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Diving and Sailing from the Canary Islands to Funchal

Port of departure: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espa
1,050€ Per personFull boat
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Coordinator: Ana T
2 reviews
Climb aboard our ship for a holiday of sailing and diving. Dive in the Canary, Selvagens and Porto Santo Islands where you will see spectacular underwater wildlife and be a member of the crew, taking part in various sailing tasks on board!
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Activity dedicated to
  • Diving holiday
  • Vacation on the water
  • Tall Ships
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.
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Included in the price
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Bed linens
  • Paddle Surf
  • Fishing equipment
Not included in the price
  • Diving equipment
Additional information
The posted price is the price per adult. Youths (15-25 years) cost € 840.

Optional scuba diving equipment rental: one-time fee of € 130, with nitrox rentals of € 5 per tank.
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espa
Canary Islands
The boat
Four masted schooner Santa Maria Manuela offers adventure voyages, island hopping, ocean voyages, diving and oceanographic expeditions for individuals of all ages and groups. At 223ft long (63 meters) she is the largest tall ship Classic Sailing offers activity holidays on, but the crew to guest ratio is excellent so you will be well looked after. This historic Portuguese tall ship has excellent facilities on board and plenty of holiday toys like dive ribs, 'stand up paddle boards' and kayaks, but this is also a ship where you can take part in the hands on sailing, join a night watch or climb the rigging.

Santa Maria Manuela was once the flagship of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet. Built in 1937, in the same year as her sister ship Creoula, she was designed to fish the Newfoundland Banks and rich fishing waters of Arctic Greenland. She often carries the small rowing and sailing dories that would have set out from the mother ship to fish for cod, so you can continue her fishing tradition from small boats or from her huge wooden decks.
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  • Model:Custom - 4 masted scooner
  • Capacity:46 spots
  • Length:68.00 m
  • Cabins:16
  • Year:1937
  • Bathrooms:16
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Electric windlass
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Generator
  • Tender
  • Bow thruster
  • Shower
  • Diving equipment
  • Fishing rods
  • HI-FI equipment
  • Wifi
  • TV
Crew members
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Meet Ana, the coordinator
2 reviews
I am a passionate sailor, and whenever possible spend my weekends in or around the water with my family. In 2017, after 13 years, I stopped working at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and moved to Portugal to work on the Santa Maria Manuela project to run sailing holidays.
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2 reviews
  • Carlos Vargas Mogo
    June 2018
    Fantastic ship, competent and attentive crew, excellent food, "great" companions, what more to ask, than to repeat!
  • Keith Hubbard
    May 2018
    Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one.
    This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.
    The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected.
    Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.
    Very many thanks

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