Diving the Algarve

The beautiful Algarve region of Portugal, also known as the Faro District, is famous for its stunning red-sand cliffs that meet the crisp blue Atlantic Ocean. With nearly 200km of coastline, there are numerous opportunities to go scuba diving in the Algarve. This southernmost point of Portugal boasts beautiful weather year-round with calm, clear seas that make exploring underwater possible year-round.

Algarve diving offers dive sites all along the coast where beginning to expert divers can enjoy a wide variety of underwater attractions and marine life. Algarve dive centers offer daily dive trips to several shipwrecks and stunning natural reefs. In fact, Portugal’s largest reef lies just offshore, making this a unique area for scuba diving.

The mix of nutrient-dense water from the Atlantic Ocean and the extensive, healthy reef system creates an abundance of marine biodiversity. While scuba diving in the Algarve, you will encounter colorful nudibranchs, octopuses, conger eels, spider crabs, moray eels, and lobsters hiding among the rocky reef. Swimming around the reef, you will see snapper, triggerfish, grouper, sea bream, barracuda, and much more!
You can find many Algarve dive centers between the towns of Albufeira and Lagos that offer daily boat dives and a wide range of dive courses in the Algarve.

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Wildlife in Algarve

While scuba diving in Algarve, you will encounter a diverse array of marine life. The abundant corals, gorgonians, sponges, and anemones offer excellent habitat for fish species such as cuttlefish, sea bream, triggerfish, snapper, damselfish, and barracuda. Look for spider crabs, lobsters, moray eels, conger eels, and octopus hiding among the reef’s crevices. This region of Portugal is famous for its nudibranch population, where you can find over 150 different species of nudibranchs in many sizes and colors.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rays
Stingrays
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Lionfish
Wrasse
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Triggerfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Rays
Stingrays
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Lionfish
Wrasse
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Triggerfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish

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