|Dive area / region : Portugal - Madeira Archipelago - See the map||
|Best diving season : April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November|
|Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days|
|Number of dive sites : 16 to 20 Dive Sites|
|Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 16-20C : 2 Piece Wetsuit|
|Average visibility : 26 - 30 meters|
|Average dives depth : 25 Meters|
|Type of currents : Zero or none relevant currents|
|Months when these currents are present : January|
|General surface conditions : Generally flat surface|
|Wreck types : Artificial wrecks||
|Type of marine life : Anemone • Barracuda • Corals • Cuttlefish • Dolphins • Grouper • Jacks • Jelly fish • Lobster • Moray Eels • Nudibranch • Octopus • Plants • Rays • Sea urchins • Shark - Hammerhead • Shrimps • Sponge • Tuna • Turtles • Worms|
|Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open|
Scuba Diving in Madeira Islands
Written by Guest April 11, 2011 Hits: 5161 0
The Madeira Islands, 540 miles South West of Lisbon, Portugal, are a Portuguese archipelago positioned about 360 miles directly West of Marocco, Africa, in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Although a small island, Porto Santo is a high developed community with their own schools, health-care center, police detachment, a gymnasium, churches, several local squares, a congress center, museum, shopping centers, a golf course, 8 tennis courts, an equestrian center, bars, hotels and restaurants.
More than 20 different dive sites are waiting your visit. Among the most famous ones, we have:
- The “Madeirense”: an artificial wreck sunk in 2000, house of some friendly groupers.
-Barracuda Reef: amazing rock underwater geological formations
-Tuna Reef: Black coral and big fishes
These diving sites are all within 20 minutes boating on a generally calm and crystal clear sea.
The water temperature ranges from 17º in winter to 23º in summer. In winter a semi-dry suit is advised, a 5mm suit will be perfect in summer.
Because security is very important in diving, we have the air force ensuring a continuous standby 24/7; their mission is to ensure that the diver will be in a deco chamber within 45 minutes after the alert is given (helico evac).
All the dive boats are required to be equipped with first aid kits, pure oxygen tanks and wireless communications.
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