Porto Santo
Dive Type
Dive Site
What you will see
Rock Formations, Sandy bottom
Average Depth: 22mts
Maximum Depth: 30mts
Water Temperature: 16ºC-24ºC
This spectacular dive site for advanced divers consists of a large collection of vertical basalt columns, rising from the 30m sandy bottom to around 22m. After crossing the top, you descend to the bottom where you see a large field of rhodolites, or green algae, locally known as "pipocas" or popcorn. You leave the basalt columns on your left shoulder and swim over a section of volcanic rocks of small to medium sizes and enter the canyon. Glance upwards to see barracudas and jacks outlined against the sky and then down to the goatfish in the sand. Look out for black moray eels, especially at the mouth of the canyon. Leaving the canyon, you come across an open space with a white sandy bottom. There are often rays and a grouper in a crevice on your left before you ascend back on the top of the columns to swim to the anchor line for the 5m/3min safety stop.
--Spot description: Uwe Preuss
-- Photos by Pedro Vasconcelos