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.

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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...

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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