isolated in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, Faial island is becoming a well known destination for whale watching and scuba
diving. Verdant and tranquil, with beautiful landscapes and an incredible blue ocean, the island remains untouched by mass
tourism. Travel around Faial and discover the beauty of Caldeira and Capelinhos volcano, marvel at the abundance of flowers,
enjoy the panoramic views of Pico and S. Jorge islands or take a day to visit them (only 15 and 60 min. by ferry from Faial).

Dive Info:
Located in the marina of Horta, Faial island, Dive Azores dives some of the best dive sites in the archipelago.
Steep walls, gentle slopes, volcanic arches, seamounts, caves and islets make the azorean underwater scenarios
diverse and unique. The selection of the dive sites is made according to the divers experience and weather conditions.
We also organise diving trips to Pico and S. Jorge islands. All dives are boat dives.
The best season for scuba diving is from June to September, when the weather gets drier and the water temperature
increases. Most of the times you can except clear water with 20-25m visibility.
We advise a 7mm wet or semi-dry suit. For July and August 5mm is enough for most divers.
The marine life in the Azores is diverse and abundant.
Pelagic fishes like tuna, barracudas, jacks, sardines and mackerels are common from June to September.
Manta rays are spotted every year in seamounts during July, August and September.
Morays, stingrays, dusky groupers, comb groupers (unique to Azores and Madeira), wrasses, parrot fishes, trigger fishes,
breams and damselfishes are common in most dives. Caves, rocky crevices and fissures are a good place to find
nudibranches, sponges, molluscs, lobsters and other crustaceans.
Tel: +351 967882214 / +351 912585803



PT: Para informações sobre mergulho na ilha do Faial consulte o site da DIVEAZORES


EN: For information about scuba diving in Faial island please consult the website,


Serra (ou sarda) / Atlantic bonito / Sarda sarda
Baixa do Norte . Canal Faial Pico . Tiago Castro 2007

Bicuda / Striped barracuda /
Sphyraena viridensis
Baía da cal . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Tainha / Boxlip mullet /
Oedalechilus labeo
P16 / Wreck . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Badejo / Comb grouper / Mycteroperca fusca
Boca das caldeirinhas . Faial . R. Verrisk 2007

Veja / Parrotfish / Sparisoma cretense
Faial . R. Verrisk 2007

Peixe porco / Gray triggerfish / Balistes carolinensis
P16 / Wreck . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Peixe porco / Gray triggerfish / Balistes carolinensis
Ribeirinha . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Moreia preta / Black moray / Muraena augusti
Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Rascasso / Madeira scorpionfish / Scorpaena maderensis
Monte da Guia . Faial . R. Verrisk 2007

Solha / Wide-eyed flounder / Bothus podas
Faial . R. Verrisk 2007

Blénio preto / Redlip blenny / Ophioblennius atlanticus
Monte da Guia . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Blénio / Blennie / Parablennius sp.
Ribeirinha . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Blénio / Blennie / Parablennius sp.
Ribeirinha . Faial . Tiago Castro 2007

Blénio / Red blenny /
Parablennius ruber
Faial . R. Verrijk 2007

1ª Limpeza Subaquática do Monte da Guia / 1st Underwater clean up by Dive Azores

Teve lugar no dia 28/10/2007, pelas 10 horas da manhã, a primeira limpeza subaquática realizada no Monte da Guia, na zona da Baía Entre Montes.
A limpeza contou com a participação de 23 pessoas: 16 mergulhadores, 5 apneístas e 2 skippers.

A Paisagem Protegida do Monte da Guia, classificada no âmbito da Rede Natura 2000 como Sítio de Interesse Comunitário (SIC) é, sem sombra de dúvida, devido à sua localização e elevada diversidade de espécies e habitats marinhos, uma área de grande interesse ecológico. Para os mergulhadores, oferece numa área relativamente pequena e de fácil acesso, alguns dos melhores mergulhos costeiros dos Açores.
A conservação do património natural desta área está vulnerável ainda a algumas pressões, nomeadamente a pesca, actividades de apanha clandestina, actividades turísticas e poluição.

Here you can see some images taken by João Decq in the clean up dive promoted by Dive Azores on the 28/10/2007. 23 people have participated including 16 divers, 5 free divers and 2 skippers. The goal was to remove the trash from a very popular dive site located in the protected area of Monte da Guia.

Baía Montre Montes . Faial . João Decq 2007