Picturesque Santa Maria is the most south easterly island in the Azores where larger pelagic species are commonly encountered, most notably the devil rays at Baixa do Ambrósio where snorkellers are also welcome.
The ‘Sun Island' of Santa Maria is warmer, flatter and drier than the others in the Azores archipelago. There's something here for everyone, no matter what your certification level. The majority of the local dive sites are protected by the marine park and sea mounts rise from the deep to just below the surface, making sites accessible for both snorkellers and divers.
Explore the volcanic topography amongst a plethora of marine life from nudibranch to colourful wrasse, shoals of pelagic fish and crustaceans seeking shelter in the caves. Devil rays are annual visitors to Baixa do Ambrósio and more experienced divers can head out to the natural reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat, known as one of the best diving spots in Europe.
The full itinerary detail is available on our website.
You should note: Snorkelling at Baixa do Ambrósio and diving at Formigas and Dollabarat are subject to weather conditions, minimum numbers and local supplements.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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