Adventure dives in Terceira, Azores
Adventure dives in Terceira, Azores
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
    Intermediate
  • Spoken languages
    English, Portuguese, French
  • Duration
    from 3 hrs to 4-7 days
  • Opening seasons:
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Activity description

Explore the sumptuous waters around the Portuguese island of Terceira. With at least 5 different scuba diving spots to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Arraia Divers offer two dive trips daily and can arrange night dives at request. Due to the versatile under water environment around Terceira, the island offers a wide range of dive sites from shore.

You can also do boat dives to many different dive sites around the island and explore the subaquatic world. The Azorean waters are filled with life, ranging in size from small to large; nudibranchs, shrimps, morays and all of the colourful reef fish to eagle rays and stingrays that can grow more than 2 meters in wingspan.

The underwater topography as well as the beautiful rock formations are a favourite and divers usually enjoy around 25 meters visibility.  Water temperatures range from 14 °C in the wintertime to 24°C during the summer months.

The scuba diving spots
Lidador
Entry point: Coast
Depth: 10 meters (33 feet) max

The Lidador is a British steamboat that is part of the Archaeological Subaquatic Park of Angra do Heroismo Bay, on the south side of Terceria. This 78,67 meter long steamboat was built in London in 1873 and sailed the shipping lane connecting Portugal to Brazil. It made regular stops in the Azorean archipelago, carrying both passengers and varied cargo.

On the 6th February, 1878, Lidador hit a shoal which was opposite the fortress of Sao Sebastian resulting in heavy damage to the ships hull. The steamboat wandered westwards until it ran aground parallel to Cais da Figuerinha at about 8 meter deep and 50 meters away from the cost where it can still be found.

Sighted species
- Common octopus
- Streaked gurnard
- Common bream
- Grey triggerfish 
- Plane head filefish
- Red mullet
- Guinean pufferfish

Calhreta do Lagador
Entry point:
Coast
Depth: 25 meters (82 feet) max

Calheta do Lagador is a place that belongs to the village of Biscoitos, a former whaling village which is situated on the north coast of Terceira. It is a combination of the amazing underwater topography plus sealife that makes Calheta do Lagador a favorite. This is one of the most well-known areas in the islands because of its natural tidal pools.

Sighted species
- Yellow mouth barracuda 
- Common octopus 
- Almaco jack
- Black morray
- Conger eel
- Dusky grouper
- Axillary two-banded seabream

Cinco Ribeiras
Entry point:
Coast
Depth: 30 meters (98 feet) max

Cinco Rebeiras is a village situated on the south-western coast of the island of Terceira. The surrounding coast is constituted by lava flows that originated lave arches and lava tubes. The particular morphology of this area enable the formation of one of the most famous underwater caves of Terceira – Cinco Rebeiras Cave.

Sighted Species
- Round stingray
- Common octopus
- Boxlip mullet
- Fangtooth morray
- Cardinal fish
- Atlantic lizardfish
- Narwal shrimp

Cemitério das Ancoras
Entry point:
Boat
Depth: 15 meters (49 feet) min. – 35 meters (115 feet) max

In the 15th century, Angra Bay was one of the main support harbours for the ships that linked Europe to America and to India. Until the 20th century, more than 30 different types of anchors were 'left' behind due to storms and anchor errors. The Anchor Graveyard occupies an area of 500 meter (1640 feet) width, between Sao Benedictos Fort and Ponta do Farol. It is also part of the Archaeological Subaquatic Park of Angra do Heroismo Bay.

Sighted species
- Almaco jack
- Dusky grouper
- Mediterranean morray
- Blacktail comber
- Guinean pufferfish
- Grey triggerfish

Gruta do Ilheu das Cabras
Entry point:
Boat
Depth: 30m (98 feet)

The famous Gruta do Ilheu das Cabras is situated in the northern slope of the western islet, at about 0,3 nautical miles from the southern coast of the island of Terceira. This cave is also known as Gruta dos Ratoes (Stingray Cave) as it is almost certain to see them inside. The whole dive may be performed inside the cave, enjoying the spectacle or it may continue outside along the islets wall with the chance of sighting large pelagic fish.

Sighted species
- Almaco jack
- Round stingray
- Eagle ray
- Yellowmouth barracuda
- Bogue seabreem
- Grey triggerfish
- Red hogfish
- Dusky grouper

Cancellation policy: 
flexible
1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made

Offers

1Shore dive
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2Boat dive
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3Night dive
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4Package of 6 shore dives
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5Package of 10 shore dives
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Meeting point
Arraia Divers: Estrada Regional N 1 Silveira, 9700-193 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal Get directions
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