Liveaboard diving in the Azores is famous for open ocean adventures. Pelagic species such as manta rays and sperm whales are often spotted in these clear Atlantic waters.
The Azores, located mid-way between Europe and North America, are Portugal’s main liveaboard diving destination. This archipelago includes 9 islands over two tectonic plates, and many of the surrounding dive sites are described as the best in Europe. These sites consist of rocky drop-offs, shoals and pinnacles. Thanks to nutrient upwellings, pelagic species are attracted to the area, meaning divers might see tope sharks, squid, manta rays, tuna and a variety of whales. To see the best sites, including the remote Princess Alice Bank, you’ll need to travel by liveaboard. Typical itineraries last 7 to 8 days, and the best time to dive in the Azores is from July to October.