Embarkation: Sunday, December 1st
Disembarkation: Sunday, December 8th
Our voyage starts in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Known for their crystal-clear waters, typically about 20ºC, the surrounding dive sites offer great biodiversity, and a sea bed abundant with caves, niches and reefs. Divers are then invited to play their part as crew to hoist the sails of the Santa Maria Manuela as we sail the 100 miles north to the Ilhas Selvagens, home to National Geographic's 2017 expedition.
We then dive the rugged, inhospitable Ilhas Selvagens, located nearly midway between Madeira and the Canary Islands in the North Atlantic, Portugal's southernmost territory. If you aren't diving, explore remote waters on the ship's kayaks and paddle boards.
In recognition of their importance as a nesting point for numerous bird species, the Selvagens are part of the country's Madeira Nature Park. Offshore, shipwrecks litter the marine landscape which create a rich environment for sea life.
The more tranquil waters of Porto Santo await 160 miles further north for the final of our dive days. The golden island offers ideal diving conditions with most dive sites best accessed by boat. Butterfly rays, barracuda, grouper and sea bass abound on the island's 23 dive sites and around the Madeirense shipwreck.
We then raise anchor for the 40 mile crossing south to the city of Funchal and the end of our voyage.