Liveaboard diving in Portugal and the Azores is famous for open ocean adventures. Pelagic species such as blue sharks, mako sharks, manta rays and sperm whales are often spotted in these waters.
While it’s possible to dive mainland Portugal, the majority of liveaboard diving takes place in the Azores. The sites located here are often described as offering the best diving in Europe. The archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic includes 9 islands over two tectonic plates. Dive sites mostly consist of rocky drop-offs and pinnacles. Pelagic species are attracted to the area thanks to nutrient upwellings and divers might see blue sharks, tope sharks, squid, 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 is from July to October.