The best season starts in june and goes all the way to october. the early months are known for good weather and lots of bait which brings the first big pelagics. water temperature varies between 17ºC to 22ºC and visibility visibility is 20/30m. the second half of august brings the warmest waters that can rise up to 25ºc and that’s the fishiest season. weather can be more inconsistent during this time of the year.
the rest of the year can be fun as well if you are targeting mainly reef fish. even if the weather is tough there is always an option on the islands and you can still enjoy all the unique lifestyle this island has to offer.
BOAT - day trip that can go from sunrise to sunset. every day is planned accordingly to what you are looking. be it chasing blue fish in the shallows or going offshore for wahoos we make sure to put you on the right spot, at the right time.
SHORE DIVE - Shore dive in Flores is a great option to work on technique while enjoying the unique environments of this island. this is not your typical shor dive as you can still find wahoo and tuna. however, we mostly target reef species like island grouper, trevally, barracuda and blue fish.
CORVO - we have some untouched spots around this island for both reef and blue water. the weather doesn’t allow us to get there all the time so if there’s a window it’s always a priority.
TRIP INFO AND TIPS
water temperature - 20ªc / 25ªc summer , 16ºc / 20ºc Winter
Visibility - More than 15 meters most of the time. Average is 20m to 25m. 30 to 35 meters visibility in the offshore banks during the Summer.
Weather - You can expect to have land temperatures between 20ºc to 30ºc in the Summer. Winds change all the time as well as the swell. However, being Flores an island, we can always run to the sheltered areas and dive everyday. Bring some T-shirts, shorts and a nice jacket for the coldest days.
Flight - There ARE daily flights from Lisbon, Portugal Mainland to all the islandS but no direct flightS to Flores. If you travel with SATA (azorean airlines) you can ask previously to your flight for a extra 15 kg luggage for diving equipment without any cost.
Transfers - we will take care of airport transfer and from your location to the boat or shore dive spot.
Spearfishing Level - The Azores is one of the most versatile place in the world when it comes to spearfishing. We can take you on your first steps in spearfishing to the shallowest bays and also provide safety diving up to 40 meters deep for the most challenging species. Let us know what you are looking for and we’ll tailor make the trip according to what makes you happy.
Goups SIZE - The ideal is four persons. Two pairs in the water. However we can arrange different ways to make it happen so contact us to know more about this.
DAY TRIP DURATION - We are happy to be in the water from sunrise to sunset so it’s up to you to decide how many hours you want to be diving.
Safety is the first priority so the groups must always dive in pairs in a real buddy system. One UP, one down. We have one guide in the water at all times but everyone must be in sight of his buddy while diving. We will give you a safety briefing before going in so everyone knows what to do if someone needs help. Our guides are certified in basic life support and a first aid kit is always ON the boat. Sharks won’t be a problem HERE.
SPEARFISHING License COSTS 10 € per month.
A BOUEY with aN ALFA flag per diver is mandatory.
You are allowed to keep 10 fish per person per day.
Dusky Groupers are not allowed to shoot.
Slipper Lobsters are protected between the 1st of May to August 31st.
Spinny Lobsters are protected between the 1st of October to December 31st. From the 1st of January to March 31st you are not allowed to catch animals with eggs.
The shallows are full of life. YOU can target big mullets, parrot fish, white sea breams, COMB groupers, blue fish, ISLAND GROUPERS AND MUCH MORE.
the DEEPER PINNACLES AND BANKS HOLD A BIG VARIETY OF TROPHY FISH. for the more experience divers you can expect to find the elusive Azorean Hogfish, island groupers, big amberjacks, white trevally, barracudas, skip jacks tuna and much more.
when everything aligns you can also go way offshore in search of that one fish. wahoos can be found quite consistently if you go on the right season and there’s always a chance of finding big tuna or marlin. however, this is not an easy task. the weather doesn’t allow you to go to the right spots all the time and it’s never guaranteed to find these fish. if you are prepared for the ultimate blue water experience let us know and we’ll make the right plan.
Azores is also home for some of the most amazing creatures like sperm whales, false killer whales or manta rays. You can expect encounters with these animals at any moment.
wetsuits in 5 mm will be enough for the usual conditions
spearguns from 100 to 130 are the most versatile for reef diving. 150cm+ or roller guns are ideal for blue water
float line and boueys with a flag. ( by law every diver should use a float with flag)
if required we can provide extra gear