[product][u_line]Join DUI in the Azores[/u_line]
[/product]August 17-August 28, 2016
Join DUI on an amazing scuba dive trip to the Azores.
Imagine diving day and night, in sandy, rocky or mixed sea beds, in caves or shipwrecks in the beautiful Azores… The potential of the Azores is almost endless in terms of diving spots and types of diving. It offers adequate spots for various experience levels, from beginners to professionals, and the adventure may start with simple snorkeling in order to leisurely enjoy the abundant marine life of the archipelago’s crystal clear waters. On the other hand, diving an off shore seamount or in blue water is a guaranteed adrenalin rush and requires an adventurous spirit.
The marine life in the Azores is diverse and abundant with some colorful subtropical fish species. Pelagic fishes like tuna, barracudas, jacks, sardines and mackerels are best spotted from July to September, when the warm Gulf Stream rises the sea temperature to about 20-23ÂºC. Manta rays are spotted every year in seamounts during July, August and September. Morays, stingrays, dusky groupers, comb groupers, wrasses, parrot fishes, trigger fishes, breams and damselfishes are common in most dives. Caves and rocky crevices are a good place to find nudibranches, sponges, mollusks, lobsters, shrimp and other interesting crustaceans.
And then there is the beauty of the Azore Islands themselves! Lush fields, beautiful beaches, fantastic hiking, and amazing food. There is no end to the activities onshore as well as underwater.
AZORES DIVE TRIP ITINERARY
8/17-21-Fly into Sao Miguel and stay at the Bahia Palace Hotel for 5 nights. Dive with the Azores Sub Dive Center for 4 days/10 dives of crystal clear deep blue water with large pelagics such as blue sharks, tuna, mobula rays, and much more. With 2 afternoons off to explore the island and sightsee for adventure.
8/22-28- We transfer to Santa Maria via ferry or small plane and stay at the Hotel Columbo for 6 nights. Go diving with Blue Force Diving for 5 days/12 dives to see large schools of fish, colorful reefs, and playful dolphins. There is a music festival occurring at the same time so you can enjoy a cultural immersion of the Azores. Afternoon activities can vary from hiking to whale watching, swimming to just relaxing poolside and admiring the beauty that is the Azores.
- Hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
- Breakfast daily & Lunch on most dive days
- All diving including offshore dives
- Use of tanks and weights
All transfers between the airport, hotel, and dive center including the inter-island transfers
- Choice of 2 special land tour activities– one on each island
- Accompaniment by trip leaders experienced in the local diving
- All taxes and protection against currency changes
- Lunches when not on the dive boat and dinners
- Equipment rental other than tanks and weights
- Additional land tours
- Dive Insurance (REQUIRED)
- Airfare– direct airfare is available from Boston but rates are not available yet. We will plan on booking the airfare as a group from Boston to minimize cost. Estimated cost is $650 to $700 roundtrip
$2995 (double occupancy)
$500 Deposit at signing
Balance due by May 15, 2016
Informational Flyer download here
HOW TO BOOK
DIVING UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
1148 Delevan Drive
San Diego, CA 92102 USA
(800)325-8439 or (619)236-1203 x313
Plan now to join us on this beautiful dive trip to the Azores!