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Scuba Diver Ocean Planet - - One Ocean -

Get­ting there:

You can fly into San Miguel, Fa­ial and Ter­ceira. The Por­tuguese air­line TAP has reg­u­lar flights from Lis­bon, Oporto and Faro. There are also di­rect flights from the US. All the is­lands have small air­ports for lo­cal SATA flights. You can also travel be­tween the is­lands by boat.

Best time to dive:

Nor­mally be­tween June and Septem­ber vis­i­bil­ity can be 3o me­tres or more and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture around 22–25ºC. But the weather in the Azores is al­ways chang­ing...

Don’t dive with­out:

A reel, sur­face marker buoy, and jon­line. A whis­tle, torch and ra­dio-lo­ca­tion/com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the boat, are also im­por­tant safety ad­di­tions.

Es­sen­tial train­ing:

Not rec­om­mended for begin­ners. Most of the best dives are re­mote and off­shore, and cur­rents are strong, with crys­tal clear wa­ters lend­ing a false sense of se­cu­rity. Good buoy­ancy con­trol is es­sen­tial. Ex­pe­ri­ence of at least 70 to 100 dives for the more off­shore sites. Near-shore dives re­quire less ex­pe­ri­ence.

On ar­rival:

Part of the EU and with Shen­gen, some na­tion­als re­qurie a visa. Check with your lo­cal Em­bassy.

Cur­rency:

Euros USD 1 : 0.9 EUR

Time zone:

UTC/GMT –1

Lan­guages: Por­tuguese, English widely spo­ken.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.vis­i­ta­zores.com/en www.vis­it­por­tu­gal.com/en

5. In the sum­mer months there is a higher chance of see­ing whale­sharks, Rhin­codon ty­pus. Most are ac­com­pa­nied by smaller fish, like pi­lot-fish and sar­dines. Of­ten, the lo­cal fish­er­men are the first to spot the sharks, as they ap­proach the tuna fish­ing ves­sels. Most of the time, free­d­iv­ing or snorkelling is the fastest way to en­ter the wa­ter and to be able to swim with th­ese gen­tle gi­ants

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