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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 – Santa Maria

PADI dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 8 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

  • 55.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 52 days prior to arrival
  • 95.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 52 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Charming Blue Hotel

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 the most impressive feature is the blue water that many say is the most beautiful in the world, sometimes reaching 50 meters of visibility, not to mention mobulas and pelagic fish! 

Around Santa Maria there are many different 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 Mobula.

Our boat is a custom-designed for the efficiency and comfort of divers; Our dive center has male and female changing rooms, hot showers with towels, a zone with all equipment to rent, and a small shop.  

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Rental Equipment

  • Flashlight
  • Dive Computer
  • Gauges
  • Compass
  • Wetsuit – 7Mm
  • Open-Heel Fins
  • Boots
  • Children Sizes
  • Bcd
  • Aluminum Cylinders
  • Steel Cylinders
  • Large Cylinders (15L / 100 Cu. Ft.)
  • Regulator
  • Mask & Snorkel

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Center

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Dive Center Facilities

  • Onsite Training Pool
  • Onsite Classroom
  • Adaptive Services Facility
  • Retail Shop
  • Dive Boat
  • Parking

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling


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

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • 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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