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Hotel Horta

3 star hotel
R. Marcelino Lima, 9900-122 9900-122 Horta, Portugal
80 rooms
No Internet

Haliotis – Faial

PADI Dive Center
Walking distance
Max 10 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

  • 55.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 52 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 52 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Hotel Horta

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. The Faial island is part of the central group of islands and it is the western vortice of the so called “Islands of the Triangle”, together with São Jorge and Pico islands beeing arround 3 nautical miles appart.

Faial island is the farmost ocidental island of the central group of islands in the Azores, separated from Pico island by a strait with the lenght of aproximately 4,5 nautical miles know as Faial channel. 

It is in the sea that lies the greatest wealth of the Azores with the abundance of hundreds of species of molluscs and fish and large mammals such as whale and dolphin.

In Faial the diving season is only from June to October, due to adverse weather conditions in winter, fall and early spring.

 The dive offers very easy dives with lots of life, small caves and some shipwrecks, with the highlights being the dive on the Princess Alice bank, where the sighting of mantas is regular, and the shark dives where the blue shark can be seen.

The water temperature varies between 18ºC and 21ºC and the visibility between 10 and 20 meters. On more remote dives, such as Princess Alice, visibility reaches up to 40 meters and the water temperature can reach 24ºC. A 5mm or 7mm suit is recommended.

The dive in the Atlantic Ocean is very dynamic and the conditions vary from day to day, it is recommended to take seasickness pills, especially for those more susceptible to weather conditions..

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Rental Equipment

  • Flashlight
  • Regulator
  • Large Cylinders (15L / 100 Cu. Ft.)
  • Compass
  • Steel Cylinders
  • Aluminum Cylinders
  • Wetsuit – 7Mm
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Open-Heel Fins
  • Bcd
  • Boots
  • Dive Computer
  • Gauges
  • Wetsuit – 5Mm
  • Children Sizes

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Dive Center Facilities

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Center

Resort Amenities


  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hiking


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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling


  • 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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