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Charming Blue Hotel

3 star hotel
Rua Teófilo Braga 31, 9580-535 Vila do Porto, Portugal
15 rooms
FREE Internet

Haliotis Dive Center - Santa Maria Island

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Charming Blue Hotel is within easy reach of the famously clear waters of the Azores, where you can dive with dozens of blanket rays at once
  • From Baixa da Maia to Gruta Azul, the numerous reserves in the area offer a great variety of dives and enriched experiences
  • The 5* PADI IDC center runs free transfers to and from the hotel, so you waste no time in getting into the water
  • Diving in the Azores is an unmissable experience, with excellent visibility, an abundance of underwater life, and a surprise on every dive
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55%
  • 75 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • Cancellation more than 37 days prior to arrival: No charges, and we send you a credit note with the total amount. If by the end of the season there’s no more availability, you will receive a cash refund.
  • 40% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 21 days prior to arrival.
  • If you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival, the full booking amount will be retained.

Explore diving around the Charming Blue Hotel

What to see

Due to its location the Azores has an abundance of life. Coastal diving offers various highlights such as slipper lobsters, 9ft (3m) pregnant stingrays that glide in the current streams and dusky groupers the size of a door. However it is the offshore diving that is really astounding, the rich and deep Atlantic water lures in shoals of pelagic life such as barracuda, marlin, wahoo, tuna and jack fish. The Azores is also one of Europe's premier shark diving destinations, where hammerhead and less-commonly whale sharks are seen in visibility that exceeds 120ft (40m).

The landscape of the Azores is a factor that makes the islands unique. Due to its relatively young geological age, the underwater strata is constantly changing, full with steep drop offs and volcanic arches, gorges and canyons that beg to be explored.

Dive Center


  • This 5* PADI IDC center has been operating since 2004 and has plenty of insider knowledge to share
  • With mantas as its mascot, Santa Maria offers guaranteed encounters with these magnificent creatures, who can often be seen from the surface
  • Find large shoals of pelagic and sometimes more than a dozen blankets (Mobula tarapacana) at some sites
  • When diving in the Azores, you can expect great visibility and an abundance of underwater life, plus several reserves offering a good variety


Haliotis Dive Center operates in Santa Maria in the Azores, where diving conditions are excellent and marine life is abundant. 

Around Santa Maria there are around 55 diving spots including caves, canyons, walls, and reefs. Encounters with big oceanic species are always a possibility, even in the closer sites. Santa Maria's mascot is the Manta, as it is common to see them from the surface here.

Custom-designed for the efficiency and comfort of divers, there are: male and female changing rooms with a capacity of up to 60 people, hot water showers with towels, two classrooms, a technical zone with all equipment to rent, a shop selling all the top brands, and a place where you can relax before and after dives.  


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Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI® Courses Available

  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Drysuit
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Surface Interval Snacks

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Filling Station

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Resort Amenities


  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hiking

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Cycling


  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Resort Description

Charming Blue Hotel is located on the enchanting island of Santa Maria in the Azores, known for impeccable dive conditions and rich marine life.

This boutique hotel is the ideal jumping off point for diving in the Azores and has all you need for a comfortable dive vacation, including a nice restaurant, swimming pool and relaxing rooms.

The 5* PADI IDC center is just a seven-minute drive away and runs free transfers to and from the hotel. Enjoy diving with large shoals of pelagic and sometimes more than a dozen blankets (Mobula tarapacana) in famously clear waters.

How to get there


  • Santa Maria Airport is a 10 minute drive from the resort. 
  • The dive staff will arrange to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel, provided you give advance notice of your flight details (no additional cost). 
  • Check-in time is 4 pm. 


  • Check-out time is 12 noon. 
  • The dive staff will drop you back at the airport on your final day, provided you give advance notice of your flight details (no additional cost). 


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