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.
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.
Part of the EU and with Shengen, some nationals requrie a visa. Check with your local Embassy.
Euros USD 1 : 0.9 EUR
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