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Rua Conego Sena Freitas, 21, 9680-119 Vila Franca do Campo, Azores

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Dive Center Highlights

Azores Sub Dive Center highlights

  • Diving on the wreck "MV DORI" is to dive in history. A Liberty-Ship built during the Second World War in the United States and one of the few ships of this type to participate in Operation Overlord on the Normandy coast.
  • We also organize expeditions to Offshore Reef of Formigas & Dollabarat.
  • With an average visibility over 40 meters and a much diversified fauna make these sites, required to go diving at least once in a lifetime! This are privileged spots to observe large pelagic like the blue sharks and manta rays.


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1 Dive + boat + guide (half day dive)

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Tank and weights only

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2 Dives + boat + guide (2 dives per day)

Full dive eqipment

Tank and weights only

Snorkel only (mask + fins)

108USD103USD

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1 Night dive + boat + guide

Full dive eqipment

Tank and weights only

77USD73USD

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Dive Center Description

Azores Sub Dive Center description

Azores Sub Dive Center basic informations

Azores Sub Dive Center is a company in Maritime-Tourism area in São Miguel island. Our facilities and our entire operation are based in Vila Franca do Campo marina, 25 kilometres from the airport, about 20 minutes by car, following the south highway to the second roundabout of Vila Franca do Campo, going out in “Marina" direction.

We have as main mission the promotion of recreational diving and all its variants. Our services include diving training and trips for certified divers, diving experiences for those who do not have any type of diving certification and snorkeling trips with or without equipment. Half-day or full-day boat trips and the Private Tour or a simple tour to the Natural Marine Reserve of Vila Franca do Campo Islet, our Princess Ring, makes also part of our services.

Languages spoken: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Facilities and services: Dive boat, Dive equipment shop, Equipped classroom, Nitrox (paid) and Private pier

Affiliation Membership: PADI and SSI

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Beschreibung des Tauchzentrums am Deutsch

Höhepunkte des Tauchzentrums

Azores Sub Dive Center highlights

  • Tauchen am Wrack "MV DORI" soll in die Geschichte eintauchen. Ein Liberty-Schiff, das während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in den USA gebaut wurde und eines der wenigen Schiffe dieses Typs, die an der Operation Overlord an der Küste der Normandie teilgenommen haben.
  • Wir organisieren auch Expeditionen zum Offshore-Riff von Formigas & Dollabarat.
  • Mit einer durchschnittlichen Sichtweite von über 40 Metern und einer abwechslungsreichen Fauna sind diese Orte ein Muss, um mindestens einmal im Leben tauchen zu gehen! Dies sind privilegierte Orte, um große pelagische Arten wie die Blauhaie und Mantas zu beobachten.


Beschreibung des Tauchzentrums

Azores Sub Dive Center description

Azores Sub Dive Center basic informations

Azores Sub Dive Center ist ein Unternehmen im Bereich Maritime-Tourismus auf der Insel São Miguel. Unsere Einrichtungen und unser gesamter Betrieb befinden sich in der Marina von Vila Franca do Campo, 25 Kilometer vom Flughafen entfernt, ca. 20 Autominuten entlang der Südautobahn bis zum zweiten Kreisverkehr von Vila Franca do Campo, der in Richtung "Marina" abfährt.

Wir haben als Hauptaufgabe die Förderung des Freizeittauchens und all seiner Varianten. Unsere Dienstleistungen umfassen Tauchausbildung und Tauchausflüge für zertifizierte Taucher, Taucherfahrungen für diejenigen, die keine Taucherlaubnis haben, und Schnorchelausflüge mit oder ohne Ausrüstung. Halbtages- oder Ganztagesausflüge mit dem Boot und die Privattour oder eine einfache Tour zum Naturschutzgebiet Vila Franca do Campo, unserem Princess Ring, gehören ebenfalls zu unseren Dienstleistungen.




Descrizione del Centro Immersioni in Italiano

Punti salienti del Centro Immersioni

Azores Sub Dive Center highlights

  • Immergersi sul relitto "MV DORI" è immergersi nella storia. Una nave Liberty costruita durante la seconda guerra mondiale negli Stati Uniti e una delle poche navi di questo tipo a partecipare all'operazione Overlord sulla costa della Normandia.
  • Organizziamo anche spedizioni in Offshore Reef of Formigas e Dollabarat.
  • Con una visibilità media di oltre 40 metri e una fauna molto diversificata rendono questi siti, necessari per fare immersioni almeno una volta nella vita! Si tratta di punti privilegiati per osservare grandi pelagici come gli squali blu e le mante.


Descrizione del centro immersioni

Azores Sub Dive Center description

Azores Sub Dive Center basic informations

Azores Sub Dive Center è una società nell'area del turismo marittimo nell'isola di São Miguel. Le nostre strutture e la nostra intera attività sono basate sul porto turistico di Vila Franca do Campo, a 25 chilometri dall'aeroporto, a circa 20 minuti in auto, seguendo l'autostrada sud fino alla seconda rotonda di Vila Franca do Campo, uscendo in direzione "Marina".

Abbiamo come missione principale la promozione dell'immersione ricreativa e tutte le sue varianti. I nostri servizi includono addestramento subacqueo e viaggi per subacquei certificati, esperienze subacquee per coloro che non hanno alcun tipo di certificazione subacquea e viaggi di snorkeling con o senza attrezzatura. Gite in barca di mezza giornata o di un'intera giornata e il tour privato o un semplice tour alla Riserva marina naturale di Vila Franca do Campo Islet, il nostro anello Princess, fanno anche parte dei nostri servizi.




Descripción del Centro de Buceo en Español

Puntos destacados del Centro de Buceo

Azores Sub Dive Center highlights

  • Bucear en el naufragio "MV DORI" es sumergirse en la historia. Un Barco de la Libertad construido durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial en los Estados Unidos y uno de los pocos barcos de este tipo que participa en la Operación Overlord en la costa de Normandía.
  • También organizamos expediciones a Arrecifes costa afuera de Formigas y Dollabarat.
  • Con una visibilidad promedio de más de 40 metros y una fauna muy diversificada, estos sitios requieren bucear al menos una vez en la vida. Estos son lugares privilegiados para observar grandes pelágicos como los tiburones azules y las mantarrayas.


Descripción del Centro de Buceo

Azores Sub Dive Center description

Azores Sub Dive Center basic informations

Azores Sub Dive Center es una empresa en el área de Turismo Marítimo en la isla de São Miguel. Nuestras instalaciones y toda nuestra operación se basan en el puerto deportivo de Vila Franca do Campo, a 25 kilómetros del aeropuerto, a unos 20 minutos en coche, siguiendo la carretera sur hasta la segunda rotonda de Vila Franca do Campo, saliendo en dirección "Marina".

Tenemos como misión principal la promoción del buceo recreativo y todas sus variantes. Nuestros servicios incluyen entrenamiento de buceo y viajes para buzos certificados, experiencias de buceo para aquellos que no tienen ningún tipo de certificación de buceo y viajes de snorkel con o sin equipo. Los viajes en barco de medio día o de día completo y el Tour privado o un simple recorrido por la Reserva Natural Marina de Vila Franca do Campo Islet, nuestro Princess Ring, también forman parte de nuestros servicios.




Description du Centre de Plongée en Français

Points forts du Centre de Plongée

Azores Sub Dive Center highlights

  • Plonger sur l'épave "MV DORI", c'est plonger dans l'histoire. Un Liberty-Ship construit pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale aux États-Unis et l'un des rares navires de ce type à participer à l'opération Overlord sur la côte normande.
  • Nous organisons également des expéditions vers le récif offshore de Formigas & Dollabarat.
  • Avec une visibilité moyenne de plus de 40 mètres et une faune très diversifiée font de ces sites, obligés de plonger au moins une fois dans sa vie! Ce sont des endroits privilégiés pour observer de grands pélagiques comme les requins bleus et les raies manta.


Description du Centre de Plongée

Azores Sub Dive Center description

Azores Sub Dive Center basic informations

Azores Sub Dive Center est une entreprise du secteur du tourisme maritime de l'île de São Miguel. Nos installations et l'ensemble de nos opérations sont basées dans le port de plaisance de Vila Franca do Campo, à 25 kilomètres de l'aéroport, à environ 20 minutes en voiture, en suivant l'autoroute sud jusqu'au deuxième rond-point de Vila Franca do Campo, en sortant en direction de «Marina».

Nous avons pour mission principale la promotion de la plongée loisir et de toutes ses variantes. Nos services comprennent des formations et des voyages de plongée pour les plongeurs certifiés, des expériences de plongée pour ceux qui n'ont aucun type de certification de plongée et des sorties de plongée avec ou sans équipement. Des excursions en bateau d'une demi-journée ou d'une journée et la visite privée ou une simple visite de la réserve marine naturelle de Vila Franca do Campo Islet, notre Princess Ring, font également partie de nos services.






Featured dive sites


MV DORI featured dive site

MV DORI

MV DORI

MV DORI

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 7 - 20m
Dive type: Big fish, Night dive and Wreck
With the top of her stern at a depth of only 9 metres, and the bow in the deepest part at 20 metres, the Dori shipwreck is a great place for all types of dive and snorkelling trips.

Considered by many as the best dive site on the island of São Miguel, this wrecked Liberty ship on the sandy seafloor was built during the Second World War in the United States.

It was one of the few ships of this type that took part in Operation Overlord along the coast of Normandy, as well as taking part in a number of other wartime missions, and it eventually sank 800 metres off the coast of Ponta Delgada on 16 January 1964.

Today it is an underwater archaeological park; the stern, to the north, is still quite intact and is surrounded by clouds of small fish as well as occasionally shoals of pelagic fish. Heading towards the bow, you can see some of the larger structures of the ship still intact, as well as a multitude of large pipes and stairways.

Formigas & Dollabarat featured dive site

Formigas & Dollabarat

Formigas & Dollabarat

Formigas & Dollabarat

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 15 - 40m
Visibility: 20 - 30m, average visibility is 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Dive type: Ambience, Big fish and Wreck
The experience of diving on the Ilhéus das Formigas (Formigas Islets) begins when you board the boat for the 42 nautical miles from São Miguel. The remote location and strong currents mean that it is only recommended for experienced divers, but for those that have dive skills this is one of the best sites in the Azores. Many divers opt to combine this dive with Dollabarat Reef, another marine reserve in close proximity.
The long trip from any of the islands is in itself a great adventure, allowing divers to see cetaceans, turtles and seabirds on their journey toward the islets, marked by a small lighthouse. Even before dropping the anchor, you can see some of the schools of fish that abound in these crystal clear waters, such as Bermuda chubs (Kyphosus sectator), grey triggerfish (Balistes carolinensis) and Almaco jacks (Seriola spp.).
It is also possible to see sharks, including the mythical huge giant mantas (Manta birostris).

Arcos da Caloura featured dive site

Arcos da Caloura

Arcos da Caloura

Arcos da Caloura

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 7 - 18m
Current: none - slight
Dive type: Ambience, Cave and Exploratory
Located only 300 meters from the coast in a sheltered bay, Arcos da Caloura is a great place for snorkelling and all types of dive.
The top of the reef lies at a depth of 5 meters, dropping to 18 metres. At 16 meters you can find one of the four entrances to an impressive cave - the main attraction of this spot. Inside the cave it is common to see schools of large white trevallies as well as some resident dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus). The ceiling of the cave is regularly filled with dozens of different species of nudibranchs.
Around the cave there are many different smaller species, including several species of moray eels, Guinean puffers (Sphoeroides marmoratus), Mediterranean rainbow wrasses (Coris julis), wide-eyed flounders (Bothus podas), ornate wrasses (Thalassoma pavo), salema porgies (Sarpa salpa), Azores chromis (Chromis limbata), parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense), and blacktail combers (Serranus atricauda).

Amora featured dive site

Amora

Amora

Amora

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 16 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 30m, average visibility is 15m
Current: none - slight
Dive type: Ambience, Big fish and Deep
Amora is located in the south coast of São Miguel Island between Ponta Garça and Ribeira Quente. Unlike other dive sites, this is characterized by not having any type of rock formation, but stone rolled with considerable dimensions based on a sandy bottom.
The dive begins at a depth of 15/16 meters down to 30 meters at maximum depth, where big dusky groupers live.During all the dive we have the company of barred hogfish, ballan wrasses, parrotfish and blacktail combers.
In all stone area we have ornate wrasses, morey eels, salema porgies and Madeira rockfishes.
In the blue is common to find large schools of Almaco Jacks, trigger fishes, yellowmouth barracudas and white trevallies.

Fontes Hidrotermais featured dive site

Fontes Hidrotermais

Fontes Hidrotermais

Fontes Hidrotermais

Snorkelers are welcome
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 8m
Visibility: 5 - 20m, average visibility is 15m
Current: none
Dive type: Ambience, Exploratory and Snorkeling
The Azores are one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy diving spots with underwater volcanic activity.
This diving spot is located in a sismic zone which is also volcanically very active. Therefore, it is possible to observe fumaroles, a secondary volcanic phenomenon. Also, the release of air bubbles creates a kind of “curtain”, which is an amazing natural spectacle.
This dive takes place in an area considered easy and at shallow depth, which makes it accessible to all divers.

Manta Blue Spot featured dive site

Manta Blue Spot

Manta Blue Spot

Manta Blue Spot

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 60 - 150m
Visibility: 20 - 30m, average visibility is 20m
Current: moderate
Dive type: Ambience, Big fish and Deep
This dive site is only recommended for experienced divers. The currents that can occur at this dive site make the dive more complex.
It is considered one of the best dives of the Azores Archipelago, together with the Formigas Islets , we can expect that in the crystalline waters we can see a variety of pelagic species, as well as groups of mantas that, during the summer months, gracefully swim to the around the divers.

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo featured dive site

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 8 - 22m
Visibility: 15 - 30m, average visibility is 15m
Current: none
Dive type: Ambience, Night dive and Snorkeling
The protected area of the Vila Franca do Campo Islet is located directly opposite the town after which it is named, less than 500 meters from shore. It offers several excellent dives that are suitable for all experience levels, as well as lots of snorkelling opportunities.

Inside the islet you will find a large bay created by the crater of an extinct volcano that rose from the sea more than four thousand years. This is another great spot for snorkelling. The "Cozinha" is located on the east side of the islet, and here we find several passages along the wall to a depth of 10 meters large rocks that have rolled the islet due to erosion and small rock formations that are mixed with sand to a maximum of 18 meters deep.