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Hotel Horta

3 star hotel
R. Marcelino Lima, 9900-122 Horta, Portugal
80 rooms
FREE Internet

Haliotis Dive Center - Faial Island

PADI 5 star dive center
Walking distance
Max 5 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Enjoy The Azores' abundant marine life and crystal clear waters from the comfort of Hotel Horta
  • Dive day and night in sandy, rocky or mixed seabeds, in caves and shipwrecks, with an extensive range of sites to choose from
  • Tuna, grouper, hogfish, shrimp, triggerfish, big schools of mullet and the famous blue slipper lobster are all common sightings in these rich waters
  • Post-dive, enjoy the food and wine that the region is famous for, with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains
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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: 50%
  • 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 until 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 Hotel Horta

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 the blue shark as its mascot, Haliotis Faial Island offers guaranteed encounters with these magnificent creatures
  • Dive with large groups of manta rays and enjoy a constant presence of moray eels
  • 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 around Faial Island in the Azores, where diving conditions are excellent and marine life is abundant. 

The exceptional conditions here, both in terms of climate and sea currents provide unique conditions for diving, making it possible to observe several species of underwater fauna and flora. Haliotis the largest dive center in the area.

The marine life here is stunning. Expect large groups of manta rays, lilies, and tuna. There is a also constant presence of moray eels and shoals of colorful fish. The Azores are undoubtedly one of the best places for diving in Europe, and Haliotis dive sites cater for all tastes and experience levels, such as the Princess Alice Bank, Banco do Condor Bank and the Faial and Pico Channel.

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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
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling


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


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Resort Description

Hotel Horta is located in a beautiful bay that is famous for whale and dolphin watching. 

This comfortable hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with private balconies, a swimming pool, and a restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean and Pico Mountains. The Azores are known for their sunny weather, food, wine and crystal clear waters. The 5* PADI dive center is just a five minute walk away, offering some of the best diving in Europe.

How to get there


  • Horta 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 3 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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