Spend Friday-Friday on our Tall Ship
You will get to spend a week diving and exploring both the ocean’s depths and the island villages.
In 2018, National Geographic partnered with the Ocean Azul and Waitt Foundations to dive for a month aboard our beautiful ship, Santa Maria Manuela. 617 dives were launched in the Azorean archipelago in the name of marine science and conservation. The National Geographic documentary which resulted showed the world quite how stunning the waters around the Azores are.
You will get to see just how stunning it is as we will dive some of the best dives from the expedition around Faial, Flores and Corvo Islands with local knowledge on the best sites in specific swell and weather conditions.
Faial is a destination for many divers because it is one of the only places in the world where you can dive with blue sharks. Diving with this predator is a spectacular experience and the best place to see them is a seamount just ten miles offshore. When you are not diving you can experience the rich culture of the island as well as see the incredible scenery shaped by Faial’s last volcanic eruption in the 1950s.
Diving in Flores is an amazing experience because of its crystal-clear water and great abundance of marine life. The jagged coastline of the island has allowed for many bays, caves, cracks and caverns where sea life thrives below the surface. Check out the amazing coastal reefs and rock formations where you may spot large schools of fish like the yellowmouth barracuda. Flores is another place to take in the magnificent scenery with its abundant greenery and charm.
The first island to set up a voluntary reserve, Corvo has great marine life to see as well. the island is relatively isolated and very small, making it the perfect place for dusky groupers, yellowmouth barracudas, parrotfish, blacktail combers among many others. Go to one of the several great dive sites to see it all for yourself. If you get to spend any time on land, be sure to visit the only town on the island, Vila do Corvo, with its cobblestone streets, fields of hydrangeas and large seabirds!