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COASTAL DIVING - PICO ISLAND
Discover the unexpected highlights!
Jewel anemone

EXCITING SEASCAPES WITH DIVERSE MARINE LIFE

Our pelagic sharks and mobulas are definite highlights, but closer to shore there is also much for divers to see and explore.

Pico Island offers exciting coastal and near shore diving.
Narrow coastal shelves, submarine walls, canyons and escarpments bring coastal, pelagic and deep water marine habitats in close proximity to each other.
As a consequence, on a dive, quite literally, almost anything could turn up!

Photographers will be delighted by the variety of subject matter. The volcanic seascapes and its diverse marine life (including huge stingrays and exquisite nudibranchs) offer exciting opportunities for both wide angle and macro photography.

Water Temperature:
April (around 16°C), May (16-18°C), June (18-20°C), July (20-22°C), August and September (22-25°C), October (21-23°C).

Visibility: From 15 to 30+ metres.


Fireworm


Largescaled scorpionfish
Largescaled scorpionfish

COASTAL HABITATS AND BIODIVERSITY

It is possible to target some species by diving specific habitats at certain times of the year or states of the tide.

For example, sandy habitats are good for Common stingrays (Dasyatis pastinaca), Madeira Skates (Raja maderensis), Cleaver wrasse (Xyrichthys novacula), and Black-spot conger eels (Paraconger macrops).

Rocky reefs yield abundant moray eels (4 species) and groupers.
Places that 'pinch' the current also attract huge Round stingrays (Taeniura grabata), particularly in June when males and females sometimes gather together, along with barracuda, jacks and even tunas.

Escarpments and pinnacles are exciting spots for pelagics such as eagle rays (Myliobatis aquila), tunas, jacks, Bluefish (Pomatomus saltator) and in late summer perhaps Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), mobulas or mantas.

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Underwater photographers interested in 'critters' or small marine life can be entertained by a diverse range of blennies, gobies, small wrasse, damsels, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, crustacea and a variety of sessile marine invertebrates, including Black corals (Antipathella wollastoni) in water as shallow as 18m!

Nudibranchs are best seen in late spring and early summer. The most often seen species include the psychodelic Tambja ceutae, Hypselodoris picta (often seen among beds of orange sponge Crambe crambe) and Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis), Discodoris atromaculata and the large Sea hare Aplysia fasciata.

FROM APRIL TO JUNE
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR GROUPS AND DIVE CLUBS

While our offshore expeditions (sharks, mobulas) are only run in the summer months, April, May and June are excellent months for coastal diving.

Groups, Dive Clubs and Dive Schools often seek to find unspoiled, relaxing destinations along with the possibility to complete referral programs for students or focus on courses while exploring beautiful dive sites.

Pico Island is the perfect spot for this, allowing for very good diving and complementing your holiday with the opportunity to snorkel with wild dolphins and watch the whales.

Furthermore, local culture, food and atmosphere just makes Pico Island an excellent escape from work, stress and mass tourism destinations.

Want to know more about special prices and conditions for April, May and June?



CetaceanWatching is an authorised PADI Dive Resort
Registration number: 799438
Common spiny lobster
Common spiny lobster

Monkfish
Monkfish

Blenny
Blenny
Blackspot conger
Blackspot conger

DIVE CENTRE AND BOATS

Our Dive Centre, an authorised PADI Dive Resort (No. 799438), is thoroughly equipped to ensure our guests the best safety standards.

Our boats are furnished with an Oxygen Kit and all dives are guided by Divemasters trained in first aid and rescue techniques.
MERMAID - 8.5 Diving boat with marine WC
"Mermaid" - one of our diving boats
(8.5-metre long aluminium boat with toilette)

MAKE IT SPECIAL IN THE MID-ATLANTIC!

We are based on Pico Island - Azores.

Once you get to Lisbon, reaching us in the mid-Atlantic is just a matter of an extra 2.5-hour flight with either TAP or SATA airlines.


Please find below the details of what you can do with us.

COASTAL DIVING
(April throughout October)
  • Boat diving
  • Shore diving
    (easy access to the water, nice drives around the island)
  • Night and Cavern diving
OFFSHORE DIVING
(From July to mid-October)
WHALE WATCHING
(March throughout October)


CW Azores is also an official Whale Watching operator in the Azores and with us you can join the following trips: More than 20 species of whales and dolphins either inhabit our waters or pass by them at some point during the season!




Round stingray
Round stingray


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