In your element
The Azores boast a mild climate for most of the year. This is also true under the surface of the water, where temperatures remain between 16 and 20°C. From June to October, you will find the ideal conditions for diving, with visibility reaching 30 metres.
But, the native fauna is not the only reason to go for a dive. The remains of several shipwrecks are “parked” on the seabeds here. Among them is the Dori, which took part in D-Day, during World War II. Just a short distance from the port of Ponta Delgada port, this ship, which sank in 1964, is the best-known attraction of the Azores scuba diving circuit, lying only 20 metres below the surface.
The contrast between the dramatic volcanic landscapes and peaceful coasts, combined with a mild climate, makes the Azores the perfect place for other sports, like surfing, canoeing, sailing and paddle surfing. You can surf off each of the nine islands, although the point breaks at Santa Maria and São Miguel and the reef breaks at São Jorge – home to the longest waves in the whole archipelago – are the best known. Its location has historically made the Azores a popular stop-off for sailors, and it is currently an important port for international regattas. In total, the nine islands have more than 1,000 moorings. Water sports can also be enjoyed on the inland waters of the Azores as well as along the coast. The lagoons and volcanic craters are ideal for canoeing and paddle boarding.