Diving in Portugal

Portugal is located within the European Union and the oldest country with defined borders worldwide. This long history, coupled with a superb account of navigation and discovery, provide Portugal a vibrant mix of cultures, tastes, and beautiful monuments. Lisbon is Portugal’s bustling capital city and where major airlines fly through daily. Portugal can be roughly divided into three areas: the mainland, the Azores, and the Madeira archipelagos.

An up-and-coming travel destination, Portugal recently won World’s Leading Destination three times, plus several other categories of the World Travel Awards. And it is no surprise when you see how much this small European country has to offer, from the mainland to the beautiful Azores and Madeira archipelagos. Diving in Portugal not only offers vacationers a unique mix of underwater conditions and landscapes but will keep you busy above the water as well. The water may be beautiful, but the food, wine, views, and culture, all paired with some of the best beaches in the world, make Portugal a dive destination not to be missed.

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With nearly 200km of coastline, there are numerous opportunities to go scuba diving in the Algarve.

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Diving in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago is spectacular with crystal clear water set against a dramatic, volcanic backdrop and a wealth of marine life.

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The best diving in the Azores is from late spring through the summer months of April to October when the ocean is warmer, and marine life is at its peak.

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Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal is surprisingly rich in shipwrecks, unique underwater rock formations, canyons, and swim-throughs.

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The central region of Portugal is a mountainous landscape covered in pine and chestnut tree forests and offers also some beautiful dive sites.

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Diving in Lisbon is available year-round offering deep rocky reefs, walls, and underwater caves to exciting shipwrecks.

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Dive Sites in Portugal

Travel Information for Portugal

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